Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Zoom Webinar, Boston MA 02108
12:00PM to 1:00PM
Juan M. Pestana, Sc.D., P.E.(CA), F. ASCE, Senior Principal, Geosyntec Consultants
The use of Numerical Modeling Geotechnical Engineering practice is the process by which we construct a simplified mathematical reality from a more complex physical reality and use numerical methods (or tools) to study the performance of systems at variable levels of abstraction. Although the previous sentence is quite general (and frankly quite obscure and in need of translation), it represents, for the most part, the spirit of the field at present time. Complexities of the physical system (i.e., natural geological materials layering and properties), complex designs, construction processes and sequencing as well as physical constraints due to the existing infrastructure are common problems today and they are becoming increasingly important. The development of a final design often requires that we evaluate the performance of numerous alternatives in terms of the constructability, performance, cost, and the risk of failure. Key elements of material response are introduced and described within the context of behavior of clays (such as our beloved Boston Blue Clay), sands and everything in between. The speaker will give a brief introduction of numerical modeling and as well as its applicability for feasibility, detail design and forensic investigations. Applications will be illustrated through selected projects and case histories.
Registration Deadline: Monday, May 24, 2021
$20 Members, $25 Non-Members
$15 Public Sector Members, $20 Public Sector Non-Members
$5 Senior Members (65+), $5 Students
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