Forum on geohazards taking place this week


Consultants, contractors and representatives of state and federal agencies involved with planning, monitoring, design and construction of transportation systems are gathering in Huntington through tomorrow for the 15th annual technical forum, “Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia.”

The forum is  hosted by the West Virginia Division of Highways and sponsored by the MU Center for Environmental, Geotechnical, and Applied Sciences (CEGAS).  The forum provides an opportunity for geotechnical professionals to share information and best practices, and collaborate on transportation related projects. .

“Federal, state and private entities that deal with the prevention and remediation of common geologic problems, such as rock falls on highways in the Appalachian region, gain tremendous benefit by sharing best practices,” said Dr. Tony Szwilski, director of  CEGAS and forum chairman.

Topics for the 2015 forum include dealing with emergency landslides; slope stability reinforcement, monitoring and repair; stream scour mitigation for bridges; and impacts of underground mining on transportation infrastructure.