Landslide & Soil Stabilization Workshop (Registration Closed)

Landslide & Soil Stabilization Workshop (Registration Closed)

May 12, 2020 215 S Depeyster St, Kent, OH 44240

The workshop will present an introduction to landslide identification and mitigation. Particular attention will be paid to geohazard events affecting critical earthen embankments carrying infrastructure (such as highways) as well as difficult access terrain (such as oil and gas ROW). Participants will learn basic theories for a variety of innovative mitigation techniques, the proper construction for various solutions, with several case studies showing the application of various solutions. Suggestions for improvements in design and construction/maintenance of highway, dam and levee infrastructure will also be discussed.

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

  • Key Factors in Geology and Geomorphology for recognizing, preventing and remediating geohazards
  • Traditional and Innovative Soil Nailing for Landslide
  • Remediation (including (FHWA Guidance, Limit Equilibrium Analysis Overview and commonly used Modeling Software)
  • Manufacturer’s discussion on Soil Nail Types and their proper application
  • Landslide Modeling and Comparisons between Programs
  • Design considerations for Shotcrete Facing, including Facing Option Advantages/Disadvantages (Shotcrete, Mesh, Bio-Technical Facings)
  • History and Evolution of Geosynthetically Confined Soil Technologies including case studies and applications
  • Comparisons between FHWA’s Geosynthetically Reinforced Soil (GRS) and Traditional Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) walls – which is better?
  • Lightweight fill and proper applications
  • Specialty Grouting Techniques and applications

Please contact Justin Anderson, PE or Chris Ruppen, PG for more details. This workshop will be held at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center in Kent, Ohio.

Keynote Speakers

Bob Whipp, P.E.

Bob Whipp, P.E.

Senior Road Engineer, Gulfport Energy

After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in Civil Engineering, Bob began a 33 year career with the West Virginia Division of Highways where he held various positions including Assistant District Engineer for Construction and the position of District Engineer (equivalent to District Deputy Director in Ohio) which he held for ten years.

After retiring from the Division of Highways, Bob worked for Chesapeake Energy with road improvement and upgrade responsibilities in three states. He spent the last two years with Chesapeake working mainly in the Utica play in Ohio with emphasis on road upgrades and maintenance.

Since leaving Chesapeake, he has taken a similar position with Gulfport Energy Corporation in their St. Clairsville office. In his current position, Bob is continuing the work on RUMA routes as well as taking a larger role in maintain working relationships with county and township officials. He also has responsibilities in the planning phase to determine acceptable locations based on road conditions and access locations.

Amy Zwick, P.S., P.E.

Amy Zwick, P.S., P.E.

Engineer, Monroe County

Amy completed her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Ohio University in 2004. After holding the position of Survey Crew Chief with Vernon Surveying from 2001 to 2007, Amy went on to become a Project Engineer with Pickering Associates & Lock One, Inc., a position she held from 2007 to 2013.

Amy became the Washington County Deputy Engineer in 2013 and held the position until 2017 when she took on her current role with Monroe County as Monroe County Engineer.

Dr. Abdul Shakoor

Dr. Abdul Shakoor

Professor Emeritus of Geology, Kent State

Dr. Abdul Shakoor earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Engineering Geology from Purdue University. He has taught Geology at Kent State University for over 35 years, specializing in Engineering Geology. Engineering Geology is applied geologic work that is relevant to the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of engineering structures as well as to the development, protection, and remediation of groundwater and surface water resources. At Kent State University, the focus of the Engineering Geology program is on studies related to the engineering behavior of soils and rocks, slope stability, water resources development projects, evaluation of construction materials, and engineering applications of waste materials. The research in these areas is diverse, inter-disciplinary, and collaborative in nature.

Speakers

Event Schedule

7:30 - 8:00 am
Check-In

Coffee provided

8:00 - 8:10 am
Introduction

Introductions with workshop overview and goals. Presenter: Justin Anderson

8:10 - 8:40 am
What Happened Here?

Overview (historic geology, stratigraphy, geomorphology, geohazard development, landslide types/mechanisms). Presenter: Chris Ruppen & Dr. Abdul Shakoor

8:40 - 9:30 am
Geohazards impacting our infrastructure (Part 1)

Presenter: Amy Zwick and Greg Bachman

9:30 - 10:15 am
Geohazards impacting our infrastructure (Part 2)

Presenter: Bob Whipp

10:15 - 10:35 am
Break

Short break

10:35 - 11:10 am
History of Geosynthetic Confined Soil (GCS®)

History of GCS® technology including case studies and applications. Presenter: Bob Barrett

11:10 - 11:35 am
Traditional Soil Nail Design

Presenter: Justin Anderson

11:35 - 11:50 am
Working Lunch

Lunch will be provided

11:50 - 12:15 pm
Launched Soil Nail Design

Working Lunch. Presenter: Dylan Jones

12:15 - 12:50 pm
Steep Slope Stabilization Techniques

Presenter: Chris Ruppen

12:50 - 1:15 pm
Facing Options Advantages/Disadvantages

With shotcrete, mesh, bio-wall, etc. and case studies. Presenter: Matt Williams

1:15 - 1:35 pm
Break

Short break

1:35 - 2:05 pm
Compaction Grouting Technology

Including case studies and applications. Presenter: Justin Anderson

2:05 - 2:55 pm
Open Discussion & Questions

Justin Anderson and Chris Ruppen

2:55 - 3:00 pm
Wrap-up

Closing words by Justin Anderson and Chris Ruppen

3:00 - 5:00 pm
Field Trip

Field trip to tour past GSI projects in Portage County

Registration

Maintaining Critical Infrastructure in Times of Uncertainty
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