10th International Conference on Stress Wave Theory and Testing Methods for Deep Foundations

    Dates: Wednesday June 27 2018 - Friday June 29 2018

    Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina San Diego, CA

    Sponsored by: D18 Soil and Rock

    Deadline for Abstract Submittal: Tuesday July 11 2017

    About the Event

    Papers are invited to the 10th International Conference on Stress Wave Theory and Testing Methods for Deep Foundations. The symposium will be held June 27-29, 2018. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, the symposium will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, San Diego, CA in conjunction with the June standards development meetings of the committee.

    The conference will cover the application of static and dynamic test methods to deep foundations, including both driven piles and cast-in-place. areas like wave mechanics applications to foundations, high strain dynamic testing, low strain integrity testing, rapid load test, vibration monitoring due to dynamic effects - theory and measurements, axial compression, tension, and bidirectional load tests, soil-structure interaction from dynamic and static testing, lateral testing, vibratory analysis and monitoring of piles and sheet piles.

    It is anticipated that a diverse and international group of some 200 researchers, practitioners and academicians from more than 40 countries will gather to share experiences and findings. In addition to some 5 – 7 keynote lectures, papers will be presented dealing with 14 different conference themes applied to deep foundations:

    1. High strain dynamic testing
    2. Low strain integrity testing
    3. Rapid load testing
    4. Axial compression, tension, and bidirectional load tests
    5. Lateral testing
    6. Wave mechanics applications
    7. Soil-structure interaction for dynamic and static testing
    8. Testing and analysis of piles installed by vibratory methods
    9. Vibration monitoring due to dynamic effects – theory and measurements
    10. Simulation of pile penetration during installation
    11. Quality assurance testing for driven and drilled deep foundations
    12. Static resistance to driving and correlation of dynamic to static test results
    13. Design codes and test standards for testing of deep foundations
    14. Case studies of driven and drilled deep foundation testing

    The need for ASTM standards in this area:

    The need for new deep foundations standards includes new tests for verifying the size, shape, and alignment of cast-in-place piles. Current test methods for assessing static capacity and structural integrity may also be revised based on technical advances, industry requirements, and cost efficiency. Practices for statistical methods that address site variability and assist with the choice and frequency of foundation testing would also fill a void in current practice. Information may be presented to improve and revise the following existing standards:

    • ASTM D1143 / D1143M - 07(2013) Standard Test Methods for Deep Foundations Under Static Axial Compressive Load
    • ASTM D3689 / D3689M - 07(2013) Standard Test Methods for Deep Foundations Under Static Axial Tensile Load
    • ASTM D3966 / D3966M - 07(2013) Standard Test Methods for Deep Foundations Under Lateral Load
    • ASTM D4945 - 12 Standard Test Method for High-Strain Dynamic Testing of Deep Foundations
    • ASTM D7383 - 10 Standard Test Methods for Axial Compressive Force Pulse (Rapid) Testing of Deep Foundations
    • ASTM D5882 Test Method for Low Strain Impact Integrity Testing of Deep Foundations
    • ASTM D6760 Test Method for Integrity Testing of Concrete Deep Foundations by Ultrasonic Crosshole Testing
    • ASTM D7949 Test Methods Thermal Integrity Profiling of Concrete Deep Foundations

    Abstract Submittal

    To participate in the symposium, presenters/authors must submit online the Abstract Submittal Form and attach a 250-300 word preliminary abstract no later than May 1, 2017. Scroll to the top of the page to "Go to Abstract Submittal Form". To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database system, please email Kelly Dennison at symposia@astm.org stating that your abstract was submitted.

    The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper's suitability for this symposium. Symposium Chairman Paul BullockGerald Verbeek will notify you via e-mail by May 15, 2017 of your paper's acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the presenter/author will be requested to submit a final camera-ready abstract several months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in an abstract booklet at the symposium.


    Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Selected Technical Paper (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors' instructions via email only. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than September 15, 2017 at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost.

    ASTM publishes individual paper(s) in the online STP as they are finalized ASTM also publishes a printed book as a Selected Technical Papers (STP). (A minimum of ten papers is required for a printed STP.) Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP.

    Please note that all submitted papers are subject to single blind peer review and will be submitted to the Library of Congress with an ISBN number. The papers will also be reviewed for inclusion in the "Thomson & Reuters Web of Science's Conference Proceedings Citation Index" (CPCI) and Google Scholar.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    For technical information please contact the symposium co-chairs:
    Paul Bullock, SBE LLC, Gainesville, FL, Email: pbullock@morrisshea.com, Tel: 352.215.9372
    Gerald Verbeek, Verbeek Management Services, Tyler TX, USA, email: gverbeek@verbeekservices.com, Tel: 903.939.1168
    David Tara, Thurber Engineering Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada, Email: dtara@thurber.ca, Tel: 604.684.4384
    Sam Paikowsky,University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA, Email: Samuel_Paikowsky@uml.edu, Tel: 978.934.2277