Marshall University sponsoring regional forum on geohazards impacting transportation

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Engineers, geologists and transportation planners from across the region will gather at Tamarack in Beckley from July 31-Aug. 2 for the Appalachian States Coalition for Geohazards in Transportation’s 12th Annual Technical Forum, “Geohazards Impacting Transportation in the Appalachian Region.”

Coordinated by Marshall University’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS), this year’s forum is hosted by the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

Dr. Tony Szwilski, CEGAS director, is the chairman of the coalition.

“It is an exciting prospect to work with federal, state and private entities to share best practices on the prevention and remediation of geological problems that affect transportation throughout the Appalachian region,” he said. “We encourage anyone with an interest in this topic to join us for what promises to be an excellent program.”

Members of the nationally recognized coalition meet annually to share information about research developments and projects related to rock falls and landslides along highways, seismic activity and hazard-prone areas impacting the region’s transportation infrastructure. The topics of risk assessment and emergency response also will be covered at the forum.

This year’s event will include a pre-conference field trip to the New River Gorge National River and the catwalk under the New River Gorge Bridge, and a visit to the Bluestone Dam. The visit to the dam is being organized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District.

Szwilski said the forum and field trip will be of interest to geologists, geotechnical engineers, environmental scientists, planners and others interested in geohazards.

Coalition members represent the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corporation, the Federal Highway Administration, and the departments of transportation and state geological surveys in Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information, visit www.marshall.edu/cegas or contact Szwilski at szwilski@marshall.edu or 304-696-5457.

 


Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964