DFI 45th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations

Tuesday, October 27 – Friday, June 30, 2021
An Online Conference

The Technical Program Committee defines #DFI45 in 14 words!

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Theme: People. Purpose. Passion

Conference Summary and Schedule

The DFI45 conference organizing committee and staff created an interactive technical program that showcases and celebrates the hard work, passion, connections, technologies and professionalism that drive the deep foundations industry worldwide. The program will includes a variety of technical sessions including presentations selected from the submitted papers, talks invited from industry, and panel discussions addressing timely topics. The dynamic online conference platform connects and engages our deep foundations community. The platform features recordings from the live stream sessions and On Demand (pre-recorded) presentations, an informative exhibit hall, and networking video chat lounges, all supported by our supportive sponsors.

Presentation Highlights:

Chase Center: Outstanding Project Award Presentation
DC Case Histories
National Case Histories
Experimental Research in Deep Foundations
Geophysics 2020 and Beyond Panel Discussion
Use of Instrumentation in QA/QC
Value Added and Risk Management Considerations of Site Characterization for Deep Foundation Projects and Programs
Business Aspects of Deep Foundations
Geophysics for Subsurface and Foundation Characterization
Bringing Geotechnical Baseline Reports to the Surface Panel Discussion
Family Business Panel Discussion

The Value of Attending DFI Conferences: 9 Great Reasons to Attend #DFI45

  1. 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.
  2. Share international experiences with worldwide experts.
  3. Learn the latest results from DFI-funded committee research initiatives that advance the state-of-practice of design and construction methods
  4. Network with global practitioners specializing in cutting-edge technologies for deep foundations, deep excavation support, and ground improvement through 60+ live and on demand sessions, meet-the-presenter sessions, discussion boards and hosted video chat lounges.
  5. Visit the interactive Exhibit Area to learn from these technology partners about their products and services through videos, downloadable documents, and online meet and greets.
  6. Celebrate the hard work, passion, connections, technologies and professionalism that drive the deep foundations industry worldwide
  7. Participate in DFI45 to lay a rock-solid foundation for your business success!
  8. Flexibility to work around your busy schedule with both live and on-demand content, low-cost registration fees (and no travel and hotel costs), and discounts for groups of 5,10, or more!

  9. Attendees have access to the presentations and exhibitor information through December 31, 2020!

Video: The Value of Attending DFI Conferences

Registration Information, Fees, and Policies

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., Northeast 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.

Jennifer E. Nicks, Ph.D., P.E.
Technical Program Co-Chairs

Gregg V. Piazza, P.E.
Technical Program Co-Chairs

Cooperating Organizations

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.

Media Partners

DFI’s Media Partners are committed to keeping our industry well-informed about our conferences and happenings around the world. We thank them for their partnership.