Registration opened on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, for the 2018 Deep Foundations Institute- European Federation of Foundation Contractors (DFI-EFFC) International Conference on Deep Foundations and Ground Improvement at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, June 5–8, 2018. The conference explores the challenges of upcoming urban infrastructure megaprojects and highlights modern technologies and techniques available to overcome these challenges. Client representatives will present upcoming or in-progress megaprojects, such as Rome Metro C, Fehmarn Belt, Gran Paris and the Chennai Metro, as well as the water infrastructure challenges in Italy and worldwide. A panel of clients will discuss award mechanisms, contractual challenges and risk management.
From the 200+ peer-reviewed submitted papers, select presentations will focus on the following topics:
- deep foundation technologies
- ground improvement technologies
- modeling and computing for new techniques
- information management systems
- building information modeling
- equipment and material advancements
- contractual rules and construction risk
- case histories including lessons learned
- innovative solutions for complex problems
- geotechnical investigation and testing
Other highlights of the conference include the Tuesday, June 5 preconference day workshops and panel discussions covering working platforms (focusing on the state of the practice for design, construction and contractual practices for working platforms); continuous-flight auger and drilled displacement piles (comparing practices in Europe and North America); a panel discussion on Tremie concrete (presentation of recent research by DFI and EFFC and the updates to the second edition of the Best Practice Guide to Tremie Concrete for Deep Foundations [download the first edition at http://www.dfi.org/viewpub.asp?tid=TM-CONCRETE2016]); the conference kickoff Welcome Reception in the exhibit area; the Conference Banquet; the DFI John Mitchell Lecture presented by Prof. Michele Jamiolkowski on “Geophysical to Geotechnical Design;” a Young Professional and Student Mentoring Forum; optional postconference tours to attendees’ choice of the Catacombs, Rome Metro C or Civita di Bagnoregio; and an Accompanying Persons’ Program.
Registration is open for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors at www.dfi-effc2018.org.