John Wolosick Presents Lizzi Lecture at the 2017 International Workshop on Micropiles

  • Apr 17, 2017
  • Hanover, MD
John Wolosick

Hayward Baker Inc., North America’s leader in geotechnical construction, is pleased to report that John R. Wolosick, P.E., D.GE., presented the Lizzi Lecture on March 30, 2017 at the International Workshop on Micropiles in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The workshop, now in its 13th year, was hosted by the International Society for Micropiles (ISM), the Deep Foundations Institute (DPI) and the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC). This year’s theme was Micropiles: Resisting and Remediating the Effects of Mother Nature, and focused on the application of micropiles to resist and remediate extreme events, geo-hazards and other natural forces such as wind, water and soil movement.

The Lizzi Lecture honors the accomplishments of Dr. Fernando Lizzi (1914-2003), an Italian engineer who is considered the “father of micropile technology” and whose pioneering work is credited with saving many historic structures in his native country. Lizzi’s concept of restoration and consolidation spread to Europe and to many other countries in the ensuring decades.

Wolosick is the director of engineering at Hayward Baker’s Atlanta office, where he is responsible for engineering design and business development support for the company’s offices nationwide. His presentation, titled Loading Effects on Battered Micropiles in Compression, was the ninth annual Lizzi Lecture delivered since the start of the series in 2008. Wolosick’s lecture topic was based on a technical paper he co-authored with Robert F. Scott, Jr., P.E., a fellow Hayward Baker engineer.

With 37 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and contracting, Wolosick specializes in slope stabilization, support of excavation, soil nailing and micropile foundations including underpinning, plus all types of grouting. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a registered professional engineer in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.

Wolosick is the author of more than 15 technical papers related to micropiles and has been involved in more than 350 projects where micropiles were used for underpinning and/or foundation support, serving clients including state DOTs (bridge projects), industrial plants, power plants, hospitals, hotels and convention centers, airports, NASA and TVA. He is a tireless champion of micropile technology and its application in projects throughout North America.

The recipient of numerous industry awards including the ASCE/Geo-Institute’s Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award in 2008, Wolosick is also the immediate past president of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI). Most recently, he was the recipient of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers’ 2017 Engineer of the Year Award in Industry.

Commenting on his Lizzi Lecture presentation, Wolosick stated, “I am pleased and honored to add my talk to the great list of lectures that have been presented in the past to honor Fernando Lizzi. On a personal note, an autographed copy of Lizzi’s original book is one of my prized possessions!”

John Wolosick is based in Hayward Baker’s Atlanta office. He can be reached at 770-442-1801 or