September 2021
New Chairs for International Grouting Committee
Join us in welcoming Kathleen Bensko, P.G., Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [FERC], U.S., and Raffaella Granata, Trevi, Italy, as the new co-chairs of DFI’s International Grouting Committee. They take the helm in October from inaugural chairs Paolo Gazzarrini, P.Eng., Sea to Sky Geotech, Canada, and Piero Roberti, Bauer Foundation Corp., Germany.

Distinguished Service Award
Join us in celebrating the 2021 Distinguished Service Award (DSA) winner, Dale Biggers, P.E., of Boh Bros. Construction. The DSA recognizes individuals who have made exceptionally valuable contributions to the advancement of the deep foundations industry. The award is being presented Thursday, Oct. 14, during the awards banquet at the DFI Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Broadcasting Common Ground
Watch a sneak peek of DFI’s podcast, Interview with a Survivor: Episode 2 — There Will Be Rocks Ahead. Join hosts Lucky Nagarajan and Tim Siegel on Sept. 8 with guest Kord Wissmann of Geopier, who shares a few of his professional highs along with a significant low. New episodes of Interview with a Survivor will be released monthly on the second Wednesday on DFI’s podcast channel, Broadcasting Common Ground.
Upcoming Deadlines
Sept. 24: Abstracts are being accepted for presentations at SuperPile '22, being held June 15-17, 2022, in St. Louis.

Oct. 1: Abstracts are being accepted for a special issue of the DFI Journal on Ground Improvement. Learn more and submit your 300-word abstract to guest editors Chris Woods and Jerold Bishop for consideration.

Nov. 19: Abstracts are being accepted for indoor presentations and outdoor demonstrations at the HPW-DFI Helical Piles-Tiebacks-Anchors Tradeshow and Educational Seminar, April 27-28, 2022, in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Dec. 3: Presentation abstracts are sought for next year’s S3: Slopes, Slides and Stabilization conference, July 26-28, 2022, in Nashville.
Recent News
Read the DFI Member Profile on Walter Paniagua, founder and CEO of Pilotec in Mexico City, Mexico.

Read the most recent Spotlight eNewsletter organized by the MSSP Committee in an effort to inform the industry of the latest products and services provided by DFI Corporate Member companies.

Missed a recent event? DFI’s SuperPile, Deep Mixing and S3 2021 conferences are still available on-demand where you can view all presentation recordings and earn PDHs. Also available are recently published proceedings for past and future events: DFI Middle East 2021 Conference held online in February, PFSF-DFI 2022 conference in Sydney, Australia, next February, and DFI-GI 2022 ISFOG Symposium in Austin, Texas next August. Visit the DFI Publications page
Upcoming 2021 Events
DFI Traveling Lecturer (Tom Richards, Nicholson) at ASCE Central Pennsylvania Geotechnical Conference - “Current Rock Grouting Practices for the Army Corps of Engineers” - Sept. 16, Hershey, Pennsylvania

46th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations - Oct. 12-15, Las Vegas and Online

DFI Europe-KIVI Pile Load Testing Seminar - Oct. 21, the Netherlands

Shotcrete Short Course - Nov. 8-10, Golden, Colorado

DFI Supported Industry Events
ASCE Central Pennsylvania Geotechnical Conference - Sept. 15-17, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Visit DFI at Booth A10

2021 Buchanan Lecture: "Offshore Geotechnics: From Oil & Gas to Renewable Energy."
Presented by Philippe Jeanjean, Ph.D., BP America - Nov. 12, online at 2 p.m. CT
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