• DFI Europe
  • DFI India
  • DFI Trust

Helical Piles and Tiebacks

This committee includes manufacturers, engineers, academics, suppliers and experienced contractors which constitute a forum for advancing the applications, understanding and use of helical pile and tieback foundation elements.

Committee Chair

Mark Bryant
BHATE Geosciences
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Mark Bryant is a Construction Materials Testing Manager with Bhate Geosciences. Mark is a current member and past chair of the Manufactures, Suppliers and Service Providers (MSSP) committee. He has been a member of DFI for ten years and participated in numerous conferences and technical activities. Mark is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his two children. Mark welcomes anyone who would be interested in joining and being an active participant on the Helical Pile and Tieback Committee. 


Helical Pile Design Training Course

Based on DFI’s Helical Design Guide, this course covers design recommendations, installation and specifications of helical elements.

Current Initiative in progress.

Helical Tradeshow

Showcases high-quality, safe, reliable and cost-effective foundation solutions using helical piles and tiebacks. Structured technical education program, including indoor and outdoor equipment exhibitions, and live installation demonstrations.

2019 Tradeshow

Industry Outreach

  • Young Professionals – educating the next generations of design professionals about helical deep foundation products.  Reach out to a committee member or a DFI representative today to get plugged in to our current young professional or student activity.  
  • Contractors – As we inform the deep foundation industry on the benefits of the use of helical products, one of the most important partners in this effort are the trade contractors who use the products every day. Our committee is constantly seeking new ways get our contractors involved.  The 2022 Helical Trade Expo in Kansas City is an excellent opportunity your company to send contractors to learn about and participate in hands on experience with helical piles and anchors.  For more information on how to join our committee reach out to a committee member or DFI today.


Series of guideline specifications for helical foundation and earth retention projects

Compression Applications – provides practical guidance and model specification language for helical pile foundations acting in compression for new foundation construction, foundation repair, and existing foundation augmentation.

Tension – Provides practical guidance and model performance specification language for helical anchors in earth retention and shoring, transmission tower guy tiedowns, and buoyancy/uplift protection applications.

Helical Soil Nails – in progress


Helical Design Guide – This short, easy-to-follow guide for preliminary design and selection of helical piles and anchors, covering applications, terminology, advantages and limitations, geotechnical and structural design methods, corrosion protection, load testing, quality control and assurance, and references.

University PowerPoint – This narrated PowerPoint presentation provides engineering students, young professionals, and future design professionals an overall introduction to helical products used for foundation and earth retention applications. 

AC358 – International Code Council-ES formed an ad-hoc committee of manufacturers, suppliers, end users and specifiers to create acceptance criteria for helical deep foundation products.  This document governs the testing and reporting of acceptable helical foundation products.

International Building Code Chapter 18 – Helical piles are addressed as deep foundation option in the IBC section 1810.