About DFI of India

DFI of India (DFII) is a nonprofit organization and a chapter of Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), US-based international nonprofit organization established with the goal of advancing the deep foundations construction industry.

DFI is an international association of owners, contractors, consultants, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and academics in the deep foundations industry. Our multidisciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. DFI is committed to ensuring safety, promoting quality, enhancing durability and increasing sustainability of foundation projects.

DFI brings together members through networking, education, communication and collaboration. DFI promotes the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs, seminars, webinars, workshops and conferences, publication of guides and specifications, a peer-reviewed journal, a flagship magazine, research, government relations and outreach.

History

DFI has a rich history of 45 plus years. DFII was formed in 2013 following the success of the “Deep Foundation Technologies for Infrastructure Development in India” Conference held in Chennai, India, in 2012. DFII established its full-time office in December 2017.

Membership

DFI has more than 4,000 involved, knowledgeable and committed members making an impact in the deep foundations industry worldwide. The diverse membership encompasses all disciplines of the foundation industry and performs the various specialties that comprise deep foundations. The Regional Chapter provides joint membership in DFI and DFII and the added benefit of a local DFI presence.

Mission

India has set its sights on becoming a $5 trillion economy by year 2024. As a first step in this direction, the Government of India appointed a task force that firmed up plans for investing INR 111 lakh crores in infrastructure projects over next five year period. This development augurs well for future prospects of the Indian construction industry.

There is a phenomenal scope for advancing foundation construction practices in India to reach the global best level on technology and skill development fronts, by deploying modern equipment and good work practices. These advancements will mitigate severe time/cost overruns in the implementation of major infrastructure projects on account of recurring geotechnical and foundation issues in Indian scenario. Improvements will add huge financial savings to the government, owners, contractors and others on major infrastructure projects.

DFII's mission is to support the Indian foundation industry on a continuous and sustained basis in measured and measurable steps, to become very professional and to embrace new technologies for faster development of India. The chapter looks to provide a platform for continuous interaction to stakeholders of the Indian foundation industry including those international agencies who have an India focus.

Conferences, workshops, seminars and webinars are conducted regularly, and highlighting best practices and expertise from around the world. Interesting case studies and panel discussions are presented to raise technical awareness and propel the state-of-practice in foundation design, construction, testing, contracting methods, and risk sharing in the India foundation industry.