Public Seminars

Wednesday Seminars

GeoSystems seminars are held on Wednesdays, noon-1pm, in 406 Davis Hall.

GeoSystems seminars are held weekly during the academic year. They feature speakers from the industry and from academia. The seminars are open to all members of the academic community and the public.

Fall Semester, 2017

23 August – Professors Jon Bray and Kenichi Soga- Welcome to UC Berkeley Geosystems Group

30 August – Dr Amr Ewais, University of California, Berkeley - Longevity of polyethylene geomembranes “Toward Sustainable Infrastructures”

6 September – Dr Giovanna Biscontin, University of Cambridge - Undrained liding resistance of shallow foundations subject to torsion

13 September - Uri Eliahu and Pedro Espinosa, ENGEO- Narratives of geotechnical earthquake engineering in seismic design of Lucas museum of narrative art

20 September – Dr Roozbeh Mikola, McMillen Jacobs Associates - Numerical Analysis and Lessons Learned

27 September – Dr Chris Hunt, Geosyntec - Wind and bugs – Stories of research and consulting

4 October - Morley Beckman, Kleinfelder - Chabot dam seismic upgrade – When cement deep soil mixing meets Franciscan Melange bedrock

11 October – Tony Amis, Geothermal International- Practical construction aspects of designing, installing & operating a GSHP solution connected to energy


18 October – Lori Simpson, Langan - A pearl rises out of the Bay: A geotechnical study of the Golden State Warriors new arena

25 October – James Fern, University of California, Berkeley - Geotechnical aspects of CERN underground facilities

1 November – Nick O’Riordan, Arup - Base Grouted Piles: design and construction principles and performance

8 November – Wei Yu Chen and Andrew Herlache, Fugro - Ground Improvement using Cement Deep Soil Mixing at the Presidio Parkway P3

15 November – Dr Jonathan Ajo-Frankin, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Using Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing to Track a Changing Permafrost Landscape

22 November No Seminar – Thanksgiving

29 November – Debra Murphy, Courtney Johnson and Christine Beyzaei, SAGE - Site-Specific Seismic Hazard Analyses in Lebanon

6 December– Jenny Ludwig, ENGEO Annual Sponsoring Pizza during finals


Spring Semester, 2018

17 January – Prof Albert Yeung, University of Hong Kong

24 January – Dr Peter Robertson, Gregg Drilling and Testing

31 January – Chris Conkle, Geosyntec

7 February – Dr Ramin Golesorkhi, LANGAN

14 February - Dr. John Wakabayashi, Cal State Fresno Univ.

21 February - Craig Shields, Rockridge Geotechnical

28 February - Prof Ross Boulanger, UC Davis

7 March - Dr. Jorge Macedo, UC Berkeley

14 March - Jim French, Wood

21 March – Khaled Chowdhury, UC Berkeley

28 March – Spring Break

4 April – TBA, Kleinfelder

11 April – Dr. Robert Lanzafame, UC Berkeley

16 April – Prof Suzanne Lacasse, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

18 April – Michael Gardner, UC Berkeley

25 April – Estefan Garcia, UC Berkeley


2018 UC Berkeley Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium