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ASCE-GI San Francisco Chapter Dinner Meeting
Scott's Seafood Jack London Square
2 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 444-3456
Wednesday, October 09, 2019, 5:45 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
Category: Other

ASCE Geo-Institute San Francisco Chapter Dinner Meeting

SFGI is pleased to welcome John R. Wolosick, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE for a presentation on:

The Stabilization of the Bluffs at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France


On D-day, June 6, 1944, an Army Ranger battalion led by Colonel James Earl Rudder was tasked with taking Point du Hoc in Normandy, France.  It was a tough battle, with about 100 Rangers losing their lives while scaling the cliff and capturing the remaining Germans.  The site is now a highly visited landmark, with about 750,000 people visiting per year.
Due to the harsh weather and rough seas in this area, the cliffs have receded about 10 meters since 1944.  This erosion threatened the stability of an historic German Observation Post, which had to be closed to the public due to the danger of its immediate proximity to the cliffs.
A team of engineers headed by Texas A&M University performed geotechnical and geological investigations, recommended fixes with cost estimates and established instrumentation to monitor the OP and the cliff.  The presentation presents the history of the site along with the results of the investigation, repair recommendations and a presentation of the final construction works.

Speaker Bio

John R. Wolosick is the Director of Engineering for Hayward Baker Inc., Atlanta, Georgia. From this home base, he works on projects all across the United States. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has 40 years of experience in Geotechnical Engineering and contracting. John is the author of more than 35 technical papers.

Mr. Wolosick was the recipient of the 2008 ASCE/Geo-Institute Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award. He is a Past-President of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI - 2014-2016). John is the former Co-Chair the ADSC/DFI Micropile committee (2004-2007). He is also Past-Chair of the ASCE Georgia Section Geotechnical Committee (2003-2005).

Mr. Wolosick was named the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers 'Engineer of the Year - Industry' in 2017 and received the George F. Sowers Piedmont Award from the Georgia ASCE/Geo-Institute in 2019.


5:45 pm - Registration and Social Hour
6:30 pm - Dinner**
7 pm - Announcements and Presentation

** Dinner is not guaranteed for individuals arriving after 6:30 pm.


Scott's Seafood Jack London Square. The dinner presentation will be held in the Harbor View AB Room.

Register Here

$65 - Professionals and Guests
$75 - Walk-in Professionals and Guests**
$20 - Students

** Please register if you plan to attend - walk-in availability will be limited.

Contact: San Francisco Geo-Institute (SFGI), ASCE | [email protected]