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ASCE-LA Geo-Institute Spring Seminar - 42nd Annual
Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA USA

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 1:00 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
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ASCE Los Angeles Geo-Institute Chapter 42nd Annual Spring Seminar & 15th Kenneth L. Lee Lecture

The ASCE Los Angeles Geo-Institute Chapter established the Kenneth L. Lee Lecture Award to honor the contributions of Professor Lee to his profession and to recognize outstanding achievements in earthquake engineering, earth structures design, and geotechnical engineering.
The 2019 recipient of the Kenneth L. Lee Lecture Award is Professor George Gazetas. Prof. Gazetas will deliver the Fifteenth Kenneth Lee Lecture during the evening Banquet titled “A Case History of Failure Supports the Concept of “Rocking” Foundations.”

There are two afternoon presentations, the first of which will be given by Mr. John Bulinski, Caltrans District 7 Director, and the second afternoon presentation will be given by Professor Emeritus Bengt Fellenius, of University of Ottawa, Canada, on “Observations, analysis, and design of single piles and wide piled foundations.”


Wednesday April 17th, 2019

A Case History of Failure Supports the Concept of “Rocking” Foundations

Presented by: Professor George Gazetas National Technical University Athens, Greece


Designing a foundation to respond to earthquake shaking in a strongly-nonlinear way, with substantial uplifting and mobilization of bearing-capacity failure mechanisms, has been found to lead to safe and resilient soil-structure systems. A large number of dynamic analyses and shaking-table experiments (both in centrifuge, small-scale, and large-scale) have consistently demonstrated the advantages of so-designed foundations, called “Rocking” Foundations. The lecture in addition to several examples, will further show their superior behavior by systematically back-analyzing a case-history involving the failure of a bridge in a major historic earthquake. Both simple and elaborate analyses reveal the beneficial role of nonlinearity in the soil-foundation system and will partly explain the rehabilitation measures taken post-seismically. Limitations stemming from the unavoidable residual deformations will also be discussed.


Please complete your registration on our website ( with PayPal/credit card payment option or use the form below. Use one form per registrant and duplicate the form for additional registrants. Determine payment from the Registration Fee Schedule shown below. Send completed form(s) and payment in the form of a check payable to ASCE LA Geotechnical Group to the Treasurer:

Mr. David Albus
Albus-Keefe & Associates, Inc.
1011 N. Armando Street
Anaheim, CA 92806
[email protected]

Registration Fee:

Early registration (registration and payment received on or before 4/5/191) $160 standard, $80 public employees, $25 students
Regular registration (registration and payment received after 4/5/191 & Before 4/16/2019...….…$200 standard, $100 public employees, $50 students
On-site registration (4/17/192) $230 standard only.
No refunds for cancellations requested after 4/12/2018.
Due to limited seating, on-site registrations will be accepted only until event is full.
Proof of full-time student status required on-site.
Proof of employment required on-site.


1) There will be a professional photographer at the event this year. So be picture ready (both for group and professional headshots).
2) We are going to have a raffle for a special gift using your business cards. Don’t forget to bring one


Wednesday, April 17, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 PM Registration (Geo Expo)
2:00 – 3:00 PM Presentation by Mr. John Bulinski
3:00 – 3:30 PM Coffee Break (Geo Expo)
3:30 – 4:30 PM Presentation by Prof. Bengt Fellenius
4:30 – 6:00 PM Social hour (Geo Expo)
6:00 – 8:30 PM Banquet
Kenneth L. Lee Lecture: Prof. George Gazetas

Contact: Macan Doroudian: [email protected]