A word from our Conference Technical Program
Co-Chairs, Gregg Piazza, P.E. and Jennifer Nicks, Ph.D., P.E.

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Theme: People. Purpose. Passion

Conference Program and Schedule*

The Technical Program Committee, led by co-chairs Jennifer E. Nicks, Ph.D., P.E. of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Gregg V. Piazza, P.E. of GeoStructures, Inc., developed an innovative schedule of programs that illuminates the People. Purpose. Passion. theme.

This unique event provides an international forum for a wide range of geo-professionals to present, discuss, and debate technical topics related cutting-edge technologies for deep foundations, deep excavation support, and ground improvement. Presentations and discussions on challenging national and international case histories; how industry influences government guidelines and specifications; the effective use of site characterization methods, geophysics and instrumentation; debates on the use of geotechnical baseline reports for foundation projects, presentations on experimental research; discussion on business aspects of the deep foundations industry; and a celebration of the influential families in the business; plus much more. View the Conference Program Here.


Hal Hunt Lecture on Communication

The Hal Hunt Lecture was established in 1989 to recognize notable communicators in the Deep Foundations Industry. The Lecture was named in honor of Hal W. Hunt, one of the initial organizers of DFI. 

2020 Hal Hunt Lecturer

This year’s Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications was presented by Michael Sherman, Director of Policy and Research with the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC). Who delivered a talk titled An Overview of the Federal Commemorative Works Process in Washington, DC. Find out more.

Previous Hal Hunt lecturers sponsored by the Educational Trust include:

Linda Alvarado, Co-Owner Colorado Rockies
Carl Lewis, U.S. Olympian-Track & Field
Archie Manning, NFL Player
Dr. Mae Jemison, NASA Astronaut
Billy Beane, Oakland A's Manager

Hal Hunt Sponsors

Young Professor and Student Paper Competitions

Each year the Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust hosts Young Professor and Student paper competitions for those studying in the fields of engineering, construction and geological sciences. The authors of the winning papers presented at the conference.  The 2020 winners receive free conference registration and library of up to 20 printed DFI Publications and a complimentary two-year full Individual Membership in DFI. 

This year's winners are:


Young Professor Paper Competition Winner Presentation

Applications of Frictional Directionality for Monotonically- and Cyclically-loaded Piles







University of California, Davis

Student Paper Competition Winner Presentation

Experimental Investigation of Shear Demands on Rock Socketed Drilled Shafts Subjected to Lateral Loading




University of California, Irvine

Professional Development Hours

Deep Foundations Institute provides up to 15 general professional development hours for attendees for this conference.

For New York State Licensed Engineers:

The New York State Educational Department certifies the PDHs earned by attendees at DFI’s events.