Orange County Branch Newsletter

March 2018


Risk Assessment and Mitigation in Geotechnical Practice

By Taki Chrysovergis, M.S., P.E.

The Orange County Geo-Institute (G-I), Continuing Education Committee (CEC), and Professional Development Committee (PDC) co-hosted a half-day seminar focused on risk assessment and mitigation in the geotechnical practice.  The seminar was held on February 9, 2018 and located in Irvine, California. 

Presentations were headlined by national leaders in the field of risk in geotechnics and consisted of the following:

  • Risk Assessment in Geotechnical Engineering
    • Mr. Vaughan Griffiths PhD, DSc, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE, Professor - Civil Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines
  • Case Histories in Forensic Geotechnical Engineering 
    • Mr. Robert Gilbert PhD, F.ASCE, Professor and Chair of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin
  • System Reliability of Flood Control Levees
    • Mr. Jonathan P. Stewart PhD, PE, F.ASCE, Professor and Chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at University of California, Los Angeles
  • Infrastructure Lifelines Systems: Risk and Reliability
    • Mr. Robb Moss PhD, PE, F.ASCE, Professor - Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

The presentations covered a wide range of topics, including risk analysis theory, case studies of levees and off-shore structures, and an overview of risk assessment of lifelines systems (power, water, sewer, etc.).  The event was well-attended by about 50 academics, practicing engineers, and students.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support: Hayward Baker, Western Ground Improvement, Cascade Drilling, Farrell Design-Build, and Middle Earth Geo Testing.

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