About the NCS Reston Branch

The National Capital Section's Reston Branch hosts regular monthly technical meetings at ASCE Headquarters in Reston at lunch time. Formerly a Committee of the Section, it was, in late October 2017,  anointed a Branch in recognition of its successful track record of serving members from the Reston area with well-attended PDH and networking opportunities. Several Branch Officer positions have opened up for our member volunteers to fill. Take advantage of these emerging leadership opportunities!

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This talk will provide an introduction to the design and structural interaction of Geopier Rammed Aggregate Pier (RAP) & Rigid Inclusion systems with shallow spread footing and slab on grades.

These systems are ground improvement technologies that can be used to increase bearing capacity and control settlement of buildings, tanks, retaining walls, and embankments to close tolerances. Depending on site requirements, Geopier systems can be installed using replacement or displacement methods. RAP systems are used to reinforce good to poor soils, including soft to stiff clay and silt; loose to dense sand; organic silt and peat; variable, uncontrolled fill; and soils below the ground water table. They can be used as an alternative to deep foundations or over-excavation, and provide cost and time savings on sites where building on existing poor soils and/or undocumented fill present unacceptable risk to the owner.

This presentation reviews fundamental Geopier design and construction techniques and discuss the collaborative effort between the project structural engineer and RAP designer needed for a successful project.

WHEN: Monday, Jan 27, 2020, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM (Sign-in and catered lunch begin at 11:45 AM, with speaker at 12:00 PM)
WHERE: ASCE Headquarters - 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20191
COST: $25 per person (member) $20 (life member) $30 (nonmember)
Attendees will receive (1.0) Professional Development Hour (PDH).

About the Presenters:

Shana Carroll, P.E., is an Associate at DW Kozera, a geotechnical firm specializing in solving geotechnical, geostructural, and environmental challenges for clients throughout the mid-Atlantic United States. Shana was formerly a regional manager with GeoStructures, Inc., where she was involved in the design, estimating, and pre-construction management of specialty geotechnical systems throughout the East Coast for 14 years. Prior to this role she was an engineer at GeoSyntec Consultants focusing on geotechnical instrumentation and solid waste facility design. Shana holds a B.S. & M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Bucknell University and is a registered Professional Engineer in 5 states. She is current president of the National Capital Section Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  In her spare time, Shana enjoys writing about topics related to young professionals on her blog www.outofthecube.net and traveling.

Valerie Merida, P.E., serves as the Vice President of Engineering for GeoStructures, a design/build contractor which provides engineered earth structures and ground improvement technologies. Valerie has worked with GeoStructures since 2004 and has been involved in the design and construction of specialty geotechnical systems for hundreds of projects throughout the East Coast. Prior to GeoStructures, Valerie worked for several years as a geotechnical consultant. Valerie holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Welcome to the Reston Branch

We're always on the lookout for volunteers to help in the planning of technical meetings in Reston. The Branch hosts technical meetings monthly for ASCE members in the Reston area, including surrounding counties, looking to network with other professionals, sharpen their technical and professional skills, and earn Professional Development Hours. For more information, contact the Branch Chair, Lisa Anderson, at lmanders@bechtel.com or 703-429-6631.

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