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Micropile Design and Construction

PROGRAM AREA: Geotechnical
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
2 Days
1.2 Units
$775 Per Participant

TRAINING LEVEL: Intermediate

CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30


The primary goal of this course is to provide the target audience with guidance on when and where it is appropriate to use micropiles, and educate engineers about the state of the practice in the design and construction of micropiles. The course covers stepwise procedures for the design of micropiles for structural support and for slope stability applications. Construction, inspection and integrity-testing aspects and issues are discussed as well. Classroom presentations include exercises that will lead participants through the technical and cost feasibility aspects of structural support and slope stability design with micropiles. Each participant will receive a workbook and reference manual containing detailed micropile design examples for various applications.

FHWA-NHI-132012 Soils and Foundations course is a recommended prerequisite.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Briefly describe the history and current status of the micropile industry
  • Identify potential micropile applications
  • Explain construction constraints, techniques, and performance
  • Assess feasibility of micropiles for a given application
  • Prepare conceptual and basic designs, and evaluate contractor-submitted designs
  • Select appropriate specification/contracting method(s) and prepare contract documents
  • Describe construction monitoring and inspection requirements


This course is directed toward practicing geotechnical, foundation, construction and bridge/structural engineers who have knowledge and experience in the design and construction of driven piles and drilled shaft foundations. Engineers involved with the design and construction of structure foundations will all benefit from this training, which builds upon the basic concepts presented in NHI courses FHWA-NHI-132012, FHWA-NHI-132014, and FHWA-NHI-132021.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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