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Sunday Short Courses

Synthetic Aperture Interferometric Georadar: Applied real-time monitoring and early detection of at-risk displacements

  • Session make-up: (4 hours)
  • Description: Across the civil works and environmental sectors geotechnical asset and geohazard monitoring continues to mature as a practice. Use of radar instruments offers significant benefits for early detection of potentially life-threatening events and infrastructure impairments. The near real-time analysis of deformation observed by interferometric radar instruments is an affordable and value-enhancing component of an event or site specific engineering solution. The course will include a review of IBIS georadar systems, other instrument comparisons, InSAR benefits, case histories, and an interactive technical discussion.
  • Co-Instructors:
    • Clifford Preston received a BSc degree (2010) in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Preston is currently the Business Development Manager at IDSNA. Previously Mr. Preston was the Customer Care Manager at IDSNA. He has, since 2010 deployed IBIS systems across North America. As an applied technology expert, Mr. Preston supports sectoral development and knowledge transfer of terrestrial radar interferometry systems. Mr. Preston has collaborated on numerous event and site specific radar deployments, data acquisitions, data analysis and reporting operations.
    • Jake Davidson received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Geology/Earth Science, from Dickinson College in 2010. Mr. Davidson is currently the Customer Care Manager at IDSNA. As the Customer Care Manager Mr. Davidson is responsible for multiple clients’ annual system and support plans and IBIS instrument use monitoring. He supervises a team of four IBIS Customer Care Technologists and regularly monitors active units across North America. Mr. Davidson’s experience with the intricacies of the IBIS instrument allow for valuable unit, system use, support, and configuration management. Jake worked previously at  Geo-technology Associates Inc. as a Field Hydrogeologist doing storm water BMP monitoring, aquifer testing (slug tests, pump tests, etc.) class V storm water injection well studies and percolation testing for septic systems.

 

Geotechnical Analysis and Monitoring Using 3D Laser Scanning

  • Session make-up: (4 hours)
  • Description: As ground-based 3D laser scanning technologies have developed, their use for geotechnical characterization and monitoring have greatly expanded. In this course, students will receive an introduction to 3D laser scanning technologies and their value in geotechnics. Students will collect and process laser scans, learn how to detect changes in surface position and volume, learn how to perform rock mass and kinematic analysis using laser scans, and be introduced to real-time laser-based slope monitoring tools. This course is designed for geotechnical professionals at all levels.
  • Instructor:
    • Ben Haugen is a geotechnical engineer and slope monitoring specialist. His experience includes geotechnical investigations and stability analyses for large embankments and cut slopes in civil infrastructure and mining. Before joining Maptek North America, he was with the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory and AECOM (formerly URS). He holds a master’s degree in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines (2016) and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2008).

 

Drones 101 – An introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems and Their Application to Land Development and Landslide Monitoring

  • Session make-up: (4 hours)
  • Description: This course will provide students with an introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operations, FAA regulations for use, technologies utilized, how to process and obtain needed data, and how to apply the output to meet the ongoing land management requirements. In addition, students will see case studies on land management, site development, landslide analysis, and disaster relief/emergency management. This course is designed geotechnical professionals at all levels.
  • Co-Instructors:
    • Mr. Ellis has over 30 years of Mapping, Survey, GIS, IT, and Engineering experience. Mr. Ellis currently serves as the Manager for Mobile Mapping and UAS Operations at Langan Engineering. Prior to joining Langan, Mr. Ellis was a civil servant, retiring from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Engineering District 3-0 office. Mr. Ellis also served his county, retiring from the United States Air Force as a Combat Engineer for over two decades. Mr. Ellis holds a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology (USAF, 1990) and is currently pursuing a certificate in Geomatics (University of Florida, expected December 2016). Mr. Ellis is a Certified GIS Professional from the GIS Certification Institute as well as a Certified Mapping Scientist in GIS/LIS from the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Additionally, Mr. Ellis is an FAA rated small unmanned aircraft system pilot.
    • Mr. Holmes began his career over 30 years ago as an aerial image analyst and stereo image compiler. In this capacity he gained early exposure to a variety of engineering disciplines including Transportation, Environmental, Energy, Land Development, Mining and Architecture. Mr. Holmes’ multi-discipline knowledge allows him to effectively manage the geospatial components of a project, demonstrating the ability to understand critical path workflow and how that path affects quality, schedule and budgets. Mr. Holmes’ current duties include management of mobile LiDAR and UAS surveys as well as planimetric and topographic mapping projects for public and private sector clients. Additionally, Mr. Holmes is an FAA rated small unmanned aircraft system pilot.

 

Debris Flow and Shallow Landslide Mitigation

  • Session make-up: (4 hours)
  • Description: This half-day course trains participants through lecture, case histories, and hands-on exercises.
  • Principles covered:
    1. An overview of the basic forces of debris flows that result in erosion and/or torrent channels
    2. The basic theory behind a unique dimensioning software program
    3. Use of DEBFLOW© dimensioning program for designing flexible debris flow barriers
    4. Case studies working with the dimensioning program
  • This course is intended for consulting engineers, geologists, municipalities, public works, transportation agencies, as well as landscape architects and specialty construction contractors. This course is recommended to anyone with an undergraduate level of understanding of geology and/or geotechnical engineering and some experience with basic natural hazard mitigation concepts; or a Bachelor’s level education or higher in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, geology, or related fields.
  • Co-Instructors:
    • Dr. Kane received a BA degree (1975) in Geology from James Madison University and his MS (1981) and PhD (1985) degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. In 1997 he founded KANE GeoTech, Inc. Dr. Kane is a registered PE (professional engineer) in 24 states and a registered PG (professional geologist) in Tennessee. He conducts engineering workshops in the U.S. and internationally. He has appeared as a geotechnical expert both in litigation and nationally on radio and television, including CNBC and CBS. Dr. Kane has been designing, building, installing and monitoring geotechnical instrumentation systems since 1994. These completely automated systems are capable of recording groundwater levels, rates and directions of ground movement, locations of failure surfaces, rainfall quantities, and soil moisture.
    • Tim Shevlin received a BS degree (2001) in environmental science from Allegheny College and his MS degree (2004) in engineering geology from Kent State University. He is a registered professional geologist in Pennsylvania and worked as a geotechnical designer for nationally known civil engineering firms before joining Geobrugg North America in 2009.

 

Anchored Mesh Slope Stabilization Systems

  • This half-day course trains participants through lecture, case histories, and hands-on exercises.
  • Principles covered:
    1. An overview of basic forces involved with shallow slope instabilities and deeper sliding surfaces
    2. Use of RUVOLUM© dimensioning program for designing tensioned wire mesh systems and rock stabilization principles, including an overview of tensioned spiral rope net rock protection concepts
    3. Modeling and field tests
    4. Examination of designed systems and study of sample design problems using the program
  • This course is intended for consulting engineers, geologists, municipalities, public works, transportation agencies, as well as landscape architects and specialty construction contractors. This course is recommended to anyone with an undergraduate level of understanding of geology and/or geotechnical engineering and some experience with basic natural hazard mitigation concepts; or a Bachelor’s level education or higher in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, geology or related fields.
  • Co-Instructors:
    • Dr. Kane received a BA degree (1975) in Geology from James Madison University and his MS (1981) and PhD (1985) degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech. In 1997 he founded KANE GeoTech, Inc. Dr. Kane is a registered PE (professional engineer) in 24 states and a registered PG (professional geologist) in Tennessee. He conducts engineering workshops in the U.S. and internationally. He has appeared as a geotechnical expert both in litigation and nationally on radio and television, including CNBC and CBS. Dr. Kane has been designing, building, installing and monitoring geotechnical instrumentation systems since 1994. These completely automated systems are capable of recording groundwater levels, rates and directions of ground movement, locations of failure surfaces, rainfall quantities, and soil moisture.
    • Tim Shevlin received a BS degree (2001) in environmental science from Allegheny College and his MS degree (2004) in engineering geology from Kent State University. He is a registered professional geologist in Pennsylvania and worked as a geotechnical designer for nationally known civil engineering firms before joining Geobrugg North America in 2009.