Registration Open for the Inaugural DFI-PFSF Conference in Melbourne, Australia, March 2017 

January 19, 2017, Hawthorne N.J.:

Registration is open for the inaugural DFI-PFSF (Piling and Foundation Specialists Federation) conference on Piling and Ground Improvement Technology for the Modern Building and Infrastructure Sector. This international event is being held on March 21-22, 2017, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia. 

Presentations at the conference will be on the following topics:

  • Risk-based design approaches
  • Application of foundation testing techniques for design validation
  • Pile supported raft foundation applications
  • Equipment advances
  • Challenging and innovative case histories
  • Practical quality control and inspection programs
  • Modeling and laboratory scale testing of improved soils
  • Foundation and excavation performance and monitoring
  • Piling applications for energy projects

The conference features four keynote speakers:

Chris Haberfield, Ph.D., principal geotechnical engineer of Golder Associates in Melbourne, will present “Geotechnical Design Considerations for Rock Socketed Piles.”

Harry Poulos, Ph.D., P.E., consultant with the Coffey Group, will present “Designing Piles for Seismic Events.”

Philippe Vincent, managing director at Menard Oceania, will present “Ground Improvement by Dynamic Replacement within Intertidal Mangrove Mud Environment Ichthys LNG, Darwin.”

DFI President Dan Brown, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, of Dan Brown and Associates, will deliver his presentation on the “Challenges in the Design and Construction of Deep Foundations for Transportation Infrastructure Projects.”

To learn more about the conference and to register for this event, visit


About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners 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. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 4,000 members worldwide.