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Dr. John Turner, P.E. joins DBA!

We are pleased to announce that John P. Turner, Ph.D., P.E., has joined our firm as a Senior Principal. Turner is Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, where he spent the past 25 years teaching and conducting research in geotechnical engineering. He has undergraduate degrees in both Geology and Civil Engineering and earned his doctorate in Geotechnical Engineering from Cornell University. John will bring his considerable expertise in design and construction of deep foundations to our practice. He is a co-author of the 2010 FHWA manual “Drilled Shafts: Construction Procedures and LRFD Design Methods” and the author of NCHRP Synthesis 360, “Rock-Socketed Shafts for Highway Structure Foundations”, as well as over 100 technical publications on the topics of deep foundations, earth retention, and landslide stabilization. Early in his career John was an engineering geologist with Herbert and Associates and he maintained his involvement in consulting throughout his academic career. Recent projects include design of rock-socketed drilled shafts for bridges at Pitkins Curve in Big Sur and the Antlers Bridge on I-5 in northern California. John is a recipient of the President’s Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling. He has maintained active membership in ASCE for over 30 years and is a past chairman of the Committee on Deep Foundations of the Geo-Institute of ASCE.

Dr. Erik Loehr, P.E. Receives ADSC Award

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Dr. Erik Loehr, P.E. was honored by the ADSC with the ADSC Outstanding Service Award, presented at the President’s Luncheon at their 2011 annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana (Feb 1 –5, 2011).   The award recognized Erik’s research in the use of micropiles for slope stabilization and as foundations.  From the March/April 2011 edition of Foundation Drilling:

ADSC’s Outstanding Service Award was garnered by Dr. J. Erik Loehr, University of Missouri, in acknowledgment of his research and educational efforts that advance the technical aspects of the http://ourbestbrain.com/brain-food-and-why-they-are-smart-choices-for-mood-and-brain-function/ industries.

Dr. Loehr is currently on the faculty of the University of Missouri and is a consultant with DBA.

Micropiles for Slope Stabilization

An article by Eric and Dan on the use of micropiles for slope stabilization has been added to our Publications Page.  Published in the August 2010 issue of Foundation Drilling Magazine, the article summarizes key findings and recommendations from a study that reviewed and evaluated existing micropile design methods.  A new design method is proposed to better predict the mobilized resistance of micropiles used for slope stabilization. The full report prepared by Eric and Dan for the joint ADSC/DFI Micropile Committee, “A Method for Predicting Mobilization Resistance for Micropiles Used in Slope Stabilization Applications”, presents the details of this study.  Robert previously posted about this report here.

Loehr, J.E. and Brown, D.A. (2010). “Design of Micropiles for Slope Stabilization”, Foundation Drilling, Vol. 31, No. 6 August 2010.

Events Calendar Updated for 2010


I have updated our calendar for 2010 to include many events in the geotechnical and foundation engineering world that may be of interest, plus known speaking/teaching appearances by Dan.  I’ll put in a plug for the events calendars and listings for ADSC, DFI, Geo-Institute, and PDCA.  I get most of my information from them.


Some, but not all events,(in addition to my previous post) are:


DFI Helical Foundations & Tiebacks Specialty Seminar – Feb 1


geo_header_2009    Geo-Florida 2010 – Feb 20-24


DFI and PDCA – A Joint Conference on Driven Pile – Mar 12


adsc_logo_color_small1 ADSC Drilled Shaft Foundations Seminar – Mar 19


PDCALogo PDCA 14th Annual International Conference and Expo – May 6-8


2nd International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing – May 9-11


bridge-home-template_r1_c6_sm International Bridge Conference 2010 – June 6-10


DFI Super Pile – June 10-11


er2010_header_002 Earth Retention 2010 – Aug 1-4


DFILogo DFI 34th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations – Oct 12-15 


5c24ff58c9bf4a5f988f0f34e0266ffc TRB 7th International Bridge Conference – Dec 1-2

Marinucci joins ADSC; PDCA solicits Project of the Year nominees; and other Geo News

Some items of note from the geo-industry….

First, Tony Marinucci, P.E. joins the staff at ADSC. Here is the release from ADSC highlighting Tony’s career and his new position.


Marinucci Joins ADSC Staff

We are pleased to report that Antonio Marinucci, P.E., MSCE, MBA, is joining the ADSC headquarters staff in a full-time capacity as he completes his Ph.D. studies in geotechnical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. A mesothelioma attorney in his previous life, Tony comes to this new post with many years of experience working for geo-construction specialty contractors, a major general contractor, and geotechnical engineering firms in a variety of capacities including project management and deep foundation and anchored earth retention design.

His credits include participating in many nursing home lawyers and construction research projects. Somehow, while working full and part-time in the industry, he managed to complete graduate degrees in engineering and business. He is the current Secretary of the Geo-Institute’s Deep Foundations Committee, as well as holding the same position for the G-I’s Soil Improvement Committee. He has been an active volunteer and committee member for many ADSC, ASCE, and DFI initiatives. Among his many volunteer service achievements was serving as the President of the ASCE Student Chapter while attending the University of Rhode Island. In addition to all of his volunteer service, he has authored or co-authored twelve published technical papers, and several feature articles that have appeared in Foundation Drilling magazine. One of his most interesting and challenging geo-construction experiences was working as a staff engineer for Modern Continental Construction in a variety of capacities on Boston’s “Big Dig” project. A member of four leading National Honor Societies, he was also the recipient of an ADSC Civil Engineering Graduate Study Scholarship.

You can see by this abbreviated description of Tony’s stellar career that he will be an excellent addition to the ADSC’s professional staff. His responsibilities will include serving as an in-house technical resource, coordinating ADSC’s eight regional chapters, assisting in the associations technical education and field training programs, working with the association’s 18 technical and organizational committees and task forces, overseeing the association’s membership recruitment and retention programs, and assisting ADSC CEO Mike Moore in a number of related endeavors.



Second, the PDCA is soliciting nominees for the 2010 Project of the Year award.  There are several categories based on project location and size.  Projects must have been completed in 2009.  Deadline for entries is February 26, 2010.



The PDCA would like to inform you about the 2010 “Project of the Year” Award competition.

The PDCA is dedicated to acknowledging the hard work, ingenuity and commitment that goes into each project where driven pile are used i a deep foundation or earth retention system, or utilized to solve foundation problems.  This PDCA tradition recognizes excellence in driven pile projects completed by PDCA members in good standing.

Through the “Project of the Year” award, the PDCA has the distinguished opportunity to continue its long-standing and consistent commitment t recognize those PDCA members who demonstrate excellence in the process of providing solutions, services and products to the needs of the deep foundation and earth retention environment.

Project entries must feature projects completed in 2009.  Projects entries will be awarded in two entry categories and three dollar volume categories.  The two entry categories are distinguished by either “Land-based” or “Marine-based” projects.  The dollar volume categories are Less than $500,000.00, $500,000.00 – $2 Million, and Greater than $2 Million.  Price ranges are based solely on the dollar volume of the piling contract associated with the project.

The PDCA is asking each of its members to consider submitting a project worthy of this prestigious PDCA award.  Entry Forms will be made available on the PDCA website by Monday, December 7, 2009.

The “2010 Project of the Year” entry deadline is Friday, February 26, 2010.  Late entries will not be considered.

Winning entries will be announced during the 2010 PDCA Annual International Conference and Expo, Coeur d’Alene Golf and Spa Resort, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho during the PDCA Business Luncheon on Saturday, May 8, 2010.  PDCA will NOT reveal the winning entries prior to the luncheon.

Winning entries will also be featured in the following editions of Pile Driver magazine and on the PDCA website.

PDCA looks forward to receiving your entry – GOOD LUCK!



Third, registration is open for the Geo-Institute GeoFlorida 2010 conference in West Palm Beach, Florida.  There will be short courses, a technical program, student competitions, exhibits, honoring our heroes, and all the usual events at the annual G-I meeting.  Click on the logo to go to the conference website.

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Lastly, abstracts are now being accepted for consideration of the 2011 Geo-Institute meeting Geo-Frontiers 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  Abstracts are due March 8, 2010.  Click the logo to get to the conference website for submission information.

Another Legend Passes – Dr. Lymon C. Reese

I wanted to make a quick post on the passing of Dr. Lymon Reese – Dan’s mentor, Ph.D. advisor, and a great engineer.  I’ll post more later as it becomes available. (and catch up posts on our normal activities that I am way behind on).  Below is from an e-mail sent by the ADSC.


Drilled Shaft Foundation Industry Giant

Dr. Lymon C. Reese Passes

       Drilled Shaft Foundation Industry Giant  Dr. Lymon C. Reese Passes

We are sad to report that Dr. Lymon C. Reese, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, Austin, and one of the world’s leading drilled foundation experts, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2009. Dr. Reese was an ADSC Honorary Technical Affiliate Member and a great friend to the ADSC and to the drilled foundation industry. His seminal drilled shaft foundation research conducted for the Texas Department of Transportation and his subsequent writings are among the most important work ever conducted in the field. His graduate students have achieved international acclaim in their own right, and include: Dr. Michael W. O’Neill (deceased), Dr. Dan A. Brown, Larry Olson, Dr. Magued Iskander, Dr. James Long, and many others, all of whom have had a major impact on the advancement of the drilled shaft foundation industry. Dr. Reese was one of the last surviving early “giants” of our industry. At age 92, he remained a vibrant contributor to the profession. To say he will be sorely missed is an understatement. We have lost a most beloved friend.

Further details regarding a Memorial Service will be posted on the ADSC website as they become available.


Long Time ADSC Director Scot Litke “Retiring”

As some readers of this blog know, the ADSC is having a leadership transition as Scot Litke retires.  Everyone will miss Scot and his outstanding wit, but Michael Moore is stepping in as a very capable leader for the organization.  A press release from ADSC is below.


For Immediate Release

August 4, 2009

Michael D. Moore Moves into CEO Role at ADSC

ADSC: The International Association of Foundation Drilling reports that Michael Moore has been appointed to the position of CEO as long time ADSC Executive Director S. Scot Litke moves on to other things. Moore joined the ADSC in 2005 initially serving as the association’s Education and Membership Administrator. He was promoted to the position of Assistant Executive Director in 2006.

Litke had informed the ADSC Board that he planned to leave his post as ADSC Executive Director at the end of 2009 and recommended that Moore be appointed to take on the staff leadership role. A formal transition plan was put into effect at the beginning of 2008 with the expectation that Litke would stay on through the year working closely with Moore as he assumed tasks related to his new role. Litke will stay on as the Editor of the association’s award winning publication, Foundation Drilling magazine and will assist Moore as needed in the role of Senior Advisor.

Moore is excited about taking on the responsibilities associated with being the CEO and has been mapping out his vision of how the ADSC staff can support the wide range of activities that have been the organization’s hallmark. These include providing assistance to the association’s eight regional chapters, working with its 20 technical and operations committees, coordinating the workings of the ADSC board of directors, and continuing to enhance the ADSC’s successful education and unique training programs. Moore feels it is of utmost importance to maintain and extend the association’s long standing industry liaison activities such as those with federal and state agencies as well as other sister organizations in the geo-industry.

The ADSC is pleased to have Mike Moore on board to help lead the association into a very bright future.

Moore can be reached at: mmoore@adsc-iafd.com.

ADSC: The International Association of Foundation Drilling is a not-for-profit international trade association headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The ADSC establishes standards and specifications; conducts Drilled Shaft Foundation, Anchored Earth Retention, and Micropile Design and Construction Seminars; offers field, supervisory, and management training programs for its members; develops and promotes safety materials, safety training programs, including OSHA certification  training; interfaces with government agencies at the national, regional and local levels;  funds scholarships and research; publishes a monthly magazine; and maintains a technical library. The association is represented at the regional level by Chapters which address issues of local importance. Through these activities, the ADSC seeks to advance the state-of-the-art in the foundation drilling and anchored earth retention industries. The ADSC represents drilled shaft, anchored earth retention, and micropile contractors, civil engineers, and foundation drilling, anchored earth retention, and micropile equipment manufacturing firms worldwide.