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DFI Announces Harry Poulos as Osterberg Memorial Lecturer Presentation at SuperPile ‘22 June 15-17 in St. Louis

May 5, 2022, Hawthorne, N.J.:

Harry Poulos, Ph.D., D.Sc. Eng., senior consultant, Tetra Tech Coffey, and emeritus professor of civil engineering, University of Sydney, has been invited to present the DFI Osterberg Memorial Lecture at SuperPile ’22. The annual SuperPile conference, hosted by DFI in partnership with ADSC, is taking place at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in Missouri on June 15-17.

The lecture, “Foundations for Tall Buildings – Design and Risk Reduction,” will outline the main issues to be considered in the design of foundations for tall buildings and discuss the procedures that can be adopted to address these issues. Despite the evolution of modern techniques of ground investigation and foundation design, there have been cases in which problems have occurred and the performance of the supported building has been compromised. Some of the risk factors in foundation investigation, design and construction will be discussed, and measures to reduce such risks will be suggested. Examples of the successful application of the design and risk reduction procedures to two prominent tall buildings will be presented.

Poulos joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney, his alma mater, in 1965, and was appointed a professor in 1982, a position he held until his retirement in 2001. In 1989, he joined Coffey Partners International and is currently as senior consultant with Tetra Tech Coffey. He is also an emeritus professor at the University of Sydney and an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is also the ombudsman for the DFI Journal.

Poulos has been involved in many high-rise and infrastructure projects in Australia and overseas, including the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Creek Tower in Dubai, and the 720 km Egnatia Odos motorway in Greece. In 2010, he was elected a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and in 2014, he was inducted into the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. In 2017, he was awarded the Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Award for lifetime achievement in design by ASCE, and in 2020 was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal by Engineers Australia.

The annual Osterberg Memorial Lecture and Award was established in honor of Dr. Jorj O. Osterberg to recognize innovations in deep foundations construction related to engineering design, testing or education. Visit the website at www.dfi.org/SuperPile2022 for more information.