The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) has announced Victor Donald as the inaugural chair of its new Subsurface Characterization for Deep Foundations Committee. Donald, of Terracon Consultants, is a professional engineer with 35 years of experience with geotechnical and geoenvironmental consulting.

The new committee was designed to increase industry awareness of the need for effective management of ground risks. The group aims to promote the value of adequate subsurface investigation, characterization and construction monitoring. The end goals are informed design, improved constructability and bid economy.

Donald is a senior principal with Terracon and the national director for its geotechnical services program. He works with the company’s operations staff to improve quality and client services. His background includes an emphasis on site characterization aspects of geotechnical engineering and solid waste engineering. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Louisiana State University.

The DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, academics and suppliers in the deep foundations industry with more than 3,300 members worldwide. For more information about the Deep Foundations Institute, visit www.dfi.org.