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
  • Younger Member Liaison: Adeleine Tran, PE

Joint OC G-I & CalGeo August 2019 Dinner Meeting

Photo: CalGeo

On August 29, 2019, the Orange County Geo-Institute and CalGeo co-hosted a dinner meeting featuring Dr. David Baska of Terracon, who presented on "Seismic Design Updates for the 2019 California Building Code." Dr. Baska discussed the seismic provisions of the new code from a geotechnical engineer’s perspective and shared his experience with implementing the provisions into practice. The presentation can be downloaded from the link below:

Dr. Dave Baska, Ph.D, P.E, G.E, CEG, with Terracon:


ASCE OC Branch & G-I July 2019 Luncheon

On July 18, 2019, the Orange County Branch and Geo-Institute co-hosted a luncheon featuring Professor Scott J. Brandenberg of UCLA, who presented on “Effects of Earthquakes to California’s Water Distribution System.” Professor Brandenberg discussed an extensive research study on the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, which included field testing, centrifuge modeling, laboratory testing, development of fragility functions, and development of a system reliability analysis procedure. The presentation can be downloaded from the link below:

Professor Scott J. Brandenberg, Ph.D, P.E., M.ASCE, Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering of UCLA:


May 2019 Dinner Meeting

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, the ASCE OC & LA Geo-Institute co-hosted a dinner presentation by Dr. Robert Kayen.  The presentation discussed the results of an 11-year international project that gathers new Vs site data and develops probabilistic correlations for seismic soil liquefaction occurrence. The presentation can be downloaded from the link below:

Introduction:

Dr. Robert Kayen, Adjunct Professor, of UCLA, UC Berkeley, Senior Scientist of U.S. Geological Survey:


2019 Continuing Education Seminar

On Friday, February 22, 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:

Introduction:

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

Professor John Harvey, Ph.D, PE of UC 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].

Contacts

Pavlo Chrysovergis, PE
Geo-Institute Chair
SPC Geotechnical, Inc.
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Michael Givens, PhD, PE, PG
Geo-Institute Vice Chair
Arup
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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, PE
Geo-Institute Younger Member Liaison
Jacobs
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