Friday, February 5, 2021 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST
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Scott Conference Center 
6450 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68106

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Bryan Kumm 
ASCE Nebraska Section, Geotechnical Chair 
(402) 399-1147


GEO-Omaha 2021, 38th Annual Geotechnical Conference 

American Society of Civil Engineers, Nebraska Section - Geotechnical Group and Geo-Institute Nebraska Chapter

Friday, February 5, 2021 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CST), Omaha, NE  

The 38th annual geotechnical seminar provides a forum for the presentation of a wide variety of geotechnical field, design, and construction-related topics. Please join us for what promises to be an interesting and informative program. A certificate verifying 7.5 Professional Development Hours (Includes 1 hr of ethics) will be provided to registered attendees.

All professionals who are involved in geotechnical exploration, design, construction, or observation. 

This would include: 

  • Engineers/Geologists 
  • University Instructors 
  • Technicians/Contractors  

PROCEEDS benefit the ASCE funded Peck/Benak Engineering Achievement Scholarship, Future City Competition, and local ASCE Student Section.

THE REGISTRATION FEE covers coffee breaks, lunch, and handout material. 

REFUNDS will be made if the conference is canceled or if the applicant cancels no later than five working days prior to the conference date.   


7:30 - 8:00 am                     Registration

8:00 - 8:15 am      Welcome Address, Dr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt,
University of Nebraska Lincoln, Dept. Chair of the Dept. of Civil & Envir. Engr.

8:15 – 9:20 am     ”Lessons Learned from Litigation Caused by Expansive Soils”.
Mr. Steve Wendand, P.E., Kleinfelder         

9:20– 10:25 am    "Recent Advances in Geophysics"
Mr. Jacob Spinsby, P.G., Terracon Conulstants

 10:25 – 10:55 am               Break/Vendor Displays

10:55 am – 12:00 pm          "Cast-in-Place Piles in Geomaterials"
Mr. Morgan NeSmith P.E., Berkel

12:00  – 1:00 pm                 Lunch/Vendor Displays

1:00– 2:00 pm      "Ethics in a Low Bid Environment"
Mr. Vic Donald P.E., Terracon Consultants

2:00 - 2:45 pm      “Merchants Bridge"
Ms. Lyndsie Janbakhsh, P.E., HDR

2:45 – 3:15 pm                    Break/Vendor Displays

3:15 - 4:00 pm      “Gabion-Faced Reinforced Embankments”
Mr. Steffano Rignanese, P.E., Maccaferri

4:00 – 5:00 pm     “Mosul Dam”
Ms. Georgette Hlepas and Mr. William Empson, P.E., United States Army Corps of Engineers.


Atlas Foundation Co. LLC

Subsurface Constructors, Inc.

Ground Improvement Engineering



These guidelines are subject to change.  The planning committee appreciates your cooperation with these guidelines.


Attendees are responsible for following all City, County and State guidelines.


       A Mask is Required

Attendees are required to wear a cloth mask that covers both the mouth and the nose while in attendance.  The mask may be removed while actively eating or drinking.  Attend virtually via the livestream if you are not willing to wear a cloth mask while in attendance.

       Self-Screen for Illness

Attendees are required to self-screen for the following symptoms:

o   Temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit within the last 48 hours.  

o   Experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat.

Attendees will be required to verbally acknowledge that they have completed the self-screen for illness and are not experiencing any of these symptoms before entering the conference room.  Attend virtually via the livestream if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are not willing to self-screen. 

       Self-Screen for Potential Exposure to COVID-19

Attend virtually via the livestream if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or traveled out of the Country within the past 14 days.

       Social Distancing is Requested

Provided a minimum of 6 feet between attendees, whenever possible.  The following actions are being taken to encourage social distancing: 

o   Spacing of Tables 8 feet apart and Chairs 6 feet apart.

o   Staff to serve / distribute all Food and Beverage.

o   Limiting the number of Attendees to 50% of the venue capacity (about 150 seats).

Online Atendees

Those who have registered for online attendance. Please select the following link below to register for the event in ZOOM. Once registered an e-mail will be sent with the conference Zoom Webinar link. 

ZOOM registration for Geo-Omaha 2021 Conference


NEASCE Geotechnical Section Meeting

Thursday, February 4, 2021  from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Scott Conference Center

Register Here