The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announced registration is now open for the group’s SuperPile ’20 event, taking place June 3-5 at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in Missouri. Hosted by DFI, in partnership with ADSC, this three-day event includes presentations on the latest developments in augered cast-in-place/drilled displacement piles, drilled shafts, driven piles, helical piles and tiebacks, marine foundations, micropiles, seismic and lateral loads, and testing and evaluation of foundation systems.

Presentations will include the latest developments in:

  • Innovations and advancements in deep foundation design and installation
  • Designing and constructing safely and effectively in urban environments
  • Foundations in karst and erodible sedimentary bedrock
  • Corrosion of buried structures
  • Instrumentation, load testing, monitoring
  • Alternative procurement methods and early contractor involvement
  • Designing for resiliency under extreme or unexpected loading conditions (inclement weather, flooding, scour, seismic, liquefaction, lateral spreading)
  • Re-use of foundations and other sustainable design approaches
  • Piles and secant walls for access to deep tunnels
  • Foundation optimization through risk management (geotechnical, contractual, communication risks)
  • Working platforms

Conference highlights include DFI Technical Committee meetings; the Osterberg Memorial Lecture; presentation of the Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in the Design and Construction of Marine Foundations; exhibits with more than 75 manufacturers, suppliers and service providers; and the Women in Deep Foundations networking reception.

Lyle Simonton, PE, director of business development for Subsurface Constructors of St. Louis is event chair. Paul J. Axtell, PE, D.GE, principal engineer for Dan Brown and Associates (DBA) in Overland Park, Kansas, is program chair.

For more information or to register as an attendee, exhibitor or sponsor, visit

The DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, academics and suppliers in the deep foundations industry with more than 3,500 members worldwide. For more information about the Deep Foundations Institute, visit