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Geotechnical Frontiers announces full agenda

News | February 6, 2017 | By:

Organizers of the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference and trade show have released the complete schedule for the March 12–15 event at the Hyatt Regency Orlando (Fla.).

Among the highlights: eight full-day short courses (all offering PDHs—professional development hours); 200 exhibitors on the show floor; the first Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture, plus Mercer, Seed, Peck, and Terzaghi lectures; multiple student competitions and activities; training lectures, and three days of technical sessions.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

7 a.m.–5 p.m. Registration
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Short Courses

  • Design and Construction of Bottom Liner and Cover Systems
  • Design of Pier Foundations in Expansive Soils
  • Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil
  • Geotechnical Aspects of Pavement Design and Construction
  • Nanotechnologies for Geotechnical and Civil Engineering: Opportunities and challenges
  • Rainfall Induced Landslides and Mudflows: Shear strengths, testing, stability methods, runout, and remedial measures
  • Vertical Barriers for Dams, Levees, and Geoenvironmental Applications
  • Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Foundations for Load Support

5–5:30 p.m. “Think Big, Go Big, Go Fast, Be Smart about it,” Craig Fugate, former FEMA Administrator
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Mercer Lecture

Monday, March 13, 2017

7 a.m.–5 p.m. Registration
8–9:30 a.m. H. Bolton Seed Lecture
9:45–11:15 a.m. Technical Sessions:

  • Bridge & Offshore Structure Scour
  • Geosynthetics Research & Modeling 1
  • Heat Generation at Solid Waste Landfills
  • Pile, Shaft, and Pier Foundations 1
  • Roadway Materials, Monitoring, and Testing 1
  • Seismic Parameters 1
  • Slope Stability and Stabilization 1
  • Soil and Rock Testing and Modeling 1
  • NASEM Liquifaction Report Update

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Student Competitions
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15–1:45 p.m. Technical Sessions:

  • Advancements in Coastal Geotechnics 1
  • Alternative Final Covers
  • Geosynthetics Research & Modeling 2
  • Pile, Shaft, and Pier Foundations 2
  • Roadway Materials, Monitoring and Testing 2
  • Seismic Parameters 2
  • Slope Stability and Stabilization 2
  • Soil and Rock Testing and Modeling 2
  • Panel Discussion: Education and Promotion of New Technologies

2–3:30 p.m. Technical Sessions:

  • Advancements in Coastal Geotechnics 2
  • Geosynthetics Testing
  • Ground Improvement
  • Life Cycle Assessment & Sustainable Engineering 1
  • Modeling of Pavement Variability
  • MSE Retaining Walls 1
  • Soil Liquefaction 1
  • Thermal & Hydraulic Conduction 1
  • Training Lecture: Geosynthetic Reinforced Embankments on Soft Foundations

4–5:30 p.m. Peck Lecture
5:30–7:30 p.m. Exhibits Open/Welcome Reception

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

7 a.m.–5 p.m. Registration
8–9:30 a.m. Robert. M. Koerner Award and Lecture
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Exhibits Open
9:45–11:15 am Technical Sessions:

  • Application of Geofibers
  • Geosynthetics in Foundations
  • Geotechnical Aspects of Transportation Systems
  • Laboratory Testing of Offshore Sediments
  • MSE Retaining Walls 2
  • Soil and Rock Testing and Modeling 3
  • Soil Liquefaction 2
  • Unconventional Materials 1
  • Panel Discussion: Bio-Geotechnical Stabilization of Slopes

11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15–2:45 p.m. Technical Sessions:

  • Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities 1
  • Numerical Modeling for Soil Liquefaction 1
  • Offshore Foundation Systems
  • Rigid Walls and Non-gravity Walls
  • Pile, Shaft, and Pier Foundations 3
  • Roadway Materials, Monitoring and Testing 3
  • Soil and Rock Testing and Modeling 4
  • Unconventional Materials 2
  • Panel Discussion: Pavement Interlayers–Benefits and Best Practices

3–4:30 p.m. Technical Sessions:

  • Energy Geostructures 1
  • Field Construction QA and QC
  • Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities 2
  • Load Distribution on Buried Structures
  • Numerical Modeling for Soil Liquefaction 2
  • Site Investigation and Characterization 1
  • Slope Stability and Stabilization 3
  • Thermal & Hydraulic Conduction 2
  • Panel Discussion: In Situ Modification of Soil Properties using Biological

4:45–6 p.m. Terzaghi Lecture

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

7 a.m.–2 p.m. Registration
8–9:30 a.m. Technical Sessions:

  • Behavior of Compacted Clays
  • Energy Geostructures 2
  • Fiber Optic and Remote Sensing
  • Geomembranes
  • Seismic Parameters 3
  • Slope Stability and Stabilization 4
  • Soil and Groundwater Remediation 1
  • Tunneling Methods, Modeling, and Effects 1
  • Panel Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities: Coal ash & wastewater from energy generation

9 a.m.–2 p.m. Exhibits Open
9:45–11:15 a.m. Technical Sessions:

  • Bentonite Barrier Materials
  • Pile, Shaft and Pier Foundations 4
  • Seismic Parameters 4
  • Slope Stability and Stabilization 5
  • Soil and Groundwater Remediation 2
  • Soil and Rock Testing and Modeling 5
  • Tunneling Methods, Modeling and Effects 2
  • Panel Discussion: How to Design your Mechanisms System for Zero Leakage by including Geoelectric Integrity Tests
  • Special Session: NSF Funding Opportunities for Geotechnical Engineering Researchers

11:15 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30–3 p.m. Technical Sessions:

  • Column Supported Embankments
  • New Coal Combustion Residual Rules
  • Reactive Geo-materials for Waste Containment
  • Sinkholes
  • Site Investigation and Characterization 2
  • Thermal & Hydraulic Conduction 3
  • Panel Discussion: Design Responsibility for Mechanically Stabilized Earth
  • Training Lecture: Real-time Performance Monitoring for Excavations

3:15–4:45 p.m. Mike Duncan Honorary Symposium

*Schedule subject to change

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