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February Technical Lunch Meeting


What:  Managing Performance and Service Life for Geotechnical Infrastructure

Presenter:  Silas Nichols

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Time: Lunch is served at 11:45AM

Networking from 11:30AM – 12:00PM

Presentation begins at 12:00PM

Where: Hofheimer Building;

   2818 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230

NOTE: NEW VENUE RETURN!!! Street Parking is available surrounding the area or attendees are welcome to take the Pulse to the Scott’s Addition Westbound Station or the Science Museum Eastbound Station.

Registration Price:  $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Note the price will increase to $30 for both members and non-members at COB Thursday, February 14th.

PDH: 1 Credit


With aging infrastructure and reduced budgets in the public sector, there is an increasing need to understand and manage the performance and serviceability of structure foundations, and other geotechnical assets. Geotechnical engineers have traditionally struggled in evaluating serviceability issues since geotechnical features are typically buried and difficult to access, or the performance of the feature is susceptible to rare natural events that are difficult to predict. For years, public agencies have been collecting information in support of logical decision making on maintaining, upgrading, and operating its assets throughout the service life. This presentation will focus on current research toward developing a better understanding of the performance of geotechnical features, understanding factors contributing to serviceability, and management of geotechnical assets. This includes the collecting information for inventory, conducting condition assessments, and determining changes in condition over time. The presentation will examine our understanding of geotechnical assets, the need for the establishing performance expectations, the need to develop metrics that can be correlated to geotechnical feature performance and serviceability, and the impact of natural hazards and future demands on the development of performance standards.

Presenter: Silas Nichols

Silas Nichols is the Principal Geotechnical Engineer for the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Infrastructure. Silas is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the FHWA National Geotechnical Team through policy development, technical guidance development, and coordination with industry and professional groups. Silas has been with the FHWA for 17 years both in Headquarters and with the Resource Center. Silas has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University, and a Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Tuft’s University. Prior to employment with the FHWA, Silas served more than 10 years in private consulting in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States.



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