TRB Landslides Book Now Available as an EBook

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Landslides: Investigation and Mitigation

The 1996 book “Landslides: Investigation and Mitigation” has been one of the seminal references in our industry for addressing landslides. The Landslides subcommittee of AKG10 – Engineering Geology of TRB has worked to get this important publication available as an EBook. Efforts are underway to update this reference, several chapters at a time, but in the meantime, you can buy your copy of the ePub format electronic book for your virtual library!

TRB 100th Annual (Virtual) Meeting Docs

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TRB 100th Annual Meeting 2021 - A Virtual Event

TRB’s Standing Committee on Engineering Geology (AKG10) will be meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021 from 2pm to 5pm Eastern Standard Time. Attendance to committee meetings is free but you need to register through TRB at After you register and within 48 hours of committee meeting time, the Zoom link will be made available for you to join.

As most of you know, there is a lot of great discussion during these meetings. I’m sure the effort to have the 100th celebration of TRB in a virtual format was no easy task and it will be great to take advantage of the opportunity for hopefully a larger audience and participation!

TRB 99th Annual Meeting Agendas

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TRB 99th Meeting

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 99th Annual Meeting will be held January 12–16, 2020, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The Engineering Geology Committee (AFP10) and it’s subcommittees will have meetings during this time. Please download the agenda below to see what’s in store!

Contact Ty or use the form to provide comments on the agenda or items of discussion.

If you have not done so, please “friend” AFP10 Engineering Geology Committee at to ensure you get all communications. And let colleagues and friends know to do the same. After you login, choose “Committees-Become a Friend of a Committee”.

The Landslide Blog

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The Landslide Blog

The Landslide Blog by Dave Petley provides commentary on landslide events that occur all around the world. Dave is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

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National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)

Systematic, well-designed, and implementable research is the most effective way to solve many problems facing state departments of transportation (DOTs) administrators and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local interest and can best be studied by state DOTs individually or in cooperation with their state universities and others. However, the accelerating growth of highway transportation results in increasingly complex problems of wide interest to highway authorities.

These problems are best studied through a coordinated program of cooperative research. Recognizing this need, the leadership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 1962 initiated an objective national highway research program using modern scientific techniques—the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). NCHRP is supported on a continuing basis by funds from participating member states of AASHTO and receives the full cooperation and support of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), United States Department of Transportation.

The program is developed on the basis of research needs identified by chief administrators and other staff of the highway and transportation departments, by committees of AASHTO, and by FHWA. Topics of the highest merit are selected by the AASHTO Special Committee on Research and Innovation (R&I), and each year R&I’s recommendations are proposed to the AASHTO Board of Directors and the National Academies. Research projects to address these topics are defined by NCHRP, and qualified research agencies are selected from submitted proposals. Administration and surveillance of research contracts are the responsibilities of the National Academies and TRB.

Mid-Year TRB Meeting at HGS

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Jessica Baker of Colorado DOT Geohazards Group - Photo Credit: Xander Bianchi

The Highway Geology Symposium is coming up at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, in Portland, Oregon on October 21 – 24, 2019. The conference will kick off with a TRB Mid-Year Meeting sponsored by AFP10 – Engineering Geology Committee.

On Monday at 1:00 pm, the half-day session titled Looking Ahead at Informed Decision-making for Engineering Geologists will begin. The ability to process large amounts of data allows engineering geologists access to information not easily obtained just a few years ago. How are we using this information to advance the practice of investigation, design, planning and management? Selected presentations at the 2019 TRB Midyear Session will be on the topic of increased use of data in day to day decisions, as well as long term planning. An open discussion will follow the presentations.

Visit the Highway Geology Symposium website for more details or to register. We hope to see you in Portland!

Image – Jessica Baker of Colorado DOT Geohazards Group, Photo Credit: Xander Bianchi

AM Presentations from 2019 AFP10 Committee Meeting

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There were several great presentations given at the TRB AFP10 Engineering Geology Committee Meeting this past January. You can (finally) download the presentations to see what you might have missed. View all the presentations, or jump straight to the one you are interested in with the links below.

NCHRP Synthesis Statement Topics Due Feb 19, 2019

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NCHRP Synthesis

Members, friends and attendees of the Engineering Geology Committee Annual Meeting,

The due date for NCHRP Synthesis topic statements is this Monday, Feb 19. Please let me know if you have submitted a statement that fits with the spirit and scope of Engineering Geology so we can record and track progress. And, if anyone would like to make a last minute dash to submit a statement please let us know and we can work together to help get it in the TRB System. Here are a few of the synthesis topics brought up during the Annual Meeting.

  1. State of practices for geotechnical and geohazard data management
  2. State of practice for rockfall monitoring
  3. Methods of measuring socioeconomic impacts associated with geohazards
  4. Resilience of rockfall mitigation (could be linked to climate change and geohazards)

Anyone can submit a synthesis topic statement at the following website. The information needed is a scope of work and information sources.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you … ty

Geotechnical Asset Management for Transportation Agencies Reports Available

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Geotechnical Asset Management for Transportation Agencies Manuals

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has released a prepublication, non-edited version of Research Report 903: Geotechnical Asset Management for Transportation Agencies, Volume 1: Research Overview and Volume 2: Implementation Manual. Volume 1 provides the methodology behind delivering a manual for implementing geotechnical asset management (GAM) practices within transportation agencies. For more information and to download the manuals, see the links below. In addition to the manuals, the second link has Excel templates and a powerpoint presentation on how to use the Excel tools.

Agenda and More for 98th Annual TRB Meeting

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TRB Annual Meeting - January 13-17, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Please join us at the Engineering Geology Committee meeting on Wednesday morning, January 16th. The meeting agenda below has more details on dates and times, other related engineering geology events, and ideas to get us started on research topic discussions, which by the way, we do not have to wait for the annual meeting to begin.

Contact Ty or use the form to provide comments on the agenda or items of discussion.

If you have not done so, please “friend” AFP10 Engineering Geology Committee at to ensure you get all communications. And let colleagues and friends know to do the same. After you login, choose “Committees-Become a Friend of a Committee”.