2018 Midwest Geotechnical Conference

The Midwest Geotechnical Conference (MWGC) seeks to bring together State and Federal DOT geotechnical professionals from the north central region of the United States along with geotechnical professionals from the private sector and academia to promote technical interaction and professional development.

The State of Illinois is pleased to host the 2018 MWGC and our objective for this year’s conference is to provide an array of diverse technical presentations as well as a forum in which professionals can share their experiences and challenges within the geotechnical field while exploring innovative solutions.

This conference is aimed to professionals involved in research, design, construction and management in the geotechnical field related to the transportation industry.

The Midwest Geotechnical Conference Member State and Federal DOT organizations include: Iowa; Illinois; Indiana; Kansas; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Nebraska; Ohio; Wisconsin; and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resource Center. However, geotechnical professionals from other governmental organizations are also invited to attend and participate in the conference.

For additional information or questions, please contact:

Heather Shoup, IDOT Bureau of Materials Geotechnical Engineer, by email at Heather.Shoup@illinois.gov or by phone at (217) 785-9972

Ve'Niecy Pearman-Green, IDOT District 8 Geotechnical Engineer, by email at veniecy.pearman-green@illinois.gov or by phone at (618) 346-3313.

Individual Registration Fee

August 31, 2018 or earlier:  $275.00

September 1, 2018 or later:  $325.00

Individual Registration Form

Click here for registration form

Thank you for your interest in attending the 47th Midwest Geotechnical Conference.  Each attendee needs to fill out and submit a copy of the Individual Registration Form.  All conference events and their costs, except lodging are covered in the registration fee.  There are no discounts for unattended events.

Hotel reservations must be made separately by attendees before August 24, 2018 to guarantee the conference lodging rate as well as rooms availability.  For more information on Lodging and Travel, click the tab at the bottom of this page. 

Please mail completed Individual Registration Form and fee (payable to Midwest Geotechnical Conference) to: 

Midwest Geotechnical Conference
P.O. Box 507
1610 Eastport Plaza Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234-9997

For additional information or questions, please contact:

Heather Shoup, IDOT Bureau of Materials Geotechnical Engineer, by email at heather.shoup@illinois.gov or by phone at (217) 785-9972

Ve'Niecy Pearman-Green, IDOT District 8 Geotechnical Engineer, by email at veniecy.pearman-green@illinois.gov or by phone at (618) 346-3313.

The 47th Midwest Geotechnical Conference will be held at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Quad Cities.  The hotel is located in downtown Moline, IL.

A block of rooms is available at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center at the group rate of $93.00 (plus applicable taxes) per night for MWGC attendees.  Reservations must be made separately by attendees before August 24, 2018 to guarantee the conference lodging rate as well as rooms availability. 

Reservations can be made by calling (800) 659-2220, please remember to ask for the 2018 Midwest Geotechnical Conference group rate.    

Hotel Parking

The Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center offers complimentary on-site parking to their guests.

Transportation and Shuttle

The Stoney Creek offers complimentary airport shuttle service to their guests, based on availability.  For additional information or to schedule this service, please contact the Hotel.    

For further information on the conference hotel, visit Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center 

For visitor information on what Quad Cities has to offer, click here

For a map of location of the hotel, click here

Click here to download the Conference Agenda

Final Conference Agenda

Monday September 24, 2018

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Registration

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ice Breaker Reception – Backwater Jack’s Saloon

Tuesday September 25, 2018

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration

8:00 am – 9:05 am

Technical Session I – Opening Remarks & Presentations

     (Moderator: Heather Shoup, IDOT)

8:00 am – 8:05 am

Opening Remarks, Heather Shoup, IDOT

8:05 am – 8:35 am

Drilling Safety in 2018, Rick Hutchings, CME

8:35 am – 9:05 am

Pile Driving and Hammer Sizing, Jose Ortiz, FHWA

9:05 am – 12:00 pm

Technical Session II – Workshop 

     (Moderator: Heather Shoup, IDOT)

9:05 am – 9:45 am

Intelligent Compaction Workshop on Mechanistic Based QC/QA,

David White, Ph.D., P.E. Ingios Geotechnics, Inc.

 

     Presentation

9:45 am – 10:00 am

Break

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

     Presentation

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch provided on-site

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Technical Session III – Presentations

     (Moderator: Ryan Snook, MDOT)

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Mine Subsidence Remediation, Brent Guttmann, IDNR

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Advantages of Reinforced Earth over Other Retainage Systems, Dr. Majid Talebi, Ph.D., P.E., Marino Engineering Associates, Inc.

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Break

2:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Technical Session IV – Presentations

     (Moderator: Jeff Horsfall, WisDOT)

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

Measurement and Use of Soil Set-Up in Driven Pile Design for the

I-480 Valley View Bridge Project, Christopher Merklin, ODOT

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Quarry By-product Applications for Subgrade and Subbase,

Dr. Erol Tutumluer, Ph.D., University of Illinois

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Embankment Settlement with Instrumentation Data, Andrew Eller, MnDOT

Wednesday September 26, 2018

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Technical Session V – Presentations

     (Moderator: Naser Abu-Hejleh, FHWA)

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Drilled Shaft Construction Policy Changes, Silas Nichols, FHWA

8:45 am – 9:30 am

Design of Drilled Shafts in Weak Rock/Shales with a Modified SPT Test Method, Dr. Tim Stark, Ph.D., University of Illinois

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 am – 11:30 am

Technical Session VI – Presentations

     (Moderator: Giancarlo Gierbolini, IDOT)

9:45 am – 10:30 am

INDOT Initiatives for Geotechnical Asset Management, Athar Khan, INDOT

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Jane Byrne (Circle) Interchange, Brian Kuttab and Eric Ray, IDOT

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch provided on-site

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Technical Session VI (Continued) – Presentations

     (Moderator: Giancarlo Gierbolini, IDOT)

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Influence of PI and Dust Ratio on Aggregates in Subbase and Base Course, Dr. Abdolreza (Reza) Osouli, Ph.D., P.E., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

1:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Technical Session VII – Workshop

     (Moderator: Naser Abu-Hejleh, FHWA)

1:15 pm – 1:35 pm

Introduction:  Highway Performance Management, Naser Abu-Hejleh, Ph.D., FHWA

1:35 pm – 5:00 pm

Geotechnical Asset/Performance Management Workshop, Mark Vessely, BGC Engineering

1:35 pm – 2:15 pm

1.     Introduction to geotechnical asset management, potential benefits, and how to connect to TAM and performance management

2:15 pm – 2:35

2.     Introduction of simple workflow and Microsoft Excel tool for starting GAM   

2:35 pm – 2:50 pm

Break

2:50 pm – 3:45 pm

3.     Group exercise to start building GAM inventory and perform initial assessment

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

4.     Flexible steps and considerations for implementation success

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

5.     Q/A and discussion

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Evening Dinner with Guest Speaker


Thursday September 27, 2018

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration & Steering Committee Meeting

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Technical Session IX – Presentations

     (Moderator: Athar Kahn, InDOT)

8:00 am – 8:35 am

Drilled Shaft Repair in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Ryan Snook, MDOT

8:35 am – 9:15 am

I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River Construction, Travis Konda, HNTB

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Getting a Clearer Picture with Geophysics, Travis Kassebaum, Terracon

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Break

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Technical Session X –Presentations & Closing Remarks

     (Moderator: Christopher Merklin, ODOT)

10:15 am – 10:45 am

Use of UAV (Drones) in Geotechnical Engineering, Jeffrey Gebhard, Braun Intertec

10:45 am – 11:20 am

Chippewa River Bridge TDR Scour Instrumentation, Jeff Horsfall, WisDOT

11:20 am – 11:55 pm

MoDOT’s Experience with Electronic Acquisition and Management of Geotechnical Field Data, Ricardo Todd, MoDOT

11:55 am – 12:00 pm

Closing Remarks, Heather Shoup, IDOT

PRESENTATIONS

Date   Presenter   Presentation Title   Presentation Links
9/25/2018   Rick Hutchings, CME   Drilling Safety in 2018   Presentation
9/25/2018   Jose Ortiz, FHWA   Pile Driving and Hammer Sizing   Presentation
9/25/2018   David White, Ph.D., P.E. Ingios Geotechnics, Inc.   Intelligent Compaction Workshop on Mechanistic Based QC/QA,    Presentation
9/25/2018   Brent Guttmann, IDNR   Mine Subsidence Remediation   Presentation
9/25/2018   Dr. Majid Talebi, Ph.D., P.E., Marino Engineering Associates, Inc.   Advantages of Reinforced Earth over Other Retainage Systems   Presentation
9/25/2018   Christopher Merklin, ODOT   Measurement and Use of Soil Set-Up in Driven Pile Design for the I-480 Valley View Bridge Project   Presentation
9/25/2018   Dr. Erol Tutumluer, Ph.D., University of Illinois   Quarry By-product Applications for Subgrade and Subbase   Presentation
9/25/2018   Andrew Eller, MnDOT   Embankment Settlement with Instrumentation Data   Presentation
9/26/2018   Silas Nichols, FHWA   Drilled Shaft Construction Policy Changes   Presentation
9/26/2018   Athar Khan, INDOT   INDOT Initiatives for Geotechnical Asset Management   Presentation
9/26/2018   Brian Kuttab and Eric Ray, IDOT   Jane Byrne (Circle) Interchange   Presentation
9/26/2018   Dr. Abdolreza (Reza) Osouli, Ph.D., P.E., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville   Influence of PI and Dust Ratio on Aggregates in Subbase and Base Course   Presentation
9/26/2018   Naser Abu-Hejleh, Ph.D., FHWA   Introduction:  Highway Performance Management   Presentation
9/26/2018   Mark Vessely, BGC Engineering   Geotechnical Asset/Performance Management Workshop   Presentation
  Presentation
  Presentation
9/26/2018   Kevin D. Braafladt, Civilian US ARMY Acquisition Sustainment Command   Rock Island Arsenal History 1804-2017     Presentation
9/27/2018   Ryan Snook, MDOT   Drilled Shaft Repair in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula     Presentation
9/27/2018   Travis Konda, Ph.D., P.E., HNTB   I-74 Bridge over the Mississippi River Construction   Presentation
9/27/2018   Travis Kassebaum, Terracon   Getting a Clearer Picture with Geophysics  

Presentation

9/27/2018   Jeffrey Gebhard, Braun Intertec    Use of UAV (Drones) in Geotechnical Engineering   Presentation
9/27/2018   Jeff Horsfall, WisDOT   Chippewa River Bridge TDR Scour Instrumentation    Presentation
9/27/2018   Ricardo Todd, MoDOT   MoDOT’s Experience with Electronic Acquisition and Management of Geotechnical Field Data   Presentation