DFI Committee Project Fund

The DFI Board of Trustees established the DFI Committee Project Fund in 2011 to fund DFI Technical Committee projects that advance the state of practice and understanding of deep foundations and produce a usable deliverable. The fund has generated great interest, discussion and activity in the committees. Funding has supported projects proposed by 12 technical committees, and deliverables include analytical tools, design guides, journal articles, project reports, databases and surveys. All projects involved significant in-kind contributions or joint funding with allied associations, furthering DFI's industry-wide collaborative efforts.

Proposals are selected based on the following criteria:

All proposals must be submitted through a technical committee for consideration by the Review Committee. The deadline for proposal submissions is December 1, 2016. Please contact Mary Ellen Large, DFI technical activities manager, with questions.

Published Projects

CommitteeProjectDFI FundingAvailable
Augered Cast-in-Place Pile Review and analysis of available pile design information, load testing results and associated pile construction costs to assess validity of acceptance criteria in the building codes. $17,000 DFI Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1, April 2014
Drilled Shaft International technical working group to define best practices in North America and Europe for design, construction, contracting, QC/QA and innovations. $10,000 Project presentations at IFCEE (March 2015). Project reports to be published in DFI Journal in 2016.
Driven Pile Update to the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) Design Guide for Pile Caps. $15,000 Available for purchase through DFI publications webpage
Ground Improvement Survey and synthesis of liquefaction mitigation practices including selection and implementation of ground improvement techniques. $15,000 DFI Journal, Volume 7, Issue 1, August 2013
Helical Piles and Tiebacks Literature review and practitioner survey on design and construction practices for helical piles and tiebacks. $24,000 DFI Journal, Volume 9, Issue 1, April 2015
Landslides/ Slope Stabilization Report on update to strain wedge model technique used for analyzing slopes stabilized with one row of piles. $13,800 Project report available through committee web page
Seismic and Lateral Loads and Drilled Shafts Literature review and development of online database of previous large scale pile experiments. $30,000 www.findapile.com
Additional load test data being added as Phase 2 work
Sustainability DFI Carbon Calculator $45,000 Carbon Calculator available through committee web page
Tiebacks and Soil Nailing Analysis of anchor load test data to determine potential limitations of 80% anchor unbonded length criterion. $26,400 Project report available through committee web page

Projects in Progress

CommitteeProjectDFI Funding
Drilled Shaft Joint project with European Federation of Foundation Contractors (EFFC) to improve tremie concrete practices for deep foundations. $30,000
Landslides/ Slope Stabilization Researchers will compare limit equilibrium and advanced numerical methods for slopes reinforced with stabilizing piles. $13,500
Landslides/ Slope Stabilization Develop a simplified approach to the analysis of lateral loads on A-Walls. $29,910
Marine Foundations Study of factors that influence vibrodriveability, pile behavior and axial and lateral capacities of vibratory and impact driven piles. $28,000
Micropile Literature review and practitioner survey on state of practice for design and construction and research needs for reticulated micropile network info. $15,300
Seismic and Lateral Loads Workshop on DFI's Seismic and Lateral Load Testing and Design Guidelines. $23,000
Slurry Wall Consensus guidelines for design and detailing of reinforced concrete diaphragm walls used as permanent basement walls in regions of high seismicity. $20,000
Soil Mixing Laboratory study of strength and deformation properties of soil-cement mixtures and appropriate laboratory procedures. $29,940