Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM CST
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Short Course Location

Scott Conference Center 
6450 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68106

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Kristle Beaudet 
ASCE Nebraska Section, Geotechnical Chair 
(402) 995-2268 

ASCE Geotechnical Short Course: Quality Assurance in Drilled Shaft Construction

American Society of Civil Engineers, Nebraska Section Geotechnical Section

Thursday February 20, 2020 from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM (CST), Omaha NE


  • Dr. Dan Brown, Ph.D, P.E.,  with Dan Brown & Associates, Inc.
  • Mr. Silas Nichols, P.E. - Principal Geotechnical Engineer with Federal Highway Administration,
  • Dr. Andy Boeckmann, Ph.D, University of Missouri


  • Mr. Mike J. Yost, Esq. Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer with Terracon
  • Mr. Aaron J. Mann, Esq. Senior Attorney with Terracon


REGISTRATION FEE is $150.00 on or before February 13, 2020, $165.00 after this date. A part of the 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.

Free Wi-Fi Available. 

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.

CHECK IN 7:45 - 8:00 am (CST)

Bringe Laptop and download the 2018 FHWA Drilled Shaft Manual (HERE, 30 mbs) 


All students and professionals who are involved in geotechnical exploration, design, construction, or observation.  This would include:

  • Engineers/Geologists/Contractors
  • University Instructors
  • State Agencies
  • Engineering/Construction Students


7:45 – 8:00 am  Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:20 am Introductions and Course Objectives

8:20 - 9:15 am FHWA perspective on acceptance of Drilled Shafts (Presented by Silas Nichols)

9:15 - 10:30 am Overview of Design and Construction Process.

10:30 - 10:45 am Morning Break/Networking/Discussion

10:45 - 11:45 am The role of load teasting, interpretation and reliability concepts (Presented by Andrew Boeckmann)

11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch Break/Networking/Discussion

12:45 - 1:30 pm I nspection and QA/QC during construction (presented by Dan Brown)

1:30 - 2:30 pm     Integrity Testing and iterpretation, emphasis on crosshole sonic logging (CSL) and thermal integrity testing (TIP) presented by Andrew Boeckmann

2:30 - 2:45 Afternoon Break/Networking/Discussion

2:45 - 3:45 pm Evaluation of potential imperfections and remediation when required (presented by Dan Brown)

3:45 - 4:00 pm Wrap up final Discusion - All

4:00 - 4:15 pm Break

4:15 - 5:15 pm Ethics Topic: "Hard Conversations: The Destructive Power of Conflict Avoidance and the Redemptive Power of Honesty" Mike J Yost and Aaron J. Mann Esq Terracon

Early Registration Deadline by February 13th, 2020

Overview of design and construction process.  Risks, uncertainty, design for constructability, construction planning, inspection and QA/QC, post-construction assessment (including integrity testing), resolution of conflicts and remediation, acceptance.  Examples of good practice


10:30–10:45       Break/Networking/Discussion 


10:45–11:45       The role of load testing, interpretation and reliability concepts -  

Andrew Boeckmann

You are invited to attend


NE ASCE Social and Geotechnical Section Meeting

SEPARATE REGISTRATION Required to attend the NE ASCE Social and GeotechnIcal Section meeting February 20, 2020 at the Scott Conference Center

5:30-6:30 pm Social Hour
6:30-7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 -8:30 pm Presentation by  Mr. Chris Cain with HDR Omaha, NE

Topic: Riverfront Redevelopment Project to Revitalize Gene Lehay Mall. Hearland of America Park, Lewis and Clark Landing, and Rivers Edge Park


  • $15.00 (ASCE Member)
  • $20.00 (Non-Member\Guest)

Register HERE for Section Meeting

GEO-Omaha 2020, 37th Annual Geotechnical Conference

February 21, 2020 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (CST) at the Scott Conference Center.

Register Here