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IGS Report on Deep Foundation Technologies for Infrastructure Development in India
19-20 September 2014.
DFI India 2014: Conference on Deep Foundation Technologies for Infrastructure Development in India (With a Special Session on Design of Deep Foundations in Liquefiable Soils) was organized jointly by DFI of India, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), IGS Delhi Chapter and Construction Industry Development Council (CIDC) during September 19-20, 2014 at IIT Delhi. The Technical Exhibition was inaugurated by Prof. James Morrison, Past-President, DFI-USA. 18 Companies pertaining to the area of deep foundations participated in the exhibition.

The total number of participants at the Conference was around 200. Among the participants, more than 100 delegates were from industry. Five Plenary Sessions were held, including one special session on Design of Deep Foundations in Liquefiable Soils. Other session themes are: Drilled piling systems, Driven piling systems, Ground Improvement and Deep Excavation Support Systems. 9 International and 7 National eminent engineers presented Keynote lectures on various important topics of deep foundation systems. About 40 reviewed abstracts/papers were presented of which 10 were presented in plenary sessions and 30 were presented in two parallel sessions. The major highlight of this Conference is more than 80 % of the papers presented were from field practices and challenges/solutions. Three industry presentations were also made by the Platinum sponsors in two sessions. The Keynote International speakers are: Dr. Foo Hee Kang, Resource Piling Pvt. Ltd, A Keller Company, Singapore; Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Katzenbach, TU Darmstadt, Germany; Dr. Teemu Riihimäki, Inspecta Tarkastus Oy, Finland; Dr. J.P. Singh, J.P. Associates, USA; Prof. Kyle Rollins, Brigham Young Univ. USA; Prof. Gopal Madabhushi, University of Cambridge, UK; Dr. Juan I Baez, Advanced Geosolutions, USA; Dr. Chu Ho, Arup, USA and Dr. Alistair Sim, Soletanche Bachy, Singapore. After the densely packed technical sessions, the Conference was closed with a session chaired by Dr. K.S. Rama Krishna, Chairman of DFI of India. Closing remarks were given by the session chairman, Prof. Manoj Datta, Chairman DFI India 2014 and Prof. James Morrison, Past-President, DFI-USA

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