The Geotechnical Group is active in the Puget Sound area promoting the professional development of the local geotechnical community. The Group meets monthly between September and May for dinner meetings which include technical presentations by local and international speakers. Dinner meetings are typically the fourth Thursday of each month. The Group also holds an annual Spring Seminar, which features an all-day seminar on a different geotechnical related topic each year. Local and international exhibitors are also present at the seminar, which typically attracts over 300 attendees. A list of past Spring Seminars is shown on this website. The organization also supports local research, student scholarships, and capital improvements at local universities.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
CURRENT GROUP EVENTS
- Highway Rock Excavation By Blasting - Short Course (February 19, 2016) - Portland, Oregon - Sponsored by ASCE Oregon Geotech Group
Volunteers Needed for New Committee
In response to changes to the building code (IBC 2012 vs. IBC 2008 and ASCE 7-10 vs. ASCE 7-05), recent research regarding the effectiveness of "discrete reinforcement based" ground improvement designs and widely diverging ground improvement designs and design methods, the Seattle Chapter of the Geo-Institute is forming a committee to assess local standards of practice regarding design and construction of discrete ground improvement elements (e.g. compacted aggregate piers, controlled modulus columns, rigid elements, etc.) with the goal of deciding if some form of a ground improvement guidance document is necessary. The City of Seattle’s DPD has indicated that a guidance document of some form would be helpful in their review of ground improvement design submittals.
Ideally the proposed committee will consist of consulting geotechnical engineers, ground improvement design engineers, ground improvement contractors, and public officials. If you are interested in participating in this committee, or would like to be kept appraised of committee developments please contact any member of the Board. This invitation to participate in the planned committee will remain open until the committee is appropriately staffed.
Please contact Salvati@mcmjac.com and MARohrbach@HaywardBaker.com if you are interested.
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PAST GROUP EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
- December Dinner Meeting - Innovative Uses of Ground Freezing for Civil Construction Projects (Decmeber 17, 2015)
- November Dinner Meeting - Getting to the Fun Part: Client-Focused Contract Negotiations (November 19, 2015) -
- October Dinner Meeting - Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction Analysis for Base-Isolation Design of the SR 520 West Approach Bridge – North (October 29, 2015) -
- Drilling and Grouting Techniques, Selection and Design of Ground Modification for Liquefaction, Blast Densification of Liquefiable Soils - Seminar (November 7, 2015) - ASCE Oregon Section Geotechnical Group - Portland, Oregon
- Integrated Site Characterization & Selection of Design Parameter - Short Course (October 23, 2015) - University of California, Davis, California
- 2015 GROUNDHOG
- September Dinner Meeting - Nepal Earthquake Recovery (September 17, 2015)
- 23rd Symposium of the Vancouver Geotechnical Society - Soil Structure Interaction (June 12, 2015) - Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.
- 2016 Geotechnical & Structural Engineering Congress (February 14-17, 2016) - Phoenix, Arizona Call for Submissions - (April 7, 2015)
- 32nd Annual Spring Seminar & Short Course (May 1 & 2, 2015)
- 2015 Daniel L. and Irma Evans Lecture (May 14, 2015) - Hazard, Risk and Reliability in Geotechnical Practice - Dr. Suzanne Lacasse, Technical Director, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)
- 2015 Go-Institue Cross Country Lecture / UW Hennes Lectur (April 2, 2015) - Effectiveness of Inhibiting Liquefaction Triggering by Shallow Ground Improvement Methods: Field Shaking Trials with T-Rex in Christchurch, New Zealand - REGISTRATION
- Wilson Lecture - Reflections, Changes and Grand Challenges in Deep Foundations - Jerry DiMaggio (March 26, 2015)
- City of Seattle: Proposed Stormwater Regulation
- GEER Preliminary Report - 2010 Chile Earthquake
- Director’s Rule, 18-2011