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
Panel Discussion
Young Professionals and Students Mentoring Forum

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
  Thurs., June 7
  Thurs., June 7

Stefano Trevisani, P.Eng
The Evolution of
An Industry


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 Thames Tideway Tunnel Project
June 6

11:40 AM

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


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).

Alessandro Flora

Ground Modification

Giovanna Cassani
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

Panel Discussion


Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 12:40-13:40
International Panel Discussion on Geotechnical, Contractual and Communication Risks
Moderator: Maurice Bottiau, Deputy General Manager, Franki Foundations Belgium

In the presence of many high-level, keynote speakers and international representatives to this conference, DFI and EFFC will host their first International Panel on Risk. Industry leaders will discuss major risk and the challenges presented on their projects and in their activities. This panel will start an international conversation to be continued in future debates and help our initiatives forward. Ideas for developing new programs to inform and guide industry professionals on ways to eliminate, reduce and share Risk will be discussed. Read more here.

The panel discussion is available as a live webinar. Please register by clicking this link.

Pasquale Cialdini, Administrator, Roma Metropolitane S.r.l.
Roger Bailey, Asset Management Director, Bazalgette Tunnel Limited
Henrik Christensen, Technical Director, Femern A/S
Rajeev Narayan Dwivedi, Director (Projects), Chennai Metro Rail Limited
Stefano Trevisani, CEO, TREVI S.p.A
Pat Morgan, Director, USACE Dam Safety Production Center
Dan Brown, Dan Brown and Associates, PC, DFI President

Young Professionals and Students Mentoring Forum

Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 11:00-11:30

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.

Companies to Submit Stage/Internship Descriptions by: Friday, May 11, 2018
Young Professionals to Submit Two-Minute Videos by: Monday, April 30, 2018
Students to Register to Attend or Participate via Webinar/Send Resume by: Monday, May 28, 2018

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.

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.

    If you plan to pay by wire, please register for the conference before requesting a proforma invoice. When you register online, select WIRE PAYMENT. You will not have to pay at the time you register but payment must be received before the start of the conference.

    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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