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DFI Announces New BIM/Digitalisation (DFI Europe) Committee 

March 29, 2018, Hawthorne N.J.:

DFI announces the formation of the BIM/Digitalisation (DFI Europe) Committee. The goal of this committee, which liaises with DFI’s Project Information Management Systems Committee, is to promote digitalization and BIM (Building Information Modeling) processes within the European membership and the wider geotechnical industry in Europe and DFI worldwide. 

The committee will discuss and develop guidance in the application of digital data and process to ground engineering, including the following areas/actions: 

  • Explain the process of digital data and its role in BIM through the project life cycle.
  • Identify standards and guidance from across Europe regarding the application of BIM to the geotechnical aspects of projects.
  • Encourage standardization of data formats between countries and organizations to facilitate coordination.
  • Provide guidance on how best to adopt BIM within geotechnical projects.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities faced by digitalization.
  • Work with other organizations who are developing tools and protocols for the geotechnical industry to ensure these tools are practical, beneficial and compatible across other practices.
  • Compare with other parts of the world as a benchmark for the industry. 

The committee is being chaired by Jason Boddy, associate director at Arup, where he leads the geotechnics team in the Newcastle office in the U.K. Boddy has 24 years of experience in the geotechnical field and has worked on projects all over the world, including the design of piled foundations, retaining walls, slopes and landslide stabilization, earthworks, ground improvement and bridge foundations. He has additional experience with extensive desk study and ground investigation, building foundation and basement design, brownfield site reclamation, and instrumentation and monitoring. Boddy is the global manager of Arup's Geotechnical Skills Network, a member of Arup’s Global Digital Geotechnics Task Group, and has chaired national conferences on technical and digital innovation in geotechnics. 

To learn more about the committee visit http://www.dfi.org/commhome.asp?BIMD.

Contact: Theresa Engler, Executive Director, (973) 423-4030, tengler@dfi.org

About DFI Europe: DFI Europe was established in 2005 as a Regional Chapter of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) for European DFI Members, who receive the benefits of joint DFI and DFI Europe membership. Since 2005, DFI Europe has hosted several conferences and workshops, formed technical committees and developed state-of-the-art guidelines and tools for topics within our industry. Our mission is to support our members with the newest information and developments, create platforms for networks, and attract new members such as young engineers, students and experienced specialists from all fields of deep foundation industry.

About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI (www.dfi.org) 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.
Jason Boddy, associate director at Arup, chair of DFI's BIM/Digitalisation (DFI Europe) Committee


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