DFDTA October 2023 Cleveland


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.


Pile Dynamics, Inc., in collaboration with PDCA, will present this three-day program over the dates of October 11-13, 2023, at the Pile Dynamics Headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

The DFDTA conference will present a one-day seminar titled Deep Foundation Integrity Testing and Wave Equation Analysis on October 11, 2023.  A two-day workshop titled High Strain Dynamic Foundation Testing will also be presented October 12-13, 2023. 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 October 11, 2023, is $300.00.  The fee to attend the workshop on October 12-13, 2023, is $550.00.  An Early Bird discount with $50.00 off both the seminar and workshop registration fee will be offered until September 11, 2023.  The fee to take the Dynamic Measurement and Analysis Proficiency Test is $250.00.

A total of 20 Professional Development Hours earned for all 3 days: 
  • 7 PDHs for the Day 1 Seminar
  • 13 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 use the link below:




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 is available for those that need lodging for the DFDTA Course. There are three hotel options near the PDI Headquarters for attendees to choose from, see below:

Springhill Suites Cleveland Solon
30100 Aurora Road
Solon, OH 44139

Hampton Inn Cleveland Solon
6035 Enterprise Parkway
Solon, Ohio 44139

TownePlace Suites Cleveland Solon
6040 Enterprise Parkway
Solon, OH 44139

Each program attendee will be responsible for making their own hotel reservation. Please contact the hotel of your choice and ask for the "PDI Training Rate".


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

Refund Policy: Cancellations received by September 25, 2023, 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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