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2017-2018 Robert G. Hennes Lecture /Geo-Institute Cross-USA Lecture Tour

January 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Advances in the Prediction and Control of Ground Deformations

Dr. Andrew J. Whittle

Please join us Monday, January 22, 2018 for the annual Hennes Lecture hosted by the UW chapter of GIGSS (Geo-Institute Graduate Student Society)!  This year we are hosting the Geo-Institute Cross-USA Lecturer Dr. Andrew J. Whittle.

Time/Date:  5:30 PM, Monday, 22 January 2018, refreshments to follow

Location:  HUB Room 334, University of Washington, Seattle campus

Topic:  Advances in the Prediction and Control of Ground Deformations

There are many diverse geotechnical problems where reliable predictions of ground deformations are critical in design and only limited options are available to control these movements. This lecture will compare and contrast experiences in the application of advanced constitutive models in the prediction and control of ground movements in four distinct classes of problem: urban excavations, mechanized tunneling, seismic retrofit of waterfront structures, and long-term prediction of settlements on clay.

Bio: Dr. Whittle earned his BSc. in Civil Engineering from Imperial College in 1981 and Sc.D in Geotechnical Engineering at MIT (1987). He joined the MIT faculty in 1988 and has served as Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2009-2013. Dr Whittle is an expert in geotechnical engineering, whose research deals principally with formulation of constitutive models for representing the complex mechanical properties of soils and their application in predicting the performance of foundations and underground construction projects. His research has been widely used in the design of foundation systems for deepwater oil production facilities and in major urban excavation and tunneling projects including the Central Artery-Third Harbor Tunnel (‘Big Dig’) in Boston, and Tren Urbano in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Most recently he has led research efforts in the application of wireless sensor networks for monitoring underground water distribution systems and construction projects.

Dr. Whittle is a Co-Editor of the International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (since 1999). He is an active consultant who has worked on more than 30 major onshore and offshore construction projects and was an expert involved in the investigations into the collapse of the Nicoll Highway in Singapore (2004-2006).

Dr. Whittle has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals and conferences, and received several awards for his work from the American Society of Civil Engineers, including the Casagrande Award (1994), the Croes Medal (1994), Middlebrooks Prize (1997, 2002, and 2005) and Huber Research Award (1998). He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State. In 2010 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.


January 22
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Geo-Institute Graduate Student Society (GIGSS)


HUB, Room 334
4001 E Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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