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Osterberg Memorial Lecture

The annual Osterberg Memorial Lecture and Award was established by DFI Corporate Member Loadtest, in conjunction with the DFI Educational Trust, in honor of Dr. Jorj O. Osterberg, one of the true pioneers of geotechnical engineering. The Lecture and Award recognize innovations in the deep foundations construction related to engineering design, testing or education – all aspects of Dr. Osterberg’s lifelong contributions.

Dr. Jorj O. Osterberg

Dr. Osterberg has long been recognized for his innovations in soil sampling and testing (including his inventions: the Osterberg Sampler and the Osterberg Cell). Dr. Osterberg enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a teacher and consultant; he was Professor Emeritus of civil engineering, at Northwestern University.

The lecture 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.

Osterberg Lecturers and Award Recipients

Paul W. Mayne, Ph.D., P.E.Application of Seismic Piezocone Soundings to Bi-Directional Load Test Response
Harry PoulosFoundations for Tall Buildings – Design and Risk Reduction
Erik Loehr, Ph.D., P.E.The Considerable Benefits of Bi-directional Loading
Samuel Paikowsky, Ph.D.Capacity Testing of Deep Foundations: Successes and Pitfalls
John A. (Jack) Hayes, P. Eng., D.I.C.High-Capacity Load Testing
Richard J. Finno, Ph.D., P.E., D.GELessons (Re)Learned from Geotechnical Failures
David K. Crapps, Ph.D., P.E.Lessons Learned from Dr. Jorj O. Osterberg and His Inventions
Frank RauscheLoad Testing of Deep Foundations: Developments, Applications, Results
Dr. Kyle RollinsDeep Foundation Behavior in Liquefied Sands From Blast Liquefaction Testing
Jean-Louis BriaudImpact Load Tests for Embassy Protection Against Terrorists
Dr. Dan BrownExperiences with the Osterberg Cell Load Testing Method
Dr. John H. SchmertmannThe “TROM” Method for the Most Economical Design and Construction of Non-Redundant Pile Foundations
Dr. Bengt H. FelleniusRedesign Tests Save Costs and Time: A Case History
Clyde Baker, Jr.Experiences with Jorj Osterberg and How He Revolutionized the Deep Foundations Industry