GEO Institute


Mark Plaskett
ASCE West Coast Branch - GeoInstitute 



Thursday November 7, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 9:15 PM 

4:30  Registration & Welcome Reception

6:15 Seating for Dinner and Wissa Program

6:30 Introduction & Announcements

7:00 Graduate Sudent Presentation

7:15 USF Professor Presentation

7:45 Introduction of the Wissa Lecture Speaker

8:00 Wissa Lecture

9:00 Awards and Announcements

9:15 Adjourn

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Embassy Suites USF 
3705 Spectrum Blvd
Tampa, FL 33620

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You are invited to join the GEO Institute of the ASCE West Coast Branch for

The 3rd Annual

Wissa Lecture

to be held on the evening of November 7th.

This Wissa lecture series has been created in the honor of the late Dr. Anwar Wissa, the longtime President of Ardaman & Associates and an internationally recognized expert in geotechnical engineering.

The festivities will begin at 4:30 PM with a welcome reception for networking, viewing student posters and sponsor displays. The main event and dinner will begin at 6:30 PM.

This year's speaker is Les Bromwell, Sc.D., P.E., LIFE M. ASCE. Les is a Principal Engineer with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc., in Lakeland, Florida and will be presenting:


Florida, with its relatively flat topography, is not generally recognized as a dam-building state. It is a little known fact that there are more than 3000 miles of dams and levees within its boundaries.  Essentially all of these are earth structures, built from locally available soils, with control structures and outlet works of either reinforced concrete or steel. Although generally low in height, rarely over 100 feet, these facilities extend over a wide range of geologic conditions, creating unique design challenges, and leading to a surprising number of dam incidents. Incidents include both failures and other events that, without intervention, would likely have resulted in dam failure.

The presentation will present case studies of dam incidents in Florida, going back in time more than 100 years, and including the author’s 40+ years of experience.

Registration - $65 | Students - $15

Your RSVP is requested by November 1, 2013.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available and Include Registrations.

Additional Information can be found at

Platinum Sponsor Level - $600 
  • Receive 4 tickets to the lecture
  • Floor display for company information during the pre-dinner social
  • Company name & logo displayed on signage at the event
  • Recognition as Platinum Sponsor on event slideshow & program

Gold Sponsor Level - $300

  • Receive 2 tickets to the lecture
  • Company name & logo displayed on signage at the event
  • Recognition as Gold Sponsor on event slideshow & program.

Silver Sponsor Level – $150

  • Receive 1 ticket to the lecture
  • Company name & logo displayed on signage at the event
  • Recognition as Silver Sponsor on event slideshow & program

Donor Level – (Minimum: $50)

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.  Donor’s names will appear in the event program.  Donations by individuals will be highlighted in a special benefactor category

Other – (varies)

Other sponsorship opportunities available, such as the Welcome Reception, attendee giveaways, or student sponsorships; contact Mark Plaskett for additional information.  Sponsor names will appear in the event program and displayed elsewhere depending on the level of donation.