Days/Times for each session are subject to change.

Full-Day Short Course
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Geosynthetic Design for Pavements, Railways, and Airfields – Instructors: Prof. Jorge Zornberg (University of Texas at Austin) and Prof. Erol Tutumluer (University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign)

Half-Day Short Course
1:00 – 5:00 pm
Intelligent Compaction for Earthworks – Instructors: Prof. Soheil Nazarian (University of Texas – El Paso), Dr. George Chang (The Transtec Group), and Prof. Mehran Mazari (California State University, Los Angeles)

Welcome Remarks
5:15 – 6:00 pm

Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Opening Plenary
8:30 – 10:00 am

Designing with Unbound Layers 1
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Effect of Fines on Aggregate Base Stiffness and Permeability – Mike Adams (FHWA)

Permanent and Resilient Deformation Behavior of Geogrid-Stabilized and Unstabilized Pavement Bases – Prajwol Tamrakar (Tensar)

Design and Construction of Bases and Subbases for Concrete Pavement Performance – Shreenath Rao (Applied Research Associates Inc.)

Continuous Moisture Management of Unbound Aggregate for Improved Pavement Performance – Rene Laprade (TenCate)

Design & Construction 1

Application of maturity concepts to rapid setting materials for accelerated construction – William Carruth (ERDC), Jesse Doyle, Lisa Weaver

Resilient Modulus Mapping using Validated Intelligent Compaction (VIC): Case Study on Colorado I-25 North Express Lanes – Lake Carter (Ingios Geotechnics), David J. White (Ingios Geotechnics), Pavana Vennapusa (Ingios Geotechnics), and Andrei Bedoya (Interstate Highway Construction, Inc.)

Design of Lightweight Expeditionary Airfield Surface System – Abby Cisko (ERDC)

Reinforced Railway Transitions to Reduce Differential Displacements – Tim Stark (UIUC)


Geosynthetics 1

Geosynthetic Interlayers in Hot Mix and Unbonded Concrete Paving Applications: Airfield Applicability and Construction – Michael Samueloff (HUESKER)

Effectiveness of Geosynthetic Reinforcement of Unbound Aggregate Base Courses for Improving Structural Performance of Flexible Airfield Pavements – Cesar Tirado (UTEP)

Evaluation of Geocell Reinforced Backfill for Airfield Pavement Repair – Lyan Garcia (ERDC)

An International Perspective of Stabilized Embankments Over Sinkholes – Marco Isola (Maccaferri)

Aggregates & Ballast
1:00– 2:30 pm

Permanent Deformation and Stiffness of Fouled Ballast Based on the Static and Impact Load Tests – Prajwol Tamrakar (Tensar), Soheil Nazarian (UTEP)

Laboratory Investigation of the Cyclic Behavior of Cementitiously Stabilized Granular Materials Using Dissipated Strain Energy Method – Mohammed Rashidi (UTEP), Reza S. Ashtiani (UTEP), Margarita Ordaz (UTEP), Hector Cruz Lopez (UTEP), German Garay (UTEP)

Application of Cement Asphalt Mortar Stabilization Methods for Maintenance of Ballasted Track – Daewook Park, Tri Hominh Le, and Jung-Woo Seo (Kunsan National University)

Performance and Transportation Infrastructure Durability with Geocell Load Support – Samantha Justice (Presto Geosystems)


Condition Assessment 1

Airfield Maintenance Applications for Remote Sensing of Pavement Condition – Melissa Beauregard (USAFA),  Nathan Mayercsik (Exponent)

Automated Infrastructure Condition Assessment – Ted Sussmann (Federal Railroad Administration)

Federal Railroad Administration’s Approach to Comprehensive Track Inspection – Radim Bruzek (ENSCO)

Using the Differential Shear Strain Measurement Approach to Quantify Support Conditions underneath Railroad Ties – Md. Fazle Robbi (Boise State), D. Kody Johnson, Hugh Thompson (Federal Railroad Administration), Radim Bruzek (ENSCO), Debakanta Mishra

Asset Management

3:00– 4:30 pm

Implementation of Geotechnical Asset Management for Transportation Agencies
– Mark Vessely (BGC Engineering)

Assessment of Historical Pavement Condition Data from Army Airfield Pavements – Jeremy Robinson (USACE)

Implementing Pavement Preservation into Pavement Management Systems – John Rushing (ERDC), Jeremy Robinson (USACE)

Development of a Mechanistic Approach to Quantify Pavement Damage Using Axle Load Spectra from South Texas Overload Corridors – Ali Morovatdar (UTEP), Reza S. Ashtiani (UTEP), Carlos Licon (UTEP)

Subgrade & Ballast Characterization

Soil-Water Characteristic Curves of Fouled Ballast – Stacey Kulesza (Kansas State),
Robert Sherwood, Michelle Barry (University of Arkansas)

Railroad Substructure Geotechnical Characterization with Dynamic Penetration Tests and Geoendoscopy – Younes Haddani (Sol Solution), M.A. Benz Navarrete, Fabien Ranvier

Unsaturated Analysis of Water Flow in Granular Layers of Inundated Pavements – Mojtaba Asadi (UTEP), Soheil Nazarian (UTEP), Rajib Mallick (WPI)

Mechanical Properties of 35t-40t Heavy Haul Railway Lightweight Foamed Concrete Subgrade – Stephen Wilk (TTCI), Taifeng Li (Railway Engineering Research Institute, China), Feng Chen, Zhongguo Li

Keynote: Dr. David Pittman (USACE Chief Scientist, US Army ERDC Director)
8:30 – 10:00 am

Infrastructure Degradation: Evaluating & Forecasting
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Long-Term Monitoring of Fouled Ballast Sites – Tim Stark (UIUC), Hugh Thompson (Federal Railroad Administration), Ted Sussman (Federal Railroad Administration), Robert Bannister (BNSF), Billy Hernawan (UIUC), and Radim Bruzek (ENSCO)

Subsurface Investigation and Karst Hazard Risk Evaluation for Airport Runway Improvements – Kirsten Wilde (Schnabel Engineering) and Cedrick Johnson (ADCI)

U.S. Army Rail Inspection Program: Overview – Greg Norwood (ERDC)

Ballast Degradation Model: Prediction and Monitoring – Hamed F. Kashani and James P. Hyslip (HyGround/Loram)

Designing with Unbound Layers 2

Development of a 3/4-Inch Minus Crushed Base Course Specification – Eli Cuelho (TRI Environmental)

Inverted Pavements – Kevin Vaughan (Vulcan Materials)

A Comparison of Vertical Stress Distribution in Paved and Unpaved Roads – Jeb Tingle (ERDC)

Determination of Resilient Modulus for Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design – Elie Hajj (University of Nevada – Reno)

Geosynthetics 2

Use of Geosynthetics in Diverse Railroad Applications – Stephen Wilk (Transportation Technology Center)

The Application of Stabilization of Roads and Runways: an International Perspective –  Chris Quirk (NAUE America)

Presentation by Glen Toepfer (CQA Solutions)

Design & Construction 2

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Influence of Sloped Shoulders on Pavement Responses Using Full-Scale Experiments – Hadi Nabizadeh (ARA), Raj Siddharthan, Elie Hajj (University of Nevada – Reno), Mohamed Nimeri, Sherif Elfass

Geopier Ground Improvements Systems for Transportation Structures: MSE Wall Support, Slope Stability Repairs, and Railway Subgrade Remediation – Matt Caskey (Geopier)

A New Approach to Additive-Based Freeze Protection for Cold Weather Concrete – Benjamin Watts (ERDC), Danielle Kennedy

Methodology for the Design of Optimum Asphalt Content of Asphalt-Treated Bases – Danniel Rodriguez (UTEP)

Condition Assessment 2

Geo-Structural Characterization of Foundation Materials using Automated Plate Load Testing – Pavana Vennapusa (Ingios Geotechnics), David J. White

Reduction and Analysis of Pavement Profiler Data to Quantify the Bump at the End of the Bridge – Jenn McAtee (Boise State), Md. Shahjalal Chowdhury, Jennifer Nicks, Mike Adams, Bhaskar Chittoori, Erol Tutumluer, Debakanta Mishra

Variable Energy Lightweight Dynamic Cone Penetrometer: a Quick State of Art – M.A. Benz Navarrete, Ph. Moustan, and Younes Haddani (Sol Solution)

Bearing Capacity Analysis of Soft Subgrade Pavement Layers Under Superheavy Load Vehicle Movements – Hadi Nabizadeh (ARA), Raj Siddharthan, Elie Hajj (University of Nevada – Reno), Mohamed Nimeri, Sherif Elfass

Closing Remarks

2:50 – 3:30 pm