The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) webinar – Sustainable Design of Walls and Slopes – will be held on October 17, 2023 at noon CDT. The presenter is Liz Smith, P.E., G.E., D.GE.; it is free to industry professionals and students; a 1.0 PDH is available; and you can register here. Pre-recorded listens are available Oct. 18 at noon AEST (Australia); Oct. 18 at noon CAT (South Africa); and Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. JST (Japan).
Civil engineers must consider the future when designing infrastructure. The geotechnical engineer is responsible for providing long-term solutions to develop infrastructure while accommodating natural landscapes and changes in geology. Expansive soils, changes in weather, meandering groundwater paths, drainage conduits, dynamic loading, surface water runoff, potential for future construction, and changes in ultimate configurations must all be considered when designing retaining walls and slopes. This presentation will offer insights on what to consider in these design evaluations, what to avoid, and provide experience-driven recommendations.
Liz Smith, P.E., G.E., D.GE, is a vice president, senior principal, and national transportation program manager at Terracon Consultants Inc. She has over 35 years’ experience, including significant expertise related to geotechnical engineering for design-build transportation projects and slope and retaining wall failure evaluations and remediation. She has been involved in several other areas of transportation geotechnical engineering that include consulting for design-build teams to resolve geotechnical problems that arise on complex projects; owner oversight; and evaluation and repair of foundation, slope and retaining wall failures. She is a Hokie from Virginia Tech with her BS and MS in civil (geotechnical) engineering, has authored and presented papers at numerous professional and technical meetings, and is an active member of several professional organizations including but not limited to American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), ASCE Geo Institute Deep Foundations Committee, Transportation, Research Board Committees, and Deep Foundations Institute.