ISM 2017 - Vancouver, BC

2017 International Workshop on Micropiles 

Micropiles: Resisting and Remediating the Effects of Mother Nature

March 29-April 1, 2017

Welcome from Workshop Chairman, Nick Salisbury, Crux Subsurface, Inc.

The 2017 IWM in Vancouver is just a few months away. I would like to invite you to join us for three days of camaraderie, innovation, and education. Whether you have been to every IWM since 1997 or this would be your first, we look forward to seeing each of you to share past experiences. If you are new to the Micropile industry, you will not find a better place to learn about what has been accomplished with micropiles and what is being developed for future challenges

I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

Nick Salisbury














The International Society for Micropiles (ISM), now in alliance with ADSC and DFI, will host its 13th workshop. This three-day technical program will include presentations on all aspects of micropile technology worldwide, including advancements in materials, design and construction methods, innovative case histories, and research and development. As in past workshops, a full social program for delegates and companions is planned.

Welcome to Vancouver

Vancouver was founded as “Gastown” by an Englishman with a penchant for beer and storytelling. Today Gastown is a historic section of the Canadian metropolis, and the lively pubs still reflect the area’s former status as a sort of community drinking center. The city’s forests, grand parks, and impressive suspension bridge beckon travelers to explore them, as do the city’s shops and museums. Relive the glory of the 2010 Winter Games with visits to Olympic venues and the marvelous Olympic Cauldron.

Nestled between snow-capped mountains and the sparkling ocean, Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It offers Canada’s best climate: mild winters and warm summers moderated by Pacific Ocean currents. Voted as the ‘Best City in the Americas’ year after year by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, Vancouver is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the soaring peaks of the North Shore Mountains. The Greater Vancouver area of around 2.4 million inhabitants is the third most populous metropolitan area in the country, the second largest city on the United States–Canada border, and the most populous in Western Canada.

Highlights Include

• Presentations by Industry Leaders

• Technical sessions on micropile research, design and construction issues

• Networking opportunities with micropile practitioners from around the world

• 9th  Lizzi Lecture: Loading Effects on Battered Micropiles:  Are Most Pile Caps Designed Correctly?

 delivered by John Wolosick, P.E., D.GE, of Hayward Baker, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia

•  7th Lizzi Scholarship Presentation and Award

• 2nd  World Cup of Micropiles Challenge – Different Regions of the World will showcase their top

          Micropile projects and the top project will be selected by the delegates




Workshop Language: English


Wednesday, March 29, 2017     

6:00pm-8:00 pm                ISM Workshop Welcome Reception       

Thursday, March 30, 2017            

7:00am-8:15am                  ISM Steering Committee Breakfast (Closed Meeting)

8:00am-8:30am                  Registration       

8:30am–8:50am                 Welcome

8:50am-9:00am                  Introduction of Lizzi Lecturer

9:00am-10:00am               Lizzi Lecture

10:00am-10:15am             Lizzi Scholarship Recipient

10:00am-4:00pm              Spouse Tour – Vancouver City Tour and Lunch

10:30am-10:45am            Break

10:45am-12:30pm           World Cup Presentations              

12:30pm-1:30pm              Lunch

1:30pm-3:30pm               Micropiles: Resisting and Remediating

3:30pm - 4:00pm               Break    

4:00pm - 6:00pm               Case Histories   

Evening to explore Vancouver on your own


Friday, March 31, 2017

7:00am-8:15am                ISM Steering Committee Meeting (by Invitation)              

8:30am-10:30am              Innovations     

10:30am-11:00am            Break    

11:00am-12:30pm            Design & Loadtesing       

12:30pm-1:30pm              Lunch   

1:30pm-3:00pm                Experts of the World Panel Discussion

3:00pm-3:30pm                Break

3:30pm-4:30pm                 Foundation Support

5:30pm                               Shuttle Departure for Awards Dinner

6:00pm-10:00pm              Awards Reception & Dinner Cruise aboard the Pacific Yacht


Saturday, April 1, 2017

8:30am-10:30pm              Slope Stabilization

10:30am-11:00am            Break

11:00am-12:30pm           Retrofit Construction

12:30pm-1:00pm              Closing Remarks

2:00pm - 5:00pm               Vancouver Culinary Experience                 


Tours & Social Activities

Wednesday, March 29                

6:00pm-8:00pm                                   Welcome Reception

Be sure to join us this evening as we start off the 2017 International Workshop on Micropiles with the delectable cuisine of Vancouver!  A great time to reminisce with old friends and meet new colleagues.


Thursday, March 30   

10:00am-4:00pm              Vancouver City Excursion – Spouse/Companion Tour including Lunch

Don’t miss this full day of touring around the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC where you will explore through some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, breathtaking harbor front views and North Shore mountains.

During this six-hour tour you will visit several Vancouver’s most popular spots. You will visit Canada’s largest Chinatown, as well as Gastown; a national historic site in the city which is home to many trendy shops, restaurants and bars.  After touring downtown, on to the Lion’s Gate Bridge to enjoy lunch at the Observatory Restaurant on top of Grouse Mountain, allowing for incredible views of the entire city. Finish the afternoon off shopping at the markets of Granville Island. We hope you are able to relax and enjoy as you explore what the spectacular city of Vancouver has to offer!

Note: This tour is not included in your registration fee.  Fee per person is $175 US.  If minimum participants is not met, tour may be cancelled.


Friday, March 31

6:30pm-10:00pm                   Awards Reception/Dinner

Ahoy and welcome aboard the Pacific Yacht for an evening of spectacular cuisine, hospitality and company while taking in the views of one of the world’s most picturesque cities with Vancouver skyline as our backdrop, as we conclude a successful week in Vancouver.


Saturday, April 1

2:00pm-5:00pm          Vancouver Culinary Excursion

Rich in history, high in energy and home to an impressive culinary scene, foodies unite on the streets of Gastown. You will be taken through the cobbled stone streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood while enjoying local fare. Sample craft beer, first-rate homemade Italian tortellini, and beer-battered fish with hand cut fries, Carolina-style BBQ at its finest, delightfully-stuffed Bao at one of Vancouver’s newest trendsetting fusion restaurants. An event not to be missed!

Note: This tour is not included in your registration fee.  Fee per person is $125 US




Fairmont Waterfront

900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver BC, Canada V6C 3L5 

Phone: 1 604 691 1991

Located on the city’s dynamic harbor front, the Fairmont Waterfront is a world class luxury hotel in Vancouver. When it comes to convenient location, it’s hard to beat the Fairmont Waterfront.  The hotel is just steps away from the Vancouver Convention Centre, the cruise ship terminal, and Waterfront Sky Train Station. A short jaunt will have you sampling the trendy pubs and eateries of historic Gastown, browsing the latest fashions on Robson Street, or biking amongst the giant trees of world-renowned Stanley Park.  

Check in 3:00pm and check out at 12:00N

Hotel Room Rates: 

Special discounted guest room rates for the International Micropile Workshop is

Deluxe Partial Harbor View    CAD $249 + tax

Signature Harbor View            CAD $279 + tax

Fairmont Gold City View          CAD $329 + tax

Fairmont Gold Harbor View    CAD $379 + tax

Internet connections are complimentary. Due to a limited number of rooms available at this special rate, please make your reservations early. Rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


To make reservations, call 604.691.1820 or Global Reservations 1.800.441.1414 or email and advise the hotel that you are attending the ADSC DFI ISM 2017 Meeting before March 1, 2017 to make your hotel reservations or go on line at  Any reservation received after that date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis only. To guarantee, all reservations must have a credit card to guarantee and one nights’ deposit and tax will be processed at the time of booking.

Reservation Policy: The hotel’s reservation and cancellation policy will be applied. You can cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to your arrival date with no penalty. Inside 48 hours you will forfeit your deposit.

Parking at the Fairmont Waterfront: Valet parking CAD $49.00/night, including in-and-out privileges and taxes. Self-parking CAD $49.00/night, including in-and-out privileges and taxes (must get a parking pass at the Front Desk) 


Canada's second-busiest airport, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located eight miles (14km) from the Fairmont Waterfront, and serves as a hub for Air Canada and Pacific Coastal Airlines, as well as a focus city for WestJet and an operating base for Air Transat. More than 40 carriers fly between YVR and destinations across Canada, as well as points elsewhere in North America and destinations in Asia, Europe and Oceania.

The Fairmont Waterfront is conveniently located beside the Cruise Ship Terminal and Convention Center, close to many local attractions.

Cab Fare is approximately CAD $30 to the hotel.

Car Rental - There are several companies to choose from when renting a car at the Vancouver International Airport. Please visit for more information



The Canada Line Skytrain offers transportation from Vancouver International Airport to Waterfront Station. To walk to the hotel, exit Waterfront Station, turn right at Cordova Street and right again on Howe Street onto Canada Place Way. The Fairmont Waterfront is on your left hand side. Estimated walking time is 5 minutes.

Service Start/Stop Times:
Travel time from Waterfront Station to YVR is 25 minutes.

Waterfront Station - YVR
First train departs 4:50am, arrives 5:15am
Last train departs 1:05am, arrives 1:30am

YVR - Waterfront Station 
First train departs 5:10am, arrives 5:30am 
Last train departs 12:57am, arrives 1:22am

Early Morning and Evenings: Trains run every 12 minutes
Mid-day and weekend peak hours: Trains run every 8 minutes
Late Evenings: Trains run every 20 minutes

Fare Information
Fare from YVR to Waterfront Station is CAD $8.75.
Fare machines accept Canadian cash, debit cards, Visa and MasterCard and gives change.


Registration Information         

Member - Full Delegate Registration (ADSC/DFI/ISM)                                                

$850 USD per person


  • Wednesday Welcome Reception at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
  • Workshop Technical Sessions
  • Workshop Coffee breaks
  • Workshop Lunches
  • Friday Awards Reception/Dinner
  • Access to download Proceedings

Non-Member - Full Delegate Registration                                                                                    

$950 USD per person


  • Welcome Reception at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
  • Workshop Technical sessions
  • Workshop Coffee breaks
  • Workshop Lunches
  • Friday Awards Reception/Dinner
  • Access to download Proceedings


Companion/Spouse Registration                                                                                                                            $325 USD per person


  • Wednesday Welcome Reception
  • Friday Workshop Lunch with delegates
  • Friday Awards Reception/Dinner  


Optional Fees

Thursday, March 30     Spouse/Companion Tour                                                                          

$175.00 USD per person


Thursday, March 30    Spouse/Companion Workshop Lunch with Attendees                          

$ 50.00 USD per person

(if not going on Spouse/Companion Tour)


Friday, March 31         Awards Reception/Dinner Cruise Ticket                                                           

$ 235.00 USD per person

(select this option if not purchasing Full Registration or Companion/Spouse Registration)


April 1                                Vancouver Culinary Excursion                                                                                  

 $125 USD per person


Cancellation Policy

A 100% refund, less a $50 processing fee, is allowed on cancellations received in writing on or before January 27, 2017. No refunds after January 28, 2017. All refund requests must be made in writing to Substitutions of Attendees: You may substitute attendees any time prior to January 27. 


Photograph Release: By attending this workshop, I hereby release any photographs/videos that may be incidentally taken of me by International Workshop on Micropile show management during these events to be used for any purpose.

Liability Waiver: I agree and acknowledge that I am participating in the International Workshop on Micropile events and activities at my own free and intentional act; and I am fully aware that possible physical injury might occur to me as a result of my participation. I give this acknowledgement freely and knowingly that I am, thus, able to participate in International Workshop on Micropile events, and I do hereby assume responsibility for my own well-being.

Weather/Dress Attire:

The weather in March in Vancouver ranges with the highs of 50F/10C and lows of 30F/3C.  Dress attire for the Workshop is business casual. 

Time Zone: PDT



Adventure awaits beyond the lovely city of Vancouver, which is full of interesting neighborhoods, craft breweries and lovely views of the mountain-backed skyline. A car ferry will get you to Vancouver Island, a road-tripper’s paradise and the largest Pacific island east of New Zealand. With wilderness, small towns, gorgeous coastlines and plenty of space, this island is the perfect setting for an expedition.

Inland from Vancouver are the mountains and numerous beautiful mountain resort towns - Kamloops, Kelowna, Revelstoke and then the famous Banff in the Canadian Rockies. To the north you have the beautiful coves, inlets and fjords on the Strait of Georgia, and the United States sits just to the south, with Seattle, Portland and the Pacific Coast offering a fabulous and scenic route.


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The Vancouver area is surrounded by some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world: mountains, ocean, rainforest, parks and beaches. This is a city like no other! With endless options for activities, sights and attractions, Vancouver is a city that begs to be explored. By coach or minibus, horse-drawn carriage or helicopter, bicycle or on foot. Whatever your style, your choices for fun, excitement and enjoyment are limitless! 

With its lush, coastal rainforests and aboriginal heritage, Vancouver is a place of lore, legend and deep- rooted history. First Nations culture is prevalent throughout the city, keeping ancient traditions and stories alive with vibrantly colored totem poles, cultural centers, museums and contemporary art galleries. Experience the city’s rich First Nations history and heritage with these outdoor excursions and cultural adventures.

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