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November Geo-Institute Meeting

November 22, 2019
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 November 21 at 5:00 PM. Registration is required. Late registrations may be accepted if space is available and will be assessed a $5 surcharge. Credit cards are not accepted at the door. Contact [email protected]

Hazards due to Induced-Seismicity, Including Liquefaction

Past and current geo-energy resource recovery operations associated with geothermal systems, oil and natural gas recovery operations, and long-term underground storage of waste fluids can induce earthquakes, some having magnitudes as great as 5 to 6. As a result, the seismic hazard of regions impacted by induced-seismicity is directly linked to the causative anthropogenic activities (e.g., rate of deep waste water injection and cumulative of injected waste water). The dramatic increase in the seismic hazard of the impacted regions is of particular concern because often these regions have been historically aseismic where building codes and construction methods have not traditionally accounted for higher levels of seismicity. Also, due to their shallower focal depths, the engineering characteristics of the induced-earthquake motions tend to differ from those of natural tectonic events having similar magnitudes. Accordingly, well-established rules-of-thumb and empirical relationships used in engineering analysis and design may not apply when the seismic hazard is driven by induced-seismicity. This presentation provides an overview of two liquefaction hazard studies in regions impacted by induced seismicity: the Groningen region of the Netherlands and central Oklahoma. The Groningen study is completed and the central Oklahoma study is still ongoing. Attention is given to the modification of existing liquefaction evaluation procedures for evaluating liquefaction potential due to induced seismicity and the framework for computing the liquefaction hazard of the regions. The results from these study are forming the basis on which decisions will be made regarding the need for implementing mitigation measures. The overall approach being used in these studies can be adopted to assess the probabilistic liquefaction hazard worldwide. 


Professor Russell A. Green, PhD, PE — Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Dr. Russell Green is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, in the Geotechnical Engineering Program area. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Michigan and held visiting faculty positions at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan and the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. The primary focus of Russell’s research is in the areas of engineering seismology, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and soil and site improvement. He has participated in post-earthquake investigations in the US, Iceland, Haiti, Japan, and New Zealand. Russell received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992, his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994, and his PhD in 2001 from Virginia Tech. Russell is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Also, Russell is the recipient of the 2016 ASCE Norman Medal, among other awards for research and teaching.


Buffet with garden salad, beef stroganoff and chicken paprikash, redskin mashed potatoes, fresh market vegetables, dessert and beverages.

CPD Hours

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


Dr. Green's lecture is made possible by the support of the  G-I Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics (EESD) Technical Committee speaker's bureau.


$20.00 ASCE life member
$25.00 after 5:00 pm November 21

$20.00 ASCE student
$25.00 after 5:00 pm November 21

$30.00 Guest (not an ASCE member)
$35.00 after 5:00 pm November 21

$25.00 ASCE member
$30.00 after 5:00 pm November 21