Press Release

GEI’s Giovanni Bonita Appointed DFI Slurry Walls Committee Chair

January 19, 2015

BOSTON, Mass.—January 19, 2015— GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms, announced today that Giovanni Bonita, Ph.D., P.E., P.G. has been appointed as the new Chair of the Slurry Walls Committee of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI). Dr. Bonita, Vice President and Branch Manager of GEI’s Washington, D.C. office, has over 21 years of experience with complex underground structures, retaining systems, geological and geophysical investigations, and deep foundations. GEI’s Bernhardt H. Hertlein is a member of DFI’s Slurry Walls Committee as well.

Dr. Bonita is one of three new committee chairs DFI appointed in December to serve in 2015. DFI’s Technical Committees focus on the unique issues of major methods and technologies and their applications within deep foundations and excavation, and to keep DFI members and the industry up to date with the state of practice through publications, guidance documents, peer review of papers, educational events and committee reports in Deep Foundations magazine.

DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Their multi-disciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations, and brings together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. DFI has more than 3,300 members worldwide.

About GEI: GEI’s multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and planners deliver integrated water resources, environmental, ecological, geotechnical and waterfront engineering solutions to diverse clientele nationwide. The firm has provided a broad range of consulting and engineering services on over 50,000 projects in 50 states and 22 countries. For more information on GEI, please visit

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