041621 2021 Spring Geotechnical Virtual Seminar

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 10:00 AM - Friday, April 16, 2021 - 12:00 PM

Topic: Morning Discussions on Mechanically Stabilized Walls and Lightweight Fill Applications

The morning's presentations will be as follows:

10:00 a.m. - A Perspective on Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls: Pushing the Limits or Pulling Us Down by Robert C. Bachus, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Senior Principal at Geosyntec Consultants


Dr. Bachus is a civil engineer with more than 40 years of experience, with an expertise in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.  He started his professional career as a member of the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he taught for 11 years before joining Geosyntec Consultants in 1990, where he is now a Senior Principal.  The firm specializes in geotechnical, environmental, and water resource engineering, with >1,200 employees in its 75 offices in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.  His research and project activities cover a wide range of topics, including dams and levees, landslide assessment, landfill design and performance, soil/rock properties, and forensic engineering.  He has worked extensively on the properties and beneficial use of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) and geotechnical data management and visualization.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Georgia Tech and Chairman of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Soil and Rock Properties.

11:00 a.m. - Lightweight Fill Applications by Vern R. Schaefer, Ph.D., P.E. (SD), James M. Hoover Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Iowa State University


Professor Vern Schaefer, Ph.D., P.E. holds the James M. Hoover Chair in Geotechnical Engineering in the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at Iowa State University. He teaches a variety of courses in the civil engineering curriculum, primarily geotechnical engineering courses. He has a B.S. in civil engineering from South Dakota State University, a M.S. in geotechnical engineering from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.  Prof. Schaefer has over 140 publications and numerous research reports from 52 funded research projects between 1987 and 2019, with research expenditures over $9.5 million.  Research sponsors include the U.S. National Science Foundation, numerous state departments of transportation, FHWA, SHRP 2, U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  His research interests include landslides and slope stability, foundations, earth retention systems, and ground improvement. 

CSCE will offer 2 New York State Professional Development Hours (NYS PDHs) for this virtual seminar.

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Important Times

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - This Seminar will be virtual. A link will be sent to registrants prior to the event.


Attendee Registration (Need NYS PDHs) $40.00
Attendee Registration (Do not need NYS PDHs) No Charge
Full-Time Student Registration (No NYS PDHs) No Charge


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