The Deep Foundations Institute has announced that Frank Rausche, Ph.D., P.E., was selected as the DFI 2015 Osterberg Lecturer. Dr. Rausche will deliver this prestigious lecture on March 19, 2015 during the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE), with the theme “Load Testing of Deep Foundations: Developments, Applications, Results”.
Frank Rausche is one of the founders of GRL Engineers, Inc., and was its president from 1977 to 2011. He is presently a principal of GRL and a senior consultant for Pile Dynamics, Inc., which he also founded. In the Geotechnical Engineering community, Frank’s name is associated with the development of two landmark wave mechanics-based computer programs for deep foundations that forever changed the industry: CAPWAP® and GRLWEAP. CAPWAP analyzes data obtained by the Pile Driving Analyzer® system, and is an integral part of High Strain Dynamic Testing of deep foundations. This method of testing deep foundations is now employed all over the world as an effective, economical and reliable alternative to static load testing. GRLWEAP simulates pile driving behavior using wave equation analysis, a methodology that has almost completely replaced the so called energy formulas, forever changing the way pile driving is approached. Frank also contributed to the development of several foundation testing innovations, a fact evidenced by the five patents he holds. He has had more than 50 of his papers published in journals and conference proceedings, and has traveled the world providing foundation testing services and educating engineers on dynamic testing methods.
The Deep Foundations Institute established the annual Osterberg Memorial Lecture and Award in honor of Dr. Jorj O. Osterberg, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering, Northwestern University and one of the pioneers of geotechnical engineering, to recognize innovations in the deep foundations construction. The 2015 lecture will take place on Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 a.m., during the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE) at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas.