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Sustainability

To promote the UN Sustainability Development Goals that apply to deep foundations and excavation projects and help DFI members incorporate and advance sustainable practices.

Gerald Verbeek, MSc

Gerald Verbeek, MSc
Allnamics Pile Testing Experts BV
[email protected]

Gerald Verbeek received his BSc in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology in 1981 and his MSc in Structural Engineering from the same university in 1983.  After spending about 20 years in the Oil and Gas industry, Gerald started a management consulting business, Verbeek Management Services (VMS), in 2004.  One of the activities of his firm is helping European companies with their business in North America and as part of that he has been active in promoting soil and foundation testing philosophies and equipment.  In the area of foundation testing this is done through Allnamics USA, which provides a wide range of foundation testing equipment and services, and in the area of soil testing through BCE, a provider of hardware and software for downhole seismic testing. Gerald is active in various organizations: TRB (he serves on AKG20, the committee on soil and rock properties and site characterization, and AKG70, the committee on foundations of bridges and other structures), DFI (where he served for many years as the chair of the Testing & Evaluation Committee and currently chairs the DFI Sustainability Committee) and ASTM (where he is a member of D18, the committee on soil and rock and the chair of D18.01, the committee for surface and subsurface characterization).

Upcoming Events

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  • Monthly Committee Meetings held last Tuesday of each month at 11:00 AM Eastern

Initiatives

Publicize Sustainability Efforts of DFI Corporate Members

Raise awareness and encourage adoption of sustainability tools and processes applied by DFI corporate members.

Publicize Sustainability Resources Internationally

Links to rating tools and sustainability guidance commonly used in infrastructure and building development. 

Carbon Calculator

EFFC-DFI Geotechnical Carbon Calculator – tool that will calculate the CO2 emissions of foundation and geotechnical works. It is designed to allow contractors and commissioning organizations alike to assess the carbon footprint of their projects.

EFFC Carbon Calculator Training Webinar: Calculating your Project’s Carbon Footprint.

EFFC Webinar: Driving and Supporting Sustainable Change in Geotechnical Companies

Sustainability is an increasingly important topic. But why should we, as geotechnical companies and employees, care about sustainability? And even if we do care, how do we begin to improve our sustainability performance? What support is out there to help geotechnical companies on this transition?

Sustainability Webinars

Executives of American companies discuss why Sustainability should be a consideration in the deep foundation industry.

Foundations for a Sustainable Future Case Studies

A regular column in Deep Foundations magazine showcasing successful best practices for sustainable foundations.

Foundation Reuse Task Force

DFI’s Foundation Reuse Task Force is working to promote reuse by leveraging experience among DFI members and collaborating across pertinent committees. Task Force activities include gathering and summarizing project examples that highlight unique applications and significant benefits of reuse, preparing webinars in collaboration with the IT$MONEY series, and hosting a panel session at the DFI annual conference to foster a conversation regarding overcoming the risks associated with reuse.

Advance the Understanding and Use of Deep Foundations as Geothermal Heat Transfer Elements

DFI’s former Energy Foundations committee is now operating under the Sustainability committee and is continuing these ongoing initiatives:

Library of Case Histories of International Projects featuring Energy Foundations – coming soon

Learning Tools-Presentations on the background, resources, applications, construction workflow and management considerations required to design and construct effective energy foundations and results from relevant research – coming soon

Corporate Resources for Implementing Sustainable Practices

Fundamentals

UN Sustainability Goals – In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve sustainable development for all.

NCHRP Research Report 916 – Sustainable Highway Construction Guidebook – provides practitioner-ready guidance on how to identify and implement practices that advance sustainability during the construction phase of a highway project. 

GeoConstructability – An Owner’s Guide to Obtaining Essential Geotechnical Information for Construction (documents the type of geotechnical information  that contractors need to estimate, plan and execute foundation projects).