September Meeting this Thursday

Geo-Institute/Seattle Section Geotechnical Group – September Meeting
Co-organized by University of Washington GIGGS and Geotechnical Group

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 5:30 PM
Alder Auditorium, University of Washington

$50 Meeting & Dinner / $35 Meeting Only
Register HERE

The ASCE Geotechnical Group has partnered with UW GIGGS and the UW Geotechnical Group to put together our first dinner meeting of the year.  This will also be our first in-person event since 2020. We appreciate the patience of our members as we work hard to get the group off the ground and running again.  The UW geotechnical faculty and students have helped us immensely in this regard. We are excited to work together and bring you an exciting series of meetings and seminar this year, with both in-person and virtual options.

Please join us in-person for Thursday’s meeting.  Ticket options include the presentation and dinner ($50) or the presentation only ($35). Dinner will be provided after the presentation in Alder Commons. Tickets are limited, so be sure to register quickly! Registration is available at

Paid parking is available at the UW W12 Lot or the Central Plaza Garage.

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