Geo-Institute (G-I)

The Geo-Institute (G-I) Orange County (OC) Chapter was founded in 2013 to allow our members to interact with other professionals in the geotechnical field of civil engineering.  We regularly send active OC Branch members to G-I Congresses held on an annual basis across the country.  We hope the OC Branch members will learn new ideas and find interesting speaker topics that we can bring back to our local branch members.  Periodically G-I OC holds joint events with the OC Branch during branch general meetings.  The OC Branch and the G-I OC work together to provide continuing education events that are relevant to G-I members. We hope you will come out and participate in our institute and work with us to build a strong foundation.

The 2018-2019 G-I OC Board of Directors

  • Chair: Pavlo Chrysovergis, PE
  • Vice Chair: Michael Givens, PhD, PE, PG
  • Treasurer: Ali Bastani, PhD, PE, GE
  • Secretary: Mohsen Mahdavi Kharanaghi, PhD, PE
  • First Director: Sunil Arora, PE
  • Past Chair: Taki Chrysovergis, PE
  • G-I/YMF Liaison: Adeleine Tran

2019 Continuing Education Seminar - Ground Improvement: Shallow and Deep Methods

On Friday, February 22nd, 2019, the ASCE OC Geo-Institute and Professional Development Committee co-hosted our annual Continuing Education Seminar.  This year's seminar focused on several ground improvement methods.  The presenters and their respective presentations are as follows:


Dr. Lisheng Shao, Ph.D, PE, GE with Hayward Baker:

Professor John Harvey, Ph.D, PE of University of California, Davis:

Professor Kyle Rollins, Ph.D, PE of Brigham Young University:

More Information

Below in the "Related News" section are some articles from past events.  For more information contact [email protected].


Pavlo Chrysovergis, PE
Geo-Institute Chair
SPC Geotechnical, Inc.
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Michael Givens, PhD, PE, PG
Geo-Institute Vice Chair
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Ali Bastani, PhD, PE, GE
Geo-Institute Treasurer
GMU Geotechnical, Inc.
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Mohsen Mahdavi Kharanaghi, PhD, PE
Geo-Institute Secretary
Group Delta
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Sunil Arora, PE
Geo-Institute First Director
Hayward Baker, Inc.
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Taki Chrysovergis, PE
Geo-Institute Past Chair
SPC Geotechnical, Inc.
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Adeleine Tran
Geo-Institute Younger Member Liaison
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Notification for 2017

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"You have 365 new blank pages. What will you write on the first blank page?" - Lailah Gifty Akita I like the concept of daily resets, especially since it can easily be incorporated into all aspects of life. Here are three that we invite you to consider.

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Design Challenges of a Mid-Rise Hotel on an Active Fault

The Orange County Geo-Institute Chapter hosted an August dinner meeting in Costa Mesa featuring a presentation by Dr. Marty Hudson and Ms. Rosalind Munro of Wood Group.  

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new” - Socrates The last month has been filled with new, exciting and innovative ways of celebrating our industry, members, history and potential as civil engineers! Here are some highlights that I hope will inspire you as much as they have me. 

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Only a few days into our new roles, and already we have tons to share!! Check out the latest news regarding the ASCE Presidents and Governors Forum (PGF), ASCE California Surface Transportation Report Card Release, ASCE Los Angeles Section Annual Meeting, Installation of Officers & Awards Luncheon, ASCE Committee on Younger Members, ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure,...

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