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Welcome to DFI’s Podcast Channel: Broadcasting Common Ground

In the first series, Interview with a Survivor, hosts Lucky Nagarajan and Tim Siegel will be speaking with industry experts about their near misses, problem projects and resolutions.

Nagarajan is the general manager-engineering and business development at Giken America Corporation. She is a member of the DFI Board of Trustees and the chair of DFI’s Women in Deep Foundations Committee.

Siegel is CEO/senior principal engineer at Dan Brown & Associates. He is chair of the DFI Ground Improvement Committee and co-editor of the DFI Journal.

New episodes of Interview with a Survivor will be released monthly on the second Wednesday over:

If you would like to be involved, reach out to podcast@dfi.org.

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Interview with a Survivor

Episode 1: Getting Sued: An Engineer’s Tale.

The episode features a discussion with William (Billy) Camp, III, P.E., D.GE, technical principal and vice president at SM&E, about the impending failure of a sheet pile wall at the North Charleston port. Billy went through the proverbial “gauntlet” on this project. We step through the project, challenges and Billy’s role.

Release date: August 11, 2021
Sponsored by Berkel.


Episode 2: There will be rocks ahead!

The episode features a discussion with William (Billy) Camp, III, P.E., D.GE, technical principal and vice The episode features a discussion with Kord Wissmann, president at Geopier Foundation Co. In this episode, our guest Kord Wissmann will share a few of his professional highs along with a significant low. Kord with Geopier is credited with 28 patents and has played a major part in changing the landscape of ground improvement contracting. However, he also faced the challenge of working through the failure of a ground improvement system below an MSE wall in the US Midwest.

Release date: September 8, 2021
Sponsored by GeoStructures.


Episode 3: Claims, trains and automobiles

The episode features a discussion with Greg Righter, President and CEO of Berkel and Company Contractors with an emphasis on the business side of the deep foundation industry.  Greg shares his story about design, construction, and an eventual claim for a support-of-excavation project.  The SOE was located between a roadway and a railway line.  We talk about shared goals, trust, expectations, disappointment, and trying (and succeeding) at getting paid. 

Release date: November 10, 2021
Sponsored by Specrete.


Episode 4:

The episode features a discussion with Cassandra Wetzel, district office manager and principal at GZA GeoEnvironmental.

Release date: December 8, 2021
Sponsored by Densification.

Episode 5:

The episode features a discussion with David Wilshaw, Integrity Drilling & Geophysical Services.

Release date: January 12, 2022
Sponsored by Universal Engineering.

Episode 6:

The episode features a discussion with Thomas D. Richards, consultant at Nicholson Construction.

Release date: February 9, 2022
Sponsored by Ischebeck USA.


Bonus Episodes

Interview with a Survivor: Bonus Episode — Adventures in Colombia Part 1

Join hosts Lucky Nagarajan and Tim Siegel with guest, Sebastian Lobo-Guerrero Ph.D., P.E., of AGES, who will discuss his adventures in Colombia.


Interview with a Survivor: Bonus Episode — Adventures in Colombia Part 2

Join hosts Lucky Nagarajan and Tim Siegel with guest, Sebastian Lobo-Guerrero Ph.D., P.E., of AGES, as they conclude discussions on Sebastian’s adventures in Colombia.


Other Series from Broadcasting Common Ground.

Live at Game Day from DFI46

Our field host Chris Woods, vice president at Densification, will be talking to various attendees at the DFI46 Annual Conference, broadcast live over DFI’s YouTube channel.

Release date: October 12 to 15, 2021
Sponsored by Foundation Technologies.