DFI Announces the Winner of the 2015 Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in Design and Construction of Marine Foundations 

January 5, 2015, Hawthorne N.J.: Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announces that Proserve is the recipient of the 2015 Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in Design and Construction of Marine Foundations for the development of the Proserve Grout Bag. The award will be presented at IFCEE 2015 (International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo), March 17-21, 2015 at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas. Martin Hawkswood B.Sc., C.Eng., M.I.C.E. M.I.Struct.E., will accept the award on behalf of Proserve in the U.K.

Proserve has pioneered the use of grout bag systems, which reliably provide infill foundations to precast elements in the marine environment. The forms are normally prefixed to the precast foundation element before immersion or lowering and when pump filled can readily infill undulating bed voids. The system can be engineered to offer the following:

  • Reliable grouting compartments
  • Protection against washout
  • Control of compartment size
  • Control of filling and uplift forces
  • Risk management via multiple compartments

The annual award recognizes innovative excellence in the design and construction of marine foundations, and honors Ben C. Gerwick for his exceptional achievements and contributions to the design and construction of marine foundations during his 62-year career. 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.

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.