Arturo L. Ressi di Cervia is the recipient of DFI’s highest award to an individual, the Distinguished Service Award. He is the 33rd recipient of the award, designated for individuals or companies chosen by their peers for exceptionally valuable contributions to the deep foundations industry. The award will be presented Sept. 27 during DFI’s 38th annual conference in Phoenix.
Ressi is currently special projects executive with the Eastern District of Kiewit and a foundation and geotechnical consultant. A DFI member since 1990, he joined the DFI Board of Trustees in 2010. He graduated from Bologna University in Italy in civil engineering, specializing in soil mechanics. After university, he joined ICOS, an international specialty foundation company. He became president and owner of ICOS’ international operations, with companies in Hong Kong, Chile, Venezuela, Korea, Singapore and Canada. When Treviicos was established the United States, he served as president.
Ressi is well known for his slurry wall expertise. Early in his career he was involved in the design and construction of the innovative slurry wall foundation for the World Trade Center in New York City. That seminal structure withstood the 9/11 disaster and most likely prevented the Hudson River from flooding lower Manhattan. He has been involved in several other landmark projects including the deep cut-offs in Manicouagan, Wolf Creek, the New World Center in Hong Kong, and slurry wall projects for subways in the U.S., Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore. He has written technical papers, frequently lectures at technical seminars and conferences, and holds six U.S. patents.