June 20, 2017 - 7:45am to 12:00pm


SEAOI is pleased to announce this 3-hour workshop, presented by Foundation Supportworks by Woods. The workshop will cover Helical Foundation Systems and Hyrdraulically-Driven Push Pier Systems.  A detailed description of each topic is below.  



7:45 - 8:20 am – Registration opens, continental breakfast available

8:20 - 8:30 am – Welcome

8:30 - 9:30 am – An Introduction to Helical Foundation Systems

9:30 - 9:45 am – Break

9:45 - 10:45 am – Considerations for the Design and Installation of Helical Foundation Systems

10:45 - 11:00 am – Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm – An Introduction to Hydraulically‐Driven Push Pier Systems 



The registration fee is just $30 for members and $45 for non-members. Continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided.  Any handouts will be emailed to participants in advance of the event. 

Attendees will earn 3 hours of Continuing Education credit. CE certificates will be emailed to attendees after the event. 



Farnsworth Group
200 W College Ave #301
Normal, IL 61761


About the Course

An Introduction to Helical Foundation Systems 
Helical piles have been used as a deep foundation alternative dating back nearly 200 years and have enjoyed a resurgence in awareness and popularity in recent decades. Topics that we will cover include a brief overview of the terminology used in the helical industry, appropriate uses of different pile types, and a description of the components of a helical pile and how they function. We will discuss some of the unique advantages that helical piles can provide over other deep foundation choices. We will review some typical installations showing helical products used in a variety of circumstances including new construction compression and tension applications, as well as retrofit applications. We will illustrate how the capacity of a helical pile is determined through analysis with the use of soil boring data. We will also show how the capacity of a helical pile is verified in the field during installation through the application of installation torque and through load testing. We will finish with a brief discussion about the acceptance criteria (AC358) which is published by the ICC Evaluation Services (ICC‐ES) and dictates how helical systems are to be designed, tested, and evaluated. 

Considerations for the Design and Installation of Helical Foundation Systems
This presentation builds upon material introduced in the first hour. Participants will learn common considerations and guidelines for spacing and depth, then explore the concept of critical depth in the calculation of pile capacity. Some structural aspects to helical pile design will be presented, including pile buckling and the application of lateral loads. Participants will be able to identify conditions that would warrant buckling analyses and then select parameters used for those evaluations. We then discuss how pile arrangement and orientation is critical to adequately resist lateral loads and provide the most benefit and economy. The presentation focus shifts to learning about conditions that are ideal and not so ideal for helical piles. With the understanding of product limitations (real or perceived), along with considerations to overcome these limitations, a designer may then realize that helical piles may be a suitable deep foundation alternative in far more applications than they previously thought. 

An Introduction to Hydraulically‐Driven Push Pier Systems 
Hydraulically‐driven push piers are also commonly known by the name resistance piers. Participants will learn some interesting historical facts about the evolution of push piers. The presentation will then focus on some of the benefits, design considerations, and testing standards of these systems. We will also demonstrate how a push pier system develops a factor of safety against pier settlement. Typical applications and installation basics will also be featured.


About the Presenter

Kyle Olson, P.E. is the Senior Structural Engineer and the Product Engineering Manager for Supportworks, Inc.(1) Kyle focuses on the development and verification testing for many of Supportworks’ products and equipment. He provides technical support to installing contractors and their consultants. Kyle is often involved in unique projects, especially those that include specialty connections, brackets or other custom products. Kyle also assists with the development of technical documents and presentations.

Kyle is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. In his 12 years as a project engineer, Kyle designed building structures with a variety of materials including steel, concrete and timber. Also included in his career history is his design work with cranes, mooring systems and other types of heavy lifting equipment. Kyle was hired by Foundation Supportworks in April 2008.

Kyle is a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota and Nebraska and is a member of the Deep Foundations Institute.

(1) Supportworks is a leading manufacturer and distributor of helical pier systems, hydraulically driven push pier systems, wall stabilization systems, and supplemental crawl space support systems.









Michael Bryant ( Farnsworth Group )
Grant Halvorsen ( Halvorsen Engineering and Consulting )
Roman Szczesniak ( RSJR Engineering Ltd. )
Pinit Wichaimethawee ( Mr. Pinit Wichaimethawee )
Marc Chiles ( Shive--Hattery )
Frank Montana ( Montana Design Service, Ltd. )
Steven Bishop ( Retired from Farnsworth Group, Inc. )
Gary Andruska
David Gaskins ( self-employed )
John Kao ( Ameren Illinois )
Jerrel Shaffer ( SKS Engineers, LLC )
Joseph Lowrance ( Farnsworth Group )
Don Vonnahme
John Zeman ( Farnsworth Group, Inc. )
Phillip Gregory ( Farnsworth Group, Inc. )
Adrienne Coussens ( Farnsworth Group )
Timothy Roecker ( Roecker Consulting Engineers, Inc. )
Kyle Olson ( Foundation Supportworks by Woods )