Conference on Foundation Decarbonization and Re-use

March 21-23 2023| KIT, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The conference

The Construction Industry is largely contributing to the CO2 emissions, and so is the Deep Foundation Industry. With sustainability becoming every day more relevant, foundation design has to be viewed differently. Decarbonization is the first option: more efficient design reducing volumes of concrete or steel, the use of different materials with lower carbon footprint. This should not be viewed as the only option available: the reuse of existing foundations must be considered as well, and even preferred as the most sustainable option.

In March 2023, DFI Europe and the Geotechnical Section of the KIVI will host a 3-day conference, including an optional one-day site-visit, to discuss these burning topics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In this city, foundations using timber piles (one of the more sustainable construction material) have been used for long, and given the age of many structures the issue of the foundation reuse is a recurring topic of endless debate.  This can be because the loads have increased since the structure was first designed, as is the case with the bridges in Amsterdam, or because a new building is constructed to replace a structure that no longer meets the current requirements. 

But of course, there are many other places in the world where this issue is getting momentum, with urban centers being reconstructed and transformed, and the issue is also is not limited to just timber piles.  How do you address the remaining service life of steel piles that may have been subjected to corrosion?  Or how do you assess the bearing capacity of any foundation pile, for which the original design and construction data is no longer available?

In this International Conference all these aspects will be covered in 4 sessions that will focus on the overall concept of foundation decarbonization and reuse, the assessment of existing foundations, the design aspects associated with this topic, and finally the impact this approach will have on the construction phase. 

Papers from all around the world will be presented following a keynote address to introduce each session. And we hope that you will join us in Amsterdam to listen to these presentations and to participate during panel discussions with the presenters.

Join us in Amsterdam, The Netherlands!

About the location

KIT Royal Tropical Institute is an independent centre of expertise, education and hospitality dedicated to sustainable development. Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, our knowledge work focuses on global health, gender, economic development and intercultural communication. Our education offer comprises a graduate programme in global health, advanced courses for health professionals, a gender training programme and training and coaching services in intercultural


Session 1

The decision-making process regarding foundation decarbonization and reuse

Session 2

The inspection and testing of existing foundations to assess their suitability for reuse

Session 3

The design process when foundations are decarbonized
or reused

Session 4

The construction phase when foundations are decarbonized
or reused

A keynote lecture by an invited speaker will open each session, after which 15-minute presentations will be scheduled. The session will then close with a moderated panel discussion, where the speakers and the attendees can have an open exchange of ideas on the session topic.
More information 


– Abstract submission deadline: September 30, 2022
– Abstract approval decision: October 7, 2022
– Initial paper submission deadline: December 23, 2022
Paper review and approval notification: January 22, 2023
Final paper submission deadline 2023: February 15, 2023
– Presentation submission deadline: March 7, 2023

Site visit Thursday March 23th

Following the initial two days of the conference with presentations and panel discussions at the conference location, the third day will showcase practical examples of foundation decarbonization and re-use in and around Amsterdam. During this day the conference participants will be split in smaller groups to provide everybody with an up-close impression of these practical examples that really complement and demonstrate the topics discussed the previous days.

As construction schedules may change between now and March 23, we cannot provide at this time a specific list of the sites that will be visited. But as soon as a site has been confirmed it will be listed on the conference website.

As not all conference participants may wish to participate, a nominal additional fee (€ 50,-) is required to register for this third day, which will be used to offset the costs for the bus transportation and the lunch that will be provided.