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November Technical Meeting


Presenter:          Michael J. Cowell, P.E.
President & CEO, GeoStructures, Inc.

Speaker Bio:    Michael Cowell has over 40 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and the design and installation ground improvement systems.  Mike has a BSCE from Clarkson University and an MS in Geotechnical Engineering from Cornell.  He previously worked as a consultant for Law Engineering and Golder Associates, and was General Manager for the Tensar Corporation and Vice President of The Reinforced Earth Company.  Currently Mike is CEO of GeoStructures, which he founded in 1995. Mike holds 7 patents for inventions in earth reinforcement technology and is a licensed professional engineer.   In his spare time, he loves to play tennis and read about new technologies, businesses and how to they can better serve their employees versus serving themselves.

Presentation Topic: 5 Key Factors that Affect the Cost of Ground Improvement

Rigid Inclusions being installed in NJ

Abstract: Geotechnical Engineers have been recommending ground improvement technologies more and more in their reports as an alternate to over excavation of fill soils and as an alternate to more expensive deep foundation systems.  Often the recommendations are relatively generic in nature and provide only a range of bearing pressures that may be achieved if ground improvement technology is used.  This presentation will provide ways to take those generic recommendations, along with the actual loading provided better by the structural engineer to optimize the use of ground improvement technologies to be able to improve performance and lower both ground improvement and concrete costs.

Aggregate Piers being installed in Delaware

When:  Tuesday November 4th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Registration: has been closed for this event.