The Deep Foundations Institute announced recently that the keynote address at this year’s 38th annual Conference on Deep Foundations will be given by Jerry A.

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DiMaggio, principal at Jerry A. DiMaggio LLC. The conference will be held Sept. 25-28 in Phoenix.

DiMaggio’s address is titled “Load Resistance Factor Design Platform and Geotechnical Features (Fact and Fiction).” He says “resistance, frustration, misunderstanding and confusion” have slowed acceptance of the Load Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) program in the U.S. The keynote will discuss facts and fictions associated with the tool, as well as outline its advantages and limitations.

DiMaggio, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, is retired principal bridge engineer and national geotechnical program manager with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration in Washington, D.C. He has consulted on more than 1,000 civil construction projects throughout the United States and the Americas, as well as several Middle Eastern countries and Australia. He has presented hundreds of seminars on foundations for bridges, buildings, retaining structures and other projects. He has served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Akron and Columbia University. He’s written numerous industry white papers and edited three civil engineering books.

DiMaggio also has a list of honors and awards that includes: U.S. Department of Transportation Administrator’s Award, the International Geosynthetics Society Achievement Medal and FHWA’s Engineer of the Year. He also served on the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Institute National Board of Governors from 2005-’08 and is a member of the Academy for Geotechnical Professionals.

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