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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.
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 Engineers, Inc.

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 project.


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 Systems
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 Lund Awards.

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 practice.


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