“Tools for Assessing Geotechnical Site Conditions”

NOVEMBER 29, 2018


The Kentucky Geotechnical Engineering Group (KGEG) hosted the 49th annual Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar (ORVSS XLIX) to be held on November 29, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Characterization of geotechnical site conditions is a critical step for civil engineering projects of all sizes and complexity. Current state of practice combines both traditional and innovative tools to assist in the development of design parameters and analysis inputs. These tools can also help shape design and construction considerations, thereby reducing the risk of unforeseen conditions. This seminar will review current state of practice as well as future trends in technologies for characterizing geotechnical site conditions.

Keynote Speaker

George Filz, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, University of Virginia Tech

Dr. George Filz is the Charles E. Via Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he has been teaching and conducting research in geotechnical engineering for 27 years.  Before this, he worked in private engineering practice for 8 years.  His Bachelors and Masters degrees are from Oregon State University, and his Doctoral degree is from Virginia Tech.  Professor Filz’s teaching, research, and practice interests include foundation engineering, soil-structure interaction, ground improvement, and seepage barriers.  He has been recognized with several awards from ASCE, including: the Middlebrooks Award, the Croes Medal, the Florida Project-of-the-Year Award, and the Wallace Hayward Baker Award.  He was also the 2016-2017 Cross-USA Lecturer for the ASCE Geo-Institute.


Michael Kalinski, PhD, PE – University of Kentucky, “Use of Geophysical Methods for Geotechnical Site Characterization.”

Mark T. Bowers, PhD, PE – University of Cincinnati, “The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Teaching Students About Innovations in Geotechnical Site Characterization.”

Raghava A. Bhamidipati – Consulting Services Inc., Estimating the Collapse Potential of Gypsum Sands Using Shear Wave Velocity Testing.

Michael Bartosek – Senior Geologic Consultant – Stantec, Innovative Applications of Digital Kriging Software Solutions to Challenging Geotechnical Site Conditions.

Mohammadhasan Sasar – Purdue University, Geotechnical site characterization of a talus slope for an un-conventional deep excavation project around a 21 Story Building.

Enrique Farfan, PhD, PE – Stantec, “To code or not to code

Zhenming Wang, PhD, PE et al. – KGS, University of Kentucky, Shear-Wave Velocity Database for Communities along the Ohio River Valley

Michael J Marasa, PE – Sr. Engineer Hayward Baker – Bridge the Gap”

Jordan Keeney, EIT – Stantec, Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to Remotely Assess Landslide Events in Near Real-Time

Previous ORVSS Events

For more info, contact:
Robert Hatton , PE
Stantec Consulting Services