Finding Common Ground®

Deep Foundations Institute 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.

Upcoming Events

DFI organizes many types of events to provide opportunities for members and industry colleagues to network and exchange knowledge within the deep foundations realm. We also encourage our members to engage in the deep foundations community by submitting papers and presentation proposals to events, and by becoming a sponsor of DFI’s events to show members’ leadership and support in the industry.

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July 29

Celebrating our 19th year, the Pennsylvania Golf Outing benefits the DFI Educational Trust scholarship funds at the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University. Since 2006, this Golf Outing has raised over $525,000 in net proceeds for the DFI Educational Trust.

S3 2024
August 6 – 8

2024 New Jersey Golf Outing
August 12

2024 California Golf Outing
September 6

October 7 – 10

Shotcrete 2024
November 12 – 13

Deep Foundations Magazine

DFI’s Deep Foundations magazine is published by the industry, for the industry. Our publication has one goal – to keep DFI members informed about the deep foundations industry that they themselves are shaping.


DFI Educational Trust

Formed in 2006, DFI’s Educational Trust supports and encourages individuals in the fields of studies related to the deep foundations industry by providing scholarships, grants and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundations industry leaders.

DFI News

Check out the latest news releases from Deep Foundations Institute to learn about upcoming events, featured projects, award winners, general institute announcements and more.

DFI Podcasts

Welcome to Broadcasting Common Ground, the Deep Foundations Institute podcast channel. Our catalog of podcasts offers diverse perspectives on a variety of deep foundations topics. Within each series, our expert hosts speak with industry professionals on everything from career advice to technical deep dives.

DFI Journal

The DFI Journal is an international peer-reviewed publication that supports authors whose research and practice covers a broad range of subjects on deep foundation engineering and construction. We take a particular interest in research and case studies related to all systems designed and constructed for the support of heavy structures and excavations.

Communities Showcase

Communities are the backbone of DFI, providing the practical forum for finding common ground in the deep foundations industry. Technical Committees, Regional Chapters, Task Forces, Working Groups, User Groups, and Industry Alliances provide opportunities for all members to identify and address issues that impact deep foundations practice.

DFI Merchandise Store

DFI Merchandise is now available! Show your participation in the DFI community with cool apparel and accessories sporting the DFI logo. There are polo shirts, tee shirts, fleece jackets, sweatshirts, caps, beanies, backpacks and more – available for men and women in the office or the field.

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Committee Project Fund

The DFI Board of Trustees established the DFI Committee Project Fund in 2011 to fund DFI Committee projects that advance the state of practice and understanding of deep foundations. Funding has supported projects proposed by 19 committees, involving significant in-kind contributions and joint funding with allied associations.

DFI Members

DFI has a diverse membership that encompasses all disciplines of the deep foundations industry, comprising of individuals and companies from across the globe. Our members enjoy a community of industry peers to share knowledge and ideas, while creating a common vision for the advancement of the deep foundations industry.

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DFI Member Profile

May / June

Catherine Chauder has been with Keller since 2018.  She has been a safety professional since graduating from Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) with a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety in 2015.

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Become a Member

Corporate / Student / Individual / More...

Join your peers in shaping the future of the deep foundations industry and enjoy the resources offered to our growing community. Memberships are available now for industry corporations, students, and individuals.

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