3rd North American Symposium on Landslides Overview of Events

Landslides: Putting Experience, Knowledge and Emerging Technologies into Practice June 4-8, 2017 • Roanoke, VA

The main objective of the symposium is to provide a stimulating forum for geoscientists, engineers, planners, economists, program managers, and other decision makers concerned with landslide hazards and their impact on society. Papers related to investigation, classification, monitoring, analysis and mitigation of landslides, as well as case studies on innovative analysis techniques and solutions will be presented.

Overview of Events

  • Sunday Short Courses
  • Sunday Evening “Ice-Breaker” Reception
  • Three days of Technical Presentations with morning Plenary Sessions and afternoon Concurrent Sessions
  • Exhibition Space
  • Lunch and Refreshment Breaks included
  • Selection of Full-day Field Trips included on Wednesday
  • Poster Sessions

Short Courses

Each course is half day on Sunday, June 4 and offers CEU credit

  • 8AM – Noon, Course #1 Synthetic Aperture Interferometric Georadar: Applied real-time monitoring and early detection of at-risk displacements Co-Instructors: Clifford Preston and Jake Davidson
  • 8AM – Noon, Course #2 Drones 101 – An introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems and Their Application to Land Development and Landslide Monitoring Co-Instructors: Steve Ellis and Chris Holmes
  • 8AM – Noon, Course #3 Debris Flow and Shallow Landslide Mitigation Co-Instructors: William F. Kane and Tim Shevlin
  • 1PM – 5PM, Course #4 Geotechnical Analysis and Monitoring Using 3D Laser Scanning Instructor: Ben Haugen
  • 1PM – 5PM, Course #5 Anchored Mesh Slope Stabilization Systems Co-Instructors: William F. Kane and Tim Shevlin


Trips will operate rain or shine and may require moderate hiking over rough terrain. Over the ankle hiking boots, long pants and bug spray are strongly recommended. See detailed trip descriptions online at www.aegweb.org/landslideroanoke2017

  • Tour 1: Mountain Lake Landslides & “Dirty Dancing” Field Trip Leaders: Skip Watts, George Stephenson and Bob Whisonant (Radford University)
  • Tour 2: The Narrows Landslide & I-81 Rock Slope Stability Field Trip Leader: Robin Reed (Schnabel Engineering)
  • Tour 3: Natural Bridge Rockfall Fatality & Remediation
  • Tour 4: Fortune’s Cove and the 1969 Hurricane Camille Debris Flows Field Trip Leaders: Anne Witt (VA DGMR) and Dick Whitehead (Wiley|Wilson Engineering)
  • Tour 5: Blue Ridge Debris Deposits and Alluvial Fans Field Trip Leaders: Matt Heller (VA DGMR) and Rich Whittecar (ODU)
  • Tour 6: Boulders and Beer Field Trip leaders: David Spears (Virginia State Geologist) and geologists from the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources



Shown below are just some of the speakers that will be presenting at the 3rd North American Symposium on Landslides


  • Dr. John Clague, Emeritus Professor at Simon Fraser University
  • Mr. John Duffy, Principal Engineering Geologist at Yeh and Associates
  • Mr. David Stanley, Principal at D.A. Stanley Consulting
  • Dr. Scott Anderson, Principal Geotechnical Engineer at BGC Engineering
  • Mr. Richard Roth, Consulting Actuary with Bickerstaff, Whatley, Ryan & Burkhalter
  • Dr. William Haneberg, Director of the Kentucky Geol. Survey and Research Professor at Univ. of Kentucky
  • Dr. Matt Lato, Senior Engineer at BGC and Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University


  • Mr. David Spears, State Geologist of Virginia
  • Dr. Kenneth Taylor, State Geologist of North Carolina
  • Dr. Jacque Locat, Professor at the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering of Laval University
  • Mr. Tom Badger, Former Chief Engineering Geologist at the Washington State Department of Transportation
  • Mr. Pete Ingraham, Senior Geological Engineering Consultant and Principal with Golder Associates
  • Dr. Scott McDougall, Assistant Professor of Geological Engineering at the Univ. of British Columbia
  • Mr. Paolo Farina, Research Associate at the University of Florence and Co-founder and President of Geoapp

Technical Sessions

There are expected to be 4 concurrent sessions day of the symposium with the exception of Wednesday, when Symposium Tours will take place.

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