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66th Annual Geotechnical Engineering Conference

Papers are invited for presentation at the 66th Annual Geotechnical Engineering Conference, to be held February 23, 2018. Case histories documenting the geotechnical performance of foundations, embankments, roadway subgrades, or other infrastructure elements are welcome. Download the full details of Call for Papers here.

The Distinguished Achievement Award (DAA) has been created to recognize an individual who has practiced in the State of Minnesota and has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the fields of geotechnics or geoengineering. Nominations are now being accepted, download details here.


This is the 66th offering of the University of Minnesota Geotechnical Engineering Conference. The Planning Committee, whose members represent the contracting industry, government agencies, the University, and consulting engineers, has developed a program offering technical information and discussion on current topics for the geotechnical engineering community. Topics at the conference will cover environmental protection with geosynthetics, Paul-Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion, design and properties of helical piles and anchors, advancement of USACE seepage barrier wall contracts, knowledge gained from the Bingham Canyon slide, use of wicking geotextiles to improve roadways, and recent case histories. The conference provides a forum to interact with peers, meet specialty contractors, and hear researchers and practitioners discuss theory and application of geomechanics. Civil engineers, architects, planners, contractors, and geologists with an interest in geotechnical engineering will benefit by attending this conference.

Current Conference Details

Date: February 23, 2018
Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center
St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota

Sponsored by: Department of Civil, Environmental, Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
Minnesota Geotechnical Society
Geo-Institute of ASCE
Added features: Two, half-day short courses, February 22, 2018
  - Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring of Dams
  - Design of Columns to Improve Soft Soils

  Conference Registration information

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Pre-Conference Banquet, Thursday, February 22, 2018

Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul Campus

The Minnesota Geotechnical Society (MGS) hosts a dinner meeting of the local ASCE section the night before the conference. The meeting will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, in the Courtyard Room. The Kersten Lecturer for the conference, Kerry Rowe, will be the featured speaker. The dinner reception begins at 6 P.M. Visit the MGS web site events page for further details and registration information as the conference date approaches.

Post-Conference Special Event — February 24, 2018, 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon

Regional GeoWall Competition
Rapson Hall Atrium, East Bank, UMN Twin Cities

The SME Student Chapter at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is hosting the 2018 Regional GeoWall Competition on Saturday, February 24. Students design and build a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall using paper reinforcement on poster board wall facing to support a granular backfill and a surcharge load. Contact Lee Werner if you are interested in serving as a judge.

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