DFI 42nd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations

New Orleans, Louisiana
Tuesday, October 24, 2017



Conference Overview
Panel Discussion & Webinar on Risk
Technical Paper Writing and Reviewing Workshop
Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications
Keynote Speakers
Student Program
Author Deadlines

Conference Overview*

Monday, October 23

DFI Board of Trustees Meeting

Technical Committee/Working Group Chair Meeting

Board and Committee Chairs Dinner
View the Board and Committee Meeting Schedule Here

Tuesday, October 24 (Full-Day)
DFI and ADSC Technical Committee and Working Group Meetings with Networking Breaks
'Lunch and Learn' for Authors and Reviewers of DFI Technical Papers

Exhibitor Set-Up –
View Show Schedule Here
City-by-City Companions’ Meet & Greet

Wednesday, October 25 (Full-Day)

DFI Educational Trust 5K Fun Run/Walk Fundraiser
Networking Breakfasts and Breaks in Exhibit Hall

Technical Sessions and Poster Presentations
City-by-City Companions' Tour – View Special Events Page for Updates
Welcome Luncheon w/ Chairman’s Report

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Thursday, October 26 (Full-Day)

Networking Breakfast and Breaks in Exhibit Hall

City-by-City Companions’ – Tours and Activities on Your Own

Young Professor and Student Paper Competition Presentations
Student Activities Lecture and Tour

Technical Sessions

Business Meeting Luncheon
 - Technical Committee Highlights
Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications
 with NFL-Great Archie Manning
DFI Awards Reception & Banquet - Featuring our Principal Awards (OPA, DSA, Bermingham Award)

Friday, October 27 (8am-Noon)

Networking Breakfast and Break in Exhibit Hall

City-by-City Companions’ Farewell Breakfast in Presidential Suite
Technical Sessions
Exhibitor Break-Down  

*subject to change  

Invited Panel on Risk: A Rational Discussion

The session is intended to gather engineers, contractors, equipment and material suppliers, researchers and owners together for a rational discussion about risk as related to foundation projects.  The intent is to emphasize the importance of clearly identifying and allocating risk during tender phase so that risk can be mitigated by parties best positioned to manage them and risks that become realities can be addressed fairly.  The format for the 90 minute session is a series of very brief presentations by panelists representing various stakeholders followed by a facilitated discussion/Q&A with the audience led by Dan Brown, DFI President.  

If you are unable to attend in person, DFI is presenting a live broadcast of this discussion via webinar.  Click here to sign up for the webinar.  Certificates for 1.5 PDHs will be provided to webinar attendees.

Technical Paper Writing and Reviewing Workshop

Writing technical papers, whether for journals, conferences, reports, or reviews, does not come naturally to most of us. The DFI Journal Editors will lead a 30-minute lunchtime workshop to provide key insights to successfully writing and reviewing a technical paper.  Please join us for an interactive and fun competition to test your reviewing skills, followed by discussion aimed at bolstering confidence in both technical writing and reviewing of papers.  We will discuss steps to effectively structure an impactful manuscript and how to avoid the most common mistakes observed in technical literature.  Upon completing the workshop, you will feel confident in identifying and producing a well-conceived narrative suitable for a variety of audiences, while maximizing its impact and exposure.

Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications

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.

Archie Manning, a renowned football player, author and public relations consultant, is delivering the 2017 Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications on Thursday, October 26. His presentation is titled "The Manning Playbook for Communication and Leadership."

Manning attended the University of Mississippi where he was named an All-American Quarterback and his number is retired. He was voted Mississippi’s Greatest All-Time Athlete in 1992 and was named Mississippi’s Most Popular Athlete of the Century. He was elected to the 50-Year All-South Team (1940-1990) and named one of the Top 25 Athletes of the Century in Louisiana.

Both Manning and his son Peyton were named among the 100 All-Time Greatest College Football Players. Manning was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame and is a member of other Halls of Fame, including Louisiana and Mississippi. While in the NFL, he received numerous awards and was recognized for both his ability as a football player and his humanitarian efforts.

The 2017 Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications, established to recognize notable communicators, is being sponsored by contributions from companies and individuals such as yourself. Net proceeds benefit the DFI Educational Trust. To arrange for a sponsorship/donation, complete the attached form.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Cornerstone Sponsor
Supporting Sponsor
Patron Sponsor
Sponsor (Individuals Only)
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Hal Hunt Lecture Supporting Sponsor

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Keynote Lecturers
Four notable industry experts will give a variety of technical and risk management presentations during the conference.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.

USACE Oversight of Remediation of the
World’s Highest Risk Dam – an Update

David B. Paul, P.E.
Special Assistant for Dam Safety, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
      Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 9:15 a.m.

Being Approximately Right or Precisely Wrong:
Risk Informed Lessons in a Standards Based Industry

Eric Halpin, P.E.
Special Assistant for Dam and Levee Safety, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
      Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.

Fostering Multi-Generational Work Teams

Deborah D. Keller, P.E.
D.D. Keller & Partners
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:30am

The Intersection of Engineering, Construction, Litigation and Ethics

Ralph W. Junius, Jr., P.E.
President, Linfield, Hunter & Junius, Inc

Student Activities Program* and Young Professor & Student Competitions

The Student Activities Committee for the conference is planning an exciting program for students who register for the conference. View the itinerary hereKiewit is the official sponsor for the Student Activities Program for this annual conference. *The schedule is subject to change.


On Thursday, October 26, student will visit the Permanent Canal Closure and Pumps (PCCP) project located in New Orleans. It is composed of permanent gated storm surge barriers and brick façade pump stations at or near the lakefront. The pumps will move rainwater out of the canals, around the gates and into Lake Pontchartrain during a tropical weather event, and be equipped with a stand-alone emergency power supply capacity so that it can operate independently of any publicly provided utility. When complete, the three PCCP sites will have a combined pumping capacity of 24,300 cubic feet per second. 

Kiewit will provide an overview of the project before the site visit and will highlight critical deep foundation operations throughout the PCCP project including T-wall foundations (H-pile); scour protection and small cofferdams (Z-sheets); structure foundations (pipe pile); and the OPEN CELL™ Cofferdam (flat sheets). 

The discounted registration rate is $100.00. For more information, contact DFI at events@dfi.org for more information.

The submission period for the Young Professor and Student Paper Competitions have concluded. Winners will be announced soon and present at the conference on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Author Deadlines

View the complete Author Guidelines document here.

Friday, January 13, 2017
Authors Confirm Willingness to Draft Paper and Attend Conference
Friday, January 27, 2017
  Authors Notified of Acceptance
Friday, April 7, 2017
  Draft Papers Due; Upload to Author Account 
Friday, June 23, 2017
  Authors Notified of Paper Acceptance or Declination   
Friday, June 30, 2017
  Authors Confirm Willingness to Finalize Paper and Attend Conference

Additional deadlines available in the Author Guidelines.                                 

Questions? Email us at events@dfi.org


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • You may register for this Conference using a major Credit Card, Debit Card, PayPal, Check or Purchase Order. Check payments due within 30 days of registration and should be made payable to DFI.

    Terms are 30 days net to all payment modes not credit card/paypal.

    To make payment by wire, contact Lisa Rayment at LRAYMENT@DFI.ORG.

    Cancellations must be made in writing by mail, email or fax. 

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