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30th Northwest Geotechnical Workshop
Executive Summary Report

As part of our technology sharing program, we are distributing this Executive Summary of the technical information presented at the subject workshop held in Red Lodge, Montana August 16-19, 2004. This year we had participants from 10 State DOTs, the FHWA Resource Center, CFLHD, WFLHD, FHWA Division offices, the U.S. Forest Service, and several invited speakers from private industry. The agenda included a workshop on "Rockfall Catchment Area Design Guide Implementation" conducted by Mr. Larry Pierson of Landslide Technology and developed through the efforts of FHWA Federal Lands Office. A variety of technical and case study presentations were made on subjects such as slope stability, foundations, geophysics, retaining walls, and other geotechniques. The workshop included a 1-day field trip to see completed and planned projects on the Bear Tooth Highway which spans the border between Montana and Wyoming. Presentation awards included:

Best Presentation - Bret Boundy, Montana DOT for "Home Improvement and Geotechnology in Rimini, Montana";
Best Technical Presentation - Tom Badger, Washington State DOT for "Trim Blasting for Rock Slope Stabilization"; and
Project From Hell - Shawn Enright, Idaho Transportation Department for "Seven Mile Creek Rock Stabilization Construction - US Highway 95".

The Agenda for this meeting is attached.

The 2004 Mr. Northwest Geotech award recipient was Mike Hager, Wyoming DOT. The 2004 Hats Off Award recipient was Matt DeMarco, FHWA Centeral Federal Lands Highway Division.

This years Northwest Geotechnical Workshop has again proven to be our most successful geotechnical technology transfer activity. The State and FHWA personnel from the 10 Northwest and Rocky Mountain States who participate in this workshop consider this to be the best and most productive technical session they attend during the course of the year.

Next year the Northwest Geotechnical Workshop will be hosted by the Wyoming Department of Transportation, August 29 to September 2, in Jackson, Wyoming.

Barry D. Siel, FHWA Resouce Center
Northwest Geotechnical Workshop
Steering Committee Chair

Updated: 06/26/2015
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