Ben C. Gerwick Award

The Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in the Design and Construction of Marine Foundations was established in 2008 to recognize the innovative spirit of Ben C. Gerwick and his phenomenal contribution to the marine foundation industry over his 62 year professional career as a contractor, educator and construction engineer. The award encourages and recognizes innovation in the marine foundation industry. The annual award is presented at IFCEE or SuperPile. DFI will provide an annual donation to the DFI Educational Trust Scholarship Fund from the proceeds of these conferences.

Submissions are due by February 1.

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Submit your nomination package via email to or on CD/disk via mail to:
Deep Foundations Institute
326 Lafayette Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ 07506

2020-2021 Underwater Tie-back Anchoring System Sapir Engineering
Under Water Anchor
2019 The development and use of precast concrete piles for marine foundations Robert Mast, P.E., S.E., senior principal, BergerABAM, and
Arthur R. Anderson, ScD, Concrete Technology Corporation (posthumous)
2018 Press-in-Piling Technology and the invention of the Silent Piler Akio Kitamura, founder and president of Giken
2017 46-year career and body of work in the marine foundations industry Robert B. Bittner, P.E., Bittner-Shen Consulting Engineers
2016 Assembly Line Construction Approach for construction of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Storm Surge Barrier for the City of New Orleans Traylor-Massman-Weeks Joint Venture
2015 Proserve Grout Bag Proserve
2014 Practical Research on Base Grouted Drilled Shafts, Thermal Integrity Testing of Drilled Shafts and Tremie Concrete Bond Transfer Professor Gray Mullins and his research team at the University of South Florida
2013 Bauer Seabed Drill 3000 BAUER Maschinen GmbH and BAUER Spezialtiefbau GmbH
2012 Innovative Work related to Marine Foundations Patrick Bermingham,
Bermingham Foundation Solutions
2011 Innovative Work and Leadership in Development of the Pile Driving Analyzer (PDA) And WEAP Program George G. Goble, Ph.D.
2010 Innovative Construction Work on Deep Marine Foundations David Anderson, Kiewit Corporation
2009 The Osterberg Load Cell Loadtest, Inc.
2008 Design & Development of the Menck MUP Deep Water Hammer Menck, GmbH (An Acteon Company)