Development of a Setup Prediction Method and Implementation into LRFD Driven Pile Design in Mississippi soils

Geotechnical engineering, and pile driving in particular, contains a significant amount of uncertainties in the design process. At this point in time, a pile foundations’ increase in strength or bearing capacity, over time cannot be quantified. Determination of this long-term bearing capacity can influence both the required pile size and embedment depth and, in turn, would lower project costs considerably. This study intends to develop a pile loading database for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) as well as calibrate regionally specific resistance factors required for LRFD (Load Resistance Factor Design) for MDOT projects.