DFI 45th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations

Tuesday, October 27 – Friday, October 30, 2020
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 are pulling together 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 include a variety of technical sessions including presentations selected from the submitted papers, talks invited from industry, and panel discussions addressing timely topics.  We are using a dynamic online conference platform to connect and engage our deep foundations community. The platform features live stream and On Demand (pre-recorded) presentations, an interactive exhibit hall, a variety of casual and topic-driven networking opportunities, and high-visibility sponsorship and advertising opportunities.
Schedule at a Glance: 

Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Pre-Conference: Welcome and online platform tutorial, Exhibits, Awards Reception including Outstanding Project Award winner presentation, online welcome reception

Wednesday, Oct. 28 - Conference Day 1: Virtual DFI Educational Trust 5K Fun Run/Walk, Exhibits, Opening Keynote and Plenary and Technical Sessions

Thursday, Oct. 29 - Conference Day 2: Exhibits, Technical Sessions, Members Meeting, Young Professor and Student Paper Competition winner presentations

Friday, Oct. 30 - Conference Day 3: Exhibits, Technical Sessions, and Closing Plenary

Week of November 9-13 - Post-Conference: DFI Technical Committee and Industry Wide Working group conference calls

*Schedule subject to change

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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!

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Registration Information, Fees, and 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., 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.