69th Highway Geology Symposium Early Registration Announcement




The 69th Annual Highway Geology Symposium (HGS) will be held September 10–13, 2018 at the Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland Maine. There will be technical sessions along with industry sponsors and exhibitors.  Register now!


Monday, September 10
Afternoon TRB Mid-Year Session:  Geotechnical Asset Management: Implementation of Programs and Advances in Technology 
Sponsored by the Joint Section Subcommittee on Geotechnical Asset Management (AFP00(1)), Standing Committee on Geotechnical Site Characterization (AFP20), and Standing Committee on Engineering Geology (AFP10)
Evening Registration and Welcome Reception
Tuesday, September 11
Full Day Technical Sessions
Full Day Guest Field Trip
Wednesday, September 12
Full Day Field Trip
Evening Reception and Banquet
Keynote Speaker:  Tim Sample
Thursday, September 13
Morning Technical Sessions

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS | Lodging Deadline: August 9, 2018

The Symposium will be held at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine. The group rate is $199.00 for a standard room (plus tax) and an additional person is $10.00 per night. To make reservations please call 1-800-345-5050 or (207) 775-2311 and specify that you’d like a room in the Highway Geology Symposium group block. To book online, please review this document:http://www.highwaygeologysymposium.org/wp-content/uploads/Online-Hotel-Reservation-Directions.pdf.

There are a limited number of rooms available at the prevailing government rate.  Assignments will be made on a first come first serve basis and Government ID will be required. To apply for the rate please request by email to Krystle.Pelham@dot.nh.gov.

Please make reservations no later than August 9, 2018, to receive the conference rate.

REGISTRATION | Early-bird Pricing Deadline: Monday, July 16, 2018


Online participant registration is open and available on the website. Click here to access attendee registration. Early registration rates are only available through July 16, 2018.


To register as a sponsor or exhibitor, review the sponsor brochure then register online to reserve and select your space!



Wednesday Field Trip

The field trip stops include the Sherman Pond restoration area to discuss an overview of coastal geology and salt marsh restoration related to a highway bridge project.  Participants will also visit a recent coastal landslide site that destroyed several homes, demonstrating the impact on the built environment of natural processes in the glacial-marine mud that blankets much of southern coastal Maine.    Lunch will be provided with a traditional Maine lobster bake.  The afternoon will include a visit to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge to discuss the engineering geology and geotechnical challenges of its construction and adjacent rock slope.  The final stop will be at Fort Knox Historic Site.  Completed in 1869 and built entirely of granite, it is one of the best-preserved military fortifications on the New England seacoast.

Guest Field Trip—Experience Portland History

Embark on a unique private trolley tour into the history of Portland.  The tour includes stops at two of Maine’s most famous lighthouses: Portland Head Light and Spring Point Ledge Light, as well as a guided tour of Victoria Mansion.  The Portland Head Light is Maine’s oldest lighthouse – and one of the most picturesque and most frequently photographed in the U.S. and has been in operation since 1791. Visit the adjacent museum, enjoy the picturesque grounds which include a beach, lawns and picnic areas and view boats entering and leaving the harbor. Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is the only caisson-style working light station in the United States that visitors can walk to. Located on the breakwater at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, the lighthouse has been an integral part of the history of Portland Harbor and Casco Bay since 1897.  The Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House or Morse-Libby Mansion, is a landmark example of American residential architecture located in downtown Portland.  It is the finest example of residential design from the pre-Civil War era in America. With superb architecture and well-preserved original interiors that were among the most lavish and sophisticated in their day, it is an unparalleled document of America’s highest aspirations in architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts. The history, tour, and the present-day efforts at restoring the Mansion convey an impression of the significance of this unique site, which is of national and even international importance. The trip will be concluded with lunch in South Portland at the Back Bay Grill known for its local foods.


The Greater Portland region sits in the southern section of the state on a peninsula extending into Casco Bay offering a unique visitor experience. The region offers a variety of activities from sightseeing, outdoor adventure, shopping, arts, culture, history, dining and so much more.  The hotel is steps away from the Old Port waterfront.  The Old Port waterfront features working fishing wharves and converted warehouses with restaurants and shops. It’s known for its cobblestone streets, 19th century brick buildings and fishing piers.  The hotel is located 5 miles from the Portland International Jetport with complimentary shuttle service.


The Highway Geology Symposium was organized in 1950 to foster better understanding and closer cooperation between geologists and civil engineers in the highway industry. Since 1962, the Symposium has been hosted in western and eastern states annually.  The Highway Geology Symposium has no central headquarters, annual dues, or formal membership requirements.  The governing body is a steering committee composed of approximately 26 engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers from state and federal agencies, universities, private-sector companies, and consulting firms throughout the United States and Canada. Information about the Highway Geology Symposium Organization may be viewed at: www.highwaygeologysymposium.org.


Updated information about the 69th HGS will be posted on the HGS website as it becomes available. If you have questions about this event, please contact the Conference Planning Office at 802-865-5202.

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