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#TM-WPSAFETY Recommended Industry Practices for Safe Working Platforms for Construction Equipment
DFI, ADSC, PDCAWorking Platforms Industry-Wide Working Group table of contents
36 pgs, illustrated, PDF

The purpose of the document is to present an administrative procedure to institutionalize a clear method for ensuring that safe Working Platforms are in place for foundation construction equipment. This document also serves as a suggested framework by which allocation of responsibility can be communicated and determined long before work is performed on the jobsite.

#TM-HLPR-3 Helical Pile Foundation Design Guide, First Edition, 2019
DFIDFI Helical Piles and Tiebacks Committee, Gary L. Seider, P.E., Chair; Wayne Thompson, P.E., Design Guide Sub-Committee Chair, Editor; and Karen Dawson, P.E., Design Guide, Contributor, Editor table of contents
65 pgs, illustrated, PDF

This short, easy-to-follow guide is intended for the preliminary design and selection of helical piles and anchors. The guide covers applications, terminology, advantages and limitations, geotechnical and structural design methods, corrosion protection, load testing, quality control and assurance, and references. This document is intended to be used by engineers and designers with appropriate background knowledge of theoretical soil mechanics and foundation design methods. More detailed design resources are cited.

#TM-SLMX-1 Guidelines for Soil Mixing
DFIDFI Soil Mixing Committee, Dennis W. Boehm, Chair and David Weatherby, Past Chair table of contents
80 pgs, illustrated, PDF

This document was developed by the DFI Soil Mixing Committee. The Guidelines provide an overview of the state of practice of Deep Mixing Methods (DMM) in North America as well as a guide specification for deep mixing work. This document focuses on constructability and feasibility considerations for deep mixing and addresses the following applications: Earth retention; Liquefaction mitigation; Groundwater seepage control and containment isolation; Bearing capacity improvement; Deep foundations; Mass stabilization and contamination containment; Embankment, levee and dam strengthening, and stabilization; and Casing replacement. It is intended that this document provide a basic introduction to wet and dry DMM to enhance its adoption and application in North America. Purchase of this publication includes a PDF of the full guide and an editable Word Document of the Guide Specification.

#TM-ACIP-4 Augered Cast-In-Place Piles Manual, Third Edition, 2016
2016 Augered Cast-In-Place Pile CommitteDFI 2016 Augered Cast-in-Place Pile (ACIP) Committee
Soft cover, 68 pgs., illustrated, 6"x9" saddle-stitched

This document is an update to Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Augered Cast‐in‐Place (ACIP) Pile Committee’s ACIP Pile Manual (Model Specification) (2003 version). The Guideline Specification and Commentary content have been updated to address current trends in ACIP Pile installation and quality control, the use of increased ACIP pile diameters and lengths to provide significantly higher load carrying capacities, and the challenges associated with the use of grout and reinforcement necessary to sustain such higher loading. The order of the Guideline Specification has been revised to more closely match the format typically utilized in project specifications. This document is intended to provide the industry with practical guidance in the preparation of a project‐specific specification.

#TM-HLPR-2 Model Specification for Helical Pile Foundations Compression Applications
DFIDFI Helical Piles and Tiebacks Committee, Gary L. Seider, P.E., Chair and past Chairmen Dr. Samuel Clemence, Robert Hoyt, and Dr. Howard Perko table of contents

This document was developed by the Helical Piles and Tiebacks Committee to provide practical guidance for the specification of helical pile foundations. Model performance specification language is provided for the design, construction and testing of helical piles for compression, tension and/or lateral loading applications. Typical helical pile foundation applications include new foundation construction, foundation repair and existing foundation augmentation. PDF versions are free for members and $25 for nonmembers. The cost for MSWord version is $30 for DFI members and $50 for nonmembers; order by emailing shipping@dfi.org.

#TM-HLPR-1 Model Specification for Helical Anchor Foundations Tension Applications
DFI Helical Piles and Tiebacks CommitteeGary L. Seider, P.E., Chair and past Chairmen Dr. Samuel Clemence, Robert Hoyt, and Dr. Howard Perko table of contents
PDF, 10 pgs, illustrated

This document was developed by the Helical Piles and Tiebacks Committee to provide practical guidance for the specification of helical anchors. Model performance specification language is provided for the design, construction and testing of helical anchorages for tension applications. Typical tension applications include earth retention and shoring, transmission tower guy tiedowns, and buoyancy/uplift protection. PDF versions are free for members and $25 for nonmembers. The cost for MSWord version is $30 for DFI members and $50 for nonmembers; order by emailing shipping@dfi.org.

DFI Ground Improvement Committee (2014)Martin G. Taube, P.E., P.G., Ground Improvement Committee Chair and Matthew Barendse, P.E., Committee Member table of contents
PDF, 10 pgs,

The provided method specification for wick drains is intended as a guide. The Engineer should review it carefully and make the necessary adjustments to account for the size, complexity, conditions and specific requirements of the project. This work consists of furnishing all necessary labor, equipment, and materials to install prefabricated vertical (wick) drains in the ground in accordance with the Plans and as specified herein.

#TM-ACIP-3 Guideline for Interpretation of Nondestructive Integrity Testing of Augered Cast-in-Place and Drilled Displacement Piles
2011 Augered Cast-In-Place Pile CommitteeMike Moran, Chair and Editor; Tracy Brettmann, Principal Author; Bernard Hertlein, Matthew Meyer,Bria Whitmire, Co-Authors table of contents
39 pgs., illustrated. Available in PDF on Flashdrive or NOW AVAILABLE Printed Manual 6"x9" (Since March 2016)

This guideline provides practical guidance for the interpretation of nondestructive testing (NDT) of the integrity of augered cast-in-place (ACIP) and drilled displacement (DD) piles. Every NDT method has specific associated capabilities and limitations, and ACIP and DD piles have unique properties that must be considered when using a specific NDT method for a project. For successful interpretation, it is essential that the test results not be utilized alone, but in conjunction with all the available information on pile installation, as well as consideration of the subsurface conditions, past experiences and sound engineering judgment. This guideline supplements DFI’s two primary publications on ACIP piles: Augered Cast-in-Place Pile Manual (2016) and the Inspector’s Guide for Augered Cast-in-Place Piles (2010). This guideline was developed to provide 1) more detailed explanations of the various test methods available, 2) guidance on interpretation of the results, and 3) some typical examples of the data and interpretation.

#TM-SSMC-1 Seismic and Lateral Load Design and Testing Guidelines
DFI Seismic and Lateral Loads Committee (2011-2012)Chaired by Mark Petersen and Zia Zafir (2003-2009); Robert Kruger, Guideline Editor table of contents
Bookmarked PDF, 68 pgs., illustrated

This guidance document is intended to assist geotechnical engineers, pile designers, and contractors in analysis, design, and testing of piles and drilled shafts for lateral loads. Although analysis of lateral response of piles and shafts is routinely performed, there is no single guidance document and/or standard for design and testing. Several different analytical methods are available for the analysis and the resulting design can result in significantly different responses which can create confusion. Over the years, analysis of response of piles due to lateral loads evolved from closed-form solutions to py methods to strain wedge to finite element/finite difference modeling. This is especially true for analyzing and designing piles in potentially liquefiable soils with lateral spread issues under seismic conditions. This document discusses the background of different analytical and testing procedures and presents the recommended methods for analysis, design and testing of piles for lateral loads.

#TM-ACIP-2 Augered Cast-In-Place Piles Inspector's Guide, Second Edition, 2010
DFI Augered Cast-In-Place Pile Committee (2006-2010)Chris D. Shewmaker, Past Chair and Editor table of contents
PDF, 40 pgs., illustrated

This publication is a guide to the inspection of Augered Cast-In-Place Piles (ACIP) and a companion document to the DFI Augered Cast-In-Place Piles Manual. The manual, updated from the original version published in 1994, summarizes the requirements expected of all parties concerned in the successful installation of these piles and now includes information on Automated Monitoring Equipment (AME) and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). Step by step installation procedures, construction equipment and inspection tools are discussed along with the common potential problems. Sample inspection forms are also provided. The manual provides guidelines for observing and documenting the installation of ACIP piles constructed using a hollow stem continuous flight auger and may also serve as a guide for the training of inspection personnel. This document is not intended to cover all project related issues; however, the intent is to outline the expectations for personnel involved in ACIP Pile installation and monitoring. These expectations along with a thorough subsurface exploration program, a quality specification, an experienced contractor and knowledgeable inspector can lead to a successful ACIP Pile project.

#TM-SN-2 Soil Nailing Guide Specification, First Edition, 2010
DFI Tiebacks & Soil Nailing Committee (2006-2010)Jonathan K. Bennett, PE, D.GE, Past Chair and Editor table of contents
Soft cover, 40 pgs., illustrated, 6"x9" saddle-stitched

This guide, a result of the work of the Tiebacks and Soil Nailing Committee of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) with review by the Anchored Earth Retention Committee of the ADSC: The International Association of Foundation Drilling and the Technical Activities Committee of DFI, is intended for general use primarily in the private market, since the public sector is typically served by the Federal Highway Administration design and construction guidelines. The model spec encompasses all designs, materials, products, accessories, installation techniques and testing procedures required for the installation of soil nail excavation support or earth retention systems. Its purpose is to assist in the development of project specifications for soil nail earth excavation support and earth retention systems and is based on generally accepted industry standards but may require modification by the specification writer to accommodate unusual or unforeseen site and subsurface conditions and the particular circumstances of the project. In this regard, the Committee hopes that the Guide will be of use where other design and construction guidelines do not exist or in the development of building code provisions for Soil Nailing in the various Building Codes nationwide.

#TM-NDT-1 Manual for Non Destructive Testing and Evaluation of Drilled Shafts
2005 DFI Drilled Shaft Committee & 2005 DFI Testing and Evaluation CommitteeFrederick C. Rhyner PE, Chairman Drilled Shaft Committee; Bernard Hertlein, Chairman Testing & Evaluation Committee; Les R. Chernauskas PE, Editor table of contents
Soft cover, 88 pgs, illustrated, 6"x9"

This guide to Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Evaluation of Drilled Shafts porvides a general introduction to the various current NDT testing methods, their fundamental operating principles, prime applications, advantages and limitations. It is intended for use by owners, design engineers, inspectors and contractors involved with drilled shaft construction. Students of foundation engineering will also find it a useful primer for the business. Conventional and new load testing methods are also described in the manual although they are not usually considered "non-destructive" tests. They were included since many load tests are performed on production drilled shafts in an effort to complete the comprehensive coverage of evaluation of drilled shafts in this manual. The six main sections are: Introduction; Application of Non-Destructive Testing to Drilled Shafts; Inspection and Observation Methods; Integrity Testing Methods; Load Testing Methods; and Corroboration and Remediation Options

#TM-SLWL-1 Industry Practice Standards and DFI Practice Guidelines for Structural Slurry Walls
2005 DFI Slurry Wall CommitteeRaymond J. Poletto PE, Chairman & Editor table of contents
Soft cover, 92 pgs, illustrated, 6"x9"

This guide to current industry practice and recommended practice guidelines for structural slurry walls is a composite of the opinions of practicing engineers, construction experts and the DFI Slurry Wall Committee. This guide is intended to provide information for the design and construction of structural slurry walls in the United States and highlights the major considerations in selecting structural slurry walls for temporary and permanent use in foundation construction. Included in the manual are: Nomenclature used in slurry wall construction; Related terms and construction methods; Definition of a slurry wall and other standard teminology; A history of slurry wall construction; Industry practice standards; DFI practice guidelines; 20-page list of slurry wall projects constructed in North America.

#TM-MP-1 Guide to Drafting a Specification for Micropiles
Deep Foundations Institute & ADSC-IAFD Micro Pile CommitteeDeep Foundations Institute & ADSC-IAFD Micro Pile Committee, Thomas D. Richards Jr., P.E., DFI Committee Chair; Tom Armour, ADSC Committee Chair table of contents
Soft cover, 39 pgs, illustrated, 6"x9" saddle-stitched

This guide to drafting a specification for high capacity drilled and grouted micropiles for structural support encompasses the furnishing of all designs, materials, products, accessories, tools, equipment, services, transportation, labor and supervision, and installation techniques required for testing and installing of micropiles and pile-top attachments. This guide is intended for use by Engineers for writing project specific specifications. The document was prepared by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Micropile Committee from 1996 to 2001 and endorsed by the ADSC-IAFD Micropile Committee in October 2001. The Hollow Bar Supplement was developed by the joint ADSC/DFI Micropile Committee in 2002. When purchasing the PDF version a companion word document will be provided to allow the purchaser to easily utilize text from the guide into their specifications.

#TM-DFP-1 1998 Driven Foundation Piling
Driven Pile CommitteeJames S. Graham P.E., Chair and Editor table of contents
Soft Cover, 121 pages, illustrated, 8½"x11", Disk optional

Sizes and specifications are presented for Driven Foundation Piling: Concrete piles include Corrugated Shell, Pressure Injected Footing, Post-Tensioned Cylinder, Prestressed, and Step-Taper; Steel includes H-Pile, Monotube, Oil Well Casing, and Pipe; Timber; and Specialty Piles include Tapered pile tip (TPT), Bottom Driven Cast-In-Place, Segmental Precast, and Composite. Also included are codes and standards, English to International System (SI) Conversion Factors, List of Suppliers, and DFI Pile Driving Contractors. Available with CD-Rom of MS Word for Windows files.


#TM-DSP-1 1998 Driven Sheet Piling
1998 Driven Pile & 1998 Sheet Piling CommitteesJames S. Graham P.E., DPC Chair, William C. Land, SPC Chair table of contents
Soft Cover, 183 pages, illustrated, 8½"x11", Disk optional

Includes Specifications, Driving Methods and Size & Characteristic Charts for the following different types of Sheet Piling: Aluminum, Concrete, Plastic, Cold-Formed and Hot-Rolled Steel, Treated Wood, and Miscellaneous Types of Sheet Piling as well as discontinued sections. Also included is a summary of the sections categorized by Section Modulus. All measurements are listed in both English and International System (SI) Units. Available with CD-Rom of MS Word for Windows files.

#TM-DP-1 Inspector's Manual for Driven Pile Foundations, Second Edition, 1997 (first edition 1979)
1997 Driven Pile CommitteeJames S. Graham, Chair; Garland Likins, Editor table of contents
Soft cover, 69 pgs., illustrated, 5½ "x8½" saddle-stitched

A pocket-sized handbook for inspectors and others concerned with the construction of driven pile foundations. A companion piece to A Pile Inspector's Guide to Hammers. Completely rewritten and updated version of the 1979 Manual. Provides Information on soil investigation, the various pile types, pile driving by impact methods, pile tests, dynamic pile testing and analysis, static load testing, pile hammers and pile driving machinery and ancillary equipment along with some suggested inspection forms. The manual is written from the perspective of the pile inspector and presents advice as to the inspector's role and responsibilities in the pile installation and quality assurance processes. Invaluable in the training of inexperienced Inspectors and useful as a reference guide to the experienced inspector or crew member.

#TM-HAM-1 A Pile Inspector's Guide To Hammers, Second Edition, 1995
Equipment Applications CommitteeStephen K. Whitty, Jr., Chair, George G. Goble, Editor table of contents
Soft cover, 71 pgs., illustrated, 5½"x8½" saddle-stitched

An informative reference guide for inspectors and others concerned with the construction of driven pile foundations, and a companion piece to the Inspector's Manual for Pile Foundations. This reference work provides discussions on the pile hammer as a measuring tool, the transfer and utilization of hammer energy, pile driving inspection criteria, the inspector's responsibilities, and basic descriptions for the operating cycles of the various types of hammers (including newer hydraulic impact hammers) in common use. Check lists to confirm proper operation in the field and a glossary of related terms are also included.

#TM-SN-1 Soil Nailing Design and Applications, A Collection of Papers, First Edition, 1991
Slurry Wall CommitteeP.J. Nicholson, Chair table of contents
Soft cover, 117 pgs., illustrated, 6"x9"

This book was first published in 1991, and features seven papers first written by soil nail specialists for the DFI Conference in Atlanta in the fall of 1988. These papers cover the details of design, construction and performance, with particular reference to a number of case histories. Titles include: Insitu Ground Reinforcement Techniques by Peter J. Nicholson; American Developments in the Use of Small Diameter Inserts as Piles and Insitu Reinforcement by Dr. Donald A. Bruce; Soil Nailing a Nashville Fault Zone by John R. Wolosick P.E.; Advanced Soil Nailing Design-Improved Reliability and Predictability of Wall Performance by Reinhard Gnilsen, F. David Shiver and Wolfgang Unterberger; Nailed-Soil Retaining Structures: Design and Practice by Ilan Juran; Soil Nailing Innovative Applications by Schnabel Foundation Company; and Soil Nailing in Varied Geological Formations by David E. Ferworn.

#TM-SPD-1 Guidelines for Static Pile Design, 1991
Continuing Education CommitteeBengt H. Fellenius, Chair table of contents
Soft cover, 45 pgs., illustrated, 6"x9" saddle-stitched

Design of piles and pile groups for capacity, settlement, and drag loads due to negative skin friction in total or effective design (alpha or beta method). The influence of soil set-up and residual loads is discussed, methods of settlement analysis are presented and views are presented on allowable load factors of safety. Several examples are included.

#TM-WRIT-1 Guidelines for Writing Construction Specifications for Piling, 1990
Continuing Education CommitteeBengt H. Fellenius, Chair table of contents
Soft cover, 45 pgs., illustrated, 6"x9" saddle-stitched

Technical master construction specifications developed for Public Works Canada, Marine Division. The specs were produced with the intent of reducing the incidence of disputed claims and litigation in the piling contracts. The specs address generally applicable aspects, such as how to specify hammers and hammer performance, equipment adequacy of equipment details, obstructions, inspection, use of the Pile Driving Analyzer, and performance of static load tests, as well as aspects pertaining to the particular pile types, pipe piles, H-piles, concrete piles, and others.

#TM-DS-1 Drilled Shaft Inspector's Manual, Second Edition, 2004
2004 Drilled Shaft Committees of DFI: Deep Foundations Institute and ADSC: International Association of Foundation DrillingFrederick C. Rhyner, DFI Chair and Dan Cadenhead, ADSC Chair table of contents
Soft cover, 72 pgs., including 31 pgs. of illustrations, 6"x9" saddle-stitched

A reference-of-record for drilled shaft foundation project planning, engineering, construction, and quality assurance personnel. The manual is an updated to the original DFI/ADSC collaborative effort of 1989.

#TM-CUSH-1 Standard Testing Method for Deflection Characteristics of Pile Driving Cushion Material
1983 Equipment Applications CommitteeManuel A. Fine, Chair; David M. Rempe, Primary Author; Alan G MacKinnon, Editor table of contents
Soft cover, 27 pgs., Illustrated, 8½" x 11", stapled

The method defines a standard procedure for compression testing of cushion materials used between pile hammers and a pile. The results are load deflection characteristics which provide input data for wave equation analysis of pile driving.

#TM-CRSI Design Guide for Pile Caps
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI)Timothy Mays, Ph.D., P.E., The Citadel table of contents
Soft Cover, 152 pgs, illustrated, 8 ½” x 11”

DFI collaborated with CRSI to update the Design Guide for Pile Caps. This design guide has been developed to provide the practicing engineer with a detailed overview of pile cap design, detailing and analysis methodologies that represent the current state of practice in the industry. The guide contains comprehensive technical content and practical design examples utilizing approximately 30 different, yet commonly used, pile cap configurations. DFI provided funding to the project through the DFI Committee Project Fund. Members of the DFI Driven Pile and Micropile Committees reviewed and contributed to the study.
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