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April Dinner Meeting

April 19, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Mozart's Cafe
4784 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214
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Registration will begin at 6:00 PM. Dinner program to begin at 6:30 PM. Deadline for registration is April 12th at Midnight.

Risk Assessment in Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering has seen a rapid growth of interest in risk assessment methodologies. This seems a logical evolution, since soils and rocks are among the most variable of all engineering materials, and geotechnical engineers must often make do with materials they are dealt with at any particular site. A probabilistic analysis may lead to a “probability of failure”, as opposed to the traditional “factor of safety”, representing a fundamental shift in the way engineers need to think about the suitability of their designs. The seminar will review some of the benefits and potential pitfalls of these different approaches, and describe some introductory methods of probabilistic analysis.


D.V. Griffiths, PhD, DSc, D.GE, CEng, FICE, PE, F.ASCE
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado

Vaughan Griffiths is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He has written over 300 research papers, including some of the most highly cited in the geotechnical engineering research literature. He is the co-author of three textbooks on finite elements, risk assessment and numerical methods that have gone into multiple editions including the Chinese language. He gives regular short-courses for practitioners on risk and finite element applications in geotechnical engineering both in the US and overseas, with courses recently given in USA, Canada, Australia, Colombia and Norway. In 2018, further courses will be given in New Zealand.  Dr. Griffiths is a former ASCE Director and recently Chaired the ASCE/G-I Specialty conference Geo-Risk 2017 in Denver. He is currently an Editor of Computers and Geotechnics, on the Advisory Panel of Géotechnique and was formerly an editor of the ASCE J Geotech Geoenv. He was the recent recipient of the 2017 H. Bolton Seed Medal at the Geotechnical Frontiers conference in Orlando and was selected for the Cross-Canada Lecture Tour in the Spring of 2017 by the Canadian Geotechnical Society.


Buffet with garden salad, beef stroganoff or swiss sauteed chicken, buttered spatzle, ratatouille, dessert and beverages.

CPD Hours

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


$25.00 ASCE member

$20.00 ASCE life member

$15.00 ASCE student

$30.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)