The International Society for Micropiles is active in on-going national and international research initiatives including the following areas:

  • Strain compatibility issues (ground-foundation) for seismic and lateral loading
  • Pile/cap connections
  • Casing joint capacity
  • Standardized casing threads
  • Behavior of inclined piles in groups
  • “Case 2” micropile network behavior
  • Effective stress analysis of micropile bond stresses
  • Buckling of micropiles
  • Slope stability
  • Pile cap testing
  • Seismic research
  • Buckling

Please note that much of the results of the above research efforts can be currently accessed through the ADSC and DFI websites and through international member organizations in the near future.

Previous Industry & University Research Conducted:

  • FOREVER – A Ten-Year French National Research Project on Micropiles – coming soon!
  • FINLAND - Research results from Finland coming soon!

For further information on the Finnish PRIMA Ground Improvement Technology Program please click here!

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  • ISM Knowledge Database
  • ISM Literature Database
  • Industry Case Histories – coming soon!
  • Academic Initiatives – coming soon!
  • University-Industry Partnerships – under development!

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This lecture is given at each ISM Workshop in recognition of distinguished member contributions to the micropile industry. It honors the spirit and is in memory of Dr. Fernando Lizzi, the visionary leader of ISM and the inventor of the “Pali Radice” or original “root pile” foundation system.

Fernando Lizzi was born on January 2, 1914 in Castelnuovo di Porto, Italy near Rome. Dr. Lizzi started to work for the company SACIF in 1947, but shortly afterwards was the first (and for some time, the only) civil engineer of the newly-formed company, FONDEDILE, where he remained as Technical Director for nearly 50 years. During this time, Italy specifically, and Europe generally, were being reconstructed, and the first use of what later was named the "Pali Radice" (Root Piles, Micropiles) technology was seen at the "Scuola Angiulli" in Napoli. The first international application

of Root Piles was seen in Germany in 1952 for the underpinning of Krupp, in Essen-Bochum and then the Kerkini Dam in Greece. The technique was later applied in hundreds of works by Fondedile in various countries.  Pali Radice have been used extensively in the restoration of monuments, notably Ponte Vecchio in Firenze in 1966.

Many restored and rehabilitated structures benefited from the artistic and engineering skill of Dr. Lizzi, e.g., Ponte a Tre Archi di Venezia, campanile di Burano, Hal Hadqua Minaret in Mosul (Iraq), Tempio di Cerere di Paestum, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris).  Some of the works are described in Dr. Lizzi’s two books: The Static Restoration of Monuments, Sagep Publishers, Genova (1982) (avalaible in Italian and English) and Il consolidamento del Terreno e dei Fabbricati Dario Flaccovio Editore (1989) (in Italian).

In 2002 in May, the International Workshop on Micropiles held in Venice honored the 50th anniversary of the development of micropile technology. This conference was dedicated to the Vision of Fernando Lizzi, given that so many current practitioners and researchers continue to be inspired by his concepts.

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4th Lizzi Lecture will be presented in Germany in 2006 by Prof. Jiro Fukui, Public Works Research Institute, Japan

3rd Lizzi Lecture “Research and Practice on Micropile Groups and Networks” by Prof. Francois Schlosser - IWM 2004,  Japan

2nd Lizzi Lecture “Lizzi’s Philosophy: Concepts to Practice” by James Mason -IWM 2003, Seattle, WA

1st Lizzi Lecture “Micropiles: 50 Years Ago and Now” by Prof. Fedele Lizzi - IWM 2002, Venice, Italy

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Each year of an organized workshop the International Society for Micropiles invites applications for the Lizzi Scholarship from graduate students studying in the field of micropiles.  The scholarship award recognizes the contributions of Dr. Fernando Lizzi to the micropile industry. Applicants must reside in the host country of the workshop, be enrolled in graduate studies, and be either proposing to conduct or currently be conducting research on micropiles.  The scholarship award will consist of financial reimbursement of travel and accommodations expenses for attendance at the International Workshop on Micropiles (IWM), waiver of registration fees for the IWM, and a selection of micropile publications.

The 1st Lizzi Scholarship award recipient was presented to Mr. Shingo Morimasa from Toyohashi University of Technology at the IWM 2004, Tokyo, Japan.

Application and Award Requirements: Interested students may submit their application using the attached form.  (Please note that at this time, the scholarship recipient has been selected for the upcoming ISM to be held in Schrobenhausen, Germany in May 3-7, 2006 and the selection process has been closed). At each IWM workshops, the scholarship recipient will be required to make a brief presentation outlining his/her proposed or current micropile research.

IWM 2006, Schrobenhausen, Germany
May 3-7, 2006

Name:____________________________________________                    SELECTION PROCESS

Citizenship:________________________________________                               FOR 2006

Proposed Graduate School: ___________________________                     HAS BEEN CLOSED!

Major:   __________________________________________                              

Research Topic: ____________________________________                            

Address: _________________________________________                            

Telephone Numbers: Home: __________________________    Daytime: ________________________

                               Work: __________________________      Evening:  ________________________

Email: ____________________________________

Person who approved this application (for example, research advisor):

Name: _____________________________________                Telephone: ______________________

Please attach a description of the proposed or ongoing research in the field of micropiles that you believe qualifies you for this scholarship.  Please note that the scholarship recipient will be required to make a brief presentation at IWM 2006 on his/her proposed or ongoing research.

Please fax this form to the ISM Secretariat at +1 724-942-1911.

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