Cleveland — The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC) announced the “ADSC Michael W. O’Neill Lecture Award.” This Lecture Award honors Dr. O’Neill, one of the world’s leading experts in deep foundations, who passed away in 2003 leaving a legacy of exceptional contributions to the deep foundation industry both in academia and in practice.

The inaugural Lecture Award will be presented in San Antonio, Texas at the 2015 International Foundation Congress and Equipment Exposition (IFCEE, which is sponsored by ADSC, the Deep Foundations Institute, the Geo-Institute of ASCE and the Pile Driving Contractor’s Association) to Jerry A. DiMaggio, P.E., retired Principal Bridge Engineer and Geotechnical and National Program Manager with the Federal Highway Administration of the United States Department of Transportation. 

The ADSC Michael W. O’Neill Lecture Award will then be presented triennially at each future IFCEE “for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the state-of-the-practice in the design and construction of deep foundations through practical, applied research and/or through recommended improvements to design and/or construction methodologies.” The establishment of an international lecture and award to honor Dr. O’Neill is the brainchild of Dr. Anna Sellountou, who studied under Dr. O’Neill and is now with Pile Dynamics, Inc. The idea was fully supported by ADSC, the sole underwriter of the lecture award.