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Call for Submissions

As of July 5, 2019, draft submission is closed.

Volunteer to review papers for G-I conferences

Special Topics for Geo-Congress 2020

  • Geotechnics of Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers: Flood control; Lake Agassiz Clays and Flood control structure designs. Slope and costal erosion stabilization. Geotechnics of marine structures.
  • “Common Ground” Geotechnical Issues Shared by the US and Canada: Boarder projects and topics of international interest: Example: Projects along the great lakes, peat, permafrost, and railways.
  • 50th Anniversary of Minnesota Geotechnical Society; University of Minnesota 68th Annual Geotechnical Conference: Kersten Lecture. Invited international speakers. Local and regional projects and case histories. Example: Geotechnics of MN Sports Stadiums: Target Center, Xcel, Twins, US Bank, MN United.
  • The Geotechnics of Alternative Project Delivery: Impact of project procurement (traditional, CMGC, DB, P3) on geotechnics. Performance-based work.
  • Geo-Education: Trends in geotechnical engineering education, incorporating research into education, use of case histories in education.
  • Construction, Inspection, and Monitoring: Innovative monitoring techniques; UAS inspection; LiDAR; photogrammetry; thermal imaging in geoconstruction.
  • Advances in Geo-Computing. Cloud computing, new methods in numerical methods (discrete element, FDEM, coupled processes, etc.), visualization techniques; geotechnical engineering and the fourth dimensio.
  • Geo-Systems: Integration of geotechnical engineering with other science and engineering disciplines; bio-inspired geotechnics, geo-structural engineering; hydraulicsscour-soil transport; beyond the thermal pile: geothermal application.
  • Geo-Forensics: Hindsight is 20/20: Failure case histories; multi-disciplinary teams for geotechnical failure investigations; have we really learned from past failures? Does history always need to repeat itself?
  • Geo-Ethics: Socially responsible geotechnical practice; reporting of geotechnical data; are we as confident as we appear on paper? Geotechnical engineers, risk, responsibility, and the legal system.
  • States of Stress: An examination of the challenges of our practice. Moving forward in a dynamic and rapidly changing world. Responding to the priorities and needs of civil infrastructure within constraints and demands related to time, talent, budget, coordination, and communication.

Geotechnical Engineering Topics

These topics correspond to the organization of the Geo-Institute’s standing technical committees:

  • Computational Geotechnic
  • Deep Foundations
  • Earth Retaining Structures
  • Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamic
  • Embankments, Dams, and Slopes
  • Engineering Geology and Site Characterization
  • Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Geophysical Engineering
  • Geosynthetics
  • Geotechnics of Soil Erosion
  • Grouting
  • Pavements
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Shallow Foundations
  • Soil Improvement
  • Soil Properties and Modeling
  • Sustainability In Geotechnical Engineering
  • Underground Engineering and Construction
  • Unsaturated Soils


Abstracts without all the details requested below may not be considered:

  • Abstracts must be between 100 to 400 words.
  • Abstracts must identify the name of the topic to which the paper is being submitted.
  • Abstracts must include the full formal names, credentials, affiliations and email addresses for all authors.
  • The corresponding author must be the author uploads the abstract and presents the final paper.
  • Abstracts (and all details requested above) must be uploaded to the online CATALYST Paper Submission System.
  • Abstracts are due by .
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