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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles

By: Thomas B. Watson, III, P. E.

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

132-Fundamentals of  Helical Anchors/Piles

This course covers the fundamentals of Helical Anchors for deep foundations. This course is a good introductory course for engineers new to Helical Anchor design and is a good refresher for experienced engineers. The course gives a brief history and background of this type of foundation product. You will learn about corrosion, the correlation between torque and load capacity for Helical Anchors, column buckling, lateral capacity and aspects of soil mechanics as it applies to Helical Anchors.

By successfully completing this course, you should be comfortable performing preliminary calculations relating to torque vs. capacity, friction capacity, column buckling, and lateral capacity.

132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Phillip A McBride III
01/12/2019
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Very good course and challenging on the problems
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John Schutz
12/28/2018
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GHD
Very informative
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Thomas Johnson
12/26/2018
Verified Buyer
C&I Engineering
An easy to understand, yet fairly comprehensive overview of helical anchor/pile design. Very beneficial for a high-level look at helical anchors/piles.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Igor
12/24/2018
Verified Buyer
Self-employed
132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles by Thomas B. Watson, III, P. E. is very informative, helpful and covering the topic in full.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Ken Nord
12/23/2018
Good course.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
clayton carlisle
12/16/2018
Verified Buyer
Course material was well presented in a logical fashion, and the illustrative diagrams and calculations were easy to follow
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Tom Card
12/08/2018
Verified Buyer
Enlightening! Always wonders about helical anchors ... now I know something.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Gary Foreman
11/23/2018
Verified Buyer
Good content and good presentation. The questions were instructive as well
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Gerard M Schuppert Jr
11/20/2018
Verified Buyer
Informative. Well-organized.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
dan metz
11/19/2018
The course taught some good, basic concepts of helical anchors. The test was mostly reasonable in it's level of complexity. However there were a few questions that were unnecessarily complex as compared to other courses I have taken.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Ayman Jacob
11/19/2018
Verified Buyer
very good course for information.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Albert Avanesyan P.E., P.S.
11/17/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent Course.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Richard Brinker
11/13/2018
Verified Buyer
Very interesting. I have seldom been on a project using helical piling. See great potential in lots of areas.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Alexander Itsekson
11/13/2018
Verified Buyer
A good introductory course, however more attention needs to be paid to how the formulas for the pier embedment due lateral loads are developed or at least have a link to the offline book where it can be looked up
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Daniel L Spiegelberg
11/13/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent course. This isn't my area of expertise so the problems were more difficult for me. But, fair and not insurmountable.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
edward farrell
11/13/2018
Verified Buyer
A very interesting course. Very important and helpful information since I had 3 projects with helical piles.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Julie Havelka
11/12/2018
Verified Buyer
This was a good course. I don't design helical piers but I do design the brackets from piers to foundations quite often. I also design pile caps but not the piles themselves. So it was nice to see the soils side of things in this kind of design. Interesting, technical, but not overwhelming. I'd recommend the course to others.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
James Rankin
11/01/2018
Verified Buyer
Good and useful information
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Charles Reiling
07/29/2018
Verified Buyer
Pages 22 through 40 roughly were terrible. No good explanation of equation parameters, poor examples. Could not figure out how to do test questions 20, 21,22 and 24.
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Robert Pedersen
06/23/2018
Verified Buyer
I'd recommend this course to anybody interested in helical piles. Watson ties the basic theory to actual design problems. That's not something you'll usually see if you're only reading articles. I was pleasantly surprised.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Harold M Tepper, P.E.
02/26/2018
Verified Buyer
This course is superb by way of providing important basic information relative to helical piles and their proper design. Very well done in providing examples that can be used in the design of basic helical pile and anchor systems.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Tanya Bratslavsky
12/14/2017
Very Informative Course. Offers good insight into the industry and design. Good practice test
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Muhammad Riaz
10/02/2017
Verified Buyer
Some of the questions are made extremely difficult for the level of 4 hours course with minimum instructions.Use of these complicated formulas seemed outside the scope of this course.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Matt M
08/20/2017
Verified Buyer
Good Course covering the basics for the helical anchors. We use these anchor for bracing wall panel structures during construction. Great to have additional background for how the anchors work.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Chris Budd
06/14/2017
Verified Buyer
Very good course. Thank you for your well prepared presentation. Very practical and to the point. I am looking forward to taking more of your classes in the future.
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OM P SHARMA
05/03/2017
Verified Buyer
The course was very helpful in understanding the basics of helical piles.
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steve schoedinger
02/23/2017
Verified Buyer
Excellent calculation problems
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JERRY M. AUSTIN
02/18/2017
Verified Buyer
GOOD. I LEARNED A LOT
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Suresh Gupta
02/08/2017
Verified Buyer
Examples were not clear. I spent several Hours going through them to solve Questions 21, 22 and 24. I did solve correctly Q 17 and 20. I have to find and spend lots of time in the Tables and Acronyms and equations.
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Lee W Collum
02/04/2017
Verified Buyer
Really good content. Difficult to follow, could use some clarification to be come a really good course.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
SYD MOSTAJABI, P.E.
01/19/2017
Verified Buyer
I would nave preferred this course to be a little more detailed and more comprehensive Particularly in regards to lateral loading.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Dee J. Burrie, P.E - semi retired
01/12/2017
Verified Buyer
This is one of the best courses I have taken in a long time. It actually made me think and I learned something. Thank you
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Mark Sklenar
12/31/2016
Quite good. Although I don't work in civil engineering, I enjoyed this since I had helical piles installed at home for a foundation issue. Interesting to learn the theoretical part after seeing a practical application.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Bill H
12/28/2016
Verified Buyer
Good course but requires pretty good understanding of shear and moment diagrams.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Ragnar Palsson
12/22/2016
Verified Buyer
Course is excellent. Very clear and detailed, I am sure I will be using the course notes as a reference in the future.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Dennis Taylor
12/22/2016
Verified Buyer
The most rigorous on-line course I have taken - this is a positive. A lot of good information and calculations to reinforce it.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Richard I Lowndes
12/21/2016
Verified Buyer
Challenging and Practical.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Mark Farris
12/16/2016
Verified Buyer
Very informative and great overview on the application of helical piles.
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Shepard
12/15/2016
Verified Buyer
great
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Jeffrey Welch
12/14/2016
Verified Buyer
Well done interesting topic
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Joseph A.
12/12/2016
Verified Buyer
Excellent introduction to helical anchors
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132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Ron
09/23/2016
Good course
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Design Engineer
Anonymous reviewer
03/22/2016
Did not understand how you came up with answer to question No. 21. I guess I chose a wrong value to plug in.
Also how do you solve formula with L cubed in question No. 24? I had to back into it with your possible answers.
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Helical Anchors
Anonymous reviewer
02/28/2016
I learned a lot about something that has been around for a long time. Well presented. Some of the calculations kept me on my toes.
1 of 1 customers found this helpful.
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Fundamentals of Helical Anchor/piles
Dr. John K. Paik
12/05/2015
The course is very well presented without trick questions (like the post-tension courses that are filled with pitfalls). I learned a lot and recommend to others.
4 of 4 customers found this helpful.
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Helical Pile Course
Anonymous reviewer
11/25/2015
The course and history were very thorough and I gained valuable material for project design and detailing.
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Helical Anchor Piles
Frank Crisp
08/31/2015
Verified Buyer
Excellent course, and a great review of Broms/Euler/Davisson equations and background, however my first introduction to helical anchors. The author did a great job in covering the many aspects of cohesionless and cohesive soils relating to the helical system. The technical material outline flowed throughout, making it easy to see the progression of all design parameters as well as the example problems. The test questions have a good representation of the reading material, and are straight forward, but thought provoking. This course has an excellent value, covering extensive material, and provides an in-depth "textbook" that provides confidence for the individual new to the design and analysis of helical systems. SUNCAM courses is the way to go for quality and real world applications by experienced authors.
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Good Overview of Fundamentals
John Ferguson
08/23/2015
Verified Buyer
This course provides not only a good overview of fundamentals of helical anchors, but also provides useful equations for calculating capacities for piles and anchors as related to soil conditions. and ground water conditions. My one complaint is confusion with the way the equations were notated and how quantities were grouped in the equations. Otherwise, a good and valuable course.
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Helical Anchors/Piles
George C. Sinn, Jr.
06/15/2015
Very good course. Have in your possession a scientific calculator that can do equations when you take the Test Worksheet. Go over the information and review the examples in the course materials very closely. I advise do not take the Final Test until you have fully completed the Worksheet. Then the Final Test is a breeze.
The test worksheet questions are identical to the final test.
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Screw anchors for Quonset huts aginst typhoon winds
anonymous
06/11/2015
I found it intriguing that piles would be rated as to their ability to withstand horizontal loading. On reflection, even a tension pile anchoring a pole though a wire, will be subject to some horizontal loading UNLESS the wire is exactly along the axis of the pile. Accepting that horizontal loads are probably the norm, I found it next to impossible to understand the Davisson or Broms methods of evaluating the pile requirements. Is the value of "e" to be in units of psf rather than the norm of psi? Even dividing my answers by 12 left me far from the correct answer. And how do you evaluate the screw anchor against pull-out. Does the torque vs. capacity apply to tension as will as compression? I didn't see anything explicit for pull-out! I have in the past applied soil weight on the cylinder of soil removed for the anchor to pull out. But would like to know the industry usage. I see screw anchors on every street corner. and many times between block corners. Always in tension to anchor telephone or power poles. This application is not addressed at all.
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Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
Courtney White
06/01/2015
Good basic course on helical anchors. Course was well organized with good graphics. Some of the design considerations referenced in sample problems could have been further explained.
Portions of this review were deleted because they revealed the answer to a test question.
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anonymous
02/23/2015
The course provides a great review of basic geotechnical engineering principles as well as understanding their application with a system frequently used in residential retrofit.
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anonymous
02/07/2015
Nice
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anonymous
01/30/2015
This course was challenging but very effective. Knowledge gained here will be very useful in field applications.
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Marvin Stukey
01/26/2015
Course was informative and helpful. Test was fair except for the test question 24 that required solution of a cubic equation. That question turns it into a math test. Using the multiple choice options provided, the answer can be guessed by backing into it but perhaps that question can be revised somewhat to be more straightforward.
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Dennis R Ledo
01/23/2015
Course was well constructed and provided good review.

The calculation exercises spiced the course content as well.
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anonymous
01/07/2015
I thought that more sample examples would be helpful.
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anonymous
12/31/2014
I found this online course to be particularly helpful. The information was clearly presented without a lot of extraneous information and the examples were clear. The test was challenging but not difficult to complete. Good information was provided which will stay in my files for future reference.
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Extremely Informative
Charles Keith Wishmeier, P.E.
12/26/2014
I have been doing continuing education courses for over ten years. This was one of the best courses I have ever taken. I have been using helical anchors/piles for over a decade with success. The course answered many questions which I have not been able to learn from the several contractors I work with. Thank you.
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Principal Engineer
Prakash Navare
12/24/2014
This is one of the best courses I have had in terms of real technical information, ease of understanding. Very well presented, explained with good examples.

Highly recommend for civil engineers.
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ALBERT GARGIULO
12/21/2014
I HAD A TOUGH TIME CALCULATING Kp in problem 24. THE COURSE IS EXCELLENT AND QUITE INFORMATIVE.
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Very Good
anonymous
12/19/2014
Very good information for understanding helical anchors/piles. Good mix of empirical and technical instruction and test questions. Somewhat challenging to follow some of the example problem formulas and math.
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anonymous
12/19/2014
Course was very good
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anonymous
12/17/2014
Presentation was clear and concise. Questions were straight forward.
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Carlos Varela
12/07/2014
Excellent for individuals with no knowledge of the subject. It allowed me to feel more comfortable with the use of the piles at the same time gained better understanding of soil mechanics.
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Helical Piles
Roberto Sanchez
10/30/2014
This short course provides an excellent introduction to the subject of helical piles, which is an essential tool in a practicing geotechnical engineer's tool bag. Congratulations to the author on a job well done!
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Dana Shave
09/24/2014
Very good. Figures and equation presentation a bit hard to follow - suggest using a word processing formula program for the text of the equations.
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good design source
anonymous
09/23/2014
This is a good CE course with good references to keep for the future designs.
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anonymous
07/19/2014
The question no. 24 requiring the solution to a cubic equation was too complex, I think, for an exam.
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Formulae are illegible
anonymous
06/16/2014
Horrible. Formulae in the course material are illegible.

SunCam Response: After seeing the representative page that you forwarded we recognized the problem. The author used a font called "Cambria Math" to write his formulas. You do not have that font on your computer thus the little rectangle "stand-in" characters. We have reconfigured our PDF file generator to embed the various fonts into the file so that should not happen in the future.
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Shurlo tooker, P.E.
05/22/2014
Before this course I had no knowledge about designing helical piles. Though the course I am now able to understand and apply the principles. Some of the formulas are complicated, but understandable and the examples clearly show how to apply the concepts.
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Dominic Fortin
05/16/2014
Interesting course, with many practical examples in the textbook.

It comes short however on completely detailing how to make the full design of an helical pile, which is what I was hoping to be able to do after completing this course. Being a bridge engineer, I need to know, when I make a design, how many piles will be required, for example, under a bridge abutment. However, it seems to me, from the textbook, that the only way to know the axial capacity of an helical pile is from the average installation torque. It is not very useful to know that when you need to estimate the cost of a bridge project prior to construction, which implies knowing how many piles will be needed based on the loads supported by a given foundation unit, be it in a bridge or a building or any other structure. This point should be included in the textbook in its next revision.
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Helical Anchors/Piles
Ravi Thukaram
05/03/2014
A very good review of the basic principles of helical anchors.
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anonymous
04/15/2014
Interesting course content on helical piles. Methods and equations provided for determining pile capacities will be useful in future designs.

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Basics of Helical Piles - so you don't get screwed
james mckay
03/10/2014
The course provides a good overview of the basic history and characteristics of helical piles and principles of soil mechanics. The discussion is relatively easy to follow although some of the examples were a little hard to follow.

I think some reference to commonly used design manuals or perhaps examples of manufacturer generated design templates would be useful.

James, With reference to your statement ?I think some reference to commonly used design manuals or perhaps examples of manufacturer generated design templates would be useful?, there are virtually no examples or manufacturer generated design templates available, that is why I wrote the CE.

Thanks for your review, Tom Watson, PE
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Review: 132-Fundamentals of Helical Anchors/Piles
anonymous
03/06/2014
The description of the piles was good. This course needed additional information in the design calculations portion. It was very vague with some of the formulas and their use. I did not understand the design questions on the quiz compared to the design information in the text.

SunCam Comment: We make the complete course and test questions available for review prior to purchase so customers are not surprised by the course content. In fact, many find it easier to complete the course work before paying for the course.
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Mariano Molina
03/04/2014
I think it is excellent in all respect. equation for g in page 34 is not very celar in regards to what the 0.5 exponent (square root) applies to. I t applies to the entire equation not to (2.25 x 0.719x)^0.5

SunCam Comment: The formula is correct and unambiguous as written. Matching the pairs of ( ) makes it clear that the exponent applies to the entire formula.
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Big D or little d?
anonymous
01/17/2014
Maybe it's just me but in the equations the little d was used which you would expect to be in inches, but yet the big D which is in feet is what was required. By looking at the examples this became clear, but just looking at the equations you would come to the wrong conclusion. Or so it seems to me.
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anonymous
12/14/2013
Good course on the basics of Helical Anchors
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anonymous
12/11/2013
Great class, very informative.
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anonymous
12/03/2013
Best of the (3) SunCam seminars I've done. Very detailed, and useful information. Been using helical anchors based on mfgr's data for many years, but this gives the source of their data. Problems to be solved make this course a bit more difficult than some of the other SunCam courses - as it should be.
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Good course
anonymous
12/03/2013
I liked the introduction part as well as the mathematical problem solving section.
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Dave
12/02/2013
Interesting Course. Thank you. Very worth the time.
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Good course
Dan H.
12/02/2013
Easy course to read. Exam was straight forward except a few questions need calculations which was OK, but if you don't expect to be actually doing these calculations on the job, takes a little more concentrated effort. Overall, easy course to take and learn a bit along the way.
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Lee Marlow
11/23/2013
Very well done! This was a great continuing education course. I certainly will be taking more of Mr. Watson's courses.
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Worthwhile Course
Matthew Weidner, P.E., S.E.
10/15/2013
I found this course to be worthwhile and informative. At the end of the test there was a couple of nice problems to run through to help give a good understanding of the topic.
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anonymous
10/02/2013
Good content on theory, but solution of problems on test relies too much on math computations.

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anonymous
08/30/2013
I have been using helical piles for years but i actually learned a few things taking this course. it was great for me to earn CEU's on my own schedule.
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Great Primer for Helicals
Rick Grigsby
07/31/2013
This was a tougher course than I anticipated. Excellent content and very practical. I used to sell helicals and I wish I had this material then.
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anonymous
06/07/2013
Great course. Includes worked examples which were very helpful.
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Projects Lead Civil Engineer and Manager
Graham R. Hacker
05/21/2013
Good easy to understand course.

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al Pecker Pe
05/19/2013
very good-interesting material-good content-good mix of info and calculations
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anonymous
05/17/2013
I had trouble interpreting the designations for the calculations. Other than that I though it was a very educational course on the subject matter.
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More detail for calculations
anonymous
05/17/2013
Good course material. I would have liked more explanation of the calculation. They were a little hard to follow.
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anonymous
05/14/2013
This course was outstanding. I thorougly enjoyed it. Hope there are more like it to come.
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James H. Fawcett
04/01/2013
A good course for understanding fundamentals of helical piers.

Material was well organized and questions were clear.
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Michael Pagnotta
03/29/2013
The course was very informative. The test was not trivial. It made you think. I definitely learned quite a bit about helical anchors.
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Very Informative
Dave Hodges, PE
03/05/2013
This course is an excellent overview of helical steel foundations, and covers their broad historical uses as well as the analysis methods used to calculate their capacities. I have always been weak in my understanding of foundations, so this course was perfect for expanding my knowledge base into new territory. Highly recommended for structural engineers who want to explore foundation solutions apart from the standard concrete methods.
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Robert Breen, PE
02/27/2013
It was clear and concise for a CE type of course. The material will be very helpful in thr futere for those more frequently occurring occasions when helical piles are being used.
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anonymous
12/30/2012
Good introductory course. Explained a lot of the data provided by my geotechnical consultant on a recent project.
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Excellent Class
Steve
12/28/2012
Helical Piles are an excellent method for deep foundations, especially when headroom clearances are limited or vibrations are not allowed. This is an excellent class to introduce the helical piles to engineers.
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Civil PE
anonymous
12/13/2012
Good concise information and the problems were fun to solve. They could have been more complicated like the examples, but they provided a good overall experience I expect from a 4 hour course. The true or false questions could have also been more difficult than just repeating what was in the course material. Overall, a good class thank you.
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anonymous
11/19/2012
Enjoyed the course and the learning/review opportunity that was presented. Having had some exposure to Helical Anchors/Piers, this course was a good refresher. The instructor was very knowledgable with the subject matter. I would recommend this course to others.
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John
08/12/2012
The course provides good basic information engineers require to understand the applicability and design of helical piles.
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Just curious and needed the credits
DMP
07/10/2012
This course provided me with an appreciation of the interaction between the pile's action and the earth's reactions from soils and groundwater implications.
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anonymous
06/22/2012
Excellent, first class course.Very informative
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Everything you need to know about benefit of Helical Pile
MP
03/26/2012
The Author did a great job, I have learned so much from just reading his material, the exam is fairly easy to pass, but you need a calculator if you want to score 100%
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Great course on Fundamentals of Helical Piles
MP
03/26/2012
Very well written course, I red the material once and took the exam and got 100%...."Great success" you'll need a calculator for some of the exam questions (if you want to score 100%) however for passing grade of 70%, you don't need a calculator. another fantastic course from SunCam, thank you Pat and SunCam
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Course Code: 100226-01
Course PDH Hours: 4
Engineering Course Approvals
  • This course is accepted for engineering continuing education credit in all states.
  • Ohio rules allow only 6-hours of unsupervised online courses such as this course per license renewal period

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Other Courses by Thomas B. Watson, III, P. E.

Course Title Rating Hours Price
252-Fundamentals of Foundation Design
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4 $90.00
328-Pile Supported Foundation Design
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4 $90.00
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