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November 2010 Meeting

Please join the Kansas City Sections of ASCE for a presentation on “A Peek into the Geophysical Toolbox for Geologic Applications.”

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Time: 11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Registration / Social 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Meal and Presentation

Place: Lidia’s Kansas City 101 West 22nd Street Kansas City, MO

Menu: Salad: Insalata Cesare alla Lidia – Lidia’s own version of the American-born, Italian-named Caesar Salad Entree: Pasta Tasting Trio – An endless sampling of three daily-made fresh and filled pastas. Dessert: Tiramisu – Lidia’s rendition of this Venetian dessert made with layers of espresso-soaked lady fingers & Rum-flavored Mascarpone cream, topped with generous sprinkling of cocoa powder

Cost: $30.00 for ASCE members and guests

Reservations: RSVP by Friday, November 5th to Mohamad Ibrawish by emailing mtibrawish@terracon.com or calling (913)638-9184.

Program: There is a significant increase in the amount of geophysics being used by Federal, state and industry geologists and engineers on construction and critical structure projects. This fact was borne out of an NCHRP survey I conducted in 2005-2006 to FHWA, every state DOT, and 8 Canadian Provinces (NCHRP Synthesis #357: Sirles, 2006). The increase use is directly attributed to the value that geophysics adds to subsurface exploration and the characterization of complex geologic conditions.

The presentation will be a technical discussion of the most commonly used methods and their applications. However, the focus will not be on the technique or its theory, but rather on the most recent developments in the geophysical industry that are not yet well known (e.g., 3D seismic modeling, 3D electrical imaging, etc.). Most geotechnical engineers are aware of one geophysical method, or maybe two, but ‘geophysics’ represents a ‘tool-box’ of methods – knowing which tool to use is the most important piece of the puzzle. We will utilize your lunch hour to provide a peek into the state-of-the-art tool box for geophysical investigation methods as applied to geological and geotechnical engineering.

Phil Sirles Managing Geophysicist Zonge Geosciences, Inc. phils@zonge.us 720-962-4444


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