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March 2017

March Dinner Meeting

March 23 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Best Western Plus Executive Inn, Seattle, 200 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109 United States

March Dinner Meeting   Prediction of Ground Movements Associated with Tunneling and Their Effects of Adjacent Structures                                                     Presented By:  Andrew J. Whittle, Sc.D.   Abstract This lecture will discuss results of recent research to improve the prediction of tunnel-induced ground movements in clay.  We have developed and applied analytical solutions to investigate the measured…

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April 2017

Spring Short Course

April 21 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Columbia Tower Club, 701 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104 United States

Spring Short Course Ground Improvement April 21, 2017 at the Columbia Tower Club, Seattle The ASCE Seattle Geotechnical Group & Geo-Institute Seattle Chapter are proud to bring you a Spring Short Course covering Ground Improvement Techniques and Design Aspects. A special thanks to Hayward Baker International, Menard Group USA, Condon-Johnson & Associates and Advanced Geosolutions for collaboration. Course attendees will be eligible to receive 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEU) or 6 Professional Development Hours (PDH). General Admission $325 (before April…

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Spring Seminar 2017: Ground Improvement

April 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kane Hall, University of Washington, 4069 Spokane Ln
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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34th Annual Spring Seminar Ground Improvement April 22, 2017 at Kane Hall, University of Washington  The ASCE Seattle Section Geotechnical Group is pleased to announce our 34th annual Spring Seminar. Following completion of our first of its kind document Commentary Guidelines for Ground Improvement Using Discrete Elements, this year’s topic is Ground Improvement and will cover many types and aspects of ground improvement. The full day seminar will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 on the University of Washington…

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May 2017

FHWA Geotechnical Program

May 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Shannon & Wilson, Inc., 400 N 34th Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA United States
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FHWA Geotechnical Engineering Program Presentation Abstract:   Several FHWA Geotechnical leaders will be in Seattle on Monday, May 22, 2017.  They have offered to provide an overview of the FHWA geotechnical program, technical assistance projects, and FWHA geotechnical research.  Topics that might be discussed include: -       Geotechnical Program Focus Areas -       Geotechnical Program Policy and Guidance -       LRFD for Geotechnical Assets -       Development of Research Databases of Deep Foundation Load Tests -       FHWA Geotechnical Research Laboratory -       Updates on FHWA Geotechnical…

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May Dinner Meeting

May 25 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Best Western Plus Executive Inn, Seattle, 200 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109 United States

May Dinner Meeting The Evolving Role of Geomaterials in Infrastructure Systems Presented By:  Dr. J. David Frost, Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor & Group Coordinator Dr. J. David Frost is the Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor of civil engineering. He received B.A.I and B.A. degrees in civil engineering and mathematics, respectively, from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 1980 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering in 1986 and 1989 from Purdue University. Prior to serving as a member of…

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June 2017

Planning & Vision Meeting 2017

June 29 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Shannon & Wilson, Inc., 400 N 34th Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA United States
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The planning and vision meeting is an opportunity for us to get ready for the 2017-2018 year. We will elect new officers, discuss dinner meeting topics, venues, short course, spring seminar and special topics. Pizza will be provided. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this event. Brown Paper Tickets Ticket Widget Loading...Click Here to visit the Brown Paper Tickets event page.

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September 2017

September 2017 Dinner Meeting

September 28 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Best Western Plus Executive Inn, Seattle, 200 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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Swift No. 2 Dam Failure (Cowlitz County PUD Washington) Why Geology Matters, How Even Geotechnical Giants Can Get It Wrong, and How we can Design and Build Rapidly when High Costs are at Stake. Presented By:  Ken Green, PE, CH2M, Geotechnical Engineer Biography: Ken has worked for CH2M for his entire career of over 44 years, beginning in 1973 in Denver Colorado where he served as a young resident engineer during construction of a 65-foot-high earth dam and water supply reservoir…

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October 2017

October 2017 Dinner Meeting

October 26 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Best Western Plus Executive Inn, Seattle, 200 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves ASCE61-14 and Proposed Updates to ASCE61-19 Nason J McCullough, PhD, PE, GE Chair of the ASCE61 Geotechnical Task Committee CH2M, Corvallis, OR Abstract: The criteria and methodologies for seismic design of piers and wharves have evolved enormously over the last 25 years. This has happened independently of changes in the seismic design practice in the building industry, with the result that the marine industry treats seismic design differently than the building industry does. Conventional…

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Fall 2017 Short Course

October 31 @ 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
Columbia Tower Club, 701 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104 United States
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Dynamic Analysis of Liquefiable soils and the use of PM4Sand Model in PLAXIS October 31, 2017 at the Columbia Tower Club, Seattle Course Overview Non-linear seismic deformation analysis on complex or critical structures on potentially liquefiable soils are often performed using numerical methods using comprehensive soil constitutive models. Well known models include the UBCSand dynamic material model and the PM4Sand model. Information that can be obtained from such models include: estimates of cyclic shear stress ratios from seismic loading, estimates…

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November 2017

November 2017 Dinner Meeting

November 16 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Best Western Plus Executive Inn, Seattle, 200 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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Three Strikes and Out: Natural Hazards Impact Nepal Hydropower Project Michael P Bruen, LPG, LEG, PMPVice President; Project Manager, Senior Tunnel Specialist, and Engineering GeologistStantec Abstract:  From 2014 - 2016, three natural hazards, large landslides, an earthquake and major flooding, significantly damaged the Upper Bhote Koshi (UBK) Hydropower Project, a run-of-the-river hydroelectric project, in the Nepal.  MWH / Stantec had been involved with the UBK project since the early 1990s as the owners engineer for the original design development through…

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