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January Geo-Institute Meeting

January 18, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Winking Lizard Tavern
1380 Bethel Road
Columbus, OH 43220
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This Event is SOLD OUT.
Registration will begin at 6:00 PM. Dinner and program to begin at 6:15 PM. 

Engineering Reconnaissance in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria is among the ten most-intense Atlantic hurricanes on record. It caused catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities across the Carribean and an ongoing major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, where it made landfall on September 20, 2017. Hurricane Maria caused numerous landslides, widespread flooding and devastated the island powergrid and water supply system. Dr. Pradel went to Puerto Rico invited by GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance), a program funded by the National Science Foundation with the aim of turning disasters into knowledge. During GEER missions, important perishable post-disaster data is collected in order to advance our engineering understanding of extreme events (e.g., earthquake, tsunami, hurricane, landslide, or flood) when they happen. This knowledge can later be used by scientists, engineers, and officials to improve designs, safety of populations, and the resilience of our infrastructure. During the presentation Dr. Pradel will share his observations and findings.


Dr. Daniel Pradel, P.E., G.E., D.GE., F. ASCE — The Ohio State University

Dr. Daniel Pradel is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering at the Ohio State University. Previously he was Vice-President at Shannon & Wilson in Glendale, California, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Daniel is a professional engineer registered in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Utah and Switzerland. He has worked on the geotechnical design of numerous landslide stabilizations, deep excavations, MSE walls, transportation systems, and dams worldwide, and has published over 30 papers  on earthquake induced landslides, seismic site response, seismic compression, slope instability and the stabilization of slopes using drilled shafts. Many of his publications involve numerical modeling for static and dynamic response. Daniel is an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, a Diplomate of the Academy of Geo-Professionals and a Fellow of ASCE. He is active in numerous committees of the DFI and ASCE’s GeoInstitute.


Dinner buffet: Chicken parmesan, roasted pork loin, tossed salad with rolls, penne pasta with marinara, lizard potato casserole, and chocolate chunk cookies. Includes soft drinks and coffee. Cash bar available.

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CPD Hours

A certificate for one (1) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour will be issued at the conclusion of the program.


$20.00 ASCE member

$15.00 ASCE life member

$10.00 ASCE student

$25.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)