Call for Abstracts 18th Annual Technical Forum for Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia

18th Annual Technical Forum for
Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia


Call for Abstracts


August 7-9, 2018 | Baltimore, MD

Call for Abstracts

The 2018 Annual Technical Forum for Geohazards Impacting Transportation will be hosted by Maryland Department of Transportation and sponsored by the Marshall University Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS).

This year’s technical sessions will focus on the following major topics:

  • Lessons Learned: Case Studies
  • Rock Slopes
  • UAV Applications
  • Instrumentation
  • Impact of Extreme Weather Events on Transportation Infrastructure
  • Abandoned Mine Lands
  • Acid Producing Materials
  • Infrastructure Failure that Mimics Geohazards

Abstracts on the related topics are welcome. Abstracts should be submitted for consideration, for presentation at the Forum, on or before June 8, 2018. Abstracts should be in Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman, 12-pitch, double-spaced and left justified, and be 300 words or less. The abstract should include the presentation title, presenters’ names, title, organization or company affiliation, business address, phone number and email address. Abstracts should be emailed to: Mark Lewis

Selected presenters will be notified by June 22, 2018, and PowerPoint presentations will be due on or before July 20, 2018. For information or questions concerning conference presentations, please contact Tony Szwilski, (304) 696-5457.

Details pertaining to speaker guidelines and other presentation information will be provided to authors and/or presenters at the time of abstract acceptance. Information on past conferences can be found on the website at

Field Trip – The Chromium Trail 

Chromium is used in steel manufacture to increase hardness, produce high-performance alloys and is used in leather tanning and metal finishing industry. Isaac Tyson, Jr. started mining chrome ore in Maryland in 1808. A chrome processing and chrome chemical manufacturing facility operated in Baltimore from 1845 to 1985. Between 1828 and 1850 most of the world’s supply of chrome came from Baltimore. On this field trip we will visit the Choate Mine, one of the chromite mines at Soldiers Delight, the former chrome processing facility in Baltimore that is now being re-developed, the Dundalk Marine Terminal where chrome ore processing residue was used as fill and visit the home of Isaac Tyson, Jr. at the Cylburn Arboretum.


Registration online at Eventbrite.


Embassy Suite Baltimore & The Grand
222 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21201

For Reservations: Please call 410-727-2222 and ask for the ‘Geohazard 2018 Technical Forum’ block.

Negotiated rate of $140 per room per night plus applicable tax. The cut-off date for reserving rooms at this rate is 7/23/2018. Please make your reservation as soon as possible as rooms at this rate are limited.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Contact Kelli Snyder (304) 696-4028, for available Exhibitor Space or visit to become a sponsor or reserve Exhibitor Space.

Things to See and Do

Washington Monument

The Walters Art Museum

Baltimore Museum of Art

American Visionary Art Museum

The George Peabody Library

Fort McHenry

Building Stones of Baltimore Tour – Maryland Geological Survey

War of 1812

Getting Around Baltimore

Charm City Circulator

Baltimore Water Taxi

Map of Baltimore

Places to Eat

The Brewer’s Art!/page_home

Matthew’s Pizza

Harbor East, Little Italy, and many bar/restaurants in Canton, Highlandtown, and Federal Hill

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