CIGMAT Hosts 15th Annual Conference

July 2010 Vol. 65 No. 7
Steve Simmons, Nancy Edmonson, Dr. C. Vipulanandan and Michael Marcotte make opening remarks in the general session.

The second panel discussion focused on the challenges of maintaining small and large public works infrastructures. “Hurricane Issues and Geotechnical Issues” focused on maintaining and protecting coastal infrastructures during Hurricane Ike and a bulkhead failure in clay in Beaumont, TX. Harrison Sutcliffe, project engineer, USACE-Galveston, Galveston, TX, presented some of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ projects and plans following Hurricane Ike. Professor William Merrell, Texas A&M University, Galveston, TX, discussed the concept of the “Ike-Dike: A Coastal Barrier Protecting the Houston/Galveston Region.” Kenneth Tand, Kenneth Tand and Associates, followed with an “Analyses of Bulkhead Failures in Beaumont Clay.”

Professor Richard J. Finno, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, delivered the fifth Mike O’Neill Lecture on “Designing Excavation Support Systems to Protect Adjacent Structures.” Dr. C. Vipulanandan then presented “Field Compaction Verification Using a New Surface Penetrometer (SP-CIGMAT) During Construction.”

The fourth session rounded out the conference with a session on flooding and stormwater issues related to Harris County and along Highway US 290 during and after a proposed expansion project. The featured speakers were Mike Talbott, director of the Harris County Flood Control District, and Elie Alkhory, transportation engineering supervisor, TxDOT Houston District, Houston. A panel discussion on “Flooding Related Challenges (Funding and New Regulations),” followed the presentations.

Attendees had the opportunity to visit with a number of grouting and pipe manufacturers, material suppliers, and pipe condition monitoring and wastewater rehabilitation companies who participated in the exhibition. A reception followed the technical sessions in the exhibit area where posters were displayed on research activities at CIGMAT and in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Proceedings will be available on the CIGMAT web site at cigmat.cive.uh.edu. CIGMAT-2011 will be held on March 4, 2011 at the University Hilton, University of Houston, Houston, TX.