March 3, 2015

Frank Rausche, PhD, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE, has been selected as the DFI 2015 Osterberg Lecturer. Dr. Rausche currently works at GRL Engineers, Inc.  The lecture will be on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., as part of the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE) at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Rausche's talk, "Load Testing of Deep Foundations: Developments, Applications, Results," will explore various load testing methods, their relative cost, benefits and limitations, and will attempt to explain how these testing methods can lead to a successful project.

Dr. Rausche is the founder and principal of GRL Engineers, Inc., and president from 1977 to 2011. He received the 2000 Civil Engineer of the Year Award and the 2009 G. Brooks Earnest Award from the Cleveland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the 2003 Distinguished Service Award from DFI. Dr. Rausche developed the CAPWAP and GRLWEAP programs, holds five patents and has had over 50 papers published in journals and conference proceedings as well as an additional 50 papers that he’s co-authored.

DFI's annual Osterberg Memorial Lecture and Award was established in honor of Dr. Jorj O. Osterberg, one of the true pioneers of geotechnical engineering, to recognize innovations in the deep foundations construction related to engineering design, testing or education, and is supported by Loadtest, Inc.

Dr. Rausche studied structural analysis and design at the University of Stuttgart in Germany and earned his PhD in 1970 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.  He is a licensed PE in Ohio and Colorado and previously held licenses in Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.