By Clint Isa, PE, ASCE OC Geo-Institute Chair
The ASCE-Orange County Geo-Institute (GI) hosted a dinner meeting at the Back Bay Conference Center in Irvine on May 24, 2017. The event, which was attended by a mix of more than 75 industry professionals and students, featured a presentation by Dr. Scott Brandenberg, Ph.D., PE (Associate Professor, UCLA) and Dr. Shawn Ariannia, Ph.D., PE, GE (Principal, Geo-Advantec, Inc.).
By Mr. Michael Givens, PhD, PE, PG, ASCE OC Geo-Institute First Director,
and Mr. Clint Isa, PE, ASCE OC Geo-Institute Chair
The ASCE-Orange County Geo-Institute (GI) hosted a dinner on November 3, 2016 at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) University Club. The dinner, which was attended by nearly 40 people, consisted of a presentation about research on the seismic performance of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) bridge abutments recently performed at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The presentation included information regarding UCSD’s geotechnical capabilities and a discussion about the motivation, background review, and experimental results for shake table testing and numerical modeling of a MSE abutment. The presentation was given by Mr. John McCartney, PhD, PE, who is an Associate Professor at UCSD; Prof. McCartney’s research student, Mr. Yewei Zheng, was also in attendance.
The ASCE-Orange County Geo-Institute (GI) hosted a luncheon on August 16, 2016 at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) University Club. The luncheon consisted of a presentation on the geotechnical design aspects of the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) project. ARTIC is a uniquely designed public transportation facility in Anaheim, California that provides rail, bus, taxi and other services for daily commuters, visitors, and leisure travelers. The presentation was given by Mr. Allen Yourman, PE, GE, who is a Principal Engineer and co-founder of Diaz●Yourman & Associates, Inc. in Santa Ana, California.
By Mr. Clint Isa, PE, ASCE OC Geo-Institute Chair
The ASCE-Orange County Geo-Institute (GI) and Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) co-hosted an open-forum discussion at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) University Club in Irvine on November 12, 2015. The event featured a panel of the following engineering professionals from Orange County: Mr. Gregory Silver (GMU Geotechnical, Inc.), Mr. Yoshi Moriwaki (GeoPentech, Inc.), Mr. Michael Waggoner (Ficcadenti, Waggoner, and Castle Structural Engineers), and Mr. Todd Duddley (AECOM).
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By: Clint Isa, PE
The ASCE-Orange County GeoInstitute (GI) hosted its first independent luncheon on August 11, 2015 at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) University Club. The luncheon, which was attended by over 45 people, consisted of a presentation on the findings of extensive testing performed on new deep foundation techniques employed for a $6 billion development in Playa Vista, California. The presentation was given by Mr. Nick Briffa, PE, who is a Senior Engineer at Group Delta Consultants, Inc., in Torrance, California.