The 2013 Annual Technical Forum will be held at the JMU Festival Center in Harrisonburg, VA. It will be a joint effort between the Appalachian States Coalition for Geohazards Impacting Transportation and the Interstate Technical Group on Abandoned Underground Mines (ITGAUM).
Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia
The Appalachian states are tied by common geographical and geological challenges. Multi-modal transportation in the Appalachian Region is essential for economic development.
The coalition includes members from Departments of Transportation and State Geological
Surveys from Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee,
Florida, North Carolina, U.S. Geological Survey, the United States Army Corps of Engineers,
CSXT and Norfolk Southern Corporation.
This grassroots organization’s objectives include sharing of resources and information, exchange of methodologies and experiences, and collaboration on geologic projects and research activities.
It is an exciting prospect to work with federal, state and private entities faced with prevention, correction or remediation of similar geologic problems in the Appalachian region.
Interstate Technical Group on Abandoned Underground Mines
Abandoned underground mines create unique challenges for geotechnical specialists requiring specialized processes and experience.
In order to cooperatively advance the information, technology and expertise to deal with abandoned underground mines affecting transportation facilities, the Interstate Technical Group on Abandoned Underground Mines (ITGAUM) was formed and now is comprised of members from 19 states, one turnpike authority, one Canadian province, the Canadian federal government, and two federal agencies. ITGAUM shares information through workshops and other means and has cooperated in underground mine research activities. Through its activities, ITGAUM has advanced the state of the art and state of practice in dealing with underground mines affecting transportation facilities.
Sponsored by Marshall University Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS) at Marshall University