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This year, the 60th AEG Annual Meeting will be at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sept. 10-16. Colorado Springs, also known as Olympic City USA, is home to beautiful landscapes, miles of hiking trails, rich history, the United States Olympic Committee Headquarters, 21 National Olympic Governing Bodies, over 50 National Sport Organizations, the U.S. Olympic Training Center, The US Air Force Academy and a thriving economy. It's no wonder that U.S. News and World Report ranked The Springs the sixth "Best Weekend Getaway" and the fifth "Best Place to Live" in the United States.
The city's natural beauty draws visitors from across the country and the world. One of the most defining features is Pikes Peak, which inspired the patriotic song "America the Beautiful." Among Colorado's "14ers," Pikes Peak reaches 14,115 feet above sea level and towers more than 8,000 feet above the city. You can drive, hike, bike or take the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cog Railroad to the summit.
The towering rock formations that make up Garden of the Gods are easily accessible by car, bike, horseback, Segway or foot and are another "must see" for visitors and locals alike.
John us for a memorable meeting with an outstanding technical program, educational field trips and fun special events.
Headquarters Hotel — Antlers Hotel
Group rate: $175/night
Make reservations through the hotel link on our website, www.aegannualmeeting.org.
The Antlers, a Wyndham Hotel, is located in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, with spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains. The hotel is within walking distance to numerous restaurants, shops, museums and downtown nightlife. The property features 292 guest rooms, including seven suites, each with a work area, which includes two phones and high speed Internet access. With a full-service restaurant, Colorado Spring's original Tap House, and room service, this property offers an array of meal options from 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days a week.
Visit our website for complete details on field trips, guest tours, short courses and student opportunities.
We invite you to join us for this memorable meeting in the Virginia Blue Ridge area. The meeting will include technical sessions, short courses and all day field trips.
Visit the NASL website for complete details! The early registration deadline has been extended to Saturday, April 15, so be sure to register today!
Remember, sponsorship is a great option to place your organization in front of attendees coming in from the National Weather Service, those in emergency management, various state departments of transportation, FHWA, USGS, state geological surveys and state departments of conservation, among other agencies/areas. Be sure to sign up for a sponsorship or exhibit booth, as they are going quickly!
NASL Short Courses: Each course will be held on Sunday, June 4, and each will offer .40 CEU credits.
SC #1: Synthetic Aperture Interferometric Georadar: Applied Real-Time Monitoring and Early Detection of At-Risk Displacements
Co-Instructors: Clifford Preston, IDS and Steve Borron, Global Slope Monitoring
Description: Across the civil works and environmental sectors geotechnical asset and geohazard monitoring continues to mature as a practice. Use of radar instruments offers significant benefits for early detection of potentially life-threatening events and infrastructure impairments. The near real-time analysis of deformation observed by interferometric radar instruments is an affordable and value-enhancing component of an event or site specific engineering solution. The course will include a review of IBIS georadar systems, other instrument comparisons, InSAR benefits, case histories and an interactive technical discussion.
SC #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, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Description: This course will provide students with an introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operations, FAA regulations for use, technologies utilized, how to process and obtain needed data and how to apply the output to meet the ongoing land management requirements. In addition, students will see case studies on land management, site development, landslide analysis and disaster relief/emergency management. This course is designed geotechnical professionals at all levels.
SC #3: Debris Flow and Shallow Landslide Mitigation
Co-Instructors: Dr. William F. Kane, KANE GeoTech, Inc. and Tim Shevlin, Geobrugg
Description: This course is intended for consulting engineers, geologists, municipalities, public works and transportation agencies, as well as landscape architects and specialty construction contractors. This course is recommended to anyone with an undergraduate level of understanding of geology and/or geotechnical engineering and some experience with basic natural hazard mitigation concepts, or a bachelor's-level education or higher in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, geology or related fields.
SC #4: Geotechnical Analysis and Monitoring Using 3-D Laser Scanning
Instructor: Ben Haugen, Maptek
Description: As ground-based, 3-D laser scanning technologies have developed, their use for geotechnical characterization and monitoring have greatly expanded. In this course, students will receive an introduction to 3-D laser scanning technologies and their value in geotechnics. Students will collect and process laser scans, learn how to detect changes in surface position and volume, learn how to perform rock mass and kinematic analysis using laser scans and be introduced to real-time laser-based slope monitoring tools. This course is designed for geotechnical professionals at all levels.
SC #5: Anchored Mesh Slope Stabilization Systems
Co-Instructors: Dr. William F. Kane, KANE GeoTech, Inc. and Tim Shevlin, Geobrugg
Description: This course is intended for consulting engineers, geologists, municipalities, public works, transportation agencies, as well as landscape architects and specialty construction contractors. This course is recommended to anyone with an undergraduate level of understanding of geology and/or geotechnical engineering and some experience with basic natural hazard mitigation concepts, or a bachelor's-level education or higher in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, geology or related fields.
SC #6: Analysis of Landslides: Shear Strengths, Testing, and Analyses
Instructor: Timothy D. Stark, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Description: This short course will provide attendees with current geotechnical engineering practices for landslide investigations and applicable shear strengths, shear strength testing, static and seismic stability analyses and transient seepage analyses. In particular, the course will focus on selection of drained vs. undrained shear strengths for landslide analyses, measurement and selection of drained peak, fully softened, and residual shear strengths, understanding the importance of a cohesion value and stress dependent strength envelopes in stability analyses and estimating pore-water pressures from seepage analyses for landslides.
Geological Society of America
AEG colleagues, the Geological Society of America invites you to submit abstracts to the following sessions sponsored by the GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division, to be convened at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting Oct. 22-25 in Seattle. The portal for abstract submission is now open. The deadline for abstracts is Aug. 1. For more information please contact Peter Bobrowsky
T181. The Geological Signature of Natural Hazard Events
As evidence-based science plays a greater role in our ability to model, forecast and predict future natural hazards as well as influence various land-use decisions regarding suitability for critical infrastructure, building code input, return periods of common hazardous events, our capacity to confidently identify and assess contemporary to prehistoric geological records becomes more relevant. The imperfections of geological deposits may lead researchers to overlook event signatures or misidentify the cause of mechanisms responsible for the deposits in the paleorecord. This session provides a forum for specialists to highlight recent advances (methodological, technological) in event recognition that will assist the broader community of geoscientists in their work to properly document and distinguish between a multitude of natural hazard events that can affect landscapes and people.
T242. Current Trends in Landslide Monitoring: New Techniques, Methods, Successes, Failures and Case Studies
Landslides pose a serious global threat to the health and safety of individuals, communities and infrastructure. Despite significant gains in public and civic awareness and education regarding landslide hazards, infrastructure pressures through expansion into susceptible terrain, impacts of changing climates, and poor land-use practices in certain areas of the world challenge professionals to reduce the risk associated with various forms of slope instability. This session address the fundamental first line of defence in the professional tool box of all landslide professionals: namely the wise and effective use of monitoring methods to better understand the nature and behaviour of slope instability. Mitigating the risks associated with unstable slopes is based on a good assessment of slope movements. Practitioners are most effective when armed with a good repertoire of state-of-the-art techniques and methods for landslide monitoring. This session will enhance the knowledge base and technological opportunities afforded to professionals involved in landslide studies.
T181. P. Bobrowsky (GSC), D. Huntley (GSC), J. Knight (U of Wits), C. Chagué-Goff (UNSW)
T242. P. Bobrowsky (GSC), D. Huntley (GSC), M. Hendry (U of A), R. Macciotta (U of A)
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