2012 PGS Workshop & 10th G.A. Leonards Lecture

4:30 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2012, Purdue Memorial Union East Faculty Lounge, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Understanding Soil Properties and Behavior - Recent Developments

Dr. Carlos Santamarina
Goizueta Foundation Chair and Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Abstract of Presentation:

G.A. Leonards advanced the understanding of soil behavior in the context of foundation engineering, with major contributions to sands (shape, fabric, stiffness and strength) and clay-water systems (consolidation, memory, stabilization). Furthermore, he provided unprecedented insight into phenomena that include dynamic compaction and vibration-induced subsidence, deformation localization along weak seams, frozen ground heave, stress history and Ko, piping and erosion. The presentation revisits these phenomena with renewed interest, prompted in part by emerging challenges such as those that arise in the context of energy geotechnology. There is a short video showing the formation of a desiccation crack.

J. Carlos Santamarina is the Goizueta Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research team explores the scientific foundations of soil behavior and subsurface processes at the particle- and porescales to advance geotechnical engineering solutions in the area of energy geotechnology (efficiency, conservation, resource recovery, storage, and waste utilization). He holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University, an M.S. from the University of Maryland and a BSc from Universidad de Cordoba.

Dr. Santamarina is a member of both Argentinean National Academies (Sciences and Engineering); and a member of the standing Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering at the USA National Academies. He is a recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the ASTM Hogentogler Award. He was selected for membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.

Geotechnical Workshop: Geotechnical Engineering: Crossing Boundaries
8:00a.m.-4:15p.m. (includes lunch) Stewart Center, Room 218, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

2012 Workshop Program

Reception and Banquet: 6:30p.m., Friday, April 13, 2012, Purdue Memorial Union West Faculty Lounge, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.


Support for the PGS workshop and Leonards lecture is provided by the following sponsors: Earth Exploration, Fugro Consultants, Nicholson Construction (Gold); Hayward Baker, Steele Foundations (Silver); ATC Associates, Golder Associates, Parsons Brinckerhoff (Bronze).