Sunday, February 14 | Monday, February 15 | Tuesday, February 16
WELCOME plenary session
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Join your colleagues for a panel session during which experts in structural
and geotechnical engineering will analyze their similarities and differences,
setting the tone for this unique joint conference.
KEYNOTE: SOIL IS NOT A SPRING; BUILDINGS ARE NOT A
MODERATOR: Samuel J. Muir, Attorney, Collins, Collins, Muir,& Stewart
REPRESENTING GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERS: Donald G.
Anderson, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dipl, M.ASCE, Geotechnical Engineer,
CH2M Hill; John E. Anderson, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Project
Director-Geotechnical Engineering, HNTB Corporation; Edward J.
Ulrich, Jr., P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Founder and Principal Engineer, Ulrich
REPRESENTING STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: James R. Harris,
P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE, Owner, J. R. Harris and Company; Ronald
O. Hamburger, P.E., F.SEI, Senior Principal and Head of Structural
Engineering, Western Region, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; John
D. Hooper, P.E., S.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, Senior Principal/Director of
Earthquake Engineering, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
This moderated panel session features three panelists from each of the
disciplines of geotechnical and structural engineering. Together these
experts will start the conference with an exploration of how their functions
both reinforce and obstruct each other on the journey to a completed
h. bolton seed award lecture
1:00 - 2:30 p.m
Delivered annually by the recipient of the H. Bolton Seed Medal
for outstanding contributions to teaching, research, or practice in
geotechnical engineering. In even-numbered years, the medal is awarded
for contributions to geotechnical earthquake engineering. In 2016,
Ricardo Dobry, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Institute Professor and Director
of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Geotechnical Centrifuge Center,
will be presented with the H. Bolton Seed Award. His lecture will reflect
his contributions to the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering,
specifically his research contributions ranging from dynamic soil properties
to liquefaction evaluations, and from dynamic soil-structure interaction to
applications of centrifuge model testing, which have had significant and
sustained impact on engineering practice.
karl terzaghi plenary lecture
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
For more than 50 years, the Karl Terzaghi Lecture has been given by an individual
honored for their exemplary contributions to the field of geotechnical engineering.
KEYNOTE: Ground Deformation Effects on Subsurface Pipelines and Infrastructure
PRESENTER: Thomas D. O’Rourke, Ph.D., Hon.D.GE, NAE, FREng,
Dist.M.ASCE, Thomas R. Briggs Professor in Engineering, Cornell University
There are millions of kilometers of pipelines in the U.S., and tens of
millions worldwide used in water supplies, gas and liquid fuel delivery
systems, electric power networks, and wastewater conveyance facilities.
Geotechnical and Structural engineers play a critical role in managing the
performance of these systems that are affected by ground deformation arising
from tunneling, deep excavations, and subsidence due to dewatering and mineral
extraction as well as geohazards, such as earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.
The lecture explores the mathematical functions used to characterize
soil deformation in response to underground construction and natural
hazards. It examines both the soil and structural mechanics of soil-pipe
interaction under various ground movement patterns, including the
material and geometric nonlinearities of pipelines, conduits, and soil.
Guidance is provided for estimating tolerable levels of ground deformation
for frequently encountered continuous and segmental pipelines subject to
tunneling, open-cut excavation, and extreme events. Large-scale laboratory
testing and numerical modeling for the next generation hazard-resilient
pipelines are described, and innovative ways of accommodating ground
deformation are illustrated. Water supply and wastewater system response
to widespread liquefaction-induced ground deformation during the
Canterbury earthquake sequence in New Zealand are evaluated with high
density LiDAR and GIS analyses.
Dr. O’Rourke is an expert on natural disasters and their impact on
the infrastructure supporting civil society, pipelines, and underground
construction. He authored or co-authored over 360 publications on
various geotechnical topics. He served on several teams reviewing and
reporting on significant disasters such as the attack against New York
City on September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, and earthquakes around
the world as well as many large infrastructure projects. Throughout his
career, Dr. O’Rourke received many honors, including ASCE’s Stephen D.
Bechtel Pipeline Engineering, Ralph B. Peck, C. Martin Duke, and LeVal
ralph b. peck award lecture
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Delivered annually by a geotechnical engineer selected for outstanding
contributions to the profession through the analysis and publication of case
histories. In 2016, Ross Boulanger, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASCE, Director,
Center for Geotechnical Modeling, Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA, will be honored as the
Ralph B. Peck Award winner. His lecture will reflect his contributions to
soil liquefaction assessment methodologies, including liquefaction effects on
buildings, pile foundations, and earth dams, as well as the seismic response of
organic and fine grained soils, which has had significant impact on engineering