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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:00 PM (1.0 PDH) Non-Destructive Evaluation of Concrete Dams
5:00 PM (1.0 PDH) Sustainable Highway Slope Stabilization Using Recycled Plastic Pin (RPP)

Hess Club
5430 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77056
(Business casual dress code)

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This technical program is complimentary to you thanks in part to our Room Sponsors:

Nelson Construction and Foundation Repair
Ram Jack
VoidForm Products, Inc.

4:00 PM (1.0 PDH)

Title : Non-Destructive Evaluation of Concrete Dams

Speaker : Mr. Larry D. Olson, PE w/ Olson Engineering, Inc.

Abstract : The Webinar will be presented by Larry D. Olson, PE, Chief Engineer at Olson Engineering with offices in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and Rockville, Maryland. Mr. Olson is the president and owner of Olson Engineering, Inc. and Olson Instruments, Inc. and has 40 years of consulting experience in structural condition assessment, geotechnical, pavement, materials, geophysical and vibration engineering.

Larry D. Olson, P.E., is nationally and internationally known for his expertise in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and performance monitoring of civil infrastructure including dams, bridges, buildings, foundations, pavements, tunnels, etc. He is a member or past member of several committees including: USSDs Dam Monitoring Committee, ASCEs Geophysics Committee, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee AFF60 Tunnels, AFF40 on Field Testing and Nondestructive Evaluation of Transportation Structures and its Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) subcommittee as well as the Earth Exploration Committee AFP20 and its Geophysical subcommittee. He has been an instructor in the American Society of Civil Engineers seminar on Structural Condition Assessment of Existing Structure since 1997 and in 2009 developed a new ASCE seminar Bridge Condition Assessment and Performance Monitoring. He was the primary instructor in an Engineering Education of Australia seminar series on Nondestructive Evaluation of Concrete, Asphalt and Wood in Sydney and Melbourne in 2010 and for the two ASCE seminars in Brisbane and Sydney in 2014 and again in 2015 and 2017. He is a member of the American Concrete Institute and served as President of the National Capital Chapter of ACI in 2015 as well as being active in Committees 228 Nondestructive Testing, 309 Consolidation and 342 Bridge Evaluation and a technical affiliate of the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors. Mr. Olson is past Chairman of the Evaluation Committee of the International Concrete Repair Institute (2002-2009) as well as a fellow of ICRI and a past ICRI board member. He is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies International and Transportation Committees as well as ASCEs Geophysics Committee. He is a long-time member of IADSC and was involved in the FHWA/IADSC sponsored integrity testing of drilled shafts for QA purposes at the CA, TX and MA sites in the late 1980s to early 1990s. He has 40 years of consulting experience in structural condition assessment and monitoring, materials, pavement, geotechnical, geophysical, and vibration engineering. He holds BS Civil and MS (Geotechnical) Engineering degrees from the Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Austin which honored him as a distinguished alumnus in 2006. Olson Engineering has its main office in Wheat Ridge CO (metro Denver) with a branch office in Rockville MD (metro Washington, DC). Mr. Olson founded Olson Instruments, Inc. in 1993 to manufacture NDE and seismic geophysical instruments.

5:00 PM (1.0 PDH)

Title : Sustainable Highway Slope Stabilization Using Recycled Plastic Pin (RPP)

Speaker : Dr. Sahadat Hossain, P.E. w/ University of Texas at Arlington

Abstract : Shallow slope failures are common for highway embankments in the north Texas region and pose significant maintenance problems for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). As a cost-effective alternative, recycled plastic pins (RPPs) has been utilized to repair failed slopes for TxDOT. Recycled Plastic Pin (RPP) is lightweight material made from recycled plastics and waste materials (i.e., polymer, sawdust, fly ash etc.) and is less susceptible to chemical and biological degradation. The presentation will focus on the performance evaluations of highway slopes repaired with RPP in North Texas mainly for TxDOTs Dallas and Fort Worth Districts.

Dr. Sahadat Hossain is a Professor of Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. Since 2015, Dr. Hossain is the founding director of Organized Research Center of Excellence (ORCE)  Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS). The mission of SWIS is to work on developing clean and healthy urban cities through sustainable waste management. Dr. Hossain has more than 20 (twenty) years of professional and research experience in geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. He had worked on more than 150 (One Hundred and Fifty) geotechnical design and construction projects in Bangladesh, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and USA. Dr. Hossain is extensively working on reusing recycling materials for other engineering applications, as part of his commitment towards circular economy. One of his major projects was with Texas Department of Transportation on using Recycled Plastic Pins (RPP) for slope stabilization in Texas, a very cost effective, sustainable and green solutions and was adopted by TxDOT. Dr. Hossain was interviewed by local TV (ABC News, CBS News, Fox News) and national newspaper Atlantic Cities on the utilization recycled plastic pins for slope stabilization. Right now, Dr Hossain is working on Plastic Road, reusing recycled plastics for asphalt pavement road. Dr. Hossain was interviewed by NPR (National Public Radio) few times different topics including sustainable waste management and recycling. Dr. Hossain presented on Garbage: Asset or Liability  as a TED Talk speaker in April 2016. Dr. Hossain was invited as a keynote speakers, panelist or technical experts in many countries, including Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil, Colombia, Austria, Finland, Belgium, Serbia, India, Bangladesh, and Thailand. Dr. Hossain has completed his B.S. degree (1994) in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India, Master of Engineering (1997) in Geotechnical Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, and Ph.D. (2002) from North Carolina State University (NCSU) at Raleigh, NC, USA.



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