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   Houston, Texas

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Workshop - 3:30 to 4:30 pm (1.0 PDH - ethics)
Presentation - 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. (1.0 PDH)

Hess Club

5430 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77056
(Business casual dress code)

Your reservations are appreciated.  Please click here to make your reservation(s) online. If you are unable to register online, please contact Vicky Bonds at Geotech Engineering and Testing, Tel: 713-699-4000 at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Continuing Education Certificates will be provided at the end of the meeting for attendees that are current members and who have made reservations.

This technical program is complimentary to you thanks in part to our Room Sponsors:

Nelson Construction and Foundation Repair
Ram Jack
VoidForm Products, Inc.


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Thermal Integrity Profiling of Deep Foundations

Speaker: Tracy Brettmann, P.E., D.GE., A.H. Beck Foundation Company

Tracy Brettmann is the Vice President of Engineering for A.H. Beck Foundation Company working out of its Houston, Texas office. Mr. Brettmann is responsible for overseeing all engineering operations for Beck's specialty deep foundation, energy pile, soil improvement and earth retention projects. He received his BSCE degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

He is a member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals, the Geo-Institute of ASCE, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, the Deep Foundations Institute and ADSC – The International Association of Foundation Drilling.

Mr. Brettmann is a past president of the Deep Foundations Institute and is a former chair of its Augered Cast-in-Place Pile committee.  He currently serves on the Board of the DFI Educational Trust.


The Thermal Integrity Profiler (TIP) uses the heat generated by curing cement to assess the diameter and quality of cast-in-place foundations such as augered-cast-in-place (ACIP) piles and drilled shafts.  This presentation describes the TIP equipment, analysis and provides three case history examples of its use.


Geotechnical engineers, foundation design engineers, foundation repair contractors, builders, foundation contractors, building owners, QC inspectors, attorneys and others interested in quality control of the construction of drilled cast-in-place concrete pier shafts and augered-cast--in-place piles (AGIP)


To read summaries of previous FPA presentatons by Tracy Brettmann, please click:

September 2012 - New Developments in Auger Pressures Grouter (APG) Piles
July 2006 - Advances in Auger Pressure Grouted Piles: Design, Construction and Testing



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