Tag: Geotechnical

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Cording to Give 2020 Terzaghi Lecture

ASCE has honored Edward J. Cording, Ph.D., M.ASCE, NAE, with the invitation to present the 2020 Karl Terzaghi Lecture. For more than 40 years, Cording has made continuous efforts to advance the state of practice in the design and performance of underground structures. He remains a much sought-after consultant working on some of the most challenging projects nationwide. Cording is a professor emeritus of civil...

Kapp Award Goes to Yang

ASCE has honored David S. Yang, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., M.ASCE, with the 2019 Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award for his contributions to Deep Soil Mixing, including the beneficial expansion of its use for containment and reinforcement applications. He has truly advanced the practice and was instrumental in overcoming the obstacles needed to bring this technology to North America. Yang has devoted more than 30...

Louisiana’s de Abreu Now ASCE Fellow

Ricardo de Abreu, P.E., F.ASCE, a founding principal at Fourrier & de Abreu Engineers and an established leader in the practice areas of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. For more than 25 years, de Abreu has provided geotechnical engineering services for numerous projects involving landfills, buildings, bridges, embankments, retaining-walls, flood reservoirs, roadways, tunnels, and dams....

Dam Safety Expert Gains Fellow Status

Todd L. Barber, P.E., F.ASCE, the principal dam safety engineer for the Southern Company Hydro Services group, headquartered in Atlanta, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Barber is renowned for his 23 years of practice in dam safety and geotechnical engineering. His broad expertise covers all aspects of hydroelectric dam safety, including stability analysis, structural assessment, hydraulic studies, spillway gate...

Childhood Earthquake Inspired ASCE New Face to Make a Seismic Difference

It was just after midnight. Guillermo Díaz-Fañas, 14, awoke to a buzzing in his ears. He sat up and looked around. Surely, this was some kind of dream. The walls appeared to bend; everything was shaking. His immediate thought was of protecting his 12-year-old brother. “All I could think was, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do?’” Díaz-Fañas remembered. “I sheltered him with my...

Mexico’s resilience can teach U.S. engineers lessons

An ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division team traveled to Mexico in November, gathering information about the region's recent earthquakes to help engineers better understand how to make infrastructure more resilient. This is what they learned.

Tales of Loss and Resilience From Jojutla Morelos

An ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division team traveled to Mexico this month, gathering information about the region's recent earthquakes to help engineers better understand how to make infrastructure more resilient. Craig Davis, Ph.D., G.E., P.E., M.ASCE, Water System Resilience Program Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Allison Pyrch, G.E., P.E., M.ASCE, an associate geotechnical engineer for Hart Crowser Inc. in Vancouver,...

Deep Soil Mixing Expert Honored as Distinguished Member

George M. Filz, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, a recognized leader in geotechnical engineering, has been named to the 2017 class of ASCE Distinguished Members for his outstanding contributions to deep soil mixing. Filz is currently a professor and director of the Center for Geotechnical Practice and Research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Through his work in research and practice, he has improved design...

Innovator in Remote Data Acquisition Named Distinguished Member

Charles Dowding, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, for his decades of vital contribution to geotechnical engineering and engineering education, has been honored as an ASCE Distinguished Member. Dowding’s insight into frequency response has enabled the discernment of cases of structural distress as apart from that caused solely by environmental effects. Such structures include residential and commercial buildings, buried pipelines, large excavations in rock (including caverns and...

By engineers, for engineers

The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at Toronto's York University brings together students of civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering in a structure designed with innovation and collaboration in mind.