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It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 10th International Conference on Stress Wave Theory and Testing of Deep Foundations that will be held in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA on June 1-3, 2016, with short courses and workshops on May 31, 2016.

The dynamic measurement of pile driving and its interpretation is a major engineering breakthrough of the 20th century. International conferences dedicated to the subject started in 1980.


Pile installation dates back 6,000 years. Descriptions of pile driving have been found both pictorially in ancient hieroglyphics and in written documents, some of which are over 2,000 years old. Modern analysis dates to the beginning of the 20th century with Isaac’s (1931) proposal to implement the one dimensional wave equation for pile driving and the practical numerical formulation by Smith (1960), considered the first non-military engineering application of digital computers.


The next breakthrough was the development of a practical strain and acceleration wave measurement methodology and its application to the solution of the wave equation (Rausche 1970). At the same time a variety of stress wave measurement based pile integrity test methods were developed in Europe (e.g. Paquet, 1968). Other important more recently introduced pile testing methods include the bi-directional static load test (Osterberg 1984) and the rapid test (Bermingham and Janes, 1989).


An ongoing series of dedicated conferences began with the first International Seminar on the Application of Stress-Wave Theory to Piles held during June 1980 in Stockholm, continuing to the 9th International Conference in Kanazawa, Japan during September 2012. The 10th International Conference on Stress Wave Theory and Testing of Deep Foundations will be held in Lowell, Massachusetts on June 1 - 3, 2016 with short-courses and workshops to be held on May 31, 2016.


Papers are invited for the SW2016 10th International Conference on Stress Wave Theory and Testing Methods of Deep Foundations. SW 2016 is conducted in partnership with ASTM D-18 committee and the proceedings will be published as an ASTM STP (Selected Technical Paper).


On behalf of the organizing committees I look forward to welcoming you in Lowell in May 2016!


All The Best,

Samuel Paikowsky