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Garland E. Likins, Jr. Named 2018 DFI Distinguished Service Award Recipient 

July 16, 2018, Hawthorne N.J.:

Garland E. Likins Jr., P.E., cofounder, past president and consultant of Pile Dynamics, Inc. (PDI), is the recipient of DFI’s highest award to an individual, the Distinguished Service Award (DSA). This award recognizes individuals who have made exceptionally valuable contributions to the advancement of the deep foundations industry. The award will be presented at the Awards Banquet during DFI’s 43rd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Anaheim, Calif., October 24-27, 2018. 

Likins was one of PDI’s original founders in 1972, and was president from 1977 to 2014. He currently is a principal and senior consultant for PDI, where he has directed the research and development of transducers, real-time processing equipment and software analysis programs for deep foundations. 

Likins is widely recognized for guiding the development and implementation of dynamic pile testing as an industry standard in the U.S. and throughout the world. He has improved the state of the art in quality assurance by developing new and improved products, teaching, lecturing and writing more than 120 papers. 

“Garland’s lifetime work has helped transform the approach, practice and understanding of quality assurance for all types of deep foundations,” says Theresa Engler, executive director of DFI. His work has helped to create the modern testing industry and advance the practice of deep foundation quality assurance.” 

Likins is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA) and the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC). 

He is an an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, and a recipient of the ASCE Robert B. Cummings Distinguished Leadership Award. He has authored and co-authored numerous ASTM deep foundation standards. As a member of DFI, he has been active on several committees and was the editor of the 1997 DFI Inspection Manual for Driven Piles. He also helped edit the AASHTO T15 Driven Pile Design Code and has been active in the PDCA and International Building Code. 

He has a B.S. and a M.S. in civil engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Contact: Theresa Engler, Executive Director, (973) 423-4030, tengler@dfi.org

About Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI (www.dfi.org) 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 3,300 members worldwide.
Garland E. Likins Jr., P.E., DFI 2018 DSA Recipient


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