DFI 43rd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations

Anaheim, California
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Conference Program and Schedule
DFI Lunch and Learn Workshop Series
Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications

Engineering for Complex Loading Conditions 
in the 21st Century

Conference Program and Schedule*

The Full Conference Technical Program and Schedule with Exhibitor and Underwriter listing is available!
DFI's technical committees are meeting during the annual conference.  View meeting schedule here

Technical Poster Displays will be featured during the 
Conference Welcome Reception on 
Thursday, October 25, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.

Opening Plenary Keynote Presentations

Disneyland’s Deep Foundations

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 8:50 a.m.
Presenter: Tim Angers

Disneyland’s unique structures have been made possible in part by deep foundations.  From Sleeping Beauty Castle in 1955 to today’s large attractions, Disneyland’s current Staff Structural Engineer will share how this technology has been applied over the last 60-plus years to “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

The California High Speed Rail Project

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 9:30 a.m.
Anoosh Shamsabadi, Ph.D., P.E., California High-Speed Rail Authority
Matt Redfern, P.E., Hayward Baker, Inc.
Edward Mendoza, Becho Inc.

Drilled shaft installation for Construction Package IV (CP-4) of the California High Speed Rail Project is being completed by Hayward Baker. Hayward Baker, in conjunction with Becho Inc., began working on the project in December of 2017 with installation of the test pile program and is currently installing production piles with an estimated completion in 2019.

Metro LA - Excavation Superlative   

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Babak Mamaqani, Ph.D., P.E., P.M.P., Pirooz Barar & Associates
Pirooz Kashighandi, Ph.D., G.E., Group Delta
Hugo A. Guerrero, Condon-Johnson & Associates, Inc.
Victor Hernandez, Skanska

The joint keynote presentation features the magnitude of several Metro station constructions from three different perspectives: Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, and Construction. The fascinating challenges and solutions, as well as lessons learned from this “one-of-a kind” infrastructure project will be discussed by young professionals, who describe the project from various angles within the deep foundation construction framework.

Value Engineering-
Design Risk and Reward At Major Sport Arena Projects

Professional sport venue construction follows a very simple rule. Once the decision has been made to move the sport team to a new place, construction shall begin immediately. Ideally, less than two seasons shall be played in the old home before entering new grounds. Such tight construction schedules require the involvement of very specialized contractors, who not only understand the complexity of such modern structures from its integrate foundation, over the delicate concrete structure to a potentially fancy movable stadium roof. Not to mention all the modern high-tech equipment which shall make such a place a great customer experience. Continue reading more about this exciting presentation. Learn more about our presenters here.

Panel Discussions and Webinar


Performance-Based Design: Mastering the Challenge - Discussion and Webinar

Friday, October 26, 2018 | 11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Benjamin Turner, P.E.
Dan Brown and Associates PC

As performance-based design (PBD) is increasingly implemented as an alternative to prescriptive code-based design procedures, PBD poses several challenges and questions with respect to foundation engineering.  In this panel discussion, structural and geotechnical experts in practice and research will provide insights into the meaning, benefits, and challenges of foundation design for projects utilizing PBD. Each panel member will give a brief presentation followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Topics will include:
  • Recent and relevant PBD guidance documents;
  • The role of deep foundation designers and builders in the PBD process as perceived by structural engineers;
  • Feedback requirements between geotechnical and structural designers;
  • Appropriate analysis methods; and
  • Examples of successful implementation of PBD for past projects with deep foundations.
  • Sissy Nikolaou, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, WSP
  • Juan Baez, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., Advanced Geosolutions Inc. (AGI)
  • Jonathan Stewart, Ph.D., P.E., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Farzad Naeim, Ph.D., S.E., Esq., Founder and President of Farzad Naeim, Inc.
  • Leo Panian, S.E., Principal at Tipping Structural Engineers (Berkeley)
Webinar registration details will be posted soon.

Terminology and Evaluation Criteria of CSL as Applied to Deep Foundations

Prepared by Cross-Hole Sonic Logging Terminology Task Force
Friday, October 26, 2018 | 2:45 p.m.
Facilitator: Panel Moderator: Anna Sellountou, Ph.D., P.E., M. ASCE

This panel discussion aims to address:

1) The current difficulties associated with the existing CSL acceptance criteria.
2) Common misapplication of terms and procedures involving CSL results and their role in acceptance of shafts.
3) Proposed new CSL rating criteria and terminology along with suggestions for comprehensive evaluation of the CSL results and recommendations for additional assessment.

Read more here.

Panel Members*
• Testing Engineers: Bernie Hertlein, FACI, M.ASCE, Les Chernauskas, P.E., M.ASCE
• Geotechnical Engineer: Greg Canivan, P.E., M.ASCE
• Structural Engineer: Dan Stevenson, P.E.
• Designer: Peter Kandaris, P.E., M. ASCE
• Government Official: Silas Nichols, P.E., FHWA

*subject to change

Shortcomings in the Design of Electric System Foundations

Friday, October 26, 2018 | 3:20 p.m.
Facilitator: Peter Kandaris, P.E., DiGioia Gray Consulting Engineers & Scientists and Co-Chair of DFI Electric System Foundations Committee
There are presently no comprehensive guidelines for foundation design of electrical system and power delivery structures. In recognizing this deficiency, industry professionals formed the DFI’s Electric Power Systems Foundation Committee. This group has drafted a white paper which identifies the state of the practice and lays the groundwork for future industry guidelines or methods of practice. As a result of this effort, shortcomings in the design of transmission line foundations along with recommended actions have been detailed and are presently being discussed.

Read more here and plan to join the discussion.

Student Activities Program*

Friday, October 26, 2018
Gerald Desmond Bridge Technical Tour

If you are a professor or know a student interested in deep foundations, please encourage them to attend the Annual Conference and participate in the exciting Student Activities Program.

Students will be able to attend a brief on-site technical presentation on the Gerald Desmond Bridge foundation design and construction challenges, followed by a site tour of the bridge.

Please note, a limited number of grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis for this program.

Reimbursements will be distributed at the conclusion of the Student Activities Program.

View detailed Itinerary

Is your company interested in sponsoring the Student Activities Program? Email us at events@dfi.org

*Program subject to change.

DFI Lunch and Learn Workshop Series

The 2018 Lunch an Learn Workshop is titled, "Kick B*tt Presentation Skills". As attendees take a their lunch break from Technical Committee Meetings, workshop attendees will learn what presentation tools they should pack in their toolbox to make for a successful presentation. Details will follow soon.

Hal Hunt Lecture on Communications

The 2018 Hal Hunt Lecturer is Carl Lewis, one of the greatest Olympians of all time. His presentation, “Taking Command: You Can Do That,” will focus on communications.

Lewis, a former American track and field athlete, was a dominant sprinter and long jumper, winning 10 Olympic medals, including 9 gold, and 10 World Championship medals, including 8 gold. He is currently a track and field coach at University of Houston.

His accomplishments have led to numerous accolades, including being voted "World Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations and "Sportsman of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee, "Olympian of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Athlete of the Year" by Track & Field News in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

As a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, Lewis devotes a great deal of his time and energy to charity. He founded “The Carl Lewis Foundation,” which serves as an umbrella for the many charities that Lewis supports including the College Fund (formerly known as the United Negro College Fund), The Wendy Marx Foundation (for organ donor awareness) and the UNCF Walkathon in Houston.

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.

Be a Sponsor of the Lecture
This lecture is supported by the generous donations of companies and individuals, such as yourself. Net proceeds benefit the DFI Educational Trust. To arrange for a sponsorship/donation, complete a donor form today.

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Young Professor & Student Paper Competitions

Each year the Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust hosts Young Professor and Student paper competitions for those studying in the fields of engineering, construction and geological sciences. The authors of the winning papers will be invited to attend the DFI 2018 Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Anaheim, California, to present their papers. Conference registration, two nights of lodging, and a $1,000.00 stipend for travel expenses will be provided to the winners. Both the winner and first runner-up will receive a library of up to 20 printed DFI Publications and a complimentary two-year full Individual Membership in DFI.

Here are important author and winner deadlines:

Draft Papers are Due – Friday, June 1
Winners are Notified by – Friday, August 6
Winners’ Draft PowerPoint Presentation Due – Friday, September 14

View the Young Professor Call for Papers.
View the Student Call for Papers.

Professional Development Hours

Deep Foundations Institute provides general professional development hours for conference attendees. for this conference the following PDH will be given:

Thursday, Oct. 25 - Day 1 - 6.5 PDHs
Friday, Oct. 26 - Day 2 - 7.0 PDHs
Saturday, Oct. 27 - Day 3 - 3 PDHs

For New York State Licensed Engineers:
DFI has applied for the following professional development hours with the Practicing Institute of Engineering based on the materials conference speakers provided in time for application to be made. If approved, PDHs will be awarded as follows and is solely at PIE's discretion:

October 25, 2018 | Day 1 - Plenary and Parallel A | 4.5 PDHs
October 25, 2018 | Day 1 - Plenary and Parallel B | 4.0 PDHs
October 26, 2018 | Day 2 - Plenary and Parallel A | 3.75 PDHs
October 26, 2018 | Day 2 - Plenary and Parallel B | 2.75 PDHs
October 27, 2018 | Day 3 - Parallel A and Plenary | 1.5 PDHs

PIE Sign-In will take place at the Registration Desk. Be prepared to sign-in four (4) times each day to receive full credit - each morning, morning break, lunch and at afternoon break. DFI Staff will provide further instructions for sign-ins when you arrive.

To learn more about professional development hours, please click here.

Author Guidelines & Deadlines

View the complete Author Guidelines document here.

June 25, 2018
Draft Paper and Panel Session reviews complete; decision on presentation status, and review comments to be returned to Authors.

August 24, 2018
Final Paper from accepted Authors due (10-page limit). Final Panel Session proposal and details due (along with speaker confirmations).

September 14, 2018
Final PowerPoint Presentations due (DFI PowerPoint guidelines will be provided). For the Panel Sessions, presentation materials will be made available to DFI for review and acceptance (DFI guidelines will be provided).
Questions? Email us at events@dfi.org


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

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    To make payment by wire, contact DFI at bookkeeper@dfi.org.

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

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