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Innovative Approaches in Forensic Geotechnical Investigations
The discipline of Geotechnical Engineering has expanded rapidly in the past years to include a wide variety of applications to infrastructure, buildings, mining and environmental sectors. This presentation illustrates novel approaches and methods of forensic geotechnical engineering origin and cause investigations, technical assessment related to repair/remediation strategies and construction risk assessment, monitoring and mitigation.

After an initial introduction on general concepts of forensic geotechnical engineering and geotechnical failures, the presentation will focus on innovative approaches and technologies in forensic investigations. Eventually, a number of real case histories will be discussed.

This webinar will facilitate the following learning outcomes to insurance adjusters and lawyers that provide services involving property losses:
• Understand the types of properties and losses that will require geotechnical expertise to perform adequate forensic engineering investigations.
• Understand the latest methodologies to investigate structural failures due to geotechnical causes.
• Innovative methods and technologies to optimize the effectiveness of geotechnical investigations.

Feb 4, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Vito Schifano, Ph.D., P.E., C.Eng.
Practice Lead, Geotechnical Engineering & Mining @30 Forensic Engineering
Dr. Schifano possess 25 years of combined experience in research, teaching, consulting, design and construction management, and forensic geotechnical engineering. He has extensive experience in national and international projects in the manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, power and infrastructure sectors, from the planning stage, through detailed design and construction, and into operations and closure. His technical area of practice is in the geotechnical engineering of soft soils and ground technologies to the remediation, stabilization, closure, restoration and redevelopment of waste sites (mine tailings, acid tars, refinery sludge, coal ash, sediments), contaminated land, brownfields and waterfront sites, roads and railways, dams, and embankments. He has led technical, business and client development initiatives through knowledge-based services for multi-national engineering firms in the area of integrated remediation and revitalization of marginal and contaminated sites.
Xiangyu Li, B.Eng., M.Sc., P.Eng.
Associate, Geotechnical Engineering @30 Forensic Engineering
Xiangyu is an Associate for the Geotechnical at 30 Forensic Engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, China, and Master of Science Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Xiangyu specializes in practical geotechnical forensic investigation in various engineering projects, performing geotechnical site investigation, soil sampling, review laboratory test results, slope inspection and analysis. In addition to her practical experience, Xiangyu served as a graduate research assistant at the Geotechnical Center at the University of Alberta, where her research primarily focused on Alberta oil sands reservoir exploration and characterization.