DFDTA March 2022 Orlando


Pile Dynamics, Inc. (PDI), in cooperation with the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), has developed a "Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test" for engineers providing high strain dynamic foundation testing services. The test was designed to reflect their level of knowledge and ability, which is then indicated in a "Certificate of Proficiency". To assure a high standard of testing, many organizations or agencies seeking testing services now require a certificate demonstrating some specified level of ability in dynamic testing.

Please visit http://www.pdaproficiencytest.com/ for information regarding experience levels requirements, testing dates and locations, as well as full information about the information covered by the test.


PDCA, in collaboration with Pile Dynamics, Inc., will present this three-day program over the dates of March 7-9, 2022 at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando Airport Hotel in Orlando, FL.

Your safety is our #1 concern! 
The health and safety of attendees is PDCA & PDI's primary concern. With continued concerns regarding COVID-19 health crisis, social distancing will be implemented in the session room and attendees will be required to wear face masks when social distancing cannot be done, such as during breaks, using the restroom, mingling with others attendees, etc.

The Doubletree By Hilton Orlando Airport Hotel is continuing to implement its cleanliness protocols. Click HERE to review the hotel's safety booklet.

The DFDTA conference will present a one-day seminar titled Deep Foundation Integrity Testing and Wave Equation Analysis on March 7, 2021.  A two-day workshop titled High Strain Dynamic Foundation Testing will also be presented March 8-9, 2021. On the third-day, PDCA will also offer the Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test, a 90-minute, multiple-choice exam that will cover the theory of Wave Mechanics, Case Method (PDA) equations, data quality assessment, data interpretation and basic CAPWAP analysis.

The fee to attend the seminar on March 7, 2022 is $300.00.  The fee to attend the workshop on March 8-9, 2022 is $550.00.  An Early Bird discount with $50.00 off both the seminar and workshop registration fee will be offered until February 11, 2022.  The fee to take the Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test is $200.00.

A total of 21 Professional Development Hours earned for all 3 days: 
  • 7 PDHs for the Day 1 Seminar
  • 14 PDHs for Day 2 and 3 Workshop

*****  If you are a Government employee you can receive a $50.00 discount off the seminar and workshop, in addition to the early bird discount.  Please see the registration information below.  ******

The one-day seminar is designed for Geotechnical, structural and construction engineers, owners, contractors and other professionals involved in the design, construction and specification of deep foundations. This seminar is suitable for those new to the field of Foundation Testing and Analysis and includes an overview of non-destructive testing methods (integrity and load testing) and their applications. It is suitable also for those specifying the testing to gain a basic understanding for assessing the results presented in the test reports and for those needing an understanding of wave equation analysis methods. Those attending the two-day workshop that follows this seminar are strongly encouraged to attend this review of wave equation background materials.

The learning objectives of the seminar are to have the participants able to select an appropriate method of integrity assessment of deep foundations for a particular application, review reports of integrity and dynamic load testing of deep foundations conducted by others and run a basic wave equation analysis of pile driving.

The two-day workshop is designed for users of the Pile Driving Analyzer® (PDA) system and CAPWAP® software who are interested in sharpening their skills: engineers, foundation testing professionals, students and professors already familiar with the basic concepts of deep foundation dynamic testing and analysis; professionals who desire to have a basic understanding of the dynamic test results being presented to them; and those interested in taking the Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test.

The learning objectives of the workshop are to have the participants operate the PDA in a manner conducive to acquiring good quality data; assess pile bearing capacity, pile driving stresses, hammer performance and pile integrity by various methods; avoid pitfalls when analyzing PDA data with the CAPWAP software; interpret PDA testing and CAPWAP software results; describe the soil-model used in CAPWAP; prepare the input for CAPWAP; review options for CAPWAP analysis and output; and calculate bearing capacity and its distribution for driven piles from impact records.

The seminar, workshop or proficiency test may be taken independently, all together or a combination of the course offerings.

To register for the Deep Foundation Dynamic Testing and Analysis program please click DFDTA REGISTRATION FORM.



All Government Employees can receive an additional $50.00 discount when registering for the DFDTA seminar and workshop.  If you are a Government Employee and would like to register for the DFDTA Orlando program please use the link below.




A special room rate of $159 per night is available until the cutoff date of February 14, 2022.

Each program attendee will be responsible for making their own hotel reservation.  PDCA has arranged a group rate at the Doubletree by Hilton Airport Hotel.  You can make an online reservation by selecting the link below.


Room reservations can also be made by calling the Doubletree by Hilton Airport Hotel toll-free at 800-222-8733 and referencing the Group ID "PDM".

The Doubletree By Hilton Hotel is continuing to instituted their cleanliness protocols during the COVID-19 health crisis. Click HERE to review the hotel's safety booklet.


Please contact the PDCA office toll-free at 904-215-4771 for more information.

Refund Policy: Cancellations received by February 25, 2022 will receive a 50% refund. After this date, there will be no refunds, however name changes are permissible. There will be no transfer of funds to the next course permitted.
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