• DFI Europe
  • DFI India
  • DFI Trust

Testing and Evaluation

Advancing the use and understanding of instrumentation, monitoring, and testing methods for the inspection, integrity, and capacity analysis of deep foundation systems.

Committee Chair

E. Anna Sellountou-Rausche, PhD, PE
Pile Dynamics, Inc.
[email protected]

Anna Sellountou received her five-year Civil Engineering Degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1999, and her PhD from University of Houston in 2004, under the supervision of Professor M.W. O’Neill, one of the worlds’ leading experts in Deep Foundations. She began her career at Fugro in Houston, Texas, where she worked on diverse domestic and international projects (with an emphasis on deep foundations testing) including numerous LNGs and Bridges. In 2012, she joined Pile Dynamics Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio, where she got involved with R&D and product development for deep foundation testing. Since November of 2016, Anna is in charge of International Business Development in collaboration with local PDI representatives in several territories around the world. Anna serves in various committees in DFI, ACI, PDCA, ASTM, where she is highly involved with specifications and codes revision activities.

Interim Committee Chair

Ryan Allin
Pile Dynamics, Inc.
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Ryan Allin is currently responsible for all PDI’s educational programs for foundation testing professionals. In that capacity he has lectured on numerous seminars, webinars and workshops on foundation testing and has co-authored papers on the subject. In addition to being an active member of DFI, Allin is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), and a registered professional engineer in Ohio and several other states.

Initiatives

CSL Task Force

Reviewing existing cross hole sonic logging rating criteria and proposing improvements for potential future incorporation in codes and specifications.

Foundation Testing Method Videos

Introductory videos on foundation testing methods, including set up, data collection, 

Instrumentation and Monitoring

Developing short course on instrumentation based on foundation application (tunneling, urban excavations, dams and levees, driven piles).

In progress.

Static Load Testing Task Force

Developing guidance on performing effective tests that provide high quality data. In progress.

Task Force:

  • Lead: Noah Miner
  • Naser Abu-Hejleh
  • Greg Canivan
  • David Graham
  • Simon Gudina
  • Van Komurka
  • Jordan Nelson
  • Robert Simpson
  • Jon Sinnreich
  • David Tara
  • Gerald Verbeek

High Strain Dynamic Testing Task Force

Developing short course for engineers and contractors on the use and interpretation of HSDT for foundations.

Task force:

  • Lead: David Tara
  • Ryan Allin
  • Marcel Bielefeld
  • Bernie Hertlein
  • Gerald Verbeek
  • Ben White

ITS Money

Increased Testing Saves Money – webinar series demonstrating how foundation testing can provide data that optimizes foundation designs and construction procedures, thereby SAVING MONEY while increasing the quality of the constructed foundation.

Webinar Recordings & Info Sheets

View past ITS Money webinars and download info sheets where available. The webinars are informative, and the sheets are useful as handouts to colleagues and clients on how increased testing saves money.

Foundation Reuse Task Force

DFI’s Foundation Reuse Task Force is working to promote reuse by leveraging experience among DFI members and collaborating across pertinent committees. Task Force activities include gathering and summarizing project examples that highlight unique applications and significant benefits of reuse, preparing webinars in collaboration with the IT$MONEY series, and hosting a panel session at the DFI annual conference to foster a conversation regarding overcoming the risks associated with reuse.