Antonio Bobet, professor of civil engineering and associate director of the Global Engineering Program, has been chosen to serve on the Geotechnical Advisory Board (GAB) for the Panama Canal. The canal is undergoing a $5.5 billion expansion to double its capacity by 2014. The project will create a new lane of traffic along the canal by constructing a new set of locks.
The GAB was created in 1986 after a landslide in the Cucaracha Reach of the Gaillard Cut closed the canal for 12 hours. The board works to mitigate the risks of future geotechnical problems that have affected the canal since its construction.