Last Chance! Submit Your Abstract for the 43rd Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Annual Conference Now.

October 24-27, 2018
Hilton Anaheim
Anaheim, CA, USA

Mastering the Challenge:
Engineering for Complex Loading Conditions in the 21st Century

The Call for Abstracts deadline has been extended by one week from December 15, 2017 to December 22, 2017 so if you haven’t submitted an Abstract already, you have a little more time to do so. Details below taken from the DFI Call for Abstracts document.

This conference will feature technical presentations on innovations and advancements that address performance based design and construction of foundations subject to increasingly challenging structural demands. The 2018 Conference will provide an international forum for a wide range of geo-professionals to present, discuss, and debate all aspects of assessment, development, design and mitigation for complex loading conditions in the 21st Century. A number of sessions will be dedicated to panel discussions in which invited specialists will interact with the audience to examine pressing issues in foundation industry practices.

Abstracts for technical papers and panel sessions can be submitted at, no later than Friday, December 22, 2017. All accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings, and select papers will be presented orally by the author during the appropriate technical session. Proposals for panel sessions are welcomed and encouraged.

Abstracts for papers are welcomed on the following topics:

• Risk Assessment and Mitigation
• Lessons Learned (Case Histories / Innovations / Forensic Work)
• Seismic Design / Soil Structure Interaction / Lateral Loading
• Performance Based Deep Foundation Design
• Ground Improvement
• Innovation Techniques for Earth Retention and Stabilization
• Advancements in Instrumentation and Monitoring
• Analysis, Design and Construction for Extreme Events
• Mega Projects (Projected Work / Risk Mitigation / Contractual Aspects)
• Constructability Issues and Design Aspects
• Other Deep Foundations-Related Topics

Paper format guidelines are available on the Submission Website and by request from DFI Headquarters. For inquiries, send an email to


Whoa! Micropile Design and Construction Just Got an Extreme Makeover!

If you haven’t visited the Micropile Design and Construction website ( for a while, you are in for a surprise! For the first time since its inception in 2009, the site has received a much needed extreme graphical makeover. We’ve updated our website theme and ensured that it is responsive across the various devices out there today. We are really pleased with the new site!

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Let us know what you think and if you have any particular topics of interest that you want to see covered in the future. Micropile Design and Construction is committed to providing the highest quality and most practical information on micropiles available in the industry. Exciting things to come in 2018, Stay tuned!

Check out the Facebook Page associated with the website as well at and give us a big LIKE!

29th Annual Central Pennsylvania Geotechnical Conference

Thank you for stopping by the Moretrench booth at the 29th Central PA Geotechnical Conference in Hershey, PA last week! This was the most successful year to date, with more than 450 attendees. We look forward to being there again next year and hope to see you then. Meanwhile, if we can be of assistance in any way, please contact Jon Bennett at or (304) 707-4840 for help in solving your Deep Foundations and Geotechnical Construction challenges.


Moretrench Welcomes Jonathan Bennett, PE, D.GE

(November 3, 2016) Moretrench is pleased to welcome Jonathan Bennett, P.E., as Business Development Manager for the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Jon has 25 years of experience focused primarily on deep foundations, earth retention and other geotechnical construction specialties, as well as extensive business development experience.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, Masters degrees from George Washington University and West Virginia University, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Jon regularly shares his knowledge and expertise with the engineering community at large through professional organization committees and boards. A consummate professional, he brings the highest levels of dedication and service to each client, making it his mission to provide the optimal solution for the site-specific geotechnical challenges.

“We are extremely pleased to have Jon on board.  He brings a tremendous amount of experience, expertise, and relationships to Moretrench.  He can handle any responsibility, from design to estimating to project management. He is also a fantastic cultural fit: he is a team player, a real collaborator, and a pleasure to work with.  He is always concerned about doing the right thing, both for the client and the company.  With Jon’s capabilities, we can all look forward to tackling some really challenging work!”

Paul C. Schmall, Ph.D, PE
Vice President, Chief Engineer

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Are Ductile Iron Pipe Piles Micropiles?

I saw a post recently where a company was advertising Ductile Iron Pipe Piles as “Micropiles”. I don’t consider ductile iron piles to be micropiles for the simple reason that they don’t fit the definition of a micropile. If you look back to our post on micropile definitions, you will see that micropiles are drilled and grouted “replacement piles”. Ductile iron piles are not replacement piles. They are driven, grouted “displacement” piles.

A friend of mine from north of the border told me once that “the Americans get all bent out of shape when somebody calls a helical pile (or ductile iron pile) a micropile.” Does it matter? I think it does. You would probably look at me funny if I called a car a truck. But thats just me.

Anyway, don’t get me wrong, I love ductile iron piles. I just don’t consider them micropiles. If you need to get into rock, you wont be able to do it with a ductile iron pile but you can with a good old Micropile. They are great in soil though…