Design and verification of temporary working platforms

Starts:  Mar 13, 2024 12:00 PM (ET)
Ends:  Mar 27, 2024 02:15 PM (ET)
Associated with  All Member Open Forum

An Engineering Education Australia Virtual Workshop:

Temporary working platforms for cranes and piling rigs are high-risk for those using them as well as those designing them. Many elements must be considered during design and construction phases.

Appropriate load input parameters need to be carefully selected to obtain the correct load cases. And robust and reliable design methods (including geotechnical parameters selection) need to be applied to assess the required thickness and stiffness of the working platform. 

This course shares industry best practice methods for design and verification, covering both theory and practical application.

You’ll learn about:

  • the FPS  method to assess the critical track pressures applied by piling rigs;
  • two common guidelines for the design of temporary working platforms (BRE470 and TFW2019);
  • the applicability of the different design methods for various ground conditions; 
  • the underlying design assumptions about load transfer from piling rigs and cranes; as well as 
  • the consideration of static and/or dynamic load factors in the different design approaches are briefly introduced. 

Course facilitator and civil engineer with over 20 years’ international experience, Dr Martin Larisch will also discuss the most suitable soil investigation techniques to use for subsurface investigation works and the potential verification methods for platform verification/ certification. 

To demonstrate the practical application of these concepts, the course will also include will include real world examples to expose some of the limitations and related risks.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for experienced temporary works and geotechnical engineers looking for a refresher; or as an introduction to working platform designs and verification for participants with limited or no experience in this area. Roles include:

  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Temporary works designers
  • Site managers
  • Project engineers
  • Project managers
  • Construction managers; and
  • Professionals from piling and crane companies


Member: $409* ex GST 
Non-Member: $481.17* ex GST

*1% credit card surcharge applies.

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