October 9, 2013

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R. Kula Kulasingam Presents on Remediation at Onondaga Lake Site During ASCE-NC Meeting August 23

R. Kula Kulasingam, Ph.D., PE, a senior geotechnical engineer in Geosyntec's Charlotte office, is among the presenters at the annual meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers - North Carolina Section (ASCE-NC), set for August 23-24 in Wilmington.

Dr. Kulasingam will present an hour-long technical session, "The Key Role of Geotechnical Engineering in the Onondaga Lake Mega-Site Cleanup," beginning 3:15 p.m. on August 23 in the Carolina Room of the Riverside Hilton, 301 N. Water St.

His session is part of the geotechnical/construction materials track at this year's ASCE-NC annual meeting, where the overall theme is "How Civil Engineers Contribute to the Economic Development of Our State and Nation." Pre-registration for the event is required. The ASCE-NC will also offer attendees a field trip to the Port of Wilmington and the North Carolina State Port Authority on Thursday morning.

Dr. Kulasingam offers clients more than 14 years of consulting and research experience in the fields of geotechnical, geotechnical earthquake, and geoenvironmental engineering. His specialties include geotechnical engineering for waste materials; seismic response and liquefaction evaluations; solid waste containment design; stability of slurry impoundments; and remedial designs for dredge sediments.

Prior to joining Geosyntec, Dr. Kulasingam conducted research at the University of California, Davis in the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering. He was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers Norman Medal in 2006 for his work on the stability of slopes in liquefiable sands during earthquakes.

The remedial solution at Onondaga Lake near Syracuse, New York, called for dredging portions of Solvay waste and other contaminated soil from the lake, installation of a subaqueous sediment cap, installation of cutoff walls along the lake shore, and dewatering and permanent disposal of dredged sediments.

Geotechnical engineering played a key role in the selected remedial options and detailed design, and continues to be a key aspect as the project moves well into the construction phase. While covering the detailed technical aspects of the application of geotechnical engineering principles to soil and waste geo-materials, Dr. Kulasingam's presentation will also highlight the key role geotechnical engineers could play in similar projects.