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June 2019 Emerging Professionals Meeting
North Natomas Library
4660 Via Ingoglia
Sacramento, CA 95835
(916) 264-2700

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM PDT
Category: Sacramento Emerging Professionals

Emerging Professionals Meeting

Laboratory Testing and Soil Strength Parameter Selection for Slope Stability Analysis

Presented by: Bob Lokteff, Blackburn Consulting

Selection of appropriate strength parameters is an important aspect of slope stability analysis.  This requires an understanding of the different laboratory strength tests available, selection of appropriate laboratory test and test parameters, and interpretation of test results.  With an understanding of these items, the geotechnical engineer can confidently use lab test data and not rely entirely on typical published values.  Mr. Lokteff will draw upon his 30 years of geotechnical engineering and laboratory testing experience to provide his insights into laboratory test selection, result interpretation, and strength parameter selection for slope stability analysis that should prove helpful to project-level engineers.


Bob Lokteff has over 29 years of geotechnical engineering experience and has been with Blackburn consulting for over 20 years.  He is a recognized leader in the area of flood control and the geotechnical community in California, and has served as a board member and president of the California Geotechnical Engineering Association for 12 years.  Bob’s contributions to the engineering community include involvement with the Corps of Engineers Sacramento-Area Geotechnical Levee Design/Construction Group and Slurry Wall Design Round Table, and presentations to professional associations on state-of-the practice laboratory testing and levee design. 

Bob’s geotechnical expertise includes seepage, slope instability and settlement mitigation on flood control projects; application of pavement rehabilitation strategies, and advanced interpretation and application of laboratory tests results. 

He has provided geotechnical design and construction services for a wide variety of projects including levees, dams, bridges, retaining walls, pipelines, water and waste water treatment facilities, landslide repair, airports, and schools. He has also provided expert forensic engineering services for tunneling-induced settlement,  building settlement caused by soft soils, building and pavement heave due to expansive soil, roadway damage caused by water pressure uplift, and levee cracking and slumping due to expansive soil.


6:30pm Registration & casual dinner

7:00pm Presentation by Bob Lokteff, Blackburn Consulting

8:00pm Conclusion


FREE! Dinner is sponsored by Geopier - thank you!

Please RSVP by June 17th to: [email protected]

Contact: [email protected]