Orange County Branch Newsletter

June 2021

ASCE OC Branch

January Luncheon: Lunar Geotech Engineering

By Jason Fix, PE | Programs Committee Co-Chair



One of the silver linings of hosting virtual meetings is that greater access is given as attendees are not restricted by location. On January 21st, ASCE OC hosted its monthly luncheon with Dr. Jamal Rostami with over 93 people attended from all over the world. Participants called in from Singapore to Irvine.

Dr. Rostami (Timothy J. Haddon/Alacer Gold Chair in Mining Engineering) Colorado School of Mines was able to show us how Geotechnical Engineering will be critical to upcoming lunar exploration. One of the critical issues with space travel is the cost of transporting water off of the earth. It is more cost-effective to mine water from the lunar surface for potential lunar bases.

In order to establish and support such bases, it will be necessary to transport drilling equipment to the lunar surface and engage it with the material present. Unique challenges arise from managing the displaced material as it cannot simply be washed away due to the cost of water on the lunar surface.

We are grateful at ASCE OC to learn how Civil Engineering can be relevant even as we leave out home planet!


About the Author

Jason Fix, PE, is a Bridge Engineer for McLean & Schultz. He has over 10 years of experience working on bridges and structures in Orange County. He is interested in exploring the civil engineering field and sharing knowledge within the professional network. Jason can be contacted at [email protected].


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