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2013 Geo-Congress:Stability and Performance of Slopes and

About the Conference

The 2013 Geo-Congress will build upon the success of previous Geo-Congresses by meeting the technical and professional needs of the geo-profession. The broad theme of the 2013 Geo-Congress is the “Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments,” a theme that encompasses all aspects of the geo-profession.

In 1966, G.E. Bertram, W.G. Holtz, T.W. Lambe, H.B. Seed, J.K. Mitchell, and R.J. Woodward organized a historic “Geo-Congress” on the stability and performance of slopes and embankments. This Congress brought together some of the most prominent geoengineers of the time – Whitman, Peck, Casagrande, Wilson, and Sherard, just to name a few – to discuss the state-of-the-practice, state-of-the-art, and future directions in slope stability analysis, dam and levee design, and the evaluation of natural slopes. Roughly 25 years later in 1992, the Embankments, Dams, and Slopes (EDS) committee of the ASCE Geotechnical Engineering Division sponsored a second landmark Geo-Congress – Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments II (A 25-year Perspective). The list of speakers included preeminent engineers such as Morgenstern, Lambe, Duncan, Marcuson, Sowers, Ladd, Mitchell, and too many others to list.

The EDS committee of the Geo-Institute of ASCE is now sponsoring a third Geo-Congress with the theme of Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments. The Geo-Congress will feature the Seed, Peck, and Terzaghi Lectures, as well as panel, plenary, and poster sessions on a broad range of geotechnical topics, largely under the umbrella of slopes and embankments. We trust that at this Geo-Congress the profession will present the highest quality research, case histories of great importance, and advancements that will improve the geo-profession.

Conference Themes

To expand upon the legacy of prior Congresses, the 2013 Geo-Congress technical program will address issues that span the entire spectrum of geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, and related fields. These themes encompass the scopes of every G-I technical committee as well as committees outside of the G-I, including contracting, management, and legal issues. While the Congress will involve the following broad themes, abstracts on other topics related to the geo-profession also will be considered. 

oExploration and characterization for design, analysis, and remediation of soil and rock slopes and embankments, including levees and dams 

oDesign and analysis methods for slopes and embankments, as well as structures impacted by slopes and embankments 

oConstruction, contracting, legal, and educational issues for design, analysis, construction, and remediation of slopes and embankments 

oObservation, monitoring, and condition assessment of slopes and embankments 

oInspection, hazard assessment, and management of slopes and embankments 

oRepair and remediation of slopes and embankments 

Authors are requested to select a session from a list of broad session topics during web submission. Authors are encouraged to submit their abstracts to the session that is most closely related to the topic of their paper. The final program will be established according to papers submitted, and the conference organizers may relocate submissions that fit well in multiple sessions.

Call for Papers

A new feature of this year’s Geo-Congress is the types of papers that can be submitted to the Congress. These three types of paper submissions are “research letters,” “technical papers,” and “case study papers.”

Research Letters:

“Research letter” submissions should be 3-4 pages in length, and should highlight the findings from cutting-edge research projects or particularly innovative practice-oriented projects that can be described in a short paper. The particular goal of this paper category is entice researchers and practitioners to publish early results from some of their best work that they plan to later publish in more detail in an archival journal. The conference organizers hope that this approach to conference paper publication should allow for early dissemination of particularly innovative ideas without a concern for dual-publication (copyright-related) issues.

Technical Papers:

“Technical paper” submissions should be 6-10 pages in length, and should describe in significant detail the results from research- or practice-oriented projects that will be of broad interest to the geotechnical engineering community. This category corresponds to the traditional paper format from past Geo-Congress proceedings.

Case Study Papers:

“Case study paper” submissions should be 10-15 pages in length, and should provide more extensive details and information about an individual field case study that will be of broad interest to the geotechnical engineering community. The additional five pages that are allowed for papers in this category can be used to present additional pictures, graphics, and discussion needed to properly document the case study for the long-term benefit of the geotechnical community. 


Submitted abstracts should be 200-300 words in length, and should fit into the technical sessions listed on the Geo-Institute website. During abstract submission, authors will be asked to identify their type of paper submission, the technical session that best fits their abstract topic, and whether they would prefer to present their paper in a podium or poster session at the Congress. Author instructions are on the Abstract Submission Site.

Technical sessions for the 2013 Geo-Congress will comprise a well-rounded mix of papers from each of the above three categories to appeal to a broad and diverse group of academic and practicing geotechnical engineers. In addition, an important feature of the 2013 Geo-Congress will be the greatly expanded poster sessions. Many technical sessions will include both podium and poster presentation components. To promote the poster sessions, these will be scheduled daily in dedicated blocks with no competing podium sessions. Furthermore, the organizing committee will work with session leaders to ensure that both podium and poster presentation components of particular sessions involve a suitable mix of both early-career and experienced researchers and practitioners.

Upon acceptance of abstracts, authors are required to submit their paper according to the format guidelines for Geotechnical Special Publications (GSP). Papers will be peer-reviewed and produced as proceedings for distribution to registrants and available to the community at large through ASCE Press.

Paper Deposit Fee

Authors whose abstracts or draft papers are selected will be requested to submit a final paper along with the paper deposit fee of $295* by the submission deadline. Submitting a paper to the Congress constitutes agreement that, if their paper is accepted, the author(s) will register appropriately for the Congress, attend the Congress, and present their work in person.

The deposit fee will be credited towards the Congress registration for the author submitting the final paper. Upon acceptance of the paper, the registration discount code and instructions will be forwarded to the author. Authors uploading more than one paper will pay only one deposit fee. If an individual uploads a paper but a substitute author will present the paper, please note the deposit fee will not apply to the substitute’s registration fee.

All paper deposit fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable, and payment of the deposit fee does not guarantee the author a copy of the proceedings. Authors must attend the congress to receive the proceedings. All expenses associated with the preparation, submission, and presentation of abstracts and papers are the responsibility of the authors.

*Note: A paper deposit fee for papers authored solely by students will be reimbursed after the Geo-Congress.


Submission of Paper Abstracts: April 17, 2012

Notification of Abstract Acceptance: May 9, 2012

Draft Papers Due: June 20, 2012

Review Decision on Draft Papers: August 29, 2012

Final Papers Due: September 19, 2012

Conference Organizing Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

J. Erik Loehr, University of Missouri (eloehr@missouri.edu)

Scott M. Olson, University of Illinois (olsons@illinois.edu)

Technical Program Chair

Joseph Wartman, University of Washington (wartman@uw.edu)

Technical Publication Chair

Christopher L. Meehan, University of Delaware (cmeehan@udel.edu)

Short Courses/Workshops Chair

Francisco Silva, GeoEngineering (silva@alum.mit.edu)

Student Activities Chair

Binod Tiwari, California State Univ., Fullerton (btiwari@fullerton.edu)

Software Demonstrations Chair

Scott Anderson, Kleinfelder (sanderson@kleinfelder.com)

Exhibits and Sponsorship Chair

Garry Gregory, Gregory Geotechnical (ggregory@gregeo.com)

Local Liaison Chair (G-I San Diego Chapter)

Jorge Meneses, Kleinfelder (jmeneses@kleinfelder.com)

Cooperating Organizations Chair

Vern Schaeffer, Iowa State University (vern@iastate.edu)

Student Volunteers Liaisons (Univ. of California, San Diego)

Patrick Fox, University of California, San Diego (pjfox@ucsd.edu)

Ahmed Elgamal, San Diego (aelgamal@ucsd.edu)

Geo-Institute of ASCE

Robert Schweinfurth, Director (rschweinfurth@asce.org)

Helen Cook, Board and Program Specialist (hcook@asce.org)

Technical Program Questions

Contact Joseph Wartman (wartman@uw.edu)


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