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Geo-Chicago 2016

Chicago, Illinois | August 14-18, 2016

Short Courses


  • All short courses take place on Sunday, August 14, 2016

    Full-Day Short Courses

    All full-day courses run from 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

    SC1: Designing Sustainable Pavements

    Highway personnel are typically faced with challenges such as limited budget, limited quality materials, environmental restrictions, and increasing traffic volumes, yet are expected to design pavements that minimize short- and long-term impacts of the transportation network growth on the environment in general low-impact development. Typical solutions include long-lasting pavement, local materials, recycled materials, less pollution, warm mix asphalt, low urban heat island effect, quality construction, life cycle cost analysis, environmental management systems, and training personnel. Current conventional pavement design and construction methods are not sustainable. 

    This course defines sustainable pavement requirements, provides examples of sustainable design techniques and covers concepts that assist pavement engineers and highway personnel in developing sustainable solutions that make pavement long-lasting and sustainable.

    Instructor: Michael S. Mamlouk, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Arizona State University

    SC2: Vertical Barriers for Geoenvironmental Applications

    Vertical cutoff walls have been widely employed in geoenvironmental applications as both primary containment barriers and in conjunction with other remediation techniques such as funnel and gate and pump and treat. In the current framework of remediation they should be considered a sustainable option. Course instructors, one from the construction industry and one from academics, will offer a balance of theory and practice to inform attendees of the issues across the spectrum of design, construction, monitoring and performance (short and long term), providing both breadth and depth so that attendees can understand and properly choose the type of vertical barrier for their application and understand the design and construction considerations of their selection.

    Instructors: Jeffery C. Evans, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Bucknell University; and Daniel G. Ruffing, P.E., M.ASCE, Geo-Solutions

    Half-Day Short Courses

    SC4: Principles of Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering

    8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

    In this short course, attendees will explore general notions of sustainability in geotechnical engineering, as well as the sustainability assessment methods applicable to geotechnical engineers. The course will focus on the latest research activities, including utilization of recycled materials and use of alternate materials and construction methods to reduce carbon footprint. The life cycle based methods (LCA, EIA, LCC, etc.) for assessing sustainability of geotechnical projects will be introduced, as well as the different sustainability rating systems and their applicability in geotechnical engineering. Examples will be given from actual case and research studies so that the attendees can connect the concepts to real life applications.

    Instructors: Dipanjan Basu, Ph.D., C.Eng, M.ASCE, University of Waterloo; and Anand Puppala, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, University of Texas at Arlington

    SC5: Sustainable Remediation of Contaminated Sites

    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Traditional site remediation approaches typically focus on the reduction of contaminations to meet cleanup goals or risk based corrective levels with a primary emphasis on remediation program cost and timeframe. Such an approach, however, may result in ancillary impacts that, when considered in totality with the remediation activity, result in a net negative impact to the environment. Green and Sustainable Remediation offers a holistic approach to remediation that considers these ancillary impacts, and aims to optimize net effects to the environment. This approach addresses a broad range of environmental, social, and economic impacts during all remediation phases that achieve remedial goals through more efficient, sustainable strategies that conserve and protect decision framework, provide qualitative and quantitative assessment tools, including multi-disciplinary metrics, to assess sustainability of Green and Sustainable Remediation, and review emerging related technologies.

    Instructor: Krishna R. Reddy, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, D.GE, F.ASCE, University of Illinois at Chicago.