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Archive of Past Conferences 2010 - 2014

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2013

Program

  • Kersten Lecture
    "Comparison of Blast- and Climatologically-Induced Crack Response"
    Charles Dowding, Ph.D., P.E.
    Professor and Associate Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

  • "Stability of Shallow Tunnels in Soils Using Analytical and Numerical Methods"
    Carlos Carranza-Torres, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
    University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

  • "The Observational Method: Case History and Models"
    T. H. Wu, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus, Civil Engineering
    Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

  • "Time to Update Our Introductory Geotechnical Courses"
    Paul Mayne, Ph.D., P.E.
    Professor, Civil Engineering
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

  • "Cold War Legacy - Design, Construction, and Performance of a Land-Based Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility"
    Rudy Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E.
    President and CEO
    Geosyntec Consultants, Atlanta, GA

  • "Frictional Connection Testing of Geosynthetics and Implications on Design"
    Jennifer Nicks, Ph.D.
    Research Geotechnical Engineer
    Federal Highway Administration, McLean, VA

Case Histories

  • Concurrent Session 1A
    "Performance vs. Prediction – A Case History of the Bovey Drain Tile Project"
    Brent A. Theroux, P.E.
    Geotechnical Engineer
    Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., St. Paul, MN

  • Concurrent Session 1B
    "Bridge Approach Embankment Slope Distress: Analysis, Monitoring, Design and Remediation"
    Nathan Lichty
    Project Engineer
    Gale-Tec Engineering Inc., Wayzata, MN

  • Concurrent Session 2A
    "Embankment Performance Monitoring for Construction Control and Design Validation"
    Dan Mattison
    Assistant Foundations Engineer
    Minnesota Department of Transportation, Maplewood, MN

  • Concurrent Session 2B
    "Observational Method Using Real Time Surface Settlement Monitoring, The South Toulon Tunnel Project"
    Boris Caro Vargas
    General Manager
    SolData Inc., Seattle, WA

  • Concurrent Session 3A
    " Effects of Various Geologic Environments on the Foundation Design of Electrical Transmission Towers"
    Andrew R. Shinnefield
    Project Engineering Geologist
    Braun Intertec, Minneapolis, MN

  • Concurrent Session 3B
    "Use of the Mirafi H2Ri Wicking Geosynthetic to Help Prevent Frost Boils on the Dalton Highway, Alaska"
    Brett Odgers, P.E.
    Market Manager
    TenCate Geosynthetics, Olathe, KS

Short Course

"Geocharacterization by In-Situ Testing"
Paul Mayne, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Civil Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

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2012

Presiding Chair: Glenn Engstrom
Co-chair: Steve Gale

  • Kersten Lecture
    "Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil: From the Experimental to the Familiar"
    Robert D. Holtz, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Professor Emeritus
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • "On the Earth Pressure Cell with Case Histories"
    Joseph F. Labuz, Ph.D., P.E., MSES/Miles Kersten Professor
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

  • "Performance Monitoring and Construction Control: Woodrow Wilson Bridge - Maryland Portion"
    Barry R. Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., Geotechnical Engineering Consultant
    Atlanta, GA

  • "Applied Unsaturated Soil Mechanics"
    Sandra L. Houston, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering
    Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

  • "GeoRisk in the Business Environment"
    William Brumund, Ph.D., P.E.
    Golder Associates, Jacksonville, FL

  • "Why Monitor Geotechnical Performance?"
    W. Allen Marr, Ph.D., P.E., President and CEO
    Geocomp Corporation, Acton, MA

  • "Contribution of Case Histories for Design and Installation of Driven Piling"
    James H. Long, Ph.D., Associate Professor
    University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Case Histories

  • Case History 1
    "Shear Strength of Lake Agassiz Clays and its Role in Slope Stability"
    Ivan A. Contreras, Ph.D., P.E.
    Barr Engineering Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Case History 2
    "Measured Live Load Effects on Driven Pipe Piles with Established Dragload"
    Derrick D. Dasenbrock, P.E..
    Minnesota Department of Transportation, Maplewood, Minnesota

Short Course

"Geotechnical Instrumentation"
Barry R. Christopher, Ph.D., P.E.
Geotechnical Engineering Consultant, Atlanta, GA
and
W. Allen Marr, Ph.D., P.E., President and CEO
Geocomp Corportation, Acton, MA

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2011

Presiding Chair: Greg Reuter
Co-chair: Glenn Engstrom

  • Kersten Lecture
    "Application of Advanced Seismic Testing to Geotechnical Site Characterization"
    Kenneth H. Stokoe, Ph.D., Jennie C. and Milton T. Graves Chair in Engineering
    University of Texas, Austin, TX

  • "Linking Field Data and Performance Predictions during Construction"
    Richard J. Finno, Ph.D., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

  • "Pre-Design Geotechnical Evaluation of the OII Superfund Site"
    Edward Kavazanjian, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Professor of Civil Engineering
    Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

  • "Geotechnical Solutions for Transportation Infrastructure"
    Vernon R. Schaefer, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering
    Iowa State University, Ames, IA

  • "Engineers Without Borders: UMN Chapter and Recent Projects"
    Timothy M. LaPara, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Faculty Mentor, EWB-UMN
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN

  • "Using Geophysics to Provide Design Information"
    J.B. Shawver, Senior Geophysicist
    Zonge Geosciences, Inc., Lakewood, CO

Case Histories

  • Concurrent Session 1A
    "Applications of Nontraditional Fill Materials"
    Michael J. Burdorf
    Minnesota State Univeristy, Mankato, MN

  • Concurrent Session 1B
    "Ground Modification Techniques in Noncohesive Soils Under Heavily Loaded Footings"
    Ryan M. Benson, P.E.
    Hayward Baker Inc., Bloomington, MN

  • Concurrent Session 2A
    "Behavior of a MnDOT Bridge Foundation Subject to Downdrag"
    Derrick D. Dasenbrock, P.E.
    Minnesota Department of Transportation, Maplewood, MN

  • Concurrent Session 2B
    "King Street Center Project: A Case Study in Seattle, Washington"
    Allen L. Jones, P.E., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
    South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

  • Concurrent Session 3A
    "Geogrid Used in Paved Applications in Polk County, MN"
    James E. Howley, P.E.
    Tensar International Corporation, Weston, WI

  • Concurrent Session 3B
    "Strain-Based Approach for the Design of Augercast Piles"
    James W. Niehoff, P.E.
    Golder Associates Inc., Lakewood, CO

  • Concurrent Session 4A
    "Unsaturated Soil Mechanics Implementation for Pavement Quality Assurance"
    John Siekmeier, P.E.
    Minnesota Department of Transportation, Maplewood, MN

  • Concurrent Session 4B
    "Steel Sheet Pile as Permanent Building Foundations"
    Chad A. Underwood, P.E., P.G.
    Engineering Partners International, LLC, Bloomington, MN

Short Courses

"Geophysics for Geotechnical Application"
J.B. Shawver, Senior Geophysicist
Zonge Geosciences, Inc., Lakewood, CO

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2010

Presiding Chair: Aaron Budge
Co-chair: Greg Reuter

  • Kersten Lecture
    "Impact and Control of Ground Movement in Urban Underground Construction"

    Edward J. Cording, Ph.D., P.E., Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • "Geotechnics and Terramechanics"
    Andrew Drescher, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering
    University of Minnesota

  • "Stability and Risk Analysis of Slopes in Highly Variable Soils"
    Vaughan Griffiths, Ph.D., D.Sc., P.E., Professor of Civil Engineering
    Colorado School of Mines

  • "Consolidation Behavior of Cement Treated Organic Soils"
    Marika Santagata, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
    Purdue University

  • "Status of Public Geological Databases in Minnesota"
    Harvey Thorleifson, Ph.D., P.Geo., Director of the Minnesota Geological Survey
    Professor of Geology and Geophysics, University of MN

  • "Reliability of MnDOT’s Pile Driving Formula and a Proposed Equation"
    Sam Paikowsky, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering
    University of MA

Case Histories

  • Concurrent Session 1A
    "9th Street East Grade Separation Failures"
    Charles D. Hubbard, P.E., P.G.
    Braun Intertec Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

  • Concurrent Session 1B
    "Geophysical Evaluation of Abandoned Underground Mine Conditions"
    Kanaan Hanna
    Zapata Incorporated, Blackhawk Division, Golden, CO

  • Concurrent Session 2A
    "Design of Deep Excavations in Lake Agassiz Clay"
    Chad A. Underwood, P.E., P.G.
    Engineering Partners International, Madison, WI

  • Concurrent Session 2B
    "Support of MSE Walls and Embankments Using Controlled Modulus Columns"
    Seth L. Pearlman, P.E., President and CEO
    DGI-Menard, Bridgeville, PA

  • Concurrent Session 3A
    "Automated Landslide Instrumentation Programs on US Route 2 in Crookston, MN"
    Derrick Dasenbrock, P.E., Foundations Geomechanics Engineer
    Minnesota Department of Transportation

  • Concurrent Session 3B
    "A Success Story on Pile Downdrag Monitoring"
    Aaron Budge, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
    Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • Concurrent Session 4A
    "Historic Ivy Tower"
    Douglas R. Hardin, P.E., S.E., Senior Design/Construction Manager
    Schnabel Foundation Company, Cary, IL

  • Concurrent Session 4B
    "US-41 Re-Alignment Over the Abandoned Michigamme Underground Iron Ore Mine"
    Stan Vitton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
    Michigan Technological University

Short Course

"Finite Elements in Geotechnical Engineering"
Vaughan Griffiths, Ph.D., D.Sc., P.E., Professor of Civil Engineering
Colorado School of Mines

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