Pile Dynamics Inc.’s Thermal Integrity Profiler (TIP) is the winner of ASCE’s 2015 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation. TIP is based on a technology that uses the heat generated by curing cement (hydration energy) to evaluate the integrity of cast-in-place concrete foundations such as drilled shafts, bored piles, micropiles, augered cast-in-place, continuous flight auger piles, and drilled displacement piles. The technology also can evaluate the shape of slurry walls, for example, in addition to other concrete structures.
“While it is the goal of engineers and researchers to produce prolific findings, there are plenty of great ideas that never see the light of day. In this case, teaming with specialty engineers, progressive government agencies, and manufacturers was the ticket to shortening the road significantly,” said Gray Mullins of the University of South Florida’s civil engineering department, which aided in TIP’s development. “I would like to thank ASCE for the recognition that has brought me here. I am honored to be accepting this distinguished award on behalf of a great team.”