GEOTECHNICAL LECTURE SERIES Merging the Geotechnical Engineering and the Environmental Paradigms
THOMAS C. KINNEY, PHD, PE, D GE; HWA GEOSCIENCES INC.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
ABSTRACT: In general, a geotechnical engineer is trained to consider soil as a construction
material and is interested in the strength, compressibility, and permeability, along with a few other
minor attributes. From this, they design structures on, or with, it. The rest of the world, including
"nature", considers soil to be a medium that eliminates erosion, and purifies, stores, and transmits
water, as well as providing the nutrient base for healthy microbiology, and up to macro animals and
plants, etc. We have combined these to definitions of soil to create a man-made soil (made of
entirely natural materials) which will satisfy all the environmental as well as the construction
attributes needed for both, the environmental and engineering communities. This requires a new
vocabulary, new testing techniques, new classification systems, and new construction techniques.
This talk will be general in nature but will introduce the participants to the concept necessary for the
environmentalists and engineers to start talking the same language and working together on all