September Meeting and Presentation

Geo-Institute/Seattle Section Geotechnical Group – September Meeting
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 5:30 PM
Alder Auditorium, University of Washington

Join us for our first in-person dinner meeting of the year on September 29th at the University of Washington.  The meeting will feature a presentation by Silas Nichols of the Federal Highway Administration followed by food and refreshments.  Information on how to register for the meeting will be announced in the coming weeks.

Geotechnical Challenges for the Future of Transportation

Presentation by Silas C. Nichols, PE
Principal Geotechnical Engineer, FHWA Office of Infrastructure

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) maintains strategic plans for research, development, and implementation activities to address a broad range of multi-disciplinary issues impacting transportation geotechnics and the geotechnical discipline as a whole. Innovations in construction equipment, increased load carrying demands for foundation elements resulting in significantly larger and deeper foundation elements, and performance and climate issues impacting our infrastructure have tested our design methodologies, construction means and methods and our common assumptions about design and service life of geotechnical assets and features. The FHWA is currently planning and executing a long-range plan to address big picture issues in the industry and to position geotechnical engineering to better align with evolution of the discipline including technology, material, and equipment advances. The presentation will discuss our identification of amplifying issues in geotechnical engineering, and how we are currently working to address them.

See more event details and Silas’ biography on our Events Page.  Thank you to the UW Geo-Institute Graduate Student Society (GIGSS) for organizing this Cross USA lecture.

We hope to see you on September 29th!