DFI Committee Project Fund
The DFI Board of Trustees established the DFI Committee Project Fund in 2011 to fund DFI Technical Committee projects that advance the state of practice and understanding of deep foundations and produce a usable deliverable. The fund has generated great interest, discussion and activity in the committees. Funding has supported projects proposed by 19 technical committees, and deliverables include laboratory/field testing, installation/demonstration programs, analytical tools, design guides, journal articles, project reports, databases and surveys. All projects involved significant in-kind contributions or joint funding with allied associations, furthering DFI’s industry-wide collaborative efforts.
Proposals are selected based on the following criteria:
- Benefits to deep foundations industry (broad impact)
- Timeliness/relevance/immediacy of impact from results
- Quality of proposal (clarity, focus)
- Value of deliverable
- Probability of achieving goal
- Cost/benefit and cost sharing (matching funding, in-kind contributions)
Request for Proposals for the 2023 DFI Committee Project Fund are open. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2022. Note that most committees are requesting draft proposals by September 1, 2022.
DFI of India
Implementation of CFA/ACIP Pile technology in India including demonstration program.
Augered Cast-in-Place Pile
Design Guidelines for Pile Foundations Subjected to Liquefaction-Induced Lateral Spreading.
Survey and synthesis of liquefaction mitigation practices including selection and implementation of ground improvement techniques.
Conducting 3D finite element analyses to evaluate lateral loading of unreinforced rigid elements and basal stability of column-supported systems, calibrated to a real life MSE project.
Helical Piles and Tiebacks
Literature review and practitioner survey on design and construction practices for helical piles and tiebacks.
Development of Design Recommendations for Helical Pile Anchorages Subjected to Cyclic Load Reversals.
Landslides/ Slope Stabilization
Report on update to strain wedge model technique used for analyzing slopes stabilized with one row of piles.
Develop a simplified approach to the analysis of lateral loads on A-Walls.
Literature review and practitioner survey on state of practice for design and construction and research needs for reticulated micropile network info.
Consensus guidelines for design and detailing of reinforced concrete diaphragm walls used as permanent basement walls in regions of high seismicity.
Proposed Research on the Effect of Curing Stresses on soil cement strength.
Laboratory study of strength and deformation properties of soil-cement mixtures and appropriate laboratory procedures.
Projects in Progress
|Anchored Earth Retention||Creep testing of various diameter bars and comparison of results with bars that confirm to ASTM A722 to assess if creep characteristics should be considered in evaluating proof/performance test acceptance criteria.||$19,525|
|Anchored Earth Retention||Synthesis of Practice for Deformation Criteria for SOE Systems||$25,000|
|Augered Cast-in-Place and Drilled Displacement Piles||Literature study, fabrication of small scale drilled displacement pile tool, small scale testing and evaluation of data.||$26,100|
|Augered Cast-in-Place and Drilled Displacement Piles||Evaluation of In-Situ ACIP Pile Volume through Thermal Integrity Profiling.||$10,000|
|Augered Cast-in-Place and Drilled Displacement Piles||Concrete Stressmeter Gages as an Alternative to Strain Gages in ACIP Piles||$30,000|
|BIM and Digitalisation||Conduct workshop and develop guidance document that provides better understanding of the application of BIM and digitalisation in geotechnical industry.||$10,200|
|Drilled Shaft||Correlation of parameters of soil resistance functions and statistical assessment of variability of p-y formulations.||$29,000|
|Drilled Shaft||Shear Magnification in Rock-Socketed Piles – Part 2: Numerical and Parametric||$30,000|
|Drilled Shaft||Combined Effects of Lateral Spreading and Superstructure Inertia||$29,999|
|Ground Improvement||Development of a Simplified Methodology to Evaluate the Factor of Safety for Basal Stability and the Magnitude of Lateral Spreading for CSEs Supported on Rigid Inclusions||$17,100|
|Ground Improvement||Reinforcing Mechanisms of Soil-Cement Columns in Liquefiable Sand Underneath an Embankment During Strong Earthquake Loading||$29, 889|
|Ground Improvement||Seismic Performance of Rigid Inclusions||$30,000|
|Ground Improvement||Polymer grouting: an alternative to cementitious materials||$29,934|
|Helical Piles and Tiebacks||Small scale shake table testing and analyses to validate large scale shake table tests conducted through Helical Seismic Research Project.||$20,000|
|International Grouting||DIGGS Scheme for Rock Grouting Data Transfer||$27,500|
|Landslides/ Slope Stabilization||Researchers will compare limit equilibrium and advanced numerical methods for slopes reinforced with stabilizing piles.||$13,500|
|Landslides and Slope Stabilization |
and Anchored Earth Retention
|Evaluate probabilistic stability analysis to evaluate how factoring structural resistance affects system reliability and develop consensus guidance for appropriate consideration of structural resistance for slope stabilization.||$29,650|
|Micropiles||Proposed method for design of bonded connections of micropiles to existing footings.||$29,500|
|Seismic and Lateral Loads||Evaluate experimental evidence for a brittle response in rock p-y curves through review of lateral load test data and 3-D numerical analyses.||$29,990|
|Seismic and Lateral Loads||Developing Design Guidelines for Estimating Liquefaction-Induced Soil Displacement Demands on Pile-Supported Wharves||$29,979|
|Seismic and Lateral Loads||Dynamic retaining Wall-Soil Interaction: new developments and web-platform||$30,000|
|Seismic and Lateral Loads and Drilled Shafts||DFI Course Development on Recently Completed Seismic and Lateral Load Design and Testing Guidelines||$23,000|
|Soil Mixing||Continued Research on the Effect of Curing Stress||$29,700|
|Subsurface Characterization for Deep Foundations||Collaborative Contribution of Geotechnical Characterization to the GeoTechTools Website||$15,303|
|Testing and Evaluation||Comparing CSL and Thermal Integrity Profiling Test Data on Drilled Shafts with Known Defects.||$30,000|