Keynote Lecturers and Invited Speakers Announced for DFI-EFFC International Conference on Deep Foundations and Ground Improvement: June 5-8, 2018, in Rome 

March 14, 2018, Hawthorne NJ:

Keynote lecturers and invited speakers are confirmed for the 2018 DFI-EFFC International Conference on Deep Foundations and Ground Improvement at Sapienza University, June 5-8, 2018.

Eight industry experts are presenting Keynote Lectures during parallel sessions at the conference.

Session on Deep Foundations Technologies

Codes, New Technologies and Quality in Deep Foundations, Maurice Bottiau, Franki Foundations Belgium

Artificial Ground Freezing in Underground Construction: Engineering Challenges and Research, Giulia Viggiani, Ph.D, Cambridge University

Session on Design and Modeling Criteria

Scientific Approach to Pile Design, Alessandro Mandolini, Università degli Studi della Campania

The Sochi Case: The First Real Comparison Between NATM and ADECO-RS, G. Lunardi, Tre Esse Engineering srl Rocksoil sp

Session on Project Information Management

Data Management Systems and Project Visualization with Extended Reality Devices and Holographic Projections, Massimo Mucci, Bencor Global, Inc.

Session on Ground Modification Technologies

The Role of Experimental Research and Advanced Monitoring in QC and Reliability Based Design of Deep Foundations and GI Techniques, Noel Huybrechts, Belgian Building Research Institute, Belgium

Challenges in the Design of Jet Grouted Structures, Alessandro Flora, Ph.D, University of Napoli Federico II

Session on Contracts and Geotechnical Investigation

Specification, Procurement, Quality Control and Certification of Bottom-Feed Stone Columns, Giovanni Vaciago, Studio Geotechnico Italiano, Italy

In addition, the conference features three Invited Speakers:

The Evolution of an Industry, Stefano Trevisani, P.Eng., CEO, Trevi S.p.A.

Mega Challenge: USACE Dams and Levee Rehabilitation Worldwide, David B. Paul, P.E., Lead Civil Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Water Infrastructure Challenges in Italy, Giovanni Ruggeri, Dr. Ing., ICOLD Italy, and Vincenzo Chieppa, Manager, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

The preliminary program for the conference is available on the conference website at

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 3,300 members worldwide.