August 2, 2019

Thomas D. Richards, Jr., PE, D. GE, is the recipient of DFI’s highest award to an individual, the Distinguished Service Award (DSA).  He is former chief engineer for Nicholson Construction Company. The award recognizes individuals who have made exceptionally valuable contributions to the advancement of the deep foundations industry and is being presented at the Awards Banquet during DFI’s 44th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Chicago, October 14-18, 2019.

Theresa Engler, executive director of DFI, said “Tom is a consummate volunteer.  He has generously lent his expertise to advance the deep foundations industry and dedicated his time and efforts to the education of future generations of civil engineers and the improvement of guidelines and standards for quality in deep foundation construction. On behalf of DFI, I am pleased to see Tom receive this honor.”

Richards participated in the design and construction of hundreds of technically challenging and innovative geotechnical projects throughout the United States.  He worked in the geotechnical construction industry for over 30 years and is widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of micropiles and in the use of anchors for dam and earth support.

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