Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST
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Brown & Williamson Club - Cardinal Stadium 
2800 S Floyd Street
Louisville, KY 40209

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Joe Hagerty, PhD, PE 
Kentucky Geotechnical Engineering Group 

Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar 50 

The 50th Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar (ORVSS 50) will be an ode to 50 years of geoprogress. The seminar will include a review over most of the principal areas of geotechnical practice, from what was being done in 1970 when this seminar started, to all the changes that have occurred in the last 50 years with the consequent improvement in practice, to predictions of what the next ten years will bring, possibly highlighted by topics and stories that were featured in the Proceedings of this Seminar over the years.

Individual Registration:

Registration includes seminar admission, coffee and pastries during registration, lunch, refreshment breaks, a flash drive with the ORVSS 50 Proceedings, and 7.5 PDHs.

Early Registration: $175

Regular Registration (after Oct 18th): $225

Student Registration: $25

Exhibitor Registration Contact:

Travis Andres, PE

ATC Group Services

Phone: (502) 693-9412

Email: travis.andres@atcgs.com

Exhibitor Registration: $550

Returning Exhibitor Registration: $500

Exhibitor fee includes one individual registration. An additional individual registration is $100. 

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Tentative Agenda:

06:30 AM - 07:00 AM: Exhibitor Registration and Setup 

07:00 AM - 07:45 AM: Registration

07:45 AM - 08:00 AM: Welcome Remarks

08:00 AM - 08:55 AM: Technological Innovation and Changing Face of Geopractice [Youssef Hashash, University of Illinois]

08:55 AM - 09:50 AM: Evolving Geopractice in Transporation Engineering 1970-2019 [Silas Nichols, FHWA]

09:50 AM - 10:05 AM: Break

10:05 AM - 11:00 AM: Evolutions for Shallow Foundations/Ground Modifications 1970-2019 [Kord Wissmann, Geopier]

11:00 AM - 11:55 AM: Changes in Geopractice for Deep Foundations (Especially Micropiles) 1970-2019 [Allen Cadden, Schnabel]

11:55 AM - 01:00 PM: Lunch

01:00 PM - 01:55 PM: Evolution of Earth Dams and Retaining Embankments 1970-2019 [Eric Halpin, Consultant]

01:55 PM - 02:50 PM: Development of Geosynthetics 1970-2019 [Barry Christopher, Geotechnical Engineering Consultant]

02:50 PM - 03:05 PM: Afternoon Break

03:05 PM - 04:00 PM: Transformations of Excavation Retention Systems 1970-2019 [Rich Finno, Northwestern University]

04:00 PM - 04:55 PM: Possible Regression in Geotechnical Site Characterization Practice 1970-2019 [Don DeGroot, University of Massachusetts Amherst]

04:55 PM: Concluding Remarks and Door Prize Drawing