Geotechnical Institute (GI)

Upcoming events

    • 15 Feb 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Cefalo's, 428 Washington Ave, Carnegie, PA 15106

    Presented by D.V Griffiths, Ph.D., DSc, D.GE, P.E., C.Eng – Colorado School of Mines

    Geotechnical engineering has seen a rapid growth of interest in risk assessment methodologies. This seems a logical evolution, since soils and rocks are among the most variable of all engineering materials, and geotechnical engineers must often make do with the materials they have at any specific site. A probabilistic analysis may lead to a “probability of failure”, as opposed to the traditional “factor of safety”, representing a fundamental shift in the way engineers need to think about the suitability of their designs. The seminar will review some of the benefits and potential pitfalls of these different approaches, and describe some introductory methods of probabilistic analysis.

    Vaughan Griffiths is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines and Chair of the ASCE/G-I Technical Committee on Risk Assessment and Management (RAM). His primary research interests lie in the application of finite element and risk assessment methodologies in civil engineering. He has written over 320 research papers, including some of the most highly cited in the geotechnical engineering research literature. He is the co-author of three textbooks on finite elements, risk assessment and numerical methods that have gone into multiple editions including the Chinese language. He gives regular short-courses for practitioners on risk and finite element applications in geotechnical engineering both in the US at G-I Symposia and for ASCE Continuing Ed, and overseas, with courses recently given in Canada, Australia, Colombia, and Norway.

    • 6:00 PM Social Hour 
    • 7:00 PM Dinner 
    • 8:00 PM Presentation

    Early Bird Registration available until 2/2/2018.

    For more questions, please contact Mr. Matthew Geary. Online registration is highly encouraged and payments can be made with credit card. Only cash or checks will be accepted at the door.

Past events

30 Nov 2017 Geo-Institute: Annual Terzaghi Lecture
19 Oct 2017 Geo-Institute: Performing GeoHazard Assessments for Infastructure
19 Sep 2017 Geo-Institute: Geopier Rammed Aggregate Application and Regional Case Studies
19 Apr 2017 Geo-Institute/PGS Student Night
08 Apr 2017 GI / DFI: Annual Short Course: Augered Cast-in-Place and Drilled Displacement Piles
23 Mar 2017 GI/DFI Joint meeting - Communication Gap: Skills for Bridging the Gender Divide
23 Feb 2017 GI Dinner: New Baltimore Landslide
18 Jan 2017 GI/PGS Joint Meeting: Slurry-Supported Excavations for Environmental and Geotechnical Applications
08 Dec 2016 How Hydraulic Fracturing Changed an Industry and How Research is Changing Hydraulic Fracturing
19 Oct 2016 2016 Karl Terzaghi Lecture: Ground Deformation Effects on Subsurface Pipelines and Infrastructure Systems
23 Sep 2016 Geo Institute: 2014 OSO Landslide - Initiation and Flowslide
20 Apr 2016 PGS / AEG / ASCE Student Night
02 Apr 2016 Geo-Institute Short Course: Stability of Natural and Man-Made Slopes: Anaysis, Shear Strengths, Testing, Stability Methods, and Stabilization
17 Mar 2016 EWRI / GI Joint Dinner Meeting
25 Feb 2016 Geo-Institute: Cross USA Lecture
20 Jan 2016 Geo-Institute Dinner Meeting
17 Dec 2015 Webinar: Introduction to Rock Mechanics
19 Nov 2015 Fixing the Crack in Wanapum Dam: Geo-Institute Dinner Meeting
29 Oct 2015 2015 Terzaghi Lecture
24 Sep 2015 Investigation and Treatment of a “Swallvette” | Sinkhole Remediation at the National Corvette Museum
25 Apr 2015 Geo Institute Short Course - Deep Foundations: Selection, Design, Construction
26 Mar 2015 G-I Meeting
26 Feb 2015 Engineering Ethics in Permitting: How Far Must an Engineer Go? - Hosted by the Geo-Institute
21 Jan 2015 Joint Geo-Institute/Pittsburgh Geological Society (PGS) Meeting
18 Nov 2014 Cross-USA Geo-Institute Lecturer
23 Oct 2014 2014 Terzaghi Lecture - Energy Geotechnology: Enabling New Insights into Soil Behavior
10 Sep 2014 2014 Jahn's Lecture - Dr. Gregory Hempen
17 Apr 2014 Geo-Institute & DFI Joint Meeting and Special Lecture: Impact Load Tests for Embassy Protection Against Terrorists
29 Mar 2014 Recent Advances in the State-of-Practice of Ground Modification
24 Feb 2014 Seismic Modeling & Applications of FD Modeling to Rock Physics and Geomechanics: Joint PGS/Geo-Institute Meeting
23 Jan 2014 Geotechnical Design Services in the Marcellus Shale Gas Play
14 Nov 2013 Rehabilitation of the Thorn Run Dam
03 Oct 2013 Terzaghi Lecture: Geoenvironmental Engineering - Problems Solved and Challenges Remaining
17 Apr 2013 AEG/PGS/ASCE 11th Annual Student Night
27 Mar 2013 Factors Influencing Water Discharges From Pennsylvania Underground Coal Mine Pools
30 Jan 2013 Geologic Overview of Appalachian Shale Natural Gas Plays (Or...Why Here? Why Now?)
03 Nov 2012 Applications of Geotechnical Instrumentation
18 Oct 2012 The History and Progression of Rock Slope Stabilization for Menoher Boulevard (aka Easy Grade Highway or S.R. 271, Section 13)
19 Apr 2012 Terzaghi Lecture - Seismic Measurements and Geotechnical Engineering
15 Mar 2012 Remediation of Deep Seated Abutment Movement, Nesbitt Dam, Lackawanna County, PA
19 Jan 2012 Marcellus Shale Environmental & Geotechnical Impacts
15 Dec 2011 Design-Build Support of Excavation for City Creek Center
10 Nov 2011 Micropile Application - Three Mile Island
15 Oct 2011 Short Course: Application of Geophysics to Geotechnical Problems
10 May 2011 Geotechnical Applications of Geofoam
06 Apr 2011 Geotechnical Considerations in the Rebuild of Taum Sauk Upper Reservoir Dam
07 Mar 2011 Reinforced Soil Technology: From Experimental to the Familar
11 Nov 2010 Vertical Hydraulic Barriers
23 Oct 2010 Analysis and Design of Foundations On and In Rock
23 Sep 2010 Soil Improvement Methods With Geosynthetics
17 Jun 2010 Geotechs 2010: Past, Present and Future of Geotechnical Engineering in the Pittsburgh Region
10 Apr 2010 POSTPONED: Analysis and Design of Foundations On and In Rock
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