Eng. David David – Firm Description
The office of Eng. David David, Consulting Foundation Engineer (formerly Chief Foundation Engineer of the Ministry of Housing), has been in business since 1974, and currently the firm employs five engineers and geologists, all of whom possess advanced academic degrees.
The company’s first major project was the Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv, where the “slurry wall” was used as a Load-Bearing Element for the first time in Israel.This project was followed by the Gan Ha’ir (“City Garden”), the Textile Intercontinental Complex, the Golda Center and the Opera Tower, the latter featuring a parking lot located 8 metres below the water table. This was a good start for the 78,000 sq.m. underwater parking in the Herzliya Marina and provided an opportunity to carry out pile loading tests in kurkar soil.(calcareous sand to sandstone).
The firm’s most important project in Jerusalem was the Supreme Court Building, which involved extensive use of the 'Micropile' method developed by Eng. David and for which he was awarded the national Kaplan Prize. He is an author of some 20 papers appearing in important professional journals.
The paper about the prediction of pressure swelling in clay is largely quoted in professional books.
Among the firm’s projects are the Power Stations of 'Hagit' and Ashkelon-'Ruttenberg' of the Israel Electricity Corp., and the 'Rotem' 400 MW Power Station in Ramat Hovav, Ashkelon-Seawater Desalination plant.
The company has been employed on the Dead Sea Magnesium Project, the BG 2000 Airport, the Uzrieli Center (350,000 sq.m., 200 m high) and the City Gate (Moshe Aviv) - the highest tower in the Middle East. All projects incorporate the use of special Soil Technology.
Eng. David is Chairman of the Israeli Society of Geotechnical Engineers and was Chairman of the Technical Committee, Member of the Specialists Committee for the New Israeli Foundation Standard No. 940 and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Civil Engineering Dept. of the Technion in Haifa.
We have consulted to major engineering projects abroad including London, Montreal, Bucharest, Shanghai, Moscow, Ukraine, Nairobi, Rome, Budapest, Cyprus, Sofia.
In 2009 Eng. David was awarded the Zeitlin Prize – a lifetime achievement award for geotechnical work.
2006, 2015: Senior Guest Lecturer, Geotechnical Engineering – ETH, Zurich Switzerland.
2001–2007: Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Civil Engineering Dept. - Technion.
1996-2001: Senior Lecturer, Civil Engineering Dept. - Academic College of Judea and Samaria Member of the examination team of Master's Degree (MSc) candidates in Technion
Contributions To Leading Professional Literature:
a. Prediction Formula Of Swelling Pressure In Clays – J.E.Bowles "Foundation Analysis and Design", 5th Ed. (International Edition) P.391,1996
b. CIRIA Report PG3, "The Use and Influence of Bentonite in Bored Pile Construction", p.71, London, September 1977.
c. Prediction Formula Of Swelling Pressure In Clays – Engineer Mannual 1110-1-1904, U.S.Army Corps Of Engineers, September 1990
d. Required Depth Of Piles In Expansive Soils – R.W.Day "Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering", (p. 119) McGrow – Hill, 1998