Overland Park, KS Workshop & Demo

Overland Park, KS Workshop & Demo

June 17, 2021 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites- 8787 Reeder St, Overland Park, KS 66214

The workshop will present on how geohazards are an ever-present risk to the long-term performance of our critical infrastructure and how mitigation of these hazards is further challenged by budget, schedule, and access limitations. This workshop will present an introduction to geohazard identification and mitigation for highways, bridges, embankments, and sensitive structures. Multiple innovative construction methods will be presented with case studies highlighting cost-saving methods. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on demonstration of cutting-edge site reconnaissance technology utilizing drones and virtual reality software.

From this workshop participants should leave with a better understanding of:

  • Identify common geohazards affecting critical infrastructure and understand their impacts.
  • Implement geohazard mitigation techniques, including drilled or launched soil nails, compaction grouting, and micropiles.
  • Leverage augmented reality technology to perform virtual site visits and collaborate with colleagues in a remote environment
  • Reduce project costs through rehabilitation of existing bridge abutments and retaining walls in lieu of replacement.
  • Utilize the “Missouri Method” for the design of deep foundations for slope stabilization.

Please contact John Puls (john.puls@gsi.us) for more details. This workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites- Overland Park.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Erik Loehr, Ph.D., M.S., P.E.

Dr. Erik Loehr, Ph.D., M.S., P.E.

Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Professor Loehr is Associate Professor and Logan Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri and Senior Principal Engineer with Dan Brown and Associates.  He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.  Professor Loehr specializes in research and professional practice associated with complex soil-structure interaction problems and with development of methods for practical implementation of reliability-based design, risk assessment, and asset management concepts.  He is currently serving as Principal Investigator for projects addressing design of micropiles for the Transportation Research Board, design of drilled shafts in weak rock for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and post-grouted drilled shafts for Caltrans, in addition to recent work for FHWA addressing durability of reinforced concrete foundation elements.  Dr. Loehr is active in professional organizations including the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), the ASCE Geo-Institute (G-I), the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).  He is a recipient of the ADSC Outstanding Service Award, the K.B. Woods Award from TRB, an NSF CAREER Award, and the Harry Schnabel Jr. Award from the ASCE Geo-Institute among other honors.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.

Event Schedule

9:30 - 9:45 am

and grab a snack or coffee

9:45 - 10:00 am

Workshop introductions and agenda

10:00 - 10:15 am
Hololens2 demo

Demo of the Hololens2 from Clirio & BCG Engineering

10:15 - 11:00 am
Drone Technology
11:00 - 11:45 am
Keynote Speaker

The “Missouri Method” for Design of Deep Foundations for Slope Stabilization

This presentation will address design of deep foundations for slope stabilization using what has become known as the “Missouri Method”, which provides a practical means to effectively and accurately account for the complex load transfer between structural elements and moving soil.  The Missouri Method is widely used in professional practice and has recently been automated into Slide, a widely used commercial slope stability analysis software.  The presentation will cover concepts of load transfer for deep foundations from moving soil, important failure modes and limit states that should be considered, practical methods for prediction of foundation resistance, and consideration of structural resistance for deep foundations in slope stabilization applications.  The presentation will also include several “do’s and don’ts” for design of deep foundations for slope stabilization along with comparison of predicted and measured loads from laboratory and field measurements.

11:45 - 12:30 pm

Provided lunch

12:30 - 1:15 pm
Bridge Abutment Rehabilitation
1:15 - 2:00 pm
Ground Improvement
2:00 - 2:10 pm
2:10 - 3:00 pm
Equipment Demo

Equipment demo in the parking lot


Overland Park, KS Workshop & Demo
This is a no-cost workshop that also includes a complementary lunch. A five (5) hour PDH certificate will be issued for each participant at the workshop’s satisfactory conclusion.