On 5 December 2017, Akio Kitamura, CEO of GIKEN LTD., is the first Japanese received the Ben C. Gerwick Award 2018 hosted by the Deep Foundation Institute (DFI).
DFI is an international association founded in New Jersey in 1976, for the purpose of continuous development in the construction and excavation planning/design of deep foundations. Over 3,300 members including prime contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers and researchers from various countries are promoting development of deep foundation industries through the activities such as educational programmes, conferences and publication.
The Ben C. Gerwick Award was established in 2008 in honor of the great achievements by late Dr. Ben C. Gerwick who took active parts worldwide in the fields of in-water foundations and underground foundations at great depth. It is an international prestigious award giving to innovative activities, especially in ocean foundation industries, by the committee of ocean foundations in DFI.