David K. Crapps, principal for GPE Inc. and David K. Crapps Inc., both of Gainesville, Fla., is presenting the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) 2016 Osterberg Memorial Lecturer at the DFI’s SuperPile ’16 conference. The event is 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.”

The annual Osterberg Memorial Lecture and Award was established in honor of 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.

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

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.

Crapps earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

The DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, academics and suppliers in the deep foundations industry with more than 3,300 members worldwide. For more information about the Deep Foundations Institute, visit www.dfi.org.