DFI Announces the Winner of the 2014 Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in the Design and Construction of Marine Foundations  

July 18, 2014, Hawthorne N.J.: Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announces that Professor Gray Mullins and his research team at the University of South Florida are the recipients of the 2014 Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in the Design and Construction of Marine Foundations. The award will be presented at a lunch on August 7 in conjunction with the DFI Marine Foundations Seminar in Tarrytown, NY.

Professor Mullins and his research team are being recognized for performing practical research on base grouted drilled shafts, thermal integrity testing of drilled shafts and tremie concrete bond transfer. For more than a decade, Professor Mullins has conducted valuable, independent research in the use of base grouting for drilled shafts, helping owners and practitioners gain a greater understanding of the mechanism of the base grouting and its influence on the performance of drilled shafts. He has also developed correlations between grout pressure and end bearing improvement, providing engineers with a rational design procedure for predicting the improved performance of base grouted shafts. His research and numerous technical papers and reports on the subject have been directly responsible for establishing base grouting in the U.S. and spurring its growth.

The annual award recognizes innovative excellence in the design and construction of marine foundations, and honors Ben C. Gerwick for his achievements during his 62-year career in the field of marine foundations. The award is sponsored by the Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust, University of California Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Ben C. Gerwick Company. DFI will donate a portion of the seminar proceeds to the DFI Educational Trust Scholarship Fund.

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.

Professor Gray Mullins, University of South Florida