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Program Highlights for the 2013 Geo-Congress

While this is just a sample of this year’s program, the Geo-Institute is proud and eager to be featuring the following at this year’s Geo-Congress:


Renowned Award Lectures

Award Lecturers Bios

  • H. Bolton Seed Lecture - Sunday, March 3, 2013 - Stephen G. Wright, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Brunswick-Abernathy Regents Professor Emeritus in Soil Dynamics and Geotechnical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • Ralph B. Peck Lecture - Monday, March 4, 2013 - Jonathan D. Bray, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Karl Terzaghi Lecture - Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - Alfred J. "Skip" Hendron, Jr., Ph.D., NAE, M.ASCE, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Keynote Speakers

Come to learn from an exciting group of the field's leading professionals and academics.

Monday, March 4, 2013, 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

  • J. Michael Duncan, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, Virginia Tech University
    • Slope Stability Then and Now

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

  • Thomas L. Brandon, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Virginia Tech University
    • Advances in Shear Strength Measurement, Assessment, and Use for Slope Stability Analysis

  • Richard E. Goodman, Ph.D., M.ASCE, University of California at Berkeley
    • Toppling - A Fundamental Failure Mode in Discontinuous Materials - Description and Analysis

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

  • John T. Christian, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, NAE, Dist.M.ASCE, Consulting Engineer
    • Issues of Reliability in Stability of Slopes

  • Francisco Silva-Tulla, Sc.D., P.E., M.ASCE., GeoEngineering & Environment
    • Lessons Learned from Troubleshooting Dams

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

  • Suzanne Lacasse, D.Eng., P.E., F.ASCE, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)
    • Case Studies of Offshore Slope Stability

  • W. Allen Marr, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, F.ASCE, Geocomp Corporation
    • Instrumentation and Monitoring of Slope Stability

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

  • W. D. Liam Finn, Ph.D., P.Eng., M.ASCE, University of British Columbia
    • Seismic Slope Stability

  • Scott A. Anderson, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Federal Highway Administration
    • Remote Sensing Applications for Landslides, Slopes and Embankments


Panel Sessions

March 4 - 6, 2013

  • Laboratory Characterization of Soil Behavior for Application to Expansive Fill Slopes

    • Moderator: Iraj Noorany, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., F.ASCE, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University
  • Impact of Desiccation Cracking and Tensile Strength on the Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments

    • Moderator: Marcelo J. Sanchez, Ph.D., Aff.M.ASCE, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
  • Liquefaction Evaluation of Gravelly Soils: Current Methods and Future Advancements

    • Moderator: Richard J. Armstrong, Ph.D., P.E., Design Engineer, Division of Safety of Dams, California Department of Water Resources
  • Levees: Lessons from Tohoku to Katrina

    • Moderator: Daniel E. Pradel, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Group Delta Consultants, Inc.
  • Changing Practice in Slope Stability Analysis

    • Moderator: Radoslaw L. Michalowski, Ph.D., F.ASCE, Professor, University of Michigan


Short Courses - Sunday, March 3, 2013

Short Course Detailed Descriptions

Half-Day Courses

  • Contracting Means and Methods - 7:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

    • Instructor: Samson W. Bandimere, Aff.M.ASCE, President, Bandimere Geothermal Drilling Systems
  • Finite Elements in Geotechnical Engineering - 12:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    • Instructor: D. Vaughan Griffiths, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Professor, Colorado School of Mines
  • Jet Grouting and the ASCE Jet Grouting Guideline - 12:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    • Instructors: Thomas M. Hurley, M.ASCE, Regional Manager, Nicholson Construction Company; George K. Burke, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Vice President, Hayward Baker Inc.; and Paolo Gazzarrini, P.Eng., M.ASCE, President, Sea to Sky Geotech Inc.

Full-Day Courses

  • LIDAR for Slope Stability*

    • Instructor: Michael J. Olsen, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, Assistant Professor of Geomatics, Oregon State Universit

* This special short course offers you a half-day classroom session in the morning, and  continues out in the field in the afternoon to explore the topic in situ.


  • Geosynthetics Reinforced Slopes and Embankments Design and Construction

    • Instructors: Dov Leshchinsky, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Professor, University of Delaware and James G. Collin, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Principal, The Collin Group
  • Introduction to Sustainable Engineering

    • Instructor: Krishna R. Reddy, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Geotechnical Site Characterization (formerly Soil Properties)

    • Instructor: Don J. DeGroot, Sc.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Jason T. DeJong, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Professor, University of California Davis


Symposium Sessions - Monday, March 4, 2013, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Sound Geotechnical Research to Practice

A Symposium Honoring Robert D. Holtz, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington

Professor Robert D. Holtz II, Ph.D., P.E., D. GE, Distinguished Member ASCE is a Professional Engineer and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington specializing in fundamental soil behavior, geosynthetics engineering, ground improvement, reinforced soils, and other geotechnical applications. Dr. Holtz earned a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Minnesota, and after attending Arthur Casagrande's Special Program in Soil Mechanics at Harvard University in 1966, he earned a Ph.D. in Soil Mechanics from Northwestern University in 1970. He has worked for the California Department of Water Resources, Swedish Geotechnical Institute, NRC-Canada, and as a consulting engineer in Chicago, Paris, and Milano. He has contributed to development of numerous profession organizations including ASCE, the Geo-Institute, ASFE, ASTM, TRB, ISSMGE, NAGS, and IGS. Dr. Holtz is author, co-author, or editor of 24 books and book chapters, including Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, 2nd Edition (with W.D. Kovacs and T.C. Sheahan, 2011). He is also author or co-author of more than 275 technical papers, discussions, reviews, and major reports. He was on the first Board of Governors of the Geo-Institute, was President in 2000-01, and currently is the G-I International Secretary. Dr. Holtz has taught many short courses and given numerous lectures, both in the U.S. and abroad, including the 46th Karl Terzaghi Lecture in 2010.


Foundation Engineering in the Face of Uncertainty

A Symposium Honoring Fred H. Kulhawy, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., Dist.M.ASCE, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University

Dr. Fred H. Kulhawy is Professor Emeritus of Civil/Geotechnical Engineering at Cornell University, and a Consulting Geotechnical Engineer in Ithaca, New York. He received his BSCE and MSCE from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and this Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is licensed in several states as a Professional Engineer, Civil Engineer, or Geotechnical Engineer and was certified as a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering in the founding group. His teaching and research has focused on foundations, soil-structure interaction, dams, soil and rock behavior, and geotechnical computer and reliability applications, and he is the author of over 375 published technical papers and reports. He has given more than 1440 lectures around the world and has received numerous awards for his work from ASCE, ADSC, IEEE, and others, including election to Distinguished Member of ASCE, the ASCE Karl Terzaghi Award and Norman Medal, and the CGS Meyerhof Award. He also has extensive experience in geotechnical engineering practice with several consulting firms, and he has been a private consultant for major projects on six continents, with over 450 assignments completed to date.


Technical Session Tracks

The Technical Program Grid is available HERE!

Forty-two (42) technical sessions in 6 tracks are planned which encompass a wide range of the geo-profession.


  • Characterization of Alternative Materials
  • Characterization of Soil and Rock Slopes
  • Field Characterization
  • Fully Softened Shear Strength: Laboratory Characterization
  • Reinforced Soil


  • Coastal and Marine Slopes
  • Column Supported Embankments
  • Design for Aseismic Extreme Events
  • Design for Analysis of Rock Slopes
  • Design, Analysis and Performance of Soil Slopes I and II
  • Desiccation Cracking and Tensile Strength I and II
  • Erosion and Slope Stability I and II
  • Highway and Railroad Embankments
  • Liquefaction Analysis for Slopes and Embankments
  • Reinforced Slopes I and II
  • Seepage and Slope Stability I and II
  • Seismic Design of Reinforced Earth Structures
  • Seismic Design and Analysis
  • Slope Stability Modeling
  • Sustainable Slope Engineering
  • Unsaturated Soil Mechanics I and II


  • Geotechnical Reconnaissance
  • Instrumentation and Monitoring
  • Remote Sensing


  • Asset Management I and II
  • Risk Assessment & Reliability-Based Design (In Memory of Wilson Tang) I and II


  • Deep Foundations for Slope Stabilization I and II
  • Ground Improvement I, II, and III
  • Slope Stabilization I, II, and III