July 22, 2020

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Robert Bachus to Deliver a Live YouTube Lecture on Geotechnical Data Management Hosted by the Geo-Institute

Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE (Georgia) will present on the topic "The Geotechnical Engineering Response to Big Data: Reactive Versus Proactive… You Can Choose" as part of the 2019-2020 Cross USA Lecture hosted by the Geo-Institute live on YouTube at 1:50 p.m. EDT/10:50 a.m. PDT on July 23, 2020.

Robert is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Georgia with more than 40 years of professional experience focused on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product characterization, and the permitting and design of waste containment facilities. He provides analysis, design, and forensic investigation services on projects related to these practice areas. He also provides expert consultation on matters in litigation.

The Georgia Section of ASCE is a professional organization that strives to provide essential value to its members and partners, which includes supporting and promoting Georgia Civil Engineers and providing training and networking opportunities. Its members also strive to advance public knowledge of civil engineering and serve the public good.


Let’s start with the premise that the current state of geotechnical data management leaves a lot to be desired and that geotechnical engineers have historically been poor data managers. Left to their own devices and without an external push, the status quo will be considered acceptable to many practitioners because it is painful to change current practice and because many practitioners do not see a need to change based on input and response from owners, clients, and contractors.

In the world of automated geotechnical instrumentation, in-cab construction data collection and control; geographic information systems and data visualization, LIDAR, drone surveys, etc., these practitioners will quickly find that conventional techniques for data management cannot be sustained and will soon be recognized by their clients as being unacceptable. So, what to do? We can go the way of the dinosaur and slowly be considered irrelevant or we can get in front of the parade and be recognized as leaders and innovators. Ongoing work at several public and private organizations and universities clearly shows that you certain practitioners are of the latter mindset, so this presentation and message might be considered “preaching to the choir.” However, it is often beneficial to have another preacher lead the tent revival. This presentation will provide examples of how the geotechnical world should be looking to the future regarding data management and visualization and how we can get there in an efficient manner.

More Information

Attend the event and set a reminder: https://youtu.be/9LaYqlnjbvo
Learn more about the Georgia Geo-Institute Section of ASCE: https://www.geoinstitute.org/
For consultation regarding dam engineering, contact Robert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Learn more about Robert: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/robert-bachus