Technical Presentation and Dinner Meeting

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ground Improvement - How? Where? And New Technologies - 1.0 PDH

Valley Forge Casino Resort (formerly Radisson)
1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406

The meeting will be in the Valley Forge Park Room (use the casino entrance and go one 
floor up; the room is to the left of the registration desk)

members $45; non-members $50; students $15

This one hour presentation will concentrate on the aspects of ground improvement as it 
relates to concerns germane to Structural Engineering. In the first third of the presentation 
attendees will be provided with an interactive presentation that will provide details on the 
engineering aspects and theory behind ground improvement utilizing compacted stone 
piers. This segment will cover the theory of ground improvement as well as the direct 
results the compacted stone pier solution provides for projects. The middle third of the 
presentation will present new technologies in ground improvement for projects. This 
includes applications of the Geopier solution with differing materials (e.g. grout, concrete, 
etc.) and methodologies. This will also include a brief review of Rapid Impact Compaction 
(RIC) with details about methodology and applications. The final third of the presentation 
will present some contemporary case studies of these systems and how they benefited 
those projects.    

Keithe J. Merl, CPESC, PE has 15+ years of experience in the analysis, engineering, and 
design of geotechnical solutions for a myriad of physical soil and water problems. Mr. 
Merl provides comprehensive and innovative services based on science and engineering, 
avoiding unnecessary over design and reducing costs for clients. In his capacity as 
Northeast Regional Sales Engineer with GeoStructures, Inc. Mr. Merl provides 
Engineering, construction, and owner clients with cost-effective solutions for problematic 
soil conditions throughout the northeast. Mr. Merl currently holds certifications from the 
American Concrete Institute, National Council of Examiners for Engineering and 
Surveying, New Jersey Society of Asphalt Technologists (NJSAT), and CPESC (Certified 
Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control), and maintain professional engineering 
licenses in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

His professional expertise includes dams, bulkheads, revetments, geology reports, 
geotechnical engineering reports, ground improvement techniques, stormwater infiltration testing and design, soil testing, hydrologic/hydraulic analysis, groundwater investigations, groundwater pump tests, slope stability analysis (Limit Equilibrium and LRFD), structure stability determination, streambank stabilization, stormwater retrofits, dredging, soil improvements, foundation engineering, retaining walls, pavement (asphalt, concrete, gravel), soil borings, infield soil testing, Phase I Investigations, Phase II Environmental, and wastewater.

Meeting schedule:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm  Social and Registration
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm  Dinner (chicken/fish/vegetarian) - please note preference in response 
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm  Program

To register (REQUIRED):
Please email Jacque Session <> or call
(215) 625-0099 by the Friday before the meeting (9/19/2014).  

Mail check payable to SEI-Phila Chapter to:
SEI Treasurer Mr. Joshua Amsler
1700 Market Street, Suite 1600, Philadelphia, PA 19103
T 215.735.0832  F 215.735.0883,  or bring it to the meeting.

Should you decide to cancel your registration, it must be done at least three days prior to the scheduled meeting date. Any cancellation made within three days is subject to pay the full meeting rate.