From: Jeff Fowler
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2008 11:50 AM
To: ASCE Seattle Section Geotechnical Group
Subject: ASCE Seattle Section Geotechnical Group - February Announcements
Attachments: ADSC WSDOT Workshop.pdf; Feb 2008 dinner meeting notice.pdf
ADSC WSDOT Feb 2008 dinner
Workshop.pdf (99 KB. meeting notice...
This email is intended to update our members on the following activities.
Recap of UW Engineers without Borders (EWB) fund raiser Update of Dr. Robert D. Holtz
Fellowship ADSC & WSDOT Joint Training Constructibility Workshop ASCE Seattle Section
Geotechnical Group February Dinner Meeting 41st Engineering Geology and Geotechnical
2008 ASCE Seattle Section Geotechnical Group Spring Seminar
Recap of UW Engineers without Borders (EWB) fund raiser EWB held their 3rd Annual Dessert
& Wine Fund Raiser on January 28,
2008 for their ongoing efforts in Yanayo, Bolivia. EWB plans to return to Bolivia this
summer to continue their efforts where they are helping villagers to improve living and
health conditions. Our group dedicated a matching fund up to $5000 as we did last year.
EWB raised $10,000 and with our matching fund, they have a total of $15,000.
Update of Dr. Robert D. Holtz Fellowship Last Wednesday, Dr. Robert D. Holtz spoke at the
annual Berg Lecture that the UW Civil Engineering Department hosts each year. Our group
was invited to the lecture last Wednesday to receive thanks from the Civil Engineering
Department for our $135,000 endowment to the Dr. Robert D.
Holtz Fellowship. They wanted me to pass along a thank you to all of our members.
ADSC & WSDOT Joint Training Constructibility Workshop Attached is a flyer for the eighth
annual workshop that will be held on April 8th at 18701 120th Avenue NE Suite 101 in
Bothell, WA. The schedule and registration form are attached to the flyer.
ASCE Seattle Section Geotechnical Group February Dinner Meeting Our group is hosting our
monthly dinner meeting this month on February 21st. We are pleased to present Dr. Jonathan
Fannin, P.Eng. Notice that the meeting is not the last Thursday of the month, but a week
The meeting will be at the Bellevue Hilton and all of the pertinent information is on the
41st Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium Thomas Weaver is
coordinating the 41st Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium to be
held in Boise, Idaho April 9-11. Attached is a call for abstracts for the symposium. The
conference web address is:
http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~tweaver/41stEGGE.html. The deadline for abstracts
February 13. Thomas Weaver can be reached at email@example.com.
2008 ASCE Seattle Section Geotechnical Group Spring Seminar This is a preliminary reminder
to save the date of April 5th for our Group's Annual Spring Seminar. The official flyer
and registration will be distributed soon.
2008 Spring Seminar
Topic: Development and Risk in Landslide Sensitive Areas
Date: April 5, 2008
The Geotechnical Group of the ASCE Seattle Section is pleased to announce its 25th Annual
Spring Seminar. The annual one-day symposium will be held Saturday, April 5,
2008 at the University of
Washington. The topic is “Development and Risk in Landslide Sensitive Areas”. The topic of
landslides was last discussed by our group in 1997. Please join us to discuss what has
been learned in the intervening time.
Scheduled speakers include Professor Michael Duncan (Virginia Tech), Professor Jerry
Higgins (Colorado School of Mines), Bill Laprade (Shannon and Wilson), Tim Walsh
(Washington State Department of Natural Resources), Jeff Coe (USGS), and Bill Benzer
(Seattle Public Utilities). In addition we have several local geotechnical and policy
experts to discuss the risks and solutions to developing in areas prone to landslides.
This is a must attend event for geologists, geotechnical engineers and policy makers who
must design and construct structures within landslide prone areas. Avoidance is no longer
the only solution for dealing with landslides. The risk and liability needs to be assessed
and analyzed to determine if development is feasible.
In addition to the Spring Seminar, the Geotechnical Group is pleased to have Professors Du
ncan and Wright present their one day short course on“ Soil Strength and Slope Stability”
Friday April 4, 2008.
For more information on both of these events, please visit our website
Thank you for your attention to this email.
Jeffrey A. Fowler, P.E.
Geotechnical Engineering Supervisor
SPU Materials Laboratory