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Ben C. Gerwick Marine Foundation Innovation Award

The Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in the Design and Construction of Marine Foundations, established in 2008, is awarded to an individual, team or company, and pays tribute to Ben Gerwick, recognizing his innovative spirit and his many contributions to the design and construction of marine foundations. Gerwick had a 62-year professional career as a contractor, educator and construction engineer.

Ben C. Gerwick, Jr.

Ben C. Gerwick, Jr. represented the highest level of engineering excellence both personally and professionally. The phenomenal achievements of his 62-year career include world-class innovations in marine foundations. He reached the pinnacle of his profession as a contractor, an educator and a construction engineer.

The award is presented annually at the SuperPile conference or every third year at the International Foundations Conference & Equipment Expo (IFCEE). DFI provides an annual donation to the DFI Educational Trust General Fund from the proceeds of these conferences.

Ben C. Gerwick Award Honorees

Sapir Engineering, Under Water Anchor, and TecniwellUnderwater Tie-back Anchoring System
Robert Mast, P.E., S.E., senior principal, BergerABAM, and
Arthur R. Anderson, ScD, Concrete Technology Corporation (posthumous)

The development and use of precast concrete piles for marine foundations
Akio Kitamura, founder and president of GikenPress-in-Piling Technology and the invention of the Silent Piler
Robert B. Bittner, P.E., Bittner-Shen Consulting Engineers46-year career and body of work in the marine foundations industry
Traylor-Massman-Weeks Joint VentureAssembly Line Construction Approach for construction of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC)
Storm Surge Barrier for the City of New Orleans
ProserveProserve Grout Bag
Professor Gray Mullins and his research team at the University of South Florida
Practical Research on Base Grouted Drilled Shafts, Thermal Integrity Testing of Drilled Shafts and Tremie Concrete Bond Transfer
BAUER Maschinen GmbH and BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbHBauer Seabed Drill 3000
Patrick Bermingham, Bermingham Foundation SolutionsInnovative Work related to Marine Foundations
George G. Goble, Ph.D.Innovative Work and Leadership in Development of the Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA) And WEAP Program
David Anderson, Kiewit CorporationInnovative Construction Work on Deep Marine Foundations
Loadtest, Inc.The Osterberg Load Cell
 Menck, GmbH (An Acteon Company)Design & Development of the Menck MUP Deep Water Hammer