Ground Improvement Committee

Tanner Blackburn, Ph.D., P.E., Chair

The Ground Improvement Committee addresses technologies for foundation improvement and liquefaction mitigation. The technologies include but are not limited to vibratory stone columns, vibrocompaction, vibro concrete columns, aggregate piers, dynamic compaction, wick drains and grouted inclusions.
Recent News
5/25/2017 The committee is actively involved in SSI; Stabilize, Support and Improve, being held Aug. 28-30 at the Omnishore Hotel in Washington, D.C. Read the news release.
5/8/2017 Please submit your abstract for the DFI Ground Improvement Committee Speaker Database by clicking here
3/13/2017 Please view the committee’s Guidance for Drafting a Ground Improvement Specification (March-April 2016).
12/20/2016 Read Mary Ellen Large's report on DFI Technical Committee's and Working Group's accomplishments from 2016 and future plans.
3/30/2015 The DFI Ground Improvement Committee prepared a review of the selection, design, and specification of liquefaction mitigation methods. The Committee report is presented in the August 2013 DFI Journal (Volume 7, Issue 1).  
4/18/2014 The committee's wick drain guide specification is now available! It covers materials, installation and quality control and assurance for wick drain projects. It is available as an editable MS Word document to be tailored to specific project needs.
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