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If you are planning to participate in a short course, be aware that you have to register as 'Full' or 'Daily' then select the short course you would like to attend.

sunday, february 14, 2016

Full-Day Courses: 7:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. / Earn 8 PDHs
Half-Day Courses: Morning: 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon / Earn 4 PDHs
Half-Day Courses: Afternoon: 12:30 – 4:45 p.m. / Earn 4 PDHs

Begin your Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress 2016 experience with a full-day or one or two half-day short courses. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for completion of the Short Courses are available. Space is limited, so register early. Fees are as follows:

Regular - Full Day
Regular - Half Day
Student - Full Day
Student - Half Day
Early Bird
Early Bird

full-day courses: 7:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. / earn 8 pdhs


SC1 / recent developments in ground improvement - tools every geotechnical engineer should have


INSTRUCTORS: James G. Collin, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., F. ASCE, President, The Collin Group, Ltd.; Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, The University of Kansas

This course provides training on the selection and design of appropriate ground improvement techniques when poor ground conditions are anticipated. Through the use of the recently developed web-based GeotechTools website (developed as part of a National Academy research program—SHRP02), the participants will be able to use the selection and guidance system to select the appropriate ground improvement technology for their project. The ground improvement techniques that will be covered in detail include: aggregate columns, vibro-concrete columns deep soil mixing, column supported embankments, and shored mechanically stabilized earth.
For each technology, the following topics will be covered:

  • Description and History
  • Design Considerations
  • Construction and Materials
  • Design Concepts
  • Specifications
  • Cost Data
  • Case Histories

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
1. List criteria for successful application of the technology
2. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the technology
3. Describe required soil properties necessary for a preliminary design
4. Perform a preliminary design
5. Use the GeotechTools web site to select the most appropriate GI technique for a project

Dr. James G. Collin founded The Collin Group, Ltd. in 1995. The firm specializes in soil-structure interaction, numerical modeling, earth retaining structure design, ground improvement, geosynthetics, mechanically stabilized earth and reinforced soil slopes, soil nailing, and forensic evaluation of geotechnical structures. Dr. Collin was the 2013 recipient of the ASCE Wallace Hayward Baker award for innovation in the field of ground improvement. He has been involved with the design and construction of hundreds of ground improvement projects across the world. He was part of the team that developed the GeotechTools web site as part of a SHRP02 research program.

Dr. Jie Han is a professor in geotechnical engineering at the University of Kansas and has academic and industrial experience in ground improvement research and applications. He received his doctorate in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997 and then worked as the manager of technology development at Tensar Earth Technologies, Inc. before joining Widener University as a faculty member in civil engineering. His research has focused on geosynthetics, earth-retaining structures, ground improvement, pile foundations, and pavement design, and he has published more than 200 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Han is a registered professional engineer in Georgia and member of a number of technical committees and editorial boards. He was part of the team that developed the GeotechTools web site as part of a SHRP02 research program.

SC2 / geotechnical and structural instrumentation and monitoring during construction

INSTRUCTOR: Malay Ghose-Hajra, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE, The University of New Orleans

Depending upon the natural processes of geologic formation, previous stress history at the project site, and activities at adjoining properties, the geotechnical and structural engineers of design are often challenged with a wide variety of naturally occurring heterogeneous materials below ground and several unknown parameters that need to be accounted for in their analysis and design recommendations. Unlike design of concrete or steel structures, where most material properties are specified and manufacturing is controlled, mineralogical composition, particle arrangement, and engineering properties of soil and rock can vary significantly in the vertical and horizontal directions within a short distance. Adequate instrumentation of subsurface soil and superstructures can provide engineers with valuable performance benchmarks during every stage of a project. Strategically placed instruments can be used to characterize initial subsurface site conditions, verify design assumptions, and provide data for use in quality control during construction; as well as give early warning of impending failures, thus saving valuable life and project cost.
This short course will focus on new and emerging instrumentation and monitoring techniques and procedures, case studies, and lessons-learned presentations. Attendees will learn about:

  • Soil properties affecting geotechnical and structural instrumentation and field monitoring principles
  • Systematic approach to geotechnical and structural instrumentation
  • Geotechnical and structural instrumentation hardware
  • Field measurement of groundwater pressure, deformation, stresses, load and strain
  • Remote monitoring and automatic data acquisition

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe and explain the benefits of geotechnical and structural instrumentation and field performance monitoring systems.
2. Identify and design a geotechnical or structural instrumentation program for a specific project.
3. Accumulate, process, interpret, and report field data collected from a geotechnical and/or structural instrumentation system.

Dr. Malay Ghose-Hajra is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Orleans who earned his doctorate from Kansas State University. He is a professional engineer, registered in six states. Dr. Hajra's experience includes geotechnical exploration for LADOTD and USACE projects in Louisiana and Texas. His research interests include soil mechanics, geo-environmental engineering and coastal restoration. In 2014, Hajra received ASCE's ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. He is active in a number of professional organizations and frequently participates in conference and technical committees.

SC3 / bridge scour

INSTRUCTOR: Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, Texas A&M University

There is a long history of bridge failures stemming from floods scouring bed material around bridge foundations. With approximately one-half million bridges built over waterways in the USA, and hundreds of them a year experiencing significant floods, bridge scour can lead to fatalities and devastate public infrastructure budgets. Evaluating bridge scour requires the focus of both structural and geotechnical (as well as hydraulic) engineers. This short course will introduce attendees to the prediction of scour depth, the types of countermeasures, and the observation method for bridge scour evaluation. Attendees will learn about:

  • Bridge scour failures
  • Bridge scour statistics and risk
  • Soil erosion testing
  • Bridge scour depth prediction: pier scour
  • Bridge scour depth prediction: contraction scour
  • Bridge scour depth prediction: abutment scour
  • Scour countermeasures
  • Observation method for bridge scour evaluation
  • LRFD approach to foundation design including scour
  • Other soil erosion problems

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Take home solid notes with the latest information on bridge scour.
2. Know how to obtain the erosion properties of a soil.
3. Calculate scour depth.
4. Select a countermeasure.
5. Know how to use the LRFD for bridge foundation including scour.

Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud is distinguished professor and holder of the Spencer J. Buchanan Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and a registered profesional engineer. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Ottawa in Canada in 1979. He has served as president of the Association of Geotechnical Engineering Professors in the USA (USUCGER), president of the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and as the president of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Among other awards, he has received the ASCE Ralph B. Peck Award, the CGS Geoffrey Meyerhof Foundation Engineering Award, the ASTM Hogentogler Award, the ASCE Huber Research Prize, and the ASCE Martin Kapp Award. Over the last 37 years, Dr. Briaud has conducted about 10 million dollars of research, most of which was on foundations and retaining walls. He has supervised 50 Ph.D. and 90 Master students. He is the author of a book on the pressuremeter, has published about 300 articles, manuals, reports, and has lectured worldwide in geotechnical engineering. His most recent book is entitled “Geotechnical Engineering: Unsaturated and Saturated Soils.”

SC4 / risk assessment in geotechnical and structural engineering

INSTRUCTORS: D. Vaughan Griffiths, Ph.D., D.Sc., P.E., FICE, D.GE, F.ASCE, Colorado School of Mines; Gordon A. Fenton, Ph.D., P.Eng., M.ASCE, Dalhousie University

Update your knowledge of probabilistic methods and reliability-based design methodologies in structural and geotechnical engineering. This short course assumes you have no more than an introductory understanding of probability and statistics, and is designed to present user-friendly training on modern probabilistic techniques applied to civil engineering applications with emphasis on structural and geotechnical engineering problems.
The course will include:

  • Discussion of potential benefits of probabilistic approaches as opposed to classical “Factor of Safety” methods.
  • Review of sources of uncertainty in engineering materials.
  • Review of some simple statistical theories needed to develop the methodologies and how to interpret the results of probabilistic analyses.
  • Relationship between probabilistic methods and LRFD.
  • Examples of established probabilistic methods in geotechnical and structural engineering, such as the First Order Second Moment (FOSM) method, First Order Reliability Method (FORM) and Monte-Carlo Methods (MC).
  • Introduction to more advanced numerical methods of probabilistic analysis based on the finite element method, such as the Stochastic Finite Element Method (SFEM) and the Random Finite Element Method (RFEM).
  • Download software programs from instructor's web sites at no additional cost.

Upon completion of this course, participants will possess the latest knowledge of probabilistic methods and reliability-based design methodologies in structural and geotechnical engineering.

Dr. D. Vaughan Griffiths completed his masters degree at University of California–Berkeley, and his doctoral degrees at the University of Manchester, UK. He is currently professor of civil engineering at the Colorado School of Mines where his primary research interests lie in application of finite element and risk assessment methodologies in civil engineering. He has written over 280 research papers and is the co-author of three textbooks, “Programming the Finite Element Method,” 5th edition, Wiley (2014), “Risk Assessment in Geotechnical Engineering,” Wiley (2008), and “Numerical Methods for Engineers,” 2nd edition, Chapman & Hall/CRC (2006). In addition to this course, he gives regular short-courses for ASCE Continuing Education on “Finite Elements in Geotechnical Engineering.” Dr. Griffiths is a former ASCE Director.

Dr. Gordon A. Fenton is professor in the Engineering Mathematics Department at Dalhousie University. His research interest is in the development of reliability-based civil engineering design codes. He is managing editor of the journal "Georisk," vice-chair of the ISSMGE Engineering Practice of Risk Assessment and Management Committee, chair of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code Foundations Committee, member of the Canadian National Building Code Task Group on Climatic Loads, and member of the Canadian National Building Code Standing Committee on Structural Design. For his research, he has received the Thomas Keefer Award, the George Stephenson Medal, the Gzowski Medal, and elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is co-author of the textbook "Risk Assessment in Geotechnical Engineering," Wiley (2008).

SC5 / FRP composites for structural and geotechnical infrastructure - CANCELLED

INSTRUCTORS: P.V.Vijay, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, West Virginia University; Hota V. S. GangaRao, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, West Virginia University; Udaya B. Halabe, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASNT, F.SEI, F.ASCE, West Virginia University; Brahim Benmokrane, Ph.D., P. Eng., FRSC, FACI, FCSCE, FIIFC, FEIC, FCAE, University of Sherbrooke.

FRP composites are being used in various geotechnical and structural applications today due to their high-performance, light-weight, corrosion resistance, and ease of installation. Their applications include soil-slope stabilization, sub-base property enhancement, earthquake resistance, and high-performance structures such as bridges, pavements, transmission members, electrical poles, wind-mill blades, and marine structures. Composites provide an excellent choice for building energy efficient green buildings and repairing our aging infrastructure built of reinforced concrete, steel, and timber members at a fraction of the replacement cost. Though there are several material, aesthetic, durability, and cost advantages to using composites, a sound understanding of their physical properties, including micro-mechanics, manufacturing, design, inspection, and repair is required for their selection, utilization, marketing, and mass implementation.
This course will comprehensively address the fundamental concepts, design and manufacturing, code-specifications, field strengthening and monitoring, non-destructive evaluation, repair and rehabilitation, durability and cost effective solutions of FRP composite structures including field implementations within USA, Canada, and other nations. Attendees will learn about:

  • Fundamentals in composite materials, manufacturing, mechanics, design, construction, performance, maintenance, repair/rehabilitation of polymeric matrix composites, and associated costs
  • Advantages, disadvantages, and differences of FRP composites with respect to their choice for civil infrastructure against traditional construction with steel, timber, and masonry
  • Field construction practices, code-specifications, rehabilitation techniques, energy absorption, failure modes, and durability
  • Field nondestructive testing methods for evaluating composite structures
  • Reinforcing concrete structures using FRP bars (ACI 440.1-R06) and FRP bonded external reinforcement (ACI 440.2R-08)

Upon completion of this course, participants will:
1. Understand the fundamentals in composite materials, manufacturing, micro- and macro-mechanics, design, including repair of thermoset and thermoplastic polymeric matrix composites
2. Identify advantages and disadvantages of polymeric matrix composites with respect to traditional construction materials.
3. Apply the knowledge acquired to the design and manufacturing of high performance composite structures and gain the ability to make a decision on its selection process.
4. Understand the importance of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technologies in the testing and evaluation of composite structures during and after manufacturing, installation, evaluation, and field monitoring.

Dr. P.V.Vijay is a registered professional engineer in the State of West Virginia and has published over 100 technical papers and reports in the area of FRP composites. He is coauthor of the book entitled "Reinforced Concrete Design with FRP Composites" and an award winner for “innovative design and rehabilitation of bridge structure with FRPs.” He is actively involved in the design, specification development, field implementation, monitoring, and rehabilitation of civil infrastructure with FRPs including Green FRPs. He has served as principal and co-principal investigator in several research projects sponsored by the FHWA, WVDOH, FRA, DOE, and US Army Corps-DOD.

Dr. Hota V. S. GangaRao is a Wadsworth distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering at West Virginia University and has been working in advancing the state‐of‐the‐art of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) materials by field‐implementing his findings to engineering structures and systems. Composites industry and end users have been working closely with him in advancing FRP products for field use through material, design and construction specification development. His research team has helped build/rehab many infrastructure systems with FRP composites resulting in several awards and US patents.

Dr. Udaya Halabe is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at West Virginia University. He received his doctorate in civil/structural engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1990. Dr. Halabe is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), and member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Dr. Halabe is very active in the area of nondestructive testing of FRP composites, concrete, steel, and timber structures and published over 150 technical papers and reports on nondestructive testing of civil infrastructure.

Dr. Brahim Benmokrane is an internationally renowned leader on the innovative use of FRP composite materials in construction. His pioneering research has produced ways to use fiberglass and carbon-fiber composites to replace steel as reinforcement in concrete structures, thereby eliminating the deterioration and damage of urban infrastructure through corrosion. Recipient of several distinguished awards, Dr. Benmokrane has developed innovative FRP reinforcing bars which are used worldwide by the construction industry to reinforce concrete structures. He has published over 150 journal and 200 conference papers in the area of FRP composites and provided many worldwide seminars, workshops, and short courses.

half-day courses: 7:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / earn 4 pdhs


SC6 / cold-formed steel - history, design, and innovation - CANCELLED

INSTRUCTORS: Jon‐Paul Cardin, P.E., M.ASCE, Construction Codes and Standards Engineer, American Iron and Steel Institute; Cristopher D. Moen, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Virginia Tech

Cold‐Formed Steel (CFS) is one of the most common materials utilized in commercial construction. However, since CFS design is not a subject that is included in most engineering curriculums, most structural engineers are often left with very minimal understanding of basic design concepts. Therefore, a large portion of CFS design for most structural engineers revolves around the product information published by the manufacturer. The course instructors will provide the participant with an exclusive perspective into all aspects of the CFS industry:

  • Mr. Cardin managed the engineering department for a large cold-formed steel framing manufacturer up until 2015. As such, he served as the direct contact for structural engineers with respect to technical/design questions regarding CFS.
  • Dr. Moen is on the forefront of the cold‐formed steel industry with respect to research, innovation, and code development. As a professor at Virginia Tech University he educates and guides the future engineers in the CFS industry.

Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
1. Developed a working comfort level with CFS design
2. Acquired thorough knowledge of standard CFS framing members and connectors.
3. Gained the ability to navigate available resources to provide basic designs.
In addition, attendees will receive an electronic copy of the American Iron and Steel Institute's – North American Specification for the Design of Cold‐Formed Steel Structural Members 2012 Edition (AISI S100-12) as well as a complementary membership to the Cold-Formed Steel Engineer’s Institute (CFSEI).

Jon‐Paul Cardin has served as the engineering manager of SCAFCO Steel Stud Manufacturer where he oversaw the technical services department, product code reports, and product development. Mr. Cardin is now a construction codes and standards development engineer with the American Iron and Steel Istitute. He obtained bachelors degrees in Civil Engineering (with structural emphasis) and Mathematics from the University of Idaho, and is currently a licensed professional engineer in the State of Washington. He is an active member in the Cold‐Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) and currently serves as a voting member on the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Committee on Framing Standards, AISI Committee on Specifications, ASTM C11 and A05 Committees, and ASCE/SEI‐CFS Member Committee.

Dr. Cristopher D. Moen is an associate professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an expert in the analysis and design of cold‐formed steel structural components and systems. He teaches courses in thin‐walled structures, structural stability with an emphasis on geometrically nonlinear simulation‐based structural analysis, and cold‐formed steel framing and metal building design. Dr. Moen completed his master degrees in civil engineering at the University of Virginia in 1997 and a doctorate in civil engineering at Johns Hopkins University in 2008. He worked from 1997‐2005 as a senior engineer at J. Muller International, a bridge engineering firm, and he is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Moen is president and CEO of NBM Technologies, Inc. (www.nbmtech.com) headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia.

SC7 / introduction to the 2016 edition asce 7 minimum design loads for buildings and other structures

INSTRUCTORS: Ronald O. Hamburger, S.E., P.E., SECB, F.SEI, Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; Gary K. Chock, S.E., D.CE, F.SEI, F.ASCE, President, Martin and Chock, Inc.; Michael O’Rourke, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE, Rensselaer Polytechnic University; Donald R. Scott, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE, Owner, PCS Structural Solutions; J. G. (Greg) Soules, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, Principal Engineer, CB&I Plaza

ASCE 7 is the national standard for structural design loads for buildings and other structures, which is updated on a 6-year cycle. The 2016 edition of the standard has significant changes to many sections including seismic, wind, snow, dead and live loads, load combinations, and general provisions, as well as new provisions for tsunami and fire loads. This course will highlight the changes and rationale for the provisions. Practicing structural engineers that use ASCE 7 will want to learn about the changes for the new edition of this national standard directly from the chairs of the committees that worked on the standard::

  • Overview – Ronald O. Hamburger is chair of the ASCE 7-16 Main Committee; he will provide background on the overall updates to the standard as well as specifics for the General Provisions, Dead & Live Loads, Load Combinations, Ice and Fire.
  • Snow and Rain – Michael O’Rourke, is chair of the Snow and Rain Loads Subcommittee of ASCE 7-16; he will provide information on the updates to the snow and rain provisions.
  • Wind – Donald R. Scott is chair of the Wind Loads Subcommittee of ASCE 7-16; he will provide information on updates to the wind provisions.
  • Seismic – J. G. (Greg) Soules is vice chair of the Main Committee of ASCE 7-16 and Seismic Loads Subcommittee of ASCE 7-16; he will provide information on updates to the seismic provisions.
  • Tsunami – Gary K. Chock is chair of the Tsunami Load Effects Subcommittee of ASCE 7-16; he will provide information on the new tsunami provisions.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:
1. Have learned the significant changes to ASCE 7-16 from ASCE 7-10
2. Understand the rationale for changes and updated provisions

Ronald O. Hamburger has served as senior principal and head of structural engineering, western region at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. He has more than thirty years of experience in civil and structural engineering; building design, investigation, code development, and research. Mr. Hamburger is an international expert in earthquake-resistant design and structural performance evaluation and is widely recognized in the structural engineering community for his leadership in performance-based design. He is chair of the ASCE 7-16 Main Committee.

Gary K. Chock is president of Hawaii-headquartered Martin & Chock, Inc., and has been engaged in structural engineering since 1980. His work includes the tallest buildings in the State of Hawaii as well as numerous resorts, commercial buildings, and military facilities in the Pacific region. For the past 20 years, he has also been the principal investigator for the firm’s research work on multi-hazard analysis and planning, with emphasis on use of GIS (geographic information systems) analysis, building damage, and building performance studies. His work has involved tsunami, earthquake, and hurricane hazard research, building risk assessments, hazard mitigation planning, coastal flooding hazards, building code development, and emergency response planning. Dr. Chock led the ASCE 2011 Tohoku Tsunami Reconnaissance Team and the EERI 2010 Chile Tsunami Reconnaissance Team. He is chair of the Tsunami Load Effects Subcommittee of ASCE 7-16.

Dr. Michael O'Rourke is a professor of civil engineering at Rensselaer. He received his bachelors in civil engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and his masters and doctorate from Northwestern University. He has been chair of the ASCE 7 Rain and Snow Load Subcommittee since 1997. Dr. O'Rourke has received many awards, including ASCE's Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering in 2001.

Donald R. Scott has been vice president/director of engineering at PCS Structural Solutions since 1982, where he ensures the company stays up to date on the latest design techniques and building code changes. He has led teams designing numerous significant healthcare and educational projects, and sits on multiple national engineering boards, including currently serving as chair of the ASCE 7 Wind Load Subcommittee, and as president of the board for the Applied Technology Council (ATC).

J. G. (Greg) Soules is principal civil/structural engineer at CB&I, where he supervises and trains design engineers in the preparation of precontract and contract designs of all CB&I standard product projects. He is responsible for developing and maintaining CB&I Engineering Standards on wind and seismic loads and acts as internal consultant to CB&I engineering departments on aboveground storage tanks, wind loads, seismic loads, and the application of building codes worldwide. Mr. Soules was project engineering manager on more than $50 million of tankage in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, as well as engineer in responsible charge for more than 300 plate structure projects. He is vice chair of the Main Committee, and the Seismic Loads Subcommittee, of ASCE 7-16.

SC8 / heave prediction for pier foundation in expansive soils

INSTRUCTORS: Geoff Chao, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Vice President, Engineering Analytics, Inc.; Daniel D. Overton, P.E., F.ASCE, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Engineering Analytics, Inc.

Foundations on expansive soil sites are one of the most challenging problems facing geotechnical and structural engineers, builders, and building owners today. Many of the problems result from failure to identify expansive soils on the sites, inadequate design and construction, use of inappropriate foundation systems, and/or improper construction practices. Increasing basic knowledge of soils engineering is the key to identifying design and construction defects for structures on expansive soils.
An important part of the engineering is the selection of an appropriate foundation type for structures on expansive soils. For sites with highly expansive soils, more robust foundation types are necessary than those used for soils exhibiting lower expansion potential. The most reliable foundation type that is commonly used for sites on moderate to highly expansive soils consists of a drilled pier foundation supporting a grade beam, with a structural floor.
This short course is intended to provide geotechnical, structural, construction engineers, and engineering geologists with the knowledge and tools necessary to design the pier foundation in expansive soils. Computer programs SVHeave and APEX developed by SoilVision Systems Ltd. will be utilized to assist in the design process. This course will include the following topics:

  • Nature of expansive soils
  • Site investigation
  • Laboratory testing for expansive soils
  • Water migration in expansive soils
  • Heave prediction methods
  • Design of pier foundation

Upon completion of this course, participants will:
1. Understand the site investigation and laboratory testing that need to be included when designing the pier foundation in expansive soils
2. Be able to correctly apply heave prediction methods to the design of the pier foundation and avoid pitfalls
3. Have the knowledge and tools necessary to design the pier foundation in expansive soils
4. Understand the utilization of computer programs to assist in the design process

Dr. Geoff Chao has over 20 years of geotechnical and construction engineering experience. He is currently the vice president of Engineering Analytics, Inc. Serving as the project manager on many litigation projects, Dr. Chao has extensive experience in the areas of construction and design defect investigations, and construction remediation and mitigation for structures on expansive soils. He is the co-author of the book: Foundation Engineering for Expansive Soils. He has presented keynote speeches/short courses regarding the topic of foundations on expansive soils in the United States and China. Dr. Chao is also an adjunct professor teaching foundation engineering at Colorado State University. He has authored over 40 technical papers, many of them dealing with foundations on problematic soils.

Mr. Daniel D. Overton is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer and a shareholder at Engineering Analytics, Inc. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in 1985, and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering from UCLA in 1988. He has 30 years of geotechnical and forensic engineering experience on a diversity of projects. Mr. Overton has extensive experience in forensic studies of foundations in clay soil and claystone bedrock. Mr. Overton has served as the Project Engineer or Project Manager for public works projects, expansive soils design, forensic studies, foundation design for commercial and mid-rise buildings, residential and master planned communities, and geotechnical instrumentation. Mr. Overton is a Fellow of ASCE and is an Adjunct Professor at Colorado State University, having served on various thesis and dissertation committees, and is the Committee Chair of the Tailings and Mine Waste Conference. Mr. Overton is also a member of the Post-Tensioning Institutes DC-10 Slab-On-Ground committee, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in eighteen States. Mr. Overton has written approximately 50 technical papers addressing multiple aspects of geotechnical engineering, and is a co-author of the textbook titled “Foundation Engineering for Expansive Soils.”

half-day courses: 12:30 - 4:45 p.m. / earn 4 pdhs


SC9 / seismic design of diaphragms

INSTRUCTOR: Satyendra K. Ghosh, Ph.D., F.ASCE, F.SEI, President, S. K. Ghosh Associates, Inc.

Seismic design of diaphragms is currently addressed in Sections 12.10.1 and 12.10.2 of ASCE 7-10. Based on significant work done by Issue Team 6 on Diaphragms of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) Provisions Update Committee (PUC), an alternative seismic design methodology for diaphragms has been approved for inclusion in ASCE 7-16. The alternative methodology will be mandated for precast concrete diaphragms in buildings assigned to Seismic Design Category (SDC) C and above. It will be permitted for other precast concrete diaphragms, cast-in-place concrete diaphragms, and wood diaphragms. This course will explain this alternative diaphragm design methodology in detail and provide the necessary background information. Comparative design force calculations for diaphragms using the current methodology and the new alternative methodology will be provided.
Upon completion of this course, participants will:
1. Understand the current requirements for the seismic design of diaphragms in ASCE 7-10 Sections 12.10.1 and 12.10.2
2. Understand the alternative diaphragm design methodology in Section 12.10.3 of ASCE 7-16
3. Develop an appreciation of the difference between the two approaches

Dr. Satyendra K. Ghosh heads his own consulting practice, S.K. Ghosh Associates, Inc., in Palatine, Illinois and Aliso Viejo, California. He was formerly director, engineering services, codes, and standards, Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Illinois. Dr. Ghosh is well known for his work in earthquake engineering. He actively participates in the development of U.S. design standards as a member of: ACI Committee 318, the ASCE Standards Committee on Minimum Design Loads (ASCE 7), and other bodies. He is a former member of the Boards of Direction of ACI and EERI. In addition to authoring many publications in the area of structural design, Dr. Ghosh has investigated and reported on structural performance in most recent earthquakes.

SC10 / new structural and geotechnical seismic design requirements in the 2015 nehrp provision

INSTRUCTORS: Nicolas Luco, Ph.D., Research Structural Engineer, U.S. Geological Survey; Charles A. Kircher, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Principal, Kircher & Associates; Robert E. Bachman, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE,Principal at REBachman Consulting Structural Engineers; Robert G. Pekelnicky, S.E., Principal, Degenkolb Engineers

Four veteran members of the Provisions Update Committee of the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Building Seismic Safety Council--Nicolas Luco, PhD; Charles A. Kircher, PhD, PE, MASCE; Robert E. Bachman, SE; and Robert G. Pekelnicky, SE--will join forces to explain the significant developments to the recently completed National Earthquake Hazards Reduction (NEHRP) Provisions for the seismic design of buildings and other structures. Gearing their presentation to practicing structural and geotechnical engineers, the team will highlight major changes and rationale for: revisions to the USGS ground motions, site specific seismic design requirements and parameters, design requirements for foundations on liquefiable sites, and soil-structure interaction procedures.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:
1. Have mastered the significant changes to the USGS ground motions used for seismic design
2. Understand the new requirements for site-specific ground motion studies
3. Understand the new requirements for the design of foundations on liquefiable sites
4. Understand the new requirements for soil-structure interaction

Dr. Nicolas Luco has been a research structural engineer for the U.S. Geological Survey since 2004, and is currently working on the Geologic Hazard Team in Denver, Colorado. He earned his doctorate in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University and has published widely on ground motions. Dr. Nico serves as the USGS liaison member of the ASCE 7-16 Subcommittee on Seismic Loads, and is also the USGS representative to the Provisions Update Committee of the Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC).

Charles A. Kircher is a registered professional engineer with more than 35 years of experience in structural and earthquake engineering, focusing on vulnerability assessment, risk analysis and innovative design solutions. As principal of Kircher & Associates, he provides consulting services to a variety of clients that include commercial and industrial businesses, military and government organizations, and other engineering companies. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University. Dr. Kircher is the chair of the Seismic Design Procedures Reassessment Group of the BSSC.

Robert E. Bachman is director at Tobolski Watkins Engineering Inc. and consulting structural engineer at Robert Bachman Consulting. He is a structural engineer with over 40 years of experience in the design, analysis, construction, evaluation and repair of commercial, nuclear fuel reprocessing, nuclear waste storage, cogeneration power and heavy industrial facilities located domestically and oversees. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of earthquake engineering and has played a leading role in the development of seismic provisions for national standards and building codes during the past 15 years. Mr. Bachman has significant involvement in professional society seismic code development activities. Since 1992, he has been a member of the NEHRP Provisions Update Committee of BSSC. He is also the past chair of the ASCE 7 Subcommittee on Seismic Loads, where he led the effort to develop design requirements for foundations on liquefiable sites.

Robert G. Pekelnicky specializes in making community and business infrastructure resilient against earthquakes, explosions, and other hazards. He has applied his mulit-hazard mitigation knowledge to various projects for government, high technology, and healthcare clients. His career has focused on taking new, innovative structural engineering concepts from research and applying them to practice to better meet clients' needs. Mr. Pekelnicky is a recognized leader in the field of earthquake engineering and devotes a lot of his time to developing better performance-based earthquake engineering methodologies, building codes and standards. He led the effort in the Provisions Update Committee to revise and expand the requirements for soil structure interaction.

SC11 / data acquisition basics - setting up a simple automated instrumentation system for geotechnical and structural monitoring - CANCELLED

INSTRUCTORS: William Bradford, Aff.M.ASCE, Application Engineer, Campbell Scientific

Instrumentation of geotechnical and structural engineering projects and systems is becoming increasingly important as a tool for assuring regulation compliance and providing early detection to prevent catastrophic failure. This course introduces participants to automated data acquisition systems, discusses the key components of a data acquisition system and then provides the opportunity to assemble a simple data acquisition system that utilizes at least one sensor to measure one type of physical phenomena.
Upon completion of this course, participants will:
1. Be familiar with automated data acquisition systems for geotechnical and structural monitoring.
2. Understand key considerations that should be made in planning or designing an automated data acquisition system.
3. Have had a hands-on experience of assembling a simple automated data acquisition system and making actual measurements with the system.

William Bradford earned his bachelors degree in environmental engineering from Utah State University in 1997. He worked for 12 years for various research arms of Utah State University implementing and deploying instrumentation and monitoring equipment for scientific research throughout the Continental United States and Alaska. He is currently an application engineer for Campbell Scientific, Inc. in their Structural, Industrial and Geotechnical Group. He provides technical support to customers that use Campbell Scientific’s dataloggers for automated infrastructure monitoring.

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