DFI Announces 2016 Osterberg Memorial Lecturer 

February 29, 2016, Hawthorne NJ: David K. Crapps, Ph.D., P.E., principal for GPE, Inc. and David K. Crapps, Inc., both of Gainesville, Fla., is presenting the DFI 2016 Osterberg Memorial Lecturer at DFI’s SuperPile ’16 conference being held June 7-9 at the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago. The lecture is titled, "Lessons Learned from Dr. Jorj O. Osterberg and His Inventions."

Dr. Crapps is the founding owner of Schmertmann & Crapps, Gainesville, Fla. He is a deep foundations specialist with over 40 years of research, design, construction, and testing of piles and drilled shafts (bored piles).

He has served as the geotechnical engineer-of-record for many significant projects involving drilled shafts, SPT testing and dilatometer testing. He has authored and co-authored many reports and technical publications on geotechnical engineering, and has lectured at the University of Florida and at DFI, ASCE and ADSC events. He also assisted the Florida DOT in writing the Foundation Specifications for Structures used today by a number of state agencies.

Dr. Crapps earned his B.Sc. and his M.A.Sc. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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, and is supported by DFI Corporate Member Loadtest Inc. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the DFI Educational Trust Scholarship Fund.

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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 3,300 members worldwide.

Dr. David K. Crapps, DFI 2016 Osterberg Memorial Lecturer