DFI Europe

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, attract new members such as young engineers, students, and experienced specialists from all fields of deep foundation industry.

DFI Europe's Mission Statement

  1. To provide additional value and benefits of DFI membership locally as well as increase DFI’s international presence while expanding the network of suppliers, contractors, equipment manufacturers, academics, consultants, clients and all others in the deep foundations industry.
  2. DFI Europe is open to all professional corporations and persons, involved in design and construction of foundations.
  3. To provide a forum for these corporations and individuals in Europe, to improve the planning, design, construction and testing of deep foundations including deep excavations.
  4. To eliminate the barriers between the different professions in the field of deep foundations and to improve the understanding and sharing of knowledge and experience.
  5. More precisely, the association endeavours to achieve its objectives by
    1. gathering, disseminating and cataloguing existing information among members primarily but also outside the institute;
    2. influencing the improvement and extension of the knowledge of new ideas and practices of geotechnical and geo-environmental design, construction and testing;
    3. participating and encouraging practical application of research in the field of deep foundations;
    4. organizing short courses and training dedicated to the upgrade of the knowledge and competence in the field of deep foundations and participating in or conducting local and international conferences;
    5. producing written material such as guidelines and manuals gathering the State-of-the-Art of deep foundations practice.
  6. To establish contacts with existing organizations working on related goals, such as the EFFC and the ISSMGE and its national chapters.
  7. Participate in the development, harmonisation and dissemination for digitalisation and BIM

DFI Europe's Board Members

These members support DFI Europe with their valuable insight and experience.

Maurice Bottiau  •  President
Franki Foundations, Belgium

Frank Haehnig  •  Past President
Bauer Spezialtiefbau, Germany

Anne Lemnitzer   •  Vice President
University of California, Irvine

Tony Butcher   •  Corresponding
BRE, UK

Bjoern Boehle
Keller Grundbau, Germany

Jorge Capitao-Mor
Geo-Ground Engineering Operations, UK

Franz-Werner Gerressen
Bauer Maschinen, Germany

Kevin Hague
Aarsleff UK

Davy Maes
Fundex, the Netherlands

Paolo Marzano
Universita di Roma, Italy

Patrick IJnsen
Van ‘T Hek Groep, the Netherlands

Rolf Katzenbach
University of Darmstadt, Germany

Ate Konkka
Junttan, Finland

William van Impe  •  Corresponding
Emeritus Professor Geotechnics, University of Ghent, Belgium

Adriaan van Seters
Fugro, the Netherlands

Monika De Vos  •  Secretary
BUILDWISE, Belgium

Valérie Bernhardt
Setec-Terrasol, France

Joris Bruens  •  Corresponding
Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Ernst Weber
ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg

DFI of Europe Events

Every year, DFI of Europe engages the deep foundations community by hosting conferences, webinars, and more!

Looking to network within Europe’s deep foundations industry? Interested in attending educational lectures on deep foundations and construction? Check out the upcoming events page and filter by DFI of Europe!

Two people in a conversation at a DFI of Europe Event

Join DFI Europe's Communities

Take an active role in the committees that pave the way forward for this industry.

BIM and Digitalisation Committee

The aim of this committee, which is in close liaison to DFI’s Information Management Systems committee, is to promote digitalisation and BIM (Building Information Modeling) processes within the European membership and the wider geotechnical industry in Europe and DFI worldwide.

DFI Europe Student Chapters

Sapienza University – Rome, Italy
Prof. Ignazio Paolo Marzano
paolo.marzano@uniroma1.it

KU Leuven – Bruges, Belgium
Georgios Anogiatis
george.anoyatis@kuleuven.be

EFFC/DFI Task Groups

DFI and EFFC collaborate on areas of mutual interest through task and working groups.

DFI Europe's Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor of DFI Europe? Download the Sponsor Guide, or direct enquiries to office@dfi-europe.com

Contact DFI Europe

Monika De Vos, DFI Secretariat
Buildwise
Kleine Kloosterstraat 23
B-1932 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe

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