Subsurface Characterization for Deep Foundations
This technical committee is intended to focus on considerations for site investigation for the design and construction of deep foundations. The formation of the committee is rooted in a need to increase awareness of the importance of complete and competent site investigation in deep foundation practices.
Mary Nodine, P.E.
Federal Highway Administration
Mary Nodine is a Geotechnical Engineer with the Federal Highway Administration Resource Center, specializing in ground improvement, earth retaining structures, deep foundations and subsurface characterization. Mary serves on the editorial board of the ASCE Geo-Institute’s publication GeoStrata and has contributed to the magazine as the “Geo-Poet” since 2008.
- Increase stakeholder awareness of the necessity to effectively manage ground risks.
- Promote the value of proper and adequate subsurface exploration and characterization for informed design, improved constructability and bid economy.
- Promote effective procurement practices for subsurface characterization services.
- Promote proper and appropriate methods, including innovative technologies when suitable, and recognize appropriate standards for performing subsurface exploration and characterization.
- Promote adequate construction observation monitoring to determine whether field modifications are necessary during construction.
- Collaborate with similar organizations to improve the professionalism of subsurface characterization.
- Papers have been posted for the 2023 First Annual Conference on Foundation Decarbonization and Reuse in Amsterdam.
- Martin Noel and his team at the University of Ottawa were recipients of a 2023 Committee Project Fund Award for their proposal, “Towards Improved Service Life Predications of Previously Installed Steel Piles”
- Mar-Apr 2023 Committee Chair’s Report in Deep Foundations magazine
- Monthly Committee Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 11:00 AM Eastern
Read articles from the May-June Deep Foundations magazine special issue on Subsurface Characterization
Foundation Reuse Task Force
DFI’s Foundation Reuse Task Force is working to promote reuse by leveraging experience among DFI members and collaborating with related organizations. The task force is active in preparing workshops and panel sessions for industry conferences, developing concise case histories of foundation reuse success stories, supporting research, and participating in development of guidance documents and specifications.
- Foundation Reuse Case Histories
- Conference on Foundation Decarbonization and Reuse
- FHWA Research Report: Foundation Reuse for Highway Bridges
- NCHRP Synthesis 505: Current Practices and Guidelines for the Reuse of Bridge Foundations
- MoDOT Research Report: Foundation Reuse: Length, Condition, and Capacity of Existing Driven Piles
- FHWA TechBrief Report: Workshop Report on the Reuse of Bridge Foundations
- Foundation Reuse Peer Reviewed Journal Papers
- Foundation Reuse for Highway Bridges Webinar, Accelerated Bridge Construction, University Transportation Center
Geotechnical baseline reports could be beneficial on a wide range of deep foundation projects, but these documents are widely misunderstood. The goal of this initiative is to raise the awareness and encourage the adoption of required geotechnical baseline reports to help promote timely, safer and more fiscally responsible projects by providing a clearer understanding of the soil conditions.
Topic 4 coming soon.
Advanced Geotechnical Methods in Exploration (A-GaME)
DFI is excited to partner with FHWA’s A-GaME program.
To learn more about A-GaME and access educational videos, news bulletins and more, visit the A-GaME website.
Or you can delve directly into the webinars, featuring proven exploration methods and practices for enhanced, effective site characterization that reduce project risks, improve quality and accelerate project delivery
FHWA Geotechnical Engineering Circular No. 5 Geotechnical Site Characterization (technical resource for planning and scoping site investigations, exploratory means and methods, interpretation of properties from laboratory and field measurements, documentation and reporting)
FHWA Geotechnical Engineering Circular No. 14 Assuring Quality in Geotechnical Reporting Documents (guidance for effectively incorporating quality assurance in preparing geotechnical reporting documents)
GeoConstructability – An Owner’s Guide to Obtaining Essential Geotechnical Information for Construction (documents the type of geotechnical information that contractors need to estimate, plan and execute foundation projects)