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Kenji Ishihara Colloquium Series on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering

“Seismic Settlements”

Friday, August 24, 2018
San Diego State University, Hardy Memorial Tower (HT-140)
San Diego, CA

The first of this colloquium series will focus on seismic settlements and will take place in the Hardy Memorial Tower at San Diego State University on Friday, August 24 between 8 AM and 5 PM. The topics that will be presented on during the colloquium are oriented towards geotechnical engineers, structural engineers, engineering geologists, architects, civil engineers, researchers, and students. Speakers, that include geotechnical and structural engineers, set to present at this colloquium include Prof. Jonathan Bray, Prof. Kohji Tokimatsu, Prof. Youssef Hashash, Prof. Susumu Yasuda, Craig Comartin, Stephen Harris, and other engineers and professors from the US and Japan.

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments during the breaks.

Click here for information on each speaker and their presentations.


Opening Ceremony


Session 1 – Moderator: Anthony B. Court, SE, SEAOC Fellow

Prof. Youssef Hashash (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)Numerical Modeling and Simulation of Seismic Settlements in Dense Sands8:15am8:40am
Prof. Scott M. Olson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)Semi-empirical estimates of shaking-induced settlement in saturated coarse-grained soils with or without a structure8:40am9:05am
Prof. John S. McCartney (University of California, San Diego)Role of Unsaturated Soil Mechanics in the Prediction of Seismic Compression9:10am9:35am
Prof. Shideh Dashti (University of Colorado Boulder)Physics-Informed Semi-Empirical Probabilistic Models for Predicting Building Settlement and Tilt on Liquefiable Ground9:35am10:00am
4 speakersDiscussion Panel10:00am10:30am
Prof. Edward J. Cording (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)Damage criterion for buildings subjected to lateral displacement and differential settlement10:45am11:10am
Craig D. Comartin, SE (CDComartin, Inc.)Structural effects of large seismically induced permanent ground displacement11:10am11:35am
Stephen Harris, SE (Simpson Gumpertz & Heger)ASCE 7-16 provisions on seismic settlements for liquefiable sites11:35am12:00pm
Lunch Break (Provided)12:00pm1:00pm
3 speakersDiscussion Panel1:00pm1:30pm

Session 2 – Moderator: Dr. Jorge Meneses

Prof. Jonathan D. Bray (University of California, Berkeley)Simplified Assessment of Liquefaction-Induced Building Settlement 1:30pm2:00pm
Prof. Kohji Tokimatsu (Tokyo Soil Research Co., Japan)Liquefaction-induced Settlement and Tilting of Buildings with Shallow Foundations from Centrifuge Experiments2:00pm2:30pm
SpeakersDiscussion Panel2:30pm3:00pm
Garrett Fountain, PE, GE (Tensar International)Geogrid-Stabilized Gravel Rafts to Mitigate Liquefaction-Induced Differential Settlement3:15pm3:40pm
Dr. James R. Gingery (Hayward Baker, Inc.)Ground Improvement to Mitigate Seismic Settlement of Buildings3:40pm4:05pm
Prof. Susumu Yasuda (Tokyo Denki University, Japan)Ground improvement design procedure to mitigate liquefaction-induced settlement of buildings4:05pm4:30pm
Discussion Panel4:30pm5:00pm

San Diego State University
Hardy Memorial Tower, Room HT-140
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Click here for an interactive map of the venue.
Click here for parking information. Please park in Parking Structure 12, 7, or 3.

Click here to register for the colloquium.

Click here for a list of hotels near San Diego State University.
Click here for an additional list of a series of hotels (Hotel Circle) located ~12 minutes driving distance from the venue.

Click here for a transportation map from Hotel Circle to the venue.
Transportation to and from the venue can also be utilized through Uber or Lyft.

Chair: Dr. Jorge Meneses
Vice-Chair: Prof. Julio R. Valdes
Janna Bonfiglio
Alvaro Celestino
Metehan Gumustekin
Lydia Marshall
Federick Pinongcos
Tasneem Sadeque

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dr. Jorge Meneses at