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Geotechnical & Structural Engineering Congress 2016
February 14-17, 2016
Phoenix, AZ

 Codes and Standards

  • IBC/ASCE 7 Foundations/Soil

Collaboration for Design of Specialized Structures and Their Foundations

  • Buried Structures
  • Solar Towers
  • Tanks / Vessels
  • Vibrating Equipment
  • Waterfront Structures
  • Wind Turbine Towers

Curricula and Continuing Education

  • ABET Accredidation
  • Capstone projects
  • Geotechnical Engineering Curriculum
  • How Does Higher Education Teach Design?
  • Structural Engineering Curriculum
  • Learning and Education Reform
  • Role of Industry in Mentoring New Graduates
  • Specialty Degree
  • What Industry Needs from Graduates

Earth Retaining Structures

  • Actual vs. Predicted Performance
  • Anchored and Tie-back Walls
  • Bulkhead and Quay Wall Design and Performance
  • Deep Excavation Support
  • Design / Analysis
  • Interaction of Geotechnical and Structural Engineers
  • Mechanically Stabilized Embankment Walls
  • Seismic Forces
  • Testing / Inspection

Extreme Loads

  • Fault Crossing
  • Flooding
  • Landslides
  • Lateral Spreading
  • Liquefaction
  • Natural and Man-made Hazards (Tsunami and Blast)
  • Seismic
  • Wind

Geotechnical & Structural Elements of Foundation Design

  • Concrete Pile Ties—Hooks, Spiral, Welding, Detailing
  • Deep Foundations in Karstic Environments
  • Deep Foundations in Rock (Discontinuous, Variable Depths)
  • Deep Foundations in Expansive Soils
  • Design / Analysis
  • Design for Liquefaction / Lateral Spreading
  • Geotextiles / Geogrids—Designs, Types
  • Installation / Backfilling Issues / Flowable Fill
  • Interaction of Geotechnical and Structural Engineers
  • Load Transfer Pad Design
  • Piled Rafts
  • Retrofit/Strengthening Practices for Existing Foundations
  • Slab on Grade
  • Testing./ Inspection
  • 7 Infrastructure Health Monitoring
  • Monitoring Bridges
  • Monioring Waterways, Tunnels
  • Smart Systems

Performance-Based Design

  • Foundation
  • Seismic
  • Underground

Mega Projects

  • Case Studies
  • Project Delivery

Performance of Constructed Facilities

  • Case Histories
  • Code Provisions
  • Design / Analysis of Structures on Liquefiable Soils
  • Design / Detailing to Minimize Impact on Structure
  • Design of Structures for Landslides
  • Effect of Pile Length or Site Variation
  • Effect of Settlement on Performance of Structures
  • Field Monitoring Results
  • Load Testing
  • Modeling / Prediction
  • Prediction / Identification / Analysis Methods and Tools / Confidence Level of Results
  • Soil Improvement Options—Including Feasibility/Best Solution
Professional Practice Issues
  • Best Practices for Interaction Between Structural and Geotechnical Engineers
  • Commoditization of Professional Services
  • Communication Among The Professions
  • Definition of ST Needs and GEO Needs to Each Other
  • Determining a Sufficient Subsurface Investigation (Geotechnical Baseline Reports)
  • Errors and Omissions Insurance, history, availability, limits, limitations and other issues
  • Evaluation of Economic Alternatives
  • Liability and Risk
  • Liability—The Line Between the SE and GEO
  • P.E. Responsibilities After Signing Documents
  • Project Delivery Methods
  • Risk Reduction and Claims Management
  • Specialized Licensing / Certification

Reliability/Risk Assessment

  • Managing Risk
  • In Geotechnical Assessment, Characterization and Design
  • In Structural Assessmnet and Design
  • Uncertainty

Resiliency and Sustainability

  • Metrics and Assessment for Sustainable Design
  • Reuse of Existing Foundations
  • Reuse of Waste and Recycled Materials
  • Rehabilitation

Seismic Hazard Analysis-Geotechnical & Structural Implications

  • Code Provisions
  • Ground-motion Detection
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring
  • Modeling
  • Site Specific Response Analysis
  • State of the Art and Practice
  • USGS Models / Upcoming Changes

Sizing of Foundations (LRFD vs ASD)

  • Effect on Different Foundation Types
  • Geotechnical Engineer's View
  • LRFD Guidance for Subsurface Investigation—How Does It Differ
  • Proposed Code Provisions
  • Pros vs. Cons
  • Structural Engineer's View
  • Why Use LRFD in Geotechnical Arena?

Soil Structure Interaction

  • Benchmarking of Numerical Codes
  • Code Provisions / Limitations
  • Effects on Seismic Loads
  • Modeling
  • Soil Approximations in Structural Modeling
  • Soil Influence on Structural Behavior

Blast and Impact Loading and Response of Structures

  • Blast Impact and Fire
  • Bridge, Tunnels and Transportation Structures
  • Innovative Materials/Construction
  • Protective Structures

Bridge and Transportation Structures

  • Structural Bridge Analysis
  • Structural Bridge Design Practice
  • Structural Bridge Research
  • Structural Bridge Other

Buildings

  • Damping, Isolation and Smart Structures
  • Retrofiting, Restauration and Repair of existing Structures
  • Seismic and Wind Engineering and Design
  • Structural Innovations-Materials, Analysis and Design
  • Tall or Longspan Structures

Embankments/Dams/Slopes

  • Assessment and Management
  • Design
  • Stabilization Techniques

Geoenvironmental

  • Energy
  • Hazards
  • Life-Cycle Assessment
  • Systems
  • Waste Management and Remediation

Grouting

  • Analysis and Design
  • Case Histories
  • Performance Testing
  • Soil and Ground Improvement

Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)

  • Best Practices
  • Environmental
  • Geological and Geotechnical Aspects
  • Regulatory and Public Policy
  • Water Resources Management

Non Building Structures & Non Structural Components

  • Codes and Standards Non Building Structures and Non Structural Components
  • Design Loads for Non Building Structures and Non Structural Components
  • Equipment Anchorage and Design
  • Heavy Industry Structures
  • Practival Design and Detailing
  • Plant Design
  • Seismic Design and Analysis for Non Building Strucutres and Non Structural Components
  • Seismic Qualification of Equipment to Meet ASCE 7-10 Certification
  • Silos, Tanks and Dams

Pavements

  • Modeling and Testing
  • Subgrades and Unbound Layers

Properties of Geo-materials and Modeling

  • Characterization of Soils
  • Computational Geotechnics
  • Geophysicochemical and Biological Properties
  • Rock Characterization
  • Thermal and Multiphysics Characterics

Scour and Erosion

  • Slope and Levee Stability
  • Prediction
  • Rock

Site Characterization

  • Remote Sensing, Imaging and Visualization
  • In-Situ Testing, Analysis, and Interpretation

Structural Research

  • Innovative Computational Methods of Analysis
  • Risk, Resilience and Reliability Analysis
  • Structural Testing and Hybrid Simulation
  • New Structural Research

Underground Construction

  • Ground Characterization
  • Testing and Monitoring
  • Tunneling

Unsaturated Soils

  • Modeling
  • Testing and Characterization