DFI 45th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations

Tuesday, October 13 – Friday, October 16, 2020
 
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
United States
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Theme: People. Purpose. Passion

Conference Summary and Schedule

This conference will showcase and celebrate the hard work, passion, connections, technologies and professionalism that drive the deep foundations industry worldwide.  Network with the largest gathering of practitioners specializing in cutting-edge technologies for deep foundations, deep excavation support, and ground improvement.  The 2020 Conference will provide an international forum for a wide range of geo-professionals to present, discuss, and debate technical topics related to deep foundations, particularly mega and regional projects, political influences on contract delivery, high value subsurface characterization, national and state codes and standards, professional practice and more.
 
Schedule at a Glance: 
 

Monday, Oct. 12 - Pre-Conference: Board and Technical Committee Chairs Meetings

Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Pre-Conference: Technical Committee Meetings and Women in Deep Foundations Networking Reception

Wednesday, Oct. 14 - Conference Day 1 (Full Day): DFI Educational Trust 5K Fun Run/Walk, Exhibits, Opening Plenary and Technical Sessions, Welcome Luncheon, Conference Welcome Reception and Poster Presentations

Thursday, Oct. 15 - Conference Day 2 (Full Day): Exhibits, Technical Sessions, Business Meeting Luncheon, Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications, Awards Reception & Banquet

Friday, Oct. 16 - Conference Day 3 (Half-Day): Exhibits, Technical Sessions and Closing Plenary

*Schedule subject to change

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The Value of Attending DFI Conferences: 7 Great Reasons to Attend #DFI45

  1. Network with the largest gathering of practitioners specializing in cutting-edge technologies for deep foundations, deep excavation support, and ground improvement.
  2. Celebrate the hard work, passion, connections, technologies and professionalism that drive the deep foundations industry worldwide.
  3. Share international experiences with worldwide experts.
  4. Discuss and debate technical topics related to all aspects of deep foundations, particularly mega and regional projects, political influences on contract delivery, high value subsurface characterization, national and state codes and standards, professional practice and more.
  5. Learn the latest results from DFI-funded committee research initiatives that advance the state-of-practice of design and construction methods.
  6. Visit the Exhibit Hall featuring more than 150 companies to learn from these technology partners about their products and services.
  7. Explore National Harbor and Washington D.C.!

Video: The Value of Attending DFI Conferences

Registration Information, Fees, and Policies

Full Conference Registration for DFI Members, Non-Members, Exhibitors, Exhibitor 2nd Attendees, Young Professionals, and Government attendees includes access to:

  • Conference Presentations
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Continental Breakfasts
  • Morning and Afternoon Networking Breaks
  • Welcome and Business Meeting Luncheons
  • Welcome Reception
  • Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications
  • DFI Awards Reception and Banquet
  • Online Conference Proceedings
Student Attendees Receive Access to: All Student Activities, Conference Presentations, Exhibit Hall, Continental Breakfasts, Morning and Afternoon Networking Breaks, Hal Hunt Lecture and Communications, and Online Conference Proceedings. Luncheons and the Welcome Reception are not included at this time.
 
Choose the Registration Type that suits your needs. Additional Special Event Tickets are available for purchase for exhibit hall passes, luncheons, receptions and the awards reception/banquet.
 
View our chart of Registration Fees, Payment and Cancellation Policies.

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Organizing Committee

A dedicated group of industry professionals serve on the Conference Organizing Committee for this event. Led by Conference Chair, Sebastian Lobo-Guerrero, Ph.D., P.E., project engineer/lab manager at American Geotechnical and Environmental Services (AGES) and Technical Program Co-Chairs, Jennifer E. Nicks, Ph.D., P.E. research geotechinical engineer of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Gregg V. Piazza, P.E., NE engineering manager of GeoStructures, Inc., this event is expected to serve attendees at a high-level.

View the list of dynamic Organizing Committee Members serving for this conference and their roles.

We thank the following industry organizations for their support of this conference. Learn more about them by clicking on the logo and viewing their website.

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