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   Houston, Texas

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OCTOBER 9, 2019
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
4:00 PM (1.0 PDH) Erosion Control 101: When, Where and How
5:30 PM (1.0 PDH) Helical Anchors and Foundations

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

Your reservations are appreciated. Please click here to make your reservation(s) online. If you are unable to register online, please contact Vicky Bonds at Geotech Engineering and Testing, Tel: 713-699-4000 at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Continuing Education Certificates will be provided at the end of the meeting(s) for attendees that are current members and who have preregistered. However for Ethics Workshops, nonmembers who have preregistered will also be given Continuing Education Certificates at the close of the workshop provided a payment of $25 is received (pay at the door).

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 : Erosion Control 101: When, Where and How

Speaker : Mr. Keith Brooks w/ Industrial Fabrics

BIO : Keith C. Brooks, P.E. is the Regional Sales Manager  Civil for the Greater Houston area for Industrial Fabrics, Inc. Keith brings with him over 20 years of construction products manufacturing, engineering, distribution and sales experience. His areas of expertise include Geosynthetics, Erosion Control, Drainage, Stormwater Management and Site Stabilization. Prior to joining Industrial Fabrics, Inc in August 2019, Keith served 4 ½ years as the Houston Area Manager for GeoSolutions, Inc. He has also held positions with Contech Construction Products and Tensar International. Keith holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.

ABSTRACT : With the growing concern over the environment, erosion control has become a major issue in civil construction.  As engineers, we are called on as experts and are expected to provide guidance to the construction community regarding the proper applications of the various types of erosion control systems.  Erosion Control 101: When, Where, and How is a presentation designed to help all engineers, from entry level to senior partner, develop a better understanding of the available erosion control solutions and when one choice is better than another.  When is hard armor truly needed?  Can I have a green solution or do I have to use slope paving or rip rap? What is the difference between an Erosion Control Blanket (ECB) and Turf Reinforcement Mat (TRM)?  When should I consider Hydromulch?  These are questions that many engineers have, and not having a clear answer to these questions often leads to over-design. Mr. Brooks will answer these questions and more.


Highway engineers and officials, civil engineers, general contractors, roadway contractors, and others interested in learning more about erosion control of embankments.

5:30 PM (1.0 PDH)

Title : Helical Anchors and Foundations

Speaker : Mr. Jake Stovall w/ Helical Concepts, Inc.

BIO : Jake Stovall has worked in the Helical Pier Industry for 20 years. He specializes in New Construction projects and facilitates jobs from small home projects to large scale government jobs.

ABSTRACT : Helical Piers are used in both new foundation construction and foundation repairs. Mr. Stovall will define helical piers, give an overview of the Chance Helical Pier, show how to determine its capacity, present many applications where helical piers may be used, and list the information the engineer needs to provide when specifying helicals for his or her deep foundation element design.


General Contractors, Foundation Contractors, Foundation Repair Contractors, Engineers, Owners, and others interested in learning how helical piers are used in foundation repair and in new foundation construction projects.



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