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2017

Annual Meeting Event Detail




Workshop 178

Applications of Expanded Polystyrene Geofoam for Transportation Infrastructure

Sunday 1:30 PM- 4:30 PM
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Workshop
David Arellano, University of Memphis
Sponsored by:
Standing Committee on Geosynthetics (AFS70)
Standing Committee on Transportation Earthworks (AFS10)

The objective of this workshop is to provide participants with an overview of expanded polystyrene-block geofoam applications such as embankments over soft ground, slope stabilization, bridge abutments and approaches, temporary and permanent bridge support, retaining wall systems, culverts and utilities, rail systems, and airport applications. The workshop will cover key material properties and general considerations, design overview, construction aspects, performance monitoring, and cost.



Duration  Topic Presenters Affiliation
(minutes)
5 Introduction David Arellano University of Memphis
20 Overview of functions, applications, design considerations, and guidelines Steve Bartlett University of Utah
20 Key material properties and testing standards Tebarek Ahmed  Norwegian Public Roads Administration
20 Roads and Embankments** Joel Ulring MN DOT
20 Slope stabilization & repair** Ben Arndt Yeh & Associates, Inc
15 Break
20 Bridge approaches, abutments and geoafoam walls** Anand J. Puppala University of Texas at  Arlington
20 Culverts and buried structures** Charlie Sun University of Kentucky
10 Railway and Airport Applications** David Arellano University of Memphis
10 FHWA perspective Silas Nichols FHWA
15 Questions for panel All presenters  
5 Summary David Arellano University of Memphis
**Design overview, construction aspects, performance monitoring, cost & maintenance  


Title Presentation Number
Introduction
David Arellano, University of Memphis
P17-20889
Overview of Functions, Applications, Design Considerations, and Guidelines
Steven Bartlett, University of Utah
P17-20891
Key Material Properties and Testing Standards
Tebarek Ahmed Awol, Statens vegvesen
Show Abstract
P17-20892
Roads and Embankments
Joel Ulring, Minnesota Department of Transportation
P17-20893
Slope Stabilization and Repair
Ben Arndt, RJ Engineering and Consulting
P17-20894
Bridge approaches, abutments and geoafoam walls
Tejo Bheemasetti, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
P17-21984
Culverts and buried structures
Charlie Sun, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
P17-21989
Railway and Airport Applications
David Arellano, University of Memphis
P17-20895
FHWA perspective
Silas Nichols, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
P17-20896
Panel Q & A
17-06928