The Geo-Institute of ASCE, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), and the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) join forces to present Geo-Frontiers 2011 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The conference is conducted under the auspices of the IGS and will also feature the GRI-24 Conference on March 16.
Geo-Frontiers 2011 will feature full-day short courses on March 13 catering to beginners and advanced attendees. Each short course offers participants 8 PDHs.
Advanced Principles of Slope Stability Analysis
Instructor: Garry Gregory, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering, Oklahoma State University
This short course presents advanced concepts of slope stability analyses, with focus on exploration and reconnaissance techniques, soil strength including shear strength of fully-softened clays, computer analysis of soil slopes, and analysis of slopes with stabilizing inclusions such as drilled shafts, tiebacks, soil nails, geogrids, and fiber-reinforced soil.
Augured Cast-In-Place (ACIP) Piles: Design, Construction, Load Test, and Case Studies
Instructors: C. Vipulanandan, University of Houston; Tracy Brettmann, Berkel & Co.; and Kenneth E. Tand, Kenneth Tand & Associates
Augured cast-in-place (ACIP) piles, also known as continuous flight auger (CFA), are increasingly used for supporting building, bridges, sound barrier walls, and many other structures around the world. Auger piles, with their load-displacement behavior generally falling between that of a drilled shaft and a driven pile, need to be designed for various applications. ACIP piles are also socketed in rocks. Different design methods are available to estimate the ultimate bearing capacity of ACIP piles based upon in-situ soil properties, unit skin friction, and unit end bearing. Various types of ACIP piling systems are currently in use, and designing and constructing issues (installation process and equipment), as well as specifications including the QA/QC procedures, will be discussed. Load test results from various geological formations and several case studies, including a highway bridge totally supported on ACIP piles, will be presented.
Design and Construction of Bottom Liner and Cover Systems
Instructor: Richard Thiel, President, Thiel Engineering
This course covers technologies and materials used to design and construct bottom liner and cover systems for containment facilities such as landfills, heap leach pads, and ponds, including geomembrane barriers as well as composite barriers involving CCLs or GCLs. Participants will be exposed to design principles that apply to bottom liner and cover systems including materials selection and construction issues, leakage and contaminant transport, lateral drainage layer design strategies, anchor trench design, exposed geomembrane design, slope stability, ponds, design details, and geoelectric survey methods.
Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil
Instructors: Robert Holtz, Ph.D., P.E., Professor Emeritus, University of Washington; Jonathan Fannin, Ph.D., PEng, University of British Columbia
This short course focuses on advanced treatment of geosynthetics for soil reinforcement. Applications include earth retaining structures, bridge abutments, and fill slopes. Four main topics are covered: material properties and durability, principles of analysis, codes of practice in design, and field performance data.
Instrumentation, Monitoring, and Condition Assessment of Foundations & Geo-Structures
Instructor: Magued Iskander, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
This short course offers a comprehensive introduction to instrumentation and monitoring of civil engineering projects including planning, design of instrumentation programs, and performance of commonly used sensors, data acquisition, signal conditioning, error analysis, information management, and case histories. The session will combine elements from civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering together with some management concepts.
Application of Geophysics to Geotechnical Problems
Instructors: Rick Hoover, PG, M.ASCE, Dawood Engineering; Phil Sirles, Zonge Geosciences Inc.
This program will present geophysical methods, solutions provided by those methods, and the concepts necessary to specify the geophysical survey parameters necessary to meet the participants’ project objectives. At the end of the course, attendees should be able to: define geophysics, recognize available geophysical planning resources and references, be aware of which geophysical methods will work and under what settings, understand how different geophysical methods are used, appreciate the ASTM-recommended geophysical applications for given problems, define general parameters for specific geophysical applications, and identify the concepts necessary to request or specify geophysical services from a geophysicist.