GeoVirginia Conference: “Lessons Learned in Geotechnical Engineering”
GeoVirginia is a geotechnical conference focused on lessons learned from case histories. The main goal of the conference is to learn from things that went right or wrong (failures) during the design and construction of projects. Hosted every 18 months by the Virginia Geo-Institute Chapter of the ASCE, the conference was created in late 2010 by a committee appointed by Virginia G-I Chapter Chair Roger A. Failmezger, P.E., F.ASCE. The conference is held in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
In order to accomplish the stated goal, 15 highly qualified speakers are selected to give 45 minute presentations during the day and a half conference. The selected speakers have extensive geotechnical experience from around the country and overseas. A variety of project types are selected for the presentations, such as tunnels, soil stabilization and improvement, dams, roads and embankments, landslides, reinforced soils, Panama Canal, excavations and supporting systems, groundwater evaluations and dewatering systems, among others. The presentations also provide an update of soil strength parameters evaluation in terms of selecting appropriate exploration tools and the most reliable parameters.
The first and second GeoVirginia conferences were held the first week of May 2012 and the first week in October 2013. The third conference will be held early spring 2015. There are sponsorship opportunities (Platinum, Gold and Silver) and 30 geotechnical-related exhibitor opportunities. To request information about participating in or sponsoring the next conference, visit http://www.virginiageoinstitute.org/Committee2013.html and contact a committee member for assistance. One evening is typically left free from activities to enable registrants to enjoy historic Williamsburg, which is immediately adjacent to the conference lodge. Average conference registrations are around 120, with people from a variety of backgrounds, including government agencies, consulting firms, universities, and geotechnical suppliers. It is a good opportunity to meet with colleagues, share knowledge, and learn from one another’s experiences.
ECS Virginia Beach Branch Manager Jose N. Gomez, PE, MSc. served as Conference Chair in 2012 and 2013. Approximately 20 ECS employees attended each of the conferences.
Below is a listing of the presentations from 2013:
University of Maryland
|Geo-risk management at the Panama Canal|
|The use and measurement of fully softened shear strength|
|Lessons Learned from Geotechnical Investigations at DC Clean Rivers Tunnel Project|
Auburn University (AL)
|Learning from the Mistakes of Others…|
|Lessons Learned in Tunnel Excavations: Rehabilitation of Machu Picchu Hydroelectric Powerhouse|
ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
|Slide Stabilization with a 17.0-meter Reinforced Earth Fill; Back Analysis, Remediation, and Geotechnical Design and Construction Lessons Learned|
University of Washington
|Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil: From the Experimental to the Familiar|
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)
|Lessons Learned from Landslides|
|Lessons Learned in Groundwater Evaluations|
|Case Studies Linking Foundation Performance and In-Situ Testing in the Appalachian Piedmont|
|Lessons from the Lives of Two Dams|
|Lessons Learned About Excavations and Their Effects on Adjacent Structures|
|Andrew Noel Schofield|
University of Cambridge
|Lessons learned from Cambridge (UK) Soil Models: Trench & Tunnel heading damage|
|Ground Improvement for Liquefaction Risk Mitigation – Methods, Verification, and Recent Research|
|Do you need more geo in your geotechnical? Lessons learned from hydrogeology and slope stability|