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   Houston, Texas

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
5:00 to 6:30 P.M. (1.0 PDH)
6:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M. Annual Board Meeting
6:45 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Annual Members Meeting
7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. Annual Appreciation Dinner

Hess Club

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


The Annual Appreciation Dinner will be held immediately following the Annual Meeting. (Please RSVP by December 6, 2017).

Pre-registered Members   Complimentary
Walk-in Members   $10.00
Members' Spouses   $25.00
Others   $40.00

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 for attendees that are current members and who have made reservations.

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

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


Designing Bases and Subgrades for Better Pavement Performance

Speaker: Robert L. Lytton, Ph.D., P.E. Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, Bryan TX, Tel. No. 979-845-9964.

Dr. Lytton is an Honorary FPA Life Member, FPA Structural Committee Member, Professor of Civil Engineering in the Zachry Civil Engineering Department of the Texas A&M University and a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas with a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas (1967). 

Dr. Lytton is internationally recognized for his work in the study of the effect of expansive soil on foundations and pavements, having given presentations on the subject worldwide, most recently as the keynote speaker at the 2nd Transportation Research Congress in Beijing, China in May 2017. The same Research Congress hosted a symposium that was named in his honor, called The 2nd Transportation Research Congress Symposium in Honor of Robert L Lytton.  In August 2017, at the International Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ASCE’s Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) bestowed its 2017 Francis C. Turner Award on Dr. Lytton for his advancements and innovation of pavements design and construction. 

Dr. Lytton has selflessly presented to this FPA forum at least 15 times and he has also presented in past FPA seminars.  


Dr. Robert LyttonThe National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) of the National Academies of Science acknowledged that subgrades and base courses have a major effect on pavement performance. In the past engineers had used primitive models to model subgrades and base course that resulted in a mismatch between design and performance. The NCHRP went out for bids for R&D on how to improve the modeling of pavements, base courses and subgrades to better represent what is experienced in the field. TAMU was awarded the project and is nearing completion of its study. TAMU’s study results are the subject of Dr. Lytton’s presentation.

TAMU’s study included models of reinforced / unreinforced concrete and asphalt pavements. The primary variables in TAMU’s newly developed pavement design procedure affecting pavement performance were load, moisture and temperature. Dr. Lytton will present interesting new results in pavement/base/subgrade performance relationships, particularly with respect to pavement joints in reinforced and unreinforced concrete pavements, and the use of geosynthetics in reinforcing base courses. He will also show that using radar, it may now be possible to determine the percent of lime or cement that was installed in stabilized base courses, something that has not been done before.


Pavement Engineers, geotechnical engineers, foundation design engineers, pavement contractors, forensic engineers, city, county and state engineers, building owners, and others interested in improving the performance and life of pavements.


To read summaries of previous FPA presentations by Dr. Lytton, please click:

December 2016 - Design of Drilled Shafts in Expansive Soils. Part 3
December 2015 - Edge Cracking in Pavements on Expansive Soils: Causes and Countermeasures
December 2014 - Methylene Blue Test of Soil Properties: A Rapid and Accurate Field Test
December 2013 - Design of Drilled Shafts in Expansive Soils. Part 2
December 2012 - Design of Pavements on Expansive Clay Subgrades
December 2011 - Design of Drilled Shafts in Expansive Soils
December 2010 - Effects of Trees on Foundations 
December 2009 - Contrasting Design Approaches for Slabs-on-Ground and Raised Floor Foundations on Expansive Soils
December 2008  - How to use the PTI-3rd Edition to Design Foundations in Houston
December 2007  - Design of Structures to Resist the Pressures and Movements of Expansive Soils
December 2006 - Revisitation of Expansive Soils
December 2004 - Case Studies of Residential Foundation Movements in Southern Houston Area
August 2003 - How to Run Soil Suction Tests
August 2002 - Shallow Slope Failures and Suction from Vegetation
August 2001  - Methods to Aid Structural and Geotechnical Engineers in Designing Slab-on-Grade



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