Testing and Evaluation
Advancing the use and understanding of instrumentation, monitoring, and testing methods for the inspection, integrity, and capacity analysis of deep foundation systems.
E. Anna Sellountou-Rausche, PhD, PE
Pile Dynamics, Inc.
Anna Sellountou received her five-year Civil Engineering Degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1999, and her PhD from University of Houston in 2004, under the supervision of Professor M.W. O’Neill, one of the worlds’ leading experts in Deep Foundations. She began her career at Fugro in Houston, Texas, where she worked on diverse domestic and international projects (with an emphasis on deep foundations testing) including numerous LNGs and Bridges. In 2012, she joined Pile Dynamics Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio, where she got involved with R&D and product development for deep foundation testing. Since November of 2016, Anna is in charge of International Business Development in collaboration with local PDI representatives in several territories around the world. Anna serves in various committees in DFI, ACI, PDCA, ASTM, where she is highly involved with specifications and codes revision activities.
Interim Committee Chair
Pile Dynamics, Inc.
Ryan Allin is currently responsible for all PDI’s educational programs for foundation testing professionals. In that capacity he has lectured on numerous seminars, webinars and workshops on foundation testing and has co-authored papers on the subject. In addition to being an active member of DFI, Allin is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), and a registered professional engineer in Ohio and several other states.
48th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations
October 31 – November 3, 2023 – Seattle, Washington
S3 2023: Slopes, Support and Stabilization
August 8-10, 2023 – Boston, Massachusetts
- Monthly Committee Meetings held last Wednesday of each month at 11:00 AM Eastern
Instrumentation and Monitoring
Developing short course on instrumentation based on foundation application (tunneling, urban excavations, dams and levees, driven piles).
Static Load Testing Task Force
Developing guidance on performing effective tests that provide high quality data. In progress.
- Lead: Noah Miner
- Naser Abu-Hejleh
- Greg Canivan
- David Graham
- Simon Gudina
- Van Komurka
- Jordan Nelson
- Robert Simpson
- Jon Sinnreich
- David Tara
- Gerald Verbeek
High Strain Dynamic Testing Task Force
Developing short course for engineers and contractors on the use and interpretation of HSDT for foundations.
- Lead: David Tara
- Ryan Allin
- Marcel Bielefeld
- Bernie Hertlein
- Gerald Verbeek
- Ben White
Increased Testing Saves Money – webinar series demonstrating how foundation testing can provide data that optimizes foundation designs and construction procedures, thereby SAVING MONEY while increasing the quality of the constructed foundation.
Webinar Recordings & Info Sheets
View past ITS Money webinars and download info sheets where available. The webinars are informative, and the sheets are useful as handouts to colleagues and clients on how increased testing saves money.
Foundation Reuse Task Force
DFI’s Foundation Reuse Task Force is working to promote reuse by leveraging experience among DFI members and collaborating across pertinent committees. Task Force activities include gathering and summarizing project examples that highlight unique applications and significant benefits of reuse, preparing webinars in collaboration with the IT$MONEY series, and hosting a panel session at the DFI annual conference to foster a conversation regarding overcoming the risks associated with reuse.
- FHWA Research Report: Foundation Reuse for Highway Bridges
- NCHRP Synthesis 505: Current Practices and Guidelines for the Reuse of Bridge Foundations
- MoDOT Research Report: Foundation Reuse: Length, Condition, and Capacity of Existing Driven Piles
- FHWA TechBrief Report: Workshop Report on the Reuse of Bridge Foundations
- Foundation Reuse Peer Reviewed Journal Papers
- Foundation Reuse Case Histories