Geohazards Technical Forum to address common transportation geological challenges shared by the Appalachian states



Consultants, contractors and representatives of state and federal agencies involved with planning, monitoring, design and construction of transportation systems will gather at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 4-6, for the 15th annual technical forum called Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia.

The forum, hosted by the West Virginia Division of Highways and sponsored by the Marshall University Center for Environmental, Geotechnical, and Applied Sciences (CEGAS), is an opportunity for geotechnical professionals to share information and best practices, and collaborate on transportation related projects.  As in previous years, the 2015 forum will include a pre-conference field trip on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015.

“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 Marshall University – 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.

Vendors from across the country will be on hand to display some of their latest technologies.  Exhibitor space and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For the full technical program, registration and hotel information for the 2015 Annual Technical Forum on Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia, go to: http://www.marshall.edu/cegas/events/GITAR/.