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Conference Program & Schedule

The Technical Program Committee is planning an insightful time of education and professional development for this conference.

Led by Technical Committee Chair, Slav Tchepak, P.Eng. of Keller Foundations, and Co-Chairs Bruce McPherson of Douglas Partners, Harry Poulos of Coffey and Patrick Wong, PKW Geosolutions, the schedule of learning will feature presentations on diverse topics of importance to the deep foundations and piling industries.

Click this link to view the Preliminary Conference Program and Schedule.

Here is the conference Schedule-at-a-Glance*:

Monday, March 23, 2020

06:00 - 17:00 Exhibit Move-In

12:00 - 18:00 Conference Registration

18:00 - 20:00 Welcome Reception in Exhibit Area


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

7:00 - 17:30 Conference Registration & Exhibits

7:00 - 8:00 Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00 - 12:00 Welcome & Technical Presentations

12:00 - 13:00 Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

13:00 - 17:30 Technical Presentations

19:00 - 22:00 Dinner & Entertainment (Off-Site)


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

7:00 - 13:00 Conference Registration

7:00 - 15:30 Exhibits

7:00 - 8:00 Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:00 - 12:00 Technical Presentations Continue

12:00 - 13:00 Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

13:00 - 17:00 Technical Presentations

15:30 - 17:30 Exhibit Dismantle

17:00 - 17:15 Final Remarks and Conference Closing


*schedule subject to change

Keynote Speakers

Renowned Keynote Speakers from around the world will share their years of technical and professional experience during the conference. View their biographies by clicking the links below.

Frances Badelow,
Mott MacDonald

Prof. Samuel G. Paikowsky
University of Massachusetts
and GeoDynamica Inc.
“The Application of Dynamic Analyses for Testing of Non-Uniform Deep Foundations”

Prof. Armin W. Stuedlein, Ph.D., P.E. (WA), Oregon State University
“Driven Displacement Pile Ground Improvement for Liquefaction Mitigation”

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

An increasing number of professional engineering licensing organizations require members to pursue professional development on a formal basis.

DFI and PFSF are pleased to provide a general Certificate of Participation for this technical program estimated at 16 hours for both days or 8 hours for one day. The final number of hours will be determined when the technical program is announced. This certificate is accepted by most licensing boards and serves as documentation of your pursuit of continuing education credits.

There are some states and countries that may not accept the general certificate. Delegates are responsible for determining whether PDHs are accepted by their respective licensing board. Certificates are mailed to attendees about 6-8 weeks after the conclusion of the conference.

Author/Speaker Resources

Authors selected to publish technical papers and give presentations at the conference can view the Conference Author Guidelines document here.

Friday, December 13, 2019

DFI Notifies Authors of Presentation Status of Draft Papers by email from support@incontrolproductions.com.  Reviews Available through their Author Account at www.dfisubmissions.org.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Final papers and Electronic Publishing Agreements due for upload to www.dfisubmissions.org.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Authors Re-Confirm Ability to Present by Submitting the Following: Final Presentation Title, Presenter’s Names, Short Biographies, and Presentation Release Form via DFI’s online ShareFile platform. All Presenters Register for Conference at www.dfi.org/pfsf2020.

Friday, February 22, 2020

Final PowerPoint Files due for upload to DFI’s online ShareFile platform.

Have questions? Please email DFI at events@dfi.org.

Online Proceedings

Access to the Online Proceedings of the conference will be available soon after the conclusion of the conference. Delegates registered for the conference will receive a link to the proceedings as part of a Thank You email about two weeks after the conference with instructions on how to access the proceeding. Having difficulty? Email the DFI Events Team at events@dfi.org.