Call for Abstracts 17th Technical Forum for Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia

The 17th Technical Forum for Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia abstract deadline is June 12th, 2017.

The Forum will be held in Blacksburg, Virginia from August 15th to 17th, 2017 at Virginia Tech and will be hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation.  The forum is a two-and-one-half day meeting focusing broadly on the intersection of geohazards and transportation particularly in the Appalachian states.  It’s a great opportunity to present your recent geotechnical or geohazards research or new work and for keeping connected with the industrial, academic, and public-sector geotechnical industries.

The forum field trip will take place on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017.  The field trip will include a visit to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Smart Road which is a world-class facility for testing innovative transportation technology in a controlled environment.  The field trip will also include a demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles for collecting geotechnical data, analysis of that data and an update on the current Federal regulations on the use of such vehicles.

Over the years, the focus of the Forum has broadened to include themes of forensic geology, planning, emergency response, remote sensing, karst, seismics, and hydraulics, as well as many other related topics.  If it falls, floods, or fails, it’s something of interest to the Forum – the geographic focus does not need to be Appalachian.  This year’s technical sessions includes:

  • UAV and Remote Sensing
  • Mine Hazards
  • Landslide Hazard Assessment and Characterization
  • Rock Reinforcement
  • Risk and Reliability
  • Rockfalls
  • Climate Change, Extreme Events Resiliency
  • GIS, Mapping, and Planning
  • Karst

The Forum has always been a high-value (and very economically reasonable) technical conference, filled with a roster of speakers presenting novel and innovative research, new industry standards and methods, insights into management and best practices, and lessons learned.  Visit the website for more information.


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