In an effort to do our part to mitigate the spread of COVD-19, this conference was postponed. Thank you for your patience while the planning committee selected new dates. The new date is October 13, 2020. If you registered before the dates were changed and did not cancel your registration, you will be automatically registered for the new dates. If you cannot attend on the October 13, 2020, please contact requesting cancellation by April 30, 2020 and you will receive a full refund. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these uncertain times.


Oct 13
8:00am Registration/Check In and Exhibits Open

Morning General Session | North/Central Prairie Room

Zach Thomas, P.E., VP Longfellow Drilling and Conference Chair, Presiding


8:25am Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Zach Thomas, P.E., Longfellow Drilling

8:30am Financial Failure - The High Cost of Not Knowing

Roger Failmezger PE, F ASCE D.GE, President, In-Situ Soil Testing, L.C., Lancaster, Virginia

9:30am Overview of Ground Improvement for the CBIS Program in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Bhooshan Karnik, PE, PMP, M.ASCE, Senior Project Manager, McClure

10:15am Refreshment Break and Exhibits

10:45am It's a Winter Wonderland - NOT! Cold Weather Impacts on Low Volume Roads

Charles Schwartz, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

12:00pm Lunch | South Prairie

Afternoon General Session | North/Central Prairie Room

Vernon Schaefer, PE, CCEE, Iowa State University, Presiding

1:00pm Collaboration During Geotechnical Explorations - Panel Discussions

James Hite, PE, Area Manager—Central US Division, Geopier Foundation, Davidson, North Carolina;
Erik Raker, PE, President, Raker Rhodes Engineering, Des Moines;
Steve Moyna, Vice President of Business Development, Elder Corporation, Des Moines;
Chris Trosper, Vice President of Commercial Development, Hubbell Realty Company, West Des Moines

2:00pm Field-Based Geophysics, High-Resolution Imaging to Address Subsurface Problems

Jason Vogelgesang, Geophysicist, Iowa Geological Survey, Coralville

2:45pm Refreshment Break and Exhibits

3:00pm Field Verification of Iowa DOT Pavement Foundation Design Parameters using Automated Plate Load Testing (APLT)

David White, PhD, PE, President and Chief Engineer, Ingios Geotechnics, Inc., Northfield, Minnesota

3:45pm Hard Conversations - An Ethics Case Study in the Destructive Power of Conflict Avoidance and the Redemptive Power of Honesty

Aaron Mann, Esq., Senior Attorney—Litigation, Terracon Consultants, Olathe, Kansas