ASCE has honored Dimitrios C. Konstantakos, P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2018 Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award for his contributions to innovative design and construction practices for deep excavation support systems, and for truly advancing the state of practice for deep excavations by making knowledge more accessible to practitioners.
Konstantakos is recognized worldwide for his expertise in deep excavations, deep foundations, and geotechnical software. He is the main developer of the software package Deep Excavation, which is used by over 1,000 practicing geotechnical engineers around the world. He is one of the few engineers to see the future of geotechnical engineering and widely advance our state of practice by making geotechnical software tools that have direct relevance for their users.
Additionally, he has been at the forefront of incorporating new technologies into geotechnical engineering and is the first to have developed a voice-controlled holographic geotechnical software application.
Konstantakos has written numerous conference papers on deep excavations and highlighted deficiencies in LRFD codes for geotechnical engineering and earth-retaining-structure systems. Two of his recent publications offer a vision of how our profession will evolve over the next 30 years. One of them, a guest editorial at DFI magazine (Nov./Dec. 15 issue), is titled “A vision for Future of Foundation and Engineering Construction.” A similar-themed paper was presented at the GI/SEI Geo-Structures conference and is titled “The Future of Earth Retaining Structure Construction, Design, and Practice.”
Konstantakos is a strong advocate for issues that affect geotechnical engineers; he has been instrumental in raising awareness of licensing issues for earth-retaining structures.
The Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award recognizes contributions to design or construction of foundations, earthworks, retaining structures, or underground construction. Emphasis is placed on constructed works in which serious difficulties were overcome or substantial economies were achieved.