2013 Geohazards Forum at JMU in Harrisonburg, VA

Before getting caught up in the holidays, end-of-year and end-of-semester, please take a moment to think about attending or presenting at the 2013 Geohazards Forum. The Forum will be held from July 30th to August 1st, 2013, and will be hosted by James Madison University Department of Geology & Environmental Science in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

A Call for Abstracts is attached. In addition to speaking slots, short abstracts for poster sessions are also welcome.  If accepted, guidance on poster presentation will follow.

The Forum always attracts an excellent cross-section of engineers, planners, scientists, contractors, manufacturers, and other professionals.  The 2013  Forum will be a joint effort between the Appalachian States Coalition for Geohazards Impacting Transportation and the Interstate Technical Group on Abandoned Underground Mines (ITGAUM).

The 2013  Forum will include a pre-conference field trip and workshop on July 30.  We will simulate an emergency rock slope repair mobilization. We are planning to visit the site of a severe rock slope failure that occurred in 2009.  During the morning, we will gather geotechnical data using both traditional, analog methods and modern remote-sensing tools, including digital devices, digital photography, and LiDAR (weather permitting).  After lunch, back at the University, we will analyze the data in real-time using traditional and innovative methods, derive factors-of-safety for the remediated and un-remediated portions of the slope, and design a slope management plan.  Several consultants and slope-repair vendors will be present to discuss options and cost-benefit issues.

Please consider bringing the family next year!  James Madison University is located in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia, and the town offers a range of amenities for dining and shopping.  In addition, the nearby town of Staunton offers a rich variety of Victorian architecture,  historical reenactments and petting zoos at the Frontier Culture Museum, antique stores on seemingly every corner, and the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s original theater at Blackfriar’s Playhouse.  The nearby Blue Ridge offers dozens of small wineries, cider works, and brewpubs,  many with 360-degree views of the mountains and valleys.  The beautiful Grounds of the University of Virginia and Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall are not far away, and the George Washington Forest offers miles of hiking and biking trails and scenic views of mountains, rivers, lakes, and wildlife.

This year’s technical sessions will focus on the following major topics:

Innovative and Integrative Field,
Digital, and Remote Mapping
Investigation
Tunneling and Trenchless Excavation
Monitoring
Landslides
Risk Assessment
Monitoring and Instrumentation
Inventory
Squeeze, Creep and Collapsible Fill
Remediation
Geological Mapping
Environmental Issues
Karst Issues
Mining Methods
Geo-environmental Aspects
Historical Aspects

Related topics are welcome. Prospective presenters are asked to submit abstracts for presentations on or before May 18, 2013. Abstracts should be in Microsoft Word format, Times New Roman, 12-pitch, double-spaced and left justified, should be 300 words or less, and should include the presentation title, along with the presenters name, title, organization or company, business address, phone number and email address. Abstracts should be emailed to: Tony Szwilski Szwilski@marshall.edu, (304) 696-5457.

Selected presenters will be notified by June 7, 2013, and PowerPoint presentations in MS Office 2010 will be due on or before July 18, 2013. For information or questions concerning conference presentations, please contact Tony Szwilski Szwilski@marshall.edu, (304) 696-5457 or Teresa Buckland (304) 696-3568, buckland@marshall.edu or visit the conference website at http://www.marshall.edu/cegas/geohazards/. Details pertaining to speaker guidelines and other presentation information will be provided to authors and/or presenters at the time of abstract acceptance.

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