October 4, 2013

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Geosyntec Staff Lend Guidance in ER2010 Conference Presentations

ATLANTA, Ga. — Dr. Bob Bachus, PE, Leslie M. Griffin, PE, and Dr. Paul Sabatini, PE, will give technical presentations at the upcoming Earth Retention Conference 3 (ER2010) taking place on August 1 - 4, 2010 in Bellevue, Wash.

Bob and Leslie will present "A Perspective on Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls: Pushing the Limits or Pulling us Down?" They will highlight important lessons regarding the design and construction of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls from large and small projects. In addition, they will offer recommendations to prevent MSE wall failures.

Paul will co-present with Dr. Naresh Samtani, PE, M.ASCE, of NCS Consultants "Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) for Earth Retaining Structures in U.S. Transportation Practice." They will provide an overview on LRFD and how it is used in retention system design. Paul and Naresh were instrumental in the development of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Eurocode codes.

Bob is based in Geosyntec's Atlanta office. He has over 25 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product characterization, as well as the permitting and design of waste containment facilities. Bob received his PhD in geotechnical engineering from Stanford University. He received his MS and BS in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle.

Leslie is based in Atlanta. She has over 10 years of experience in civil and geoenvironmental engineering, focusing on design and construction-phase services related to waste containment facilities for low-level radioactive waste, hazardous waste, municipal solid waste, and ash waste. Leslie earned her MS and BS in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Paul is based in Chicago. He has over 15 years of experience in the design of shoring and earth retaining systems, soft ground engineering for foundations, soil-structure interaction analyses for underground construction, and ground improvement technologies. Paul received his PhD and MS in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He received his BS in civil engineering from Columbia University.

ER2010 is the third in a series of conferences, held at 20-year intervals, on earth retaining structures that are organized by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).