Programs for October 2012

02 Oct

October 1, 2012 Sidney B. Garland II, PE, BCEE and Lynn Sims, Restoration Services, Inc., will be the speakers for the Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on October 1, 2012 . The title of their presentation will be “Watershed Management as a Basis for Environmental Restoration” (PDH)

In Oak Ridge, Tennessee the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies have had a mission over the past fifty years of uranium enrichment, weapons production, and energy research. As a result of this mission a legacy of hundreds of contaminated sites remains on the Oak Ridge Reservation.

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The remediation strategy for these sites is based on watershed management.

October 8, 2012 Columbus Day. The Technical Society will not meet.

October 15, 2012 Isaac A. Jeldes will speak. His title will be “The Mechanical Stability of Concave Slopes”.(PDH)

He is a Civil engineer whose passion is geotechnical engineering. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His Research has been primarily focused on slope stability studies on mine spoil materials by the geo-mechanical characterization of soils with a wide range of particle sizes and through the evaluation and development of techniques for simple and effective analysis of mine reclaimed slope stability. Research areas of interest are: Numerical modeling (FEM, DEM), Soil Dynamics, Foundation and Retaining walls, Soil Exploration.

He previously was a Geotechnical Consultant at R&V Ingenieros Asociados Ltda
and did a Professional Internship at Avellaneda Construction Ltda.
He graduated from the University of Santiago of Chile.

October 22, 2012 The speaker for the Technical Society of Knoxville will be Dr. Bruce A. Tschantz, P.E. Professor Emeritus – Civil and Environmental Engineering UTK.
The title for his talk is “How Fast Can You Swim?- The Lowdown on Low Head Dams” (PDH)

Bruce has approximately 40 years as Engineering Consultant and Expert Witness to several local, regional, and national engineering firms, industries, city/state/federal agencies, citizens groups, private individuals, and attorneys in the areas of: urban drainage; flooding; rehabilitation, design and failure of dams; hydraulic and hydrologic engineering; sediment transport; land erosion; basement and crawl space water problems; and drowning deaths at low-head dams, culverts, etc.
Of particular relevance to the topic he spent three years as Dam Safety Consultant and Advisor to Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, D. C. and one year as Chief of Federal Dam Safety Program (on leave from university), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.), Washington, D. C.

Bruce thinks the topic will be interesting to people who like water sports – particularly kayaking- and he suggests that anyone with such interests should be invited to attend.

October 29, 2012

The speaker for the Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on October 29, 2012 will be Don Barger – Regional Director – Southeast Regional Office of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). He will speak about the National Park system responsibilities in Tennessee.

Before joining NPCA, Don worked as a community organizer for Save Our Cumberland Mountains and directed the Citizens Mining Project for the Environmental Policy Institute/Friends of the Earth. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee.

Don Barger founded NPCA’s Southeast Regional Office in 1992. His work in the region since that time has resulted in a groundswell of public attention to the issue of air pollution at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Don shepherded a joint petition by NPCA and the City of Middlesboro, KY that resulted in protection of the Fern Lake watershed adjacent to Cumberland Gap NHP. In another watershed nearby, Don was instrumental in stopping a proposal for a water supply dam upstream of the Obed Wild and Scenic River, forcing local utility districts into regional planning, and creating an ongoing Eastern Steams program that has set important precedents at the Buffalo National River and elsewhere.

Don was recognized by the National Park Service for his role in assuring the renovation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. In addition,

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he was commended on the Congressional Record by Senator Max Cleland (D-GA) for his efforts to preserve two-thirds of the remaining private land to the Cumberland Island National Seashore.


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