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Program Schedule

A dynamic technical program is planned for SuperPile ’19. This program includes DFI’s Board and Technical Committee Meeting Schedule. A Pre-Conference Workshop on Impact Testing for Site Characterization will be held on Wednesday, May 1stfrom 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. This workshop is a Ticketed Event – Register here. Thursday, May 2nd Plenary Session includes a Webinar from 10:45 AM – 12:30 PM. The content of the Webinar will be The Osterberg Memorial Lecture presented by Samuel Paikowsky, PhD., University of Massachusetts Lowell and an Industry Owner Collaborative Forum. If you are unable to attend SuperPile ’19, you may register for this free webinar here.
Wednesday, May 1
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

DFI Educational Trust Board Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Workshop – Impact Testing for Site Characterization (Ticketed Event)

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM         

DFI Technical Committee and Working Group Meetings

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Conference Registration

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Exhibitor Set-Up

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
DFI Women in Deep Foundations (WiDF) Networking Reception (Off-Site, Ticketed Event)
Thursday, May 2
8:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Opening Plenary Session Presentations
10:45 PM – 12:30 PM
Plenary Session 2 – WEBINAR (Non-Conference Attendees - Click here to register)
12:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Plenary Sessions 3 and 4 Presentations
5:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Conference Welcome Reception and Exhibition
Friday, May 3
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Parallel Technical Sessions in Two Tracks                                                  
3:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Panel Discussion and Closing Plenary Session

Conference Invited Speakers

Thursday, May 2, 2019
8:45 AM 9:15 AM
Pacific Pile ‐ Terminal 5 PoS
Brice Exley, P.E. Hart Crowser, Inc. United States
9:15 AM 9:45 AM
Concrete Filled Tubes
Dawn Lehman University of Washington United
States and Amy Leland Washington Department
of Transportation
9:45 AM 10:15 AM
Design of Piling Systems for Ports
Stephen Dickenson New Albion Geotechnical, Inc. United States
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Osterberg Memorial Lecture
Samuel Paikowsky, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Osterberg Memorial Lecturer

Samuel Paikowsky, Ph.D. 
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell
DFI’s 2019 Osterberg Memorial Lecture will take place on Thursday, May 2.  Samuel Paikowsky, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell, has been selected as this year’s lecturer.
Dr.  Paikowsky is also the President of GeoDynamica Inc.  and he has over 30 years of experience in geotechnical related consulting, research and engineering projects.  He is an internationally renowned expert in the field of deep foundation, reliability based design instrumentation, testing and analysis, and has been involved in projects worldwide.
The lecture was established in honor of Dr. Jorj O. Osterberg, to recognize innovations in deep foundations construction related to engineering design, testing or education.

Industry-Owner Collaborative Panel Discussion

An Industry-Owner Collaborative Panel Discussion will be presented after the lecture by representatives leading industry forums for collaboration with owners. Various industry-owner collaborative program will be presented followed by a question and answer session. Programs include:
  • Washington Department of Transportation-ADSC contractor forum

  • DFI's Seepage Control Committee, Chennai Metro Working Group, and City of Toronto Groundwater Management Working Group

  • PDCA's Pile Advocacy Program and
  • Introduction of New Technologies to AASHTO
Panel Moderator: Matthew Janes, P.Eng. | Isherwood Associates and President, Deep Foundations Institute
Panelists: Pollyanna Cunningham | Chair, Deep Foundations Institute Driven Pile Committee and ICE® - International Construction Equipment Inc. and
Mark Gaines, P.E. | Washington State DOT
Silas Nichols, P.E. | U.S. Federal Highway Administration
David Paul, P.E. | Trustee, Deep Foundations Institute and Paul GeoTek Engineering, LLC

Information about PDHs

Professional Development Hours

An increasing number of professional engineering licensing organizations require members to pursue professional development on a formal basis. DFI is pleased to provide a general Certificate of Participation for all its technical programs. This certificate is accepted by most licensing boards and serves as documentation of your pursuit of continuing education credits. There are some states that may not accept the general DFI certificate. Attendees are responsible for determining whether or not DFI PDHs are accepted by their respective licensing board. The number of general PDHs for this conference are 5 for Day 1 Plenary, 6.5 for Day 2 Parallel A or B for a total of 11.5 PDHs for the conference. 


NEW YORK: Approved New York State (NYS) Professional Development Hours are sought for all DFI events from the Practicing Institute of Engineers. PDHs will be determined when approval is received. Those individuals requiring NYS approved hours must follow the guidelines and procedures requested by event management to qualify. The procedure typically includes the need to sign-in at the Registration Desk as proof of your attendance at the entire event. This procedure is subject to change. The approved hours for this conference will be announced within the three weeks leading up to the conference. The approved hours for this conference will be announced soon.

Reminders for Speakers

Please note the following deadlines as you prepare your presentation:


Program Schedule

View the Conference Program here. Please locate your presentation and name on the schedule. It is subject to change. If it does, you will be contacted by the Program Committee or the DFI Events Team. NOTE: Writing a technical paper is NOT required for this conference. If you choose, you are free to submit a paper to the DFI Journal for consideration.


Online Registration

Please register for SuperPile ‘19 today by clicking here. The registration fee for Speakers is only $315.00. The first speaker may register at the discounted rate. Additional speakers should register at their applicable registration level.


Information/Materials Required

Brief Presentation Summary (2-3 sentences only): 
Please include: 
  • Title of your presentation
  • Individual presenter names, professional designations (P.E., Ph.D., etc.), company names for EACH presenter for the printed conference program
Friday, January 18
Presenter Bio(s):
Short biographical paragraph FOR EACH PRESENTER as a Microsoft Word document (view sample)
Friday, January 18
Presentation Release Form:
Click here for the PRESENTATION RELEASE FORM. Please download, complete and submit here.
Friday, January 18
Final PowerPoint Presentation:
  • View DFI's Presentation Guidelines for important information about the appearance of your PowerPoint
  • Slide Format: 16:9 (wide-screen)
  • Rule of thumb: one slide per minute of presentation time
  • Corporate logos may only appear on the first and last presentation slide. (unless your organization is a not-for-profit entity, e.g., university, association)
  • Ensure you have permission to use or own the rights to photographs that appear in your PowerPoint
  • Your presentation will be loaded and run on DFI’s laptop in the Session Room
Friday,  April 5
3 Quiz-Type Questions:
  • 3 learning/assessment questions about the content of the presentation (multiple choice, fill-in the blank, etc.; answers not needed)
  • View sample questions and learn why these questions are important
  • These questions are needed for New York State PDH approval for licensing
Friday,  April 5
A/V Request:
Click here to dowload the AUDIO/VISUAL REQUIREMENT FORM
Please download, complete and submit here.
Special requests may not be accommodated without DFI receiving this form in advance.
Friday,  April 5

You may continue to update your presentation and submit the final version by Wednesday, April 24, 2019. After this date, you must bring your presentation to the Speaker Preparation Meeting the morning of your presentation using a flash drive. The conference staff will load it to DFI’s laptop.


All speakers are encouraged to bring a back-up of their presentation on a flash drive.


Please be aware of the importance of limiting commercial aspects in your presentation and to focus on technical features. DFI reserves the right to later not accept a presentation that is too commercial. Additionally, unless your organization is a not-for-profit entity, corporate logos may appear on the first and last presentation slide only. Reference the Presentation Guidelines for details.


Please email the DFI Events Team at speakers@dfi.org if you cannot adhere to these deadlines.

Again, thank you for presenting at SuperPile '19.