Purdue Geotechnical Society Workshop Program


Friday, April 18, 2008


East Faculty Lounge, Purdue Memorial Union, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Theme: Innovation and Sustainability in Geotechnics


Morning Session


Moderator: Antonio Bobet Coordinator: Brock E. Barry


8:00 AM Welcome: M. Kathy Banks, Head, School of Civil Engineering


8:15 AM Keynote: Geotechnical Innovations: From Research to Practice, J. David Frost, Professor of Civil Engineering, Georgia Tech.


9:15 AM Recent Innovation Stimulated by Geotechnical Design Build (restricted content - not available), Rick Deschamps, Nicholson Construction


9:35 AM Sustaining the Wood Pile Foundations of Back Bay Boston "A Shared" Responsibility", James Lambrechts, Wentworth Institute of Technology.


9:55 AM Fast Track Emergency Replacement of Collapsed Sewer by Tunneling in Miocene Clay, David Chapman, Lachel Felice & Associates, Inc.


10:15 AM Break


10:45 AM Disruptive Innovation in Geoenvironmental Sensing: Bringing Raman Spectroscopy to the Field, Joe Sinfield, Purdue University


11:15 AM Effect of Lower Hydraulic Boundary on Percolation through Evapotranspirative Landfill Caps, Milind V. Khire, Michigan State University


11:35 AM Chicago Spire (restricted content - not available), Shane Farr, Hayward Baker


Lunch Session


12:00 PM Lunch (Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118)


Afternoon Session


Moderator: Scott Ludlow Coordinator: Natalie Rose


1:00 PM Keynote - Sustainability, Innovation and Cultural Change in the Construction and Minerals Industries, David Radcliffe, Epistemology Professor of Engineering Education, Department of Engineering Education, Purdue University.


1:45 PM Carbon Sequestration in the Midwest: Strategies and Options, Doug Hermann, STS


2:05 PM Advances in Mining Technologies and Their Sustainability Implications, Dirk van Zyl, University of British Columbia


2:25 PM The Fort Osage Education Center, James M. Landrum, Terracon Consultants, Inc.


Afternoon Session (Continued)


2:45 PM Geoenvironmental Risk, Green Assets Management, Option Pricing, and Sustainability, David Espinoza, Geosyntec


3:05 PM Innovation in Geotechnical Engineering Education, Brock E. Barry, Purdue University


3:30 PM Panel Discussion: Final Perspectives on Innovation and Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering, Joe Sinfield, moderator; Panelists: Jean-Lou Chameau, J. David Frost, David Radcliff


4:00 PM Break


Sixth G.A. Leonards Lecture: Krannert Auditorium


4:30 PM Introduction of the Sixth G.A. Leonards Lecturer: Philippe Bourdeau, Purdue University


Role of the University in Education for Sustainability

Jean-Lou Chameau, President of California Institute of Technology


Jean-Lou Chameau began as President of Caltech in September 2006. Before that, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Chameau received his secondary and undergraduate education in France and his graduate education in civil engineering from Stanford University. In 1980 he joined the civil engineering faculty at Purdue University, where he subsequently became full professor and head of the geotechnical engineering program. In 1991, he became the director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. In 1994-95, he was the president of Golder Associates, Inc., an international geotechnical consulting company. At Georgia Tech, he was a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Hightower Professor and was dean of the Georgia Tech. College of Engineering


Abstract: Dr. Chameau will explore the challenge of inspiring young people to engage actively in creating a more prosperous and sustainable society. The talk addresses the role of our personal experiences with environmental issues and how they shape our attitudes and behavior. The talk concludes with a discussion of the role of the built environment in education for sustainability and the ways in which universities can use sustainability to promote long-term stewardship of its resources.

6:30 PM Reception hosted by France C�rdova Purdue University President at Westwood (home of Purdue President on McCormick Road) (Formal invitations will be sent to registered attendees.)


7:00 PM Dinner and Meeting of the PGS, Westwood, McCormick Road


8:00 PM Presentation of a memento to the Leonards Lecturer and informal remarks by him.

Purdue Geotechnical Society Program Committee:

Vincent P. Drnevich, Antonio Bobet, Philippe Bourdeau, Marika Santagata, Joseph Sinfield, Pao-Tsung Huang, Alan Witthoeft, Daniel Fagerman, Mazhar Arshad, Natalie Rose, and Brock Barry of Purdue, and Scott Ludlow of Earth Exploration.

Purdue Conference and Continuing Education Staff: Tom Robertson, roberttl@exchange.purdue.edu


The Purdue Geotechnical Society

Founded in May 2003