About DFI Europe

DFI Europe was established in 2005 as a Regional Chapter of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) for European DFI Members, who enjoy 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, attract new members such as young engineers, students, and experienced specialists from all fields of deep foundation industry.

Read "The First Decade — What an Achievement" by DFI Europe President Frank Haehnig.


DFI Europe Board Members

Frank HaehnigPresidentBauer Spezialtiefbau, Germany
Sikko DoornbosPast presidentTerracon International, the Netherlands
Maurice BottiauTreasurerFranki Foundations, Belgium
Tony ButcherCorrespondingBRE, UK
Jorge Capitao-Mor Geo-Ground Engineering Operations, UK
Miika Eskelinen Junttan, Finland
Asim Gaba Arup, UK
Franz-Werner Gerressen Bauer Maschinen, Germany
Massimo Grisolia Universita di Roma, Italy
Rolf Katzenbach University of Darmstadt, Germany
Pieter-Arie Kraaijeveld Volker Staal en Funderingen bv, the Netherlands
William van ImpeCorrespondingEmeritus Professor Geotechnics,
University of Ghent, Belgium
Vincent Joannes IHC IQIP France, France
Adriaan van Seters Fugro GeoServices bv, the Netherlands
Monika de VosSecretaryBelgian Building Research Institute, Belgium

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