The Women in Deep Foundations Committee of the Deep Foundations Institute has released a video on the topic of “What Is Geotechnical Engineering?”. DFI released the 5-minute production to coincide with the SuperPile 2020 Virtual Event.

In the DFI video, women engineers offer details on common geotechnical applications, such as pile and shoring construction for building foundations, diaphragm wall shaft works, sinkhole analysis, and even the installation of geosynthetics.

Geosynthetica’s readers will certainly recognize a number of the engineers who appear in the video, such as Nathalia Castro of TenCate Geosynthetics and Jennifer Nicks of the US Federal Highway Administration‘s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center.

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DFI Video - Nathalia Castro
Great to see geosynthetics in DFI’s “What is geotechnical engineering?” video!

Thank you, WiDF Committee and DFI for sharing a great story about geotechnical engineering! So much of the work these engineers perform is “out of sight, out of mind” for the average person; but this is essential work. The video does a great job of highlighting that importance.


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