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State Geotechnical Workshops

Regional Geotechnical Conferences Provide Great Opportunity for Sharing Best Practices from Like-Areas of the Nation

For the past 30+ years, Geotechnical Engineering Conferences have been an excellent conduit for the transfer of information and technology to practitioners across the Nation-especially those held by Regional Geotechnical Engineer Groups. These regional exchange events are held annually in five separate locations-the Northeast, the Northwest, the Midwest, the Southeast, and the Southwest. Geotechnical Engineers from State departments of transportation (DOT) attend the various regional events, based on location, and each region has also been assigned a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) engineer to assist in coordination of these conferences. They provide the ideal environment for the fluid exchange of information among practitioners and enhance the state-of-the-practice nationwide. Specific reports on the latest round of these events is provided below, to give you a feel for what they include, who attends, and the benefit of attending these events. Next time we're in your neck of the woods, plan to attend.

Want to be a Host-State?

Every year, a State DOT in each region is selected, based on a rotation, to host the annual conference. Generally, State DOT and FHWA engineers are the target audiences of these meetings; however, some conferences include various speakers, consultants, and contractors as invited participants.

The host-State DOT creates a meeting agenda prior to the conference. These agendas help guide the meeting to run as smoothly as possible. Presentations and field trips are typically incorporated with all of the conferences. Many times a one-day formal training session may be added. Many of those who attend and participate in these conferences find them to be extremely beneficial in assisting in transferring information as well as networking and provide a great opportunity for professional development.


Northeast States Geotechnical Engineers (NESGE) member Federal and State DOT organizations include: Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and the FHWA.

Northwest States Geotechnical Engineering Workshop member Federal and State DOT organizations include: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, CFLHD, WFLHD, and the FHWA.

Midwest Transportation Geotechnical Engineers Conference (MWGEC) member Federal and State DOT organizations include: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and the FHWA.

Southeast Transportation Geotechnical Engineers Conference (STGC) member Federal and State DOT organizations include: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the FHWA. *Each State hosts it every 11 years.

Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference (SWGEC) member Federal and State DOT organizations include: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and the FHWA.


Daniel Alzamora

FHWA Resource Center (San Francisco)

Ben Rivers

FHWA Resource Center (Atlanta)

Naser Abu-Hejleh

FHWA Resource Center (Matteson)

Justice Maswoswe

FHWA Resource Center (Baltimore)

Barry Siel

Resource Center (San Francisco)

Updated: 02/20/2015

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