January/February 2023 - 61

MATTHEW R. GLISSON, P.E.
DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL ACTIVITIES
TECHNICAL ACTIVITIES
Welcome to 2023!
How are your
New Year's resolutions
holding
up? " Don't ask. Just tell me how you are
doing on yours! " you say? You might not
like this answer, but I don't make them. I
prefer to go with continuous improvement
and make resolutions throughout
the year. No matter when they're made, I
do better on some resolutions than
others. Regardless of my approach, the
change in the calendar does have me
reflecting and assessing how the past
year has gone and outlining plans for the
next. Of course, end-of-year performance
reviews help with kick starting
that assessment and planning!
A year ago, I was just starting to
think about a career change and
possibly joining the DFI staff. You all
know how that ended. The result of my
decision to make a change meant that I
threw out the plans I made in December
and January. I spent most of 2022
with no plans beyond observing and
learning, at least for the work part of
my life. I was targeting six months of
that, maybe nine. For a stereotypical
engineer like me, that was not a
comfortable position. Don't get me
wrong, I love learning and that part was
exciting! It was the lack of a plan (or at
best a very simple plan) and not
knowing what comes next that was
unsettling. Fortunately, DFI's staff,
board of trustees and committee chairs
have been patient with me and very
tolerant of my missteps and questions
over the last 10 months.
So, what's next, right? No huge
changes now, but we are planning some
smaller changes and considering some
bigger things. Overall, DFI continues to
do a lot of good. Naturally, there are
things I think we can do better, just like
you probably do too. Echoing president
Gianfranco Di Cicco's remarks in this
issue, let him, Theresa or me know
what those ideas are, please.
You have read in my past columns
and heard me say it if you watched the
DFI 2022: Technical Activities Year In
Review video, our technical committees
and working groups are doing a lot
of great stuff. Whatever we do going forward,
continuing the great work of the
committees and working groups will be
crucial to DFI's continued success.
Here are a couple of great committee
actions you should know about that
came in at the print deadline.
* The Drilled Shaft Committee has
completed a consensus document
that was just published in the DFI
Journal. Titled " Combined Side and
Base Resistance in Rock-Socketed
Drilled Shafts - A State of the Art
Consensus, " the article was subject
to DFI's most rigorous review process.
It was reviewed by the Drilled
Shaft Committee, the Technical
Advisory Committee (TAC) and open
for comment by all DFI members
before being approved by DFI's Board
of Trustees.
* The Women in Deep Foundations
Committee continues its work on
acknowledgment bias in our industry
with a survey
that was sent in December
2022. Scan the
QR code to take the
survey now, if you
haven't already done so. Results will
be published in a future magazine
issue.
For more information on the amazing
work of our committees and working
groups, read the reports that follow this
column. In this issue, we have updates
from our Drilled Shaft Committee,
Working Platforms Industry-Wide
Working Group and Sustainability
Committee. You can also check out the
webpages of our communities.
If you are interested in finding out
more about what our technical
committees are up to, join us for
Midyear Committee Week, online
April 17-21. See page 110 or visit
www.dfi.org/committeeweek2023.
COMMITTEE CHAIR PAUL AXTELL, P.E., D.GE
Drilled Shaft
The Drilled Shaft Committee is excited
to be in the final stages of several
interesting and topical projects, most of
which were financed by the DFI Committee
Project Fund program. We also
have a good list of pertinent projects
under consideration that will undoubtedly
maintain the substantial
forward momentum the group is
fortunate to have.
Arash Khosravifar, Ph.D., P.E., or
more specifically, his student, Jared
Martinez, both at Portland State
University, presented the results of
their funded research at the recent DFI
47th Annual Conference in National
Harbor, Maryland. The paper titled
" Combined Effects of LiquefactionInduced
Lateral
Sp r e ad i ng and
Supers t ruc ture
Inertial Loads on Pile Foundations " was
not only an excellent presentation on a
timely topic, but also is the winner of
the DFI Educational Trust Student
Paper Competition.
Anne Lemnitzer, Ph.D., P.E., of the
University of California, Irvine, along
with her students, continue to plug
away at two DFI-funded research
projects. The first is a continuation of a
previous project and is entitled " Shear
Magnification in Rock-Socketed Piles -
Part 2: Numerical and Parametric
Studies. " Final results, including
recommended design guidance, are
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