DFI Announces New Chair of Seepage Control Working Group 

March 2, 2017, Hawthorne N.J.:

Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announces that Michael Kynett, P.E., levee safety program manager for the Engineering Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Sacramento District, is the new chair of the DFI Seepage Control Working Group (SCWG). He succeeds David Paul, special assistant on dam safety for USACE, who transitioned to the DFI Board of Trustees in January 2017. The SCWG is a group of government engineers and construction representatives and DFI members who network to advance the state of the practice of seepage control design, construction and quality assurance. 

At the USACE Sacramento District, Kynett is responsible for coordinating, assigning, scheduling and overseeing teamwork to achieve the levee safety program and the inspection of completed works program. He is currently a member of the engineering flood response team and the infrastructure assessment planning and response team (IA-PRT). He was deployed for emergency operations to the Corps’ headquarters for Superstorm Sandy response and relief efforts. He is also a California Office of Emergency Services Safety Assessment Program (SAP) coordinator. Kynett earned a B.S. in civil engineering from Sacramento State University, and has authored and co-authored several published technical papers on levee evaluations and seepage cutoff wall design and construction.

To learn more about the Seepage Control Working Group visit

About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multidisciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 4,000 members worldwide.
Michael Kynett, P.E., chair of DFI's Seepage Control Working Group