DFI Announces the Winner of the 2017 Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in Design and Construction of Marine Foundations 

April 4, 2017, Hawthorne N.J.:

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announces that Robert B. Bittner, P.E., a past president of DFI and president of Bittner-Shen Consulting Engineers, is the recipient of the 2017 Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in Design and Construction of Marine Foundations. Bittner is being recognized for his 46-year career and body of work in the marine foundations industry. The award and a lecture by Bittner are being presented at DFI’s SuperPile '17 Conference in Coronado, Calif. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit the DFI Educational Trust Scholarship Fund.

The focus of Bittner's work has been on minimizing construction costs through the design and development of innovative methods and equipment for marine construction projects, which have been employed on the construction of major bridges, immersed tube tunnels, ocean outfalls and intakes, marine terminals, offshore structures, and locks and dams worldwide.

Bittner is a member of the National Academy of Construction and ASCE. He is also a member of The Beavers and recipient of the organization’s Engineering Award 2006 for Outstanding Achievement in Heavy Engineering Construction. He was chair of the DFI Marine Foundations Committee from 2003 to 2008, and editor of Deep Marine Foundations – A Perspective on the Design and Construction of Deep Marine Foundations, published by DFI in June 2009. Bittner earned his B.S. in civil Engineering and his M.S. in construction management from Stanford University.

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. Recipients are selected by the DFI Marine Foundations Committee.

To learn more about the Gerwick Award or SuperPile ’17, visit


About DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust ( is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 2006 by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) as its charitable arm. The mission of the Trust is to support and encourage individuals in the fields of study related to the deep foundation industry by providing scholarships and opportunities to meet and work with deep foundation industry leaders.

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.

Robert B. Bittner, P.E., DFI 2017 Gerwick Award Winner