Virginia ASCE Geotechnical Group
Invites you to the
Quarterly Meeting on
Thursday, May 23, 2013
TruLuv’s A Modern American Bistro
1101 Sophia Street
Cash Bar at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at 6:30 p.m.$60 per person
Come join us for a thought-provoking and entertaining evening based on great food, outstanding company, and stimulating conversation. Our speaker for the evening will be Mr. Mike Cowell, P.E., President of GeoStructures, who provides engineered earth structures and ground improvement technologies in the Mid-Atlantic region on a design/build basis. Mike holds an M.S. degree from Cornell University in Geotechnical Engineering and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Clarkson College. Prior to founding GeoStructures, Mike was Vice President at the Reinforced Earth Company, General Manager at the Tensar Corporation and a geotechnical consultant for Golder Associates and Law Engineering.
Mike’s talk will address:
The Next Generation
While it has been over 15 years since the last major breakthrough in ground improvement – Geopier Intermediate Foundation Systems, - Geopier is now more than just an aggregate pier. The technology has advanced over the last 10 years to include:
· Displacement Aggregate Piers
· Grouted Aggregate Piers and Cement-Treated Aggregate Piers
· Geo Concrete Columns
· Armorpact – geosynthetic shell piers
· Densipact - insitu compaction of sands
· Soil Reinforcement Technology
And there is still a lot of R&D in the wings…..
The tried and true aggregate pier ground improvement technologies still have their place. However, ground improvement methods have had to change in order to keep up with larger structures, heavier loads, and greater seismic design requirements.
talk will cover
why the next generation of ground improvement technologies was
developed, how they
work, and how they have been applied through case studies involving
ground improvement on transportation projects for support of MSE walls
embankments, to water treatment plant tanks, heavily-loaded industrial
slabs, rail spurs, and commercial buildings with high column loads and
footing stress overlap issues.