Attendees have the opportunity to attend four plenary lectures from some of the most distinguished names in the industry during Geo-Frontiers 2011 in Dallas, Texas, on March 13-16, 2011.
Norbert Morgenstern, Ph.D., P.Eng., M.ASCE, will present the H. Bolton Seed Lecture on Sunday, March 13, entitled Risk and Reward: Geotechnical Engineering and the Alberta Oil Sands. This lecture is given annually by the recipient of the H. Bolton Seed Medal for outstanding contributions to teaching, research, or practice in geotechnical engineering.
This year's Peck Lecture, taking place Monday, March 14, will be presented by Antonio Bobet, Sc.D., P.E., M.ASCE, and will be entitled Seismic Design of Underground Structures: Lessons from the Failure of the Daikai Station. Delivered annually by a geotechnical engineer selected for outstanding contributions to the profession through the analysis and publication of case histories, the Peck lecture is named in honor of Ralph B. Peck, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE.
On Tuesday, March 15, the Terzhagi Lecture will feature Kenneth H. Stokoe II, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, speaking about Seismic Measurements and Geotechnical Engineering. For nearly 50 years, the Karl Terzaghi Lecture has been given by an individual honored for their exemplary contributions to the field of geotechnical engineering.
The final plenary lecture, the Mercer Lecture, is on Wednesday, March 16 and will cover the Use of Geosynthetics to Improve Seismic Performance of Earth Structures. This lecture will be presented by Junichi Koseki of the Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo. The Mercer Lecture is a biennial lecture with the endorsement of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). The aim of the lecture is to help promote co-operation of information exchange between the geotechnical engineering profession and the geosynthetics industry by giving an eminent practitioner the opportunity to undertake a lecture tour on the subject of Geosynthetics in Geotechnical Engineering.