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Crux Foundations Recognized by ISM & DFI

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Crux was the recent recipient of three industry awards for design-build foundation work and the introduction of an innovative steel pile cap design on the Sunrise Powerlink Project.

This included the DFI Outstanding Project Award, the C. William Bermingham Innovation Award, and the first-ever World Cup of Micropiles.  All three awards had a different set of criteria and were selected from separate applicant pools.

The project featured 3,732 micropiles installed at 234 of the total 421 lattice tower sites, and was the inaugural use of Crux’s patented steel micropile cap.  All foundation equipment and components were transported by helicopter to accommodate for environmental regulations and rugged, mountainous terrain.  In total, more than 99,000 lineal feet of pile was installed in a condensed ten and a half month construction schedule.  The introduction of the steel pile caps reduced onsite construction time by an average 64%, significantly contributing to the on-time completion of the project.

Click below to read the DFI press release:

World Cup


About the Awards


2014 Outstanding Project Award, Deep Foundations Institute
The Outstanding Project Award (OPA) was established in 1997 to recognize the superior work of DFI members. Each year, a project is chosen from several geotechnical projects submitted for consideration by DFI members.  Any type or size deep foundation project completed within the last three years is eligible.  Selection criteria includes ingenuity of design and construction techniques, how the design met the owner’s needs, and how the design solved geotechnical conditions.

2014 C. William Bermingham Innovation Award, Deep Foundations Institute
The C. William Bermingham Innovation Award was founded in 2012 to recognize the innovative spirit of Bill Bermingham, DFI past president, and his contributions to DFI and the deep foundations industry. The award encourages and recognizes innovative contributions to deep foundation technology.  Nominees can be an individual, team or company who have contributed to the advancement of the deep foundations industry by introducing a new and unique practice including means and methods, design procedures, equipment or materials.

2014 World Cup of Micropiles Challenge, International Society of Micropiles
2014 was the inaugural year for the World Cup of Micropiles, an international competition to seek out a project that stands above all others.  A panel of experts from five regions of the globe each selected a representative project for their region.  Authors from each of the selected projects presented their project at the International Workshop on Micropiles.  International Society of Micropiles delegates then ranked the projects.  Selection criteria included innovation, difficulty of conditions, unique applications, and the impact on acceptance of micropiles within a particular region.

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