April 2017 AEG Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
LOCATION: Roditys Restaurant, 222 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL, (312) 454-0800
PROGRAM TOPIC: Natural Hazards, Risk, and the Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure
SPEAKER: Scott Anderson, Ph.D., P.E., 2016-2017 Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Jahns Lecturer
WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Cocktails @ 5:15 pm, Dinner @ 6:15 pm, Presentation following dinner
COST: $35 Members, $40 Non-Members, $15 Students and Professors
RSVP: By email By 5 PM Friday, April 14, 2017 firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAM SUMMARY: Natural hazards pose a risk to transportation infrastructure that is often tied to geology. Whether the hazard is from weather and climate, gravity and slopes, or seismic activity, for example, the expression of the hazard in terms of its potential consequence is a function of geologic setting. Not surprisingly, the practice of engineering geology has long had a focus on hazard characterization. This is good because hazard is an important input to risk, and risk is what needs to be measured and managed for the emerging need to optimize performance of transportation infrastructure. One way of managing risk is through building in resilience to natural hazards. How to do this, and to what extent it should be done, are important questions that open up newer areas of practice for the engineering geologist.
SPEAKER BIO: Dr. Anderson recently joined BGC Engineering as a Principal Geotechnical Engineering Technical Services Team Manager for the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Resource Center where he led a national team of geotechnical engineers that assisted state and local transportation agencies through technical assistance, training, and the deployment of new technologies. Dr. Anderson has also previously worked in positions from Staff Geologist to Senior Consulting Engineer and Landslide Technology Leader for a major A/E design firm and spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Hawaii. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State University, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a licensed engineer and practicing engineering geologist with over thirty years of experience and approximately 100 publications and invited presentations, and he makes his home in Colorado.