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DFI Announces the Winner of the 2016 Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in Design and Construction of Marine Foundations 

March 22, 2016, Hawthorne NJ: The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announces that the Traylor-Massman-Weeks Joint Venture is the recipient of the 2016 Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in Design and Construction of Marine Foundations. The group is being recognized for its development and successful implementation of an Assembly Line Construction Approach for construction of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Storm Surge Barrier for the City of New Orleans. The award is being presented on June 8 at the DFI SuperPile '16 luncheon in Chicago, where the recipient will make a presentation.

The assembly line system was designed and developed for the installation of 7,500 linear feet of storm surge barrier. The system was centered around a rail mounted pile driving template supported on a temporary pipe-pile trestle system along the entire length of the barrier. The entire assembly line system included a fleet of 16 barge mounted cranes, 5 land-based cranes, 10 trestle mounted pieces of equipment and more than 40 barges. The assembly line, completed in 18 months, is the largest civil works, design-build project in the history of the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE).

The Ben C. Gerwick Award for Innovation in the Design and Construction of Marine Foundations was established in 2008 to recognize the innovative spirit of Ben C. Gerwick and his phenomenal contribution to the marine foundation industry over his 62-year professional career as a contractor, educator and construction engineer. The award encourages and recognizes innovation in the marine foundation industry.

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 provide a donation to the DFI Educational Trust Scholarship Fund from the proceeds of the SuperPile Conference.

About the DFI Educational Trust: The Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust (www.dfitrust.org) 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 the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multi-disciplinary 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.

Assembly Line Construction Approach for construction of the IHNC Storm Surge Barrier for the City of New Orleans.


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