The 7th ISM Workshop was held in Schrobenhausen, Germany, from May 3-7, 2006. The event was organized by the newly-formed International Society for Micropiles (ISM) and hosted by Bauer Maschinen. The workshop included technical presentations, social gatherings and cultural excursions. The workshop was held during the height of the White Asparagus season, this local delicacy being one of Schrobenhausenís claims to fame.
Wolfgang Brunner, Bauer Maschinenís director of marketing, was chiefly responsible for the on-site organization of the workshop and social programs. A total of 32 presentations were delivered during the following seven technical sessions:
- Invited Speakers
- Design and QA/QC and Monitoring
- Full Scale Load Testing
- Advances in Equipment, Techniques, and Materials
- Case Histories
- Advances in Research and Development
- Implementation, Education, Codes and Standards
The delegation comprised representatives from universities, consulting engineering companies, contractors, owners and material and equipment suppliers. A total of 12 countries were represented: U.S., Japan, Finland, Sweden, Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria and South Africa.
The 3rd Lizzi Lecture was delivered by Jiro Fukui, head of the Foundation Engineering Division of the Public Works Research Institute of Tokyo, Japan. Fukui presented a state-of-the-practice overview of the performance of seismic retrofits with high capacity micropiles in Japan.
The 2nd Lizzi Scholarship was awarded to Stefan Vogt of the Technical University of Munich, who presented interim results from his ongoing research on the buckling of slender piles in soft soils.