DFI-EFFC International Conference on Deep Foundations and Ground Improvement Urbanization and Infrastructure Development – Future Challenges

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

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Schedule at a Glance 
John Mitchell Lecture
Invited Lecturers
Mega Project Presentations
Session Keynote Lecturers
Young Professionals and Students Mentoring Forum
Author Deadlines

Schedule At-a-Glance*

Tuesday, 5 June (Optional/Included in Registration Fees)
Workshop on Working Platforms
Panel Discussion on CFA and DD piles in Europe and North America
Panel Discussion on Tremie Concrete Research and Guideline Revisions
Exhibitor/Poster Set-Up
Welcome Reception in Exhibit Area

Wednesday, 6 June (Full-Day) 
Networking Breakfasts and Breaks in Exhibit Hall
Opening Keynotes from DFI, EFFC and ISSMGE
Mega Project Presentations by Clients
Client Open Forum Discussion on Contractual Practices and Challenges
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Area
Three Tracks of Technical Sessions
Conference Reception and Banquet (Palazzo Brancaccio) - separate fee required

Thursday, 7 June (Full-Day) 
Networking Breakfasts and Breaks in Exhibit Hall
John Mitchell Lecture
Invited Lectures on Water Infrastructure Challenges in Italy and the World
Three Tracks of Technical Sessions
Young Professionals and Students Mentoring Forum

Friday, 8 June (Optional Half-Day and Full-Day Tours/Technical Site Visits) – separate fee required 
Half-Day visit to View Foundations of Roman Catacombs
Half-Day Technical Site Visit to Rome Metro C
Full-Day Tour of Civita di Bagnoregio and Lunch

*Subject to Change.

John Mitchell Lecture

The John Mitchell Lecture was established by DFI at the 1991 4th International Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations in Stresa Italy. The Lecture was named in Honor of John Michael Mitchell, one of the earliest organizers of the DFI International Conferences and a pioneering supporter of DFI's role as a leader in the global industry. John was killed on September 14, 1990, while observing piling works at a site in Central London.

The 2018 John Mitchell lecturer is Michele Jamiolkowski, professor emeritus at Politecnico di Torino. He will present on the topic Geophysics for Geotechnical Design on Thursday, June 7 from 9:10am-9:40am.

Invited Lecturers

Three notable industry experts have been invited to share their technical expertise at this conference.

Wed., June 6

Stefano Trevisani, P.Eng
The Evolution of
An Industry

Thurs., June 7

David. B. Paul, P.E.
Mega Challenge:
Dam & Levee Rehabilitation
 Thurs., June 7

Photo Available Soon

Ing. Giovanni Ruggeri
Ing. Vincenzo Chieppa
Ministry of Infrastructure and
Water Infrastructure 
Challenges in Italy

Mega Project Presentations

June 6


P.Cialdini and A.Sciotti
Roma Metropolitane S.r.l.

The Development Program of the
Subway Network in Rome:
A Geotechnical Challenge
and a Cultural Opportunity
June 6


Roger Bailey
Bazalgette Tunnel Limited

The Thanes Tideway Tunnel Project
June 6

11:40 AM

Henrik Christensen
Femern A/S
The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link – Connecting Europe
June 6


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Rajeev Narayan Dwivedi
Chennai Metro Rail Limited

Chennai Metro Rail Project

Session Keynote Lecturers

Eight industry notables will present informative Keynote Lectures during the conference. Click on the session name for presentation summaries and on lecturer names for their biographies (if available).

Maurice Bottiau
Deep Foundation
Alessandro Flora

Ground Modification

Giuseppi Lunardi
Design and Modeling Criteria

Alessandro Mandolini
Design and Modeling Criteria
Massimo Mucci

Project Information
Management System (PIMS)

Giovanni Vaciago
Contracts and Geotechnical Investigation

Giulia Viggiani
Deep Foundation Technologies

Young Professionals and Students Mentoring Forum

The Conference Organizing Committee has organized a discussion forum for students and young professionals which will provide a mentoring setting for students to learn from young professionals who were recently in their position of seeking employment opportunities and utilizing the knowledge gained at university in real-life job situations. Young professionals will present their experiences through video presentations and answer student questions. The session will be broadcast via webinar for students and young professionals who cannot participate in person.  Students will also have the chance to be awarded summer internships from participating industry companies.

Download the Mentoring Forum flyer for details.
Download the Submission Form for Young Professionals to submit their video.

Students should click here to attend the mentoring forum in person or via webinar.

Author Deadlines

Click here to upload paper revisions and view reviewer comments. Use Conference ID DFI-EFFC2018, your email address and author account password to log-in.

10 August 2017
  Authors Notified of Acceptance
31 August 2017
  Authors Confirm Willingness to Draft Paper and Attend Conference
2 October 2017   Draft Papers Due; Upload to Author Account
26 January 2018   Authors Notified of Paper Acceptance or Declination
9 February 2018
  Authors Confirm Willingness to Finalize Paper and Attend Conference
23 February 2018    Authors with Mandatory Changes Re-Submit Papers for Re-Review
23 March 2018   Final Papers Due; Upload to Author Account
13 April 2018   Draft PowerPoint Presentations Due
14 May 2018   Final PowerPoint Presentations Due

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Contact Information

  • Phone: (973) 423-4030
    Fax: (973) 423-4031

Payment Instructions

  • You may register for this Conference using a Visa or MasterCard credit card, PayPal or Wire Transfer. To make payment by wire, contact DFI at bookkeeper@dfi.org. For this conference, DFI is unable to accept American Express, Checks or Purchase Orders. Payment must be received prior to the start of this conference. We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Prices are in Euros. A 22% IVA (VAT) tax will be added to all Delegate Registration fees except for delegates from Italian businesses with valid Italian VAT #’s. Exhibitor and Sponsorship fees are exempt from IVA (VAT).

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

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    Refunds for Registration will not be issued after Friday, 11 May 2018. However, you may transfer your registration to another delegate.

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