4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (ICTG)

Welcome and Background

Welcome to the 4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (4th ICTG)!

Originally intended to take place in Chicago, Illinois, the 4th ICTG is now held virtually on May 24–27, 2021. This is the main conference event of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) Technical Committee (TC) 202 on Transportation Geotechnics and it is organized every four years. The primary focus of TC202 is to apply broad engineering to bridge the gap between Pavement/Railway Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering. The ISSMGE TC202 website: www.issmge.org/committees/technical-committees/applications/transportation-

The Transportation Geotechnics International Conference series began under the auspices of ISSMGE Technical Committee (TC) 3 and was initiated in 2008 at the University of Nottingham, UK, as an international event designed to address the growing requirements of infrastructure for societies. The 2nd International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (ICTG) took place in Sapporo, Japan in 2012 under the ISSMGE-TC202 that followed the TC3 activities for the period 2009-2013, and the 3rd ICTG was organized in Guimarães, Portugal in September 2016. Following this 3rd successful conference, the 4th ICTG in 2021 continues to promote co-operation and exchange of information and knowledge about the geotechnical aspects and address challenges in design, construction, maintenance, monitoring and upgrading of roads, railways, airfields and harbor facilities and other ground transportation infrastructure with the goal of providing safe, economic, environmental, reliable and sustainable infrastructures.

As a virtual event, the 4th ICTG starts on the first day with a meeting of Young Transportation Geotechnics Engineers (YTGE), four pre-conference workshops, and a short course on geosynthetics use in transportation applications. The 3-day conference program includes ISSMGE’s 3rd Proctor lecture, ASCE’s Carl Monismith Lecture, IGS Keynote Lecture, 6 special lectures, and 176 oral presentations to be delivered in 38 plenary and breakout technical sessions. Furthermore, a poster session including 48 presentations and a technical exhibition are also available during these three days for a better dissemination of the latest research and scientific findings and the engineering best practices by promoting interaction with industry. A three-volume Springer proceedings book, currently in publication process, will include fully citation indexed 233 peer reviewed conference papers.

On behalf of the Local Organizing and the US Technical Committees, I wish you a fruitful and enjoyable virtual conference experience, now enriched with scenes of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the host city and institution, and an unforgettable 4th ICTG during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic (May 24-27, 2021).


Preliminary conference program and registration

January 15, 2021

Author registration

March 1, 2021

Early bird registration for participants and sponsors/exhibitors

April 23, 2021

4th ICTG dates:

May 24-27, 2021

Erol Tutumluer

4th ICTG Chairman and Chair of ISSMGE TC202

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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4th ICTG Memories

Keynote Speakers & Special Lecturers

(Please click on the speaker photo for the presentation title and brief abstract)

3rd Proctor Lecture Recipient

Prof. William Powrie (Univ. of Southampton, UK)

ASCE’s Carl Monismith Lecture Recipient

Prof. Tom Papagiannakis (Univ. of Texas -San Antonio)
Highway Pavements

Keynote Lecture by IGS President

Prof. Chungsik Yoo (Sungkyunkwan Univ., S. Korea)
Geosynthetics - Slopes & Tunnels

Special Lecture 1

Prof. Buddhima Indraratna (University of Technology Sydney)

Special Lecture 2

Academician Prof. Yunmin Chen (Zhejiang University, China)
Railroad Geodynamics

Special Lecture 3

Prof. Anand Puppala (Texas A&M University)
Subgrade Soil Stabilization

Special Lecture 4

Prof. Claudia Zapata (Arizona State University)
Climatic Effects

Special Lecture 5

Prof. Jorge Zornberg (Univ. of Texas at Austin)
Geosynthetics in Transportation

Special Lecture 6

Dr. Navneet Garg (Federal Aviation Administration)
Airfield Pavements

4th ICTG Conference Themes

Pre-Conference Events

Best Presentation Awards

Best Poster Awards

You can download the 4th ICTG 2021 Final Conference Program here


All times given are U.S. Central Time (UTC -5)

Tuesday, May 25

  8:00 am - 9:00 am

Prof Charles Wang Wai Ng, ISSMGE President
Dr. James G. Collin, ASCE Geo-Institute President
Prof Chungsik Yoo, IGS President
Prof Antonio Gomes Correia, Founding Chair of ISSMGE TC202
Prof Ana Barros, CEE Department Head, UIUC
Prof Erol Tutumluer, 4th ICTG Chairman and Chair of ISSMGE TC202
  9:00 am - 10:00 am

Moderator: Prof Erol Tutumluer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Railway Track Substructure: Recent Research and Future Directions
    Professor William Powrie

Poster Presentations

  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: Prof. Imad Al-Qadi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Characterization of Geo-Materials for Airport Pavements – Current State of the Art & Future Outlook
    Dr. Navneet Garg
  • Properties Governing the Design of Geosynthetic-stabilized Roadway Bases
    Professor Jorge Zornberg

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations

  1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Moderator: Prof. Bora Cetin, Michigan State University

Finite element simulations of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) materials to be utilized in unbound pavement layers
Andreas Loizos, Brad Cliatt, Christina Plati

Strength Assessment of Quarry Dust Treated Soil-Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Mixture
Mildred Cakuru, Rajab Katuntu Tenywa, Samuel Jjuuko, Denis Kalumba

Geotechnical and geoenvironmental characterization of fine-grained Construction and Demolition recycled materials reinforced with geogrids
Castorina S. Vieira, Paulo Pereira

Effectiveness of Double Layer HDPE Geocell System to Reinforce Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP)-base Layer
Md Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Nripojyoti Biswas, Aritra Banerjee, Surya Sarat Chandra Congress, Anand Puppala

Durability of Stabilized Quarry By-Products in Base and Subbase Applications
Issam I. A. Qamhia, Erol Tutumluer, Hasan Ozer, Heather Shoup, and Andrew Stolba

A Mixture of Waste Materials as a Construction Fill in Transportation Infrastructure
Miriam Tawk, Buddhima Indraratna, Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn, Ana Heitor

Moderator: Prof. Peter Woodward, University of Leeds, UK

The effect of elastic pads and mats on the stress-strain state of railway subgrade
Andrei Petriaev, Anastasia Konon, Vladimir Egorov

An alternative approach to track settlement prediction
Giacomo Ognibene, Louis Le Pen, John Harkness, Antonis Zervos, William Powrie

A Deep Investigation into the Mechanisms and Factors Producing Mud Pumping
Stephen Wilk, Dingqing Li

Railway subgrade characterization through repeated loading triaxial testing
Gino Vizcarra, Luiz Muniz, Thatyane Goncalves, Sanjay Nimbalkar

Settlement of ballasted track with large sleeper spacing
Yoshitsugu Momoya, Kazuki Ito, Shuhei Kikkawa

Mud Pumping in Ballastless Slab Track of High-speed Railway and its Remediation
Zhangbo Wan, Shuhao Li, Xuecheng Bian, Yunmin Chen

Moderator: Dr. Mark Wayne, Tensar Corporation

Study of the strained state of bored foundations for weak soils by strengthening the grillage with geosynthetic materials
Sergey Kudryavtcev, Tatiana Valtceva, Semyon Bugunov, Zhanna Kotenko, Natalya Sokolova

Tension behavior of bituminous mixture samples reinforced by fiberglass geogrids in different directions
Reuber Freire, Herve Di Benedetto, Cedric Sauzeat, Simon Pouget, Didier Lesueur

ASIRI+: French National Research Program on soil Reinforcement with Rigid Inclusions
Laurent Briançon, Luc Thorel, Bruno Simon

Behavior of Asphalt Overlays with Geogrids and Geocomposite Interlayer Systems
V Vinay Kumar, Sireesh Saride, Jorge Zornberg

Correlation of geosynthetic index properties to cyclic plate load test performance in flexible airfield pavements
Jeremy Robinson, Jeb Tingle

Numerical simulation of compaction load on stress-deformation behavior of soil geosynthetic composite mass
Truc Phan, Meen Gui, Thang Pham

Moderator: Dr. Mike Winter, Winter Associates Limited, UK

Analysis of BIM implementation on railway infrastructures through an application to rail track rehabilitation and inspection
José Neves, Zita Sampaio, Manuel Vilela

Targeted Asset Management On Ageing UK Railway Embankments - Wrabness
Ian Payne, Simon Holt, Isaac Griffiths, Stuart Fielder

Integrated technology geological surveys
Gennadii Boldyrev

Present Demands on Earth Structures in Transport Engineering in Europe
Ivan Vaníček, Yvonne Rogbeck, Joost Breedeveld, Daniel Jirásko, Martin Vaníček

Multi-domain approach for track maintenance and renewal
Amine Dhemaied, Gilles Saussine, Aurélie Schwager Guillemenet, Jean Michel Cornet, Quang Anh Ta, Mathilde Koscielny

Reduction and Analysis of Pavement Profiler Data to Quantify the Bump at the End of the Bridge
Jenn McAtee, Shahjalal Chowdhury, Jennifer Nicks, Mike Adams, Bhaskar Chittoori, Erol Tutumluer, Debakanta Mishra

  3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
  3:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Moderator: Prof. Anand Puppala, Texas A&M University

Beneficial Use of Dredged Material in Flowable Fill
Pranshoo Solanki, Juan David Lopez, Harshvardhan Jain, Bhupesh Jain

Analysis of the applicability of USCS, TRB and MCT classification systems to the tropical soils of Pernambuco-Brazil for use in road paving
Roberto Quental Coutinho, Mayssa Alves da Silva Sousa

Crushed Rock Geopolymer as a Future Road Construction Material: An Evaluation of Compaction and Strength Characteristics
Peerapong Jitsangiam, Teewara Suwan, Korakod Nusit, Prinya Chindaprasirt, Sararat Kwunjai

Behavior of Compacted Collapsible Soil After Adding Calcium Chloride
Weijuan Geng, Weiyang Zhou, Jiankun Liu

Study of Deformation and Failure States of Reinforced Mesh Cushion in the Geosynthetics Reinforced and Pile Supported Structure of High-speed Railway
Tai-Feng Li, De-Gou Cai, Zhi-Bo Cheng, Qian-Li Zhang, Yin Gao, Colin Basye, Jing-Yu Liu, Xin-Gang Zhang

The key Technology of High-speed Railway Foamed Lightweight Soil Subgrade
Jianping Yao, Degou Cai, Guanzhi Cheng, Si Li, Jiao Xie

Moderator: Prof. Reza Ashtiani, University of Texas at El Paso

Statistical analysis of the influence of ballast fouling on penetrometer and geoendoscope data
Jorge Rojas Vivanco, Sébastien Barbier, Miguel Angel Benz Navarrete, Pierre Breul

Validation of photogrammetry-based method to determine the absolute volume of unsaturated soils
Sara fayek, Xiaolong Xia, Xiong Zhang

Electrical Resistivity Changes in Wet and Dry Side of Optimum Moisture Content for Soils with Low to High Fines Content
Hamid Rostami, Abdolreza Osouli

Monitoring and Modeling of Soil Thermal and Hydraulic Behavior beneath a Granular-Surfaced Roadway
Derya Genc, Jeramy Ashlock, Bora Cetin, Kristen Cetin, Masrur Mahedi, Robert Horton, Halil Ceylan

Risk Evaluation of Unbound Pavement Layers to Extreme Weather Events Using Remote Sensing
Joe Rosalez, Sonya Lopez, Mehran Mazari

Evaluation method of deformation modulus of subgrade soils considering drainage condition
Hiroaki Wakatsuki, Yukihiro Kohata, Daisuke Tamayama, Toshiyuki Mitachi

Moderator: Prof. Jie Han, University of Kansas

Resistance Characteristics of Piles under Distributed Lateral Loading in the Perpendicular Pile Axis Direction
Atsushi Mohri, Kazuki Sakimoto, Takamune Yamaguchi, Yoshiaki Kikuchi, Shohei Noda, Shinji Taenaka, Shunsuke Moriyasu, Shin Oikawa

Study on Pile-Soil Interaction Mechanism and Failure Modes of CFG Rigid Pile Composite Foundation in the Fluid-plastic Soft Soil of High-speed Railway
Tai-Feng Li, Jian-Ping Yao, Zhi-Bo Cheng, Qian-Li Zhang, Yin Gao, Jin-Fei Chai, Jing-Yu Liu, Xin-Gang Zhang

Influence of metro vehicle operation on adjacent high-speed railway bridge pier
Guohui Cheng, Yao Shan, xiangliang zhou

Application research and structural optimization of vibration isolation of row piles in high speed railway based on the concept of phononic crystal
Chen Xiaobin, Tang Hao

Dynamic behaviors of piled embankment under high speed train loads
Xiang Duan, Ying WU, Xuecheng Bian, Jianqun Jiang

Settlement and Capacity of Piles under Larger Number of Cyclic Loads
Renpeng Chen, Chunyin Peng, Jianfu Wang, Hanli Wang

Moderator: Dr. Dingqing Li, Transportation Technology Center, Inc.

The influence of local irregularities on the vehicle-track interaction
Aditi Kumawat, Ullrich Martin, Sebastian Bahamon, Sebastian Rapp

A multi-model approach to analyze railway track-ground dynamics and non-linearity
Chonlatis Charoenwong, David Connolly, Kaitai Dong, Pedro Costa, P.J. Soares, Peter Woodward

Importance of bending stiffness of different track forms
Toshan Rampat, Louis Le Pen, William Powrie, John Harkness

Geotechnical centrifuge and full-scale laboratory testing for performance evaluation of conventional and high-speed railway track structures
Peter Woodward, Andrew Brennan, Omar Laghrouche, Ahmet Esen, David Connolly, Tina Marolt

Mathematical modeling of the short-term performance of railway track under train induced loading
Piyush Punetha, Sanjay Nimbalkar

Investigation into the critical speed in ballasted and ballastless track
Jing Hu, Ying Wu, Xuecheng Bian, Yunmin Chen

Wednesday, May 26

  8:00 am - 9:00 am

Moderator: Prof. Halil Ceylan, Iowa State University
  • Flexible Pavement Analysis & Design: Charting a Course Forward
    Professor Tom Papagiannakis

Poster Presentations

  09:00 am - 10:30 pm

Moderator: Prof. Tatsuya Ishikawa, Hokkaido University, Japan ​

Modification of Japanese pavement fatigue life criteria by considering climate effect in cold regions
Tianshu Lin, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Tetsuya Tokoro, Kimio Maruyama, Chigusa Ueno

A Conceptual System Dynamics Framework to Evaluate Performance of Pavement Foundations under Moisture Hysteresis
Sayedmasoud Mousavi, Majid Ghayoomi, Eshan Dave

Influence of Foundation Layer Properties in a Roller-Compacted Concrete Pavement System Subjected to Heavy Vehicle Loads
Nancy Aguirre, Abbasali Taghavi, Richard Rogers, Cesar Carrasco, Soheil Nazarian

ADeformation and failure parameters of cement-modified loess: application to the calculation of the safety factor of a road structure
Thomas Lenoir, Thierry Dubreucq, Thibaut Lambert, Denis Killinger

Physical modelling of the washboard effect on unpaved roads
Bernardo Caicedo, Gregoire Aguettant

Moderator: Prof. Yuanjie Xiao, Central South University, China ​

Substructure Sensing in a Rail Bridge
Helsin Wang, Chih-Hsin Hu, Hsin-Chu Tsai, Chung-Yue Wang

Evaluation on the Performance of Asphalt Concrete for the Railway Substructure
Liangwei Lou, Degou Cai, Jie Zhou, Xianhua Chen, Yuefeng Shi

Can one exclude track and rolling stock stiffness for the assessment of dynamic impact forces due to variations in track profile?
Erdem Balci, Niyazi Özgür Bezgin

Asphalt/ballast trackbeds for improved clearance beneath historical bridges for electrification works
Taufan Abadi, Louis Le Pen

Proposition for In situ Evaluation of Geotechnical and Structural Aspects of a Heavy Haul Track
Robson Costa, Jose Pires, Edson Moura, Rosangela Motta, Guilherme Castro, Liedi Bernucci, Luciano Oliveira

Moderator: Prof. Renpeng Chen, Hunan University, China ​

Behavior of polymer-reinforced granular mixtures for railway sub-ballasts
Eivy Alvarez, Xiaobin Chen, Francisco Grajales-Saavedra

Influence of moisture content on strength of stabilised drilling slurry
Mingwei Feng, Juan Wang, Shu Liu, Yunfeng Hu

Experimental study on mass stabilization of soft soil foundation based on MgO-CO2 carbonation technology
Song-Yu Liu, Guang-Hua Cai, Guang-Yin Du, Liang Wang, Jia-Fu Chen, Chuan Qin, Jing Ruan

The water-repellent ability of road pavement material stabilized with synthetic and natural polymers
Korakod Nusit, Peerapong Jitsangiam, Prinya Chindaprasirt

Improving mechanical properties of two Mexican soils by utilizing calcium oxide
Natalia Perez, Paul Garnica, Francisco Javier Castañeda, Mario Enrique Peña

Moderator: Prof. Xuecheng Bian, Zhejiang University, China ​

Investigation on the dynamic response of a high-speed railway tunnel located beneath an airport runway and uneven settlement of the runway
Feizhi Xiao, jizhong yang, Yao Shan

Dynamic stability of soft soil between closely and obliquely overlapped metro tunnels subjected to moving train loads
Hui Li, Quanmei Gong, Honggui Di, Weitao Ye, Zhi Liu

The influence of variation in groundwater table on ground vibrations from underground tunnels
Chao He, Shunhua Zhou, Honggui Di, Xiaohui Zhang

Experimental studies on three types of vibration isolators for the buildings near subways
Tao Sheng, Xue-cheng Bian, Wei-xing Shi, Jia-zeng Shan, Gan-bin Liu

Dynamical response of floating slab track with variation on failure position of steel spring
Xiaolin song, Linfeng Xue, Fangzheng Xu, Jianping Wei

  10:30 am - 11:00 am
  11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Moderator: Mr. Jeb Tingle, US Army Engineer Research & Development Center ​

Numerical study of deformation behavior of geosynthetic reinforced soil bridge abutments subjected to longitudinal shaking
Yewei Zheng, Patrick Fox, John McCartney

Behavior of geogrid-reinforced railway ballast under train traffic loads
Qiusheng Gu, Kaihui Shi, Xuecheng Bian, Sindy He

Experimental Investigation of the Stabilization Performance of Geogrids for Unpaved Roads with Low Bearing Capacity Subgrade
Süleyman Gökova, Mehmet Saltan, Serdal Terzi, Erol Tutumluer, Volkan Emre Uz, and Mustafa Karaşahin

Rapid Pavement Roughness Measurement of Geogrid-Stabilized Roads
Prajwol Tamrakar, Mark H. Wayne, Garrett Fountain, Aaron Schlessinger, Coady Cameron

Near geogrid stiffness quantification in airport pavement base layers using bender element field sensor
Mingu Kang, Issam I. A. Qamhia, Erol Tutumluer, Murphy Flynn, Navneet Garg, Wilfredo Villafane

Moderator: Prof. Claudia Zapata, Arizona State University ​

Mechanism of pore pressure increase of saturated granular materials subjected to repeated loads
Chuang Zhao, Xuecheng Bian, Yunmin Chen, Lili Yan

Long-Term In-situ Measurement of Soil Suction in Railway Foundation Materials
Rick Vandoorne, Petrus Johannes Gräbe, Gerhard Heymann

A tool for estimating the water content of unsaturated railway track formation layers
Iván Campos-Guereta, Andrew Dawson, Nick Thom

Numerical and experimental study of the unsaturated hydraulic behavior of a railroad track profile considering fouled ballast subjected to tropical climate condition
Guilherme Castro, Jose Pires, Rosangela Motta, Robson Costa, Edson Moura, Liedi Bernucci, Luciano Oliveira

Study of the influence of rain water on the railway track
Luisa Carla de Alencar Menezes, Antonio Carlos Rodrigues Guimarães, Carmen Dias Castro

Moderator: Dr. Ravi Sundaram, Cengrs Geotechnica Pvt Ltd., India ​

Landslide at Govindghat - Investigation and Stabilization Measures
Ravi Sundaram, Sanjay Gupta, Minimol Korulla, Rudra Bhudhbhatti, Pankaj Mourya

Geohazard in consequence of ignoring primary stress state and failure to observe the construction process of stabilizing constructions designed
Juraj Ortuta, Viktor Tóth

Runoff water management on karstic terrain and stability of slopes and foundations in Northern Spain
Felipe Collazos Arias, J.C. Mas Bahillo, D. Castro-Fresno, J. Rodriguez- Hernandez, E. Blanco-Fernan-dez, L. Castanon-Jano, D. Garcia-Sanchez, I. Beltran Hernando

Assessment of innovative slope repair techniques
Mike Winter, I M Nettleton, R Seddon, D Leal, J Marsden and J Codd

Inverse Analysis of a Failed Highway Embankment Slope in North Texas
Burak Boluk, Sayantan Chakraborty, Anand J. Puppala, Navid H. Jafari

Moderator: Mr. Fintan Buggy, Roughan and O’Donovan, Ireland ​

Field behavior of GRS bridge approach under large subsoil settlement: a case study
Chunhai Wang, Huabei Liu

Design and construction of a very high embankment using geosynthetics reinforcement
Mariya Dayana, Budhmal Jain, Satya Kumar Sunkavalli, Reginald

Observational Method Applied to the Decision Optimizing of Foundation Method in Kujala Interchange on Silty Clay Subsoil
Monica Löfman, Leena Korkiala-Tanttu

Design and Performance of Low Capacity Pavements on Peat Foundation Soils in Ireland
Ciaran Reilly, Fintan Buggy

Geotechnical Investigation of Urban Roads with Composite Pavement Structure Using Destructive and Non-Destructive Testing
Maziar Moaveni, Abbas Butt, Satish Gundapuneni

Poster Presentations

  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Moderator: Prof. Halil Ceylan, Iowa State University ​

Fit-for-Purpose Road Recycling? Triaxial Evaluation of Bitumen Stabilized RAP and Secondary Materials
Jenkins Kim

Feasibility of using selected and mixed recycled aggregates from Construction and Demolition Waste in unbound pavement layers
Castorina S. Vieira, Paulo Pereira, Maria de Lurdes Lopes

Structural pavement rehabilitation with recycled materials in a circular economy approach
Ana Cristina Freire, E. Correia, Jose Neves, Isabel Martins, A. J. Roque, Isabel Pinto, C. Ferreira, Anabela Martins

The potential of quartzitic rock for use as coarse aggregates in asphaltic concrete
Thomas Arthur, Samuel Ampadu, Simon Gawu

Field scale trial of fibre-reinforced ballast
Geoff Watson, Edgar Ferro, Louis Le Pen, David Milne, Tristan Rees-White, William Powrie

Effects of Using Recycled Aggregates and Large Stones for Base and Subbase Layers on Modulus Properties of Pavements
Haluk Sinan Coban, Bora Cetin, Halil Ceylan, William Likos, Tuncer Edil

Field Evaluation of Using Slag as Aggregates for Otta Seal Surfacing
Bo Yang, Yang Zhang, Halil Ceylan, Sunghwan Kim

Moderator: Dr. Ted Sussmann, US DOT Volpe Center ​

Evaluation of ballast particle degradation under micro-Deval testing using photogrammetry
Andre Paixao, Carlos Afonso, Bruno Delgado, Eduardo Fortunato

Stress-strain analysis of heavy haul rail track with steel slag ballast by laboratory tests and numerical simulations
Bruno Guimarães Delgado, António Viana da Fonseca, and Eduardo Fortunato

Measuring the contact stiffness at the grain scale of fresh and used granite ballast
Geoff Watson, Jacapo Piazza, Madhusudhan BN Murthy, Louis Le Pen

Repeatability of Minimum and Maximum Density Testing on Clean and Fouled Ballast
Mariel Jones, Emily Akey, C. L. Ho, A. J. Rubin

Measuring Railroad Ballast Modulus of Elasticity Using Light Weight Deflectometer
Emily Akey, Mariel Jones, Carlton Ho, Aaron Rubin

Ballast Fouling Identification through Statistical Pattern Recognition Techniques on Ballast Particle Movement
Saharnaz Nazari, Hai Huang, Tong Qiu

Steel slag aggregates characteristics evaluation as railway ballast
Guoqing Jing, Peyman Aela, Qiang Zhou, wenli jia

Moderator: Prof. Carlton Ho, University of Massachusetts at Amherst ​

Measuring the performance of railway track through large scale trackside sensor deployments
David Milne, Louis Le Pen, Geoff Watson, William Powrie

Features of a large-scale survey of highways with georadar
Alan frid, Vladimir Frid

Evaluation of Various Spatial Interpolation Techniques for Generating Synthetic CPT Data Profile
Md. Rahman Habibur, Murad Y. Abu-Farsakh

Bender Element Field Sensors for Base Course Stiffness Measurements in Airport Pavements
Mingu Kang, Issam I. A. Qamhia, Erol Tutumluer, Won-Taek Hong, Jesse D. Doyle, Harold T. Carr, Wayne D. Hodo, Ben C. Cox, Jeb S. Tingle

Riprap stockpile size and shape analyses using computer vision
Jiayi Luo, Haohang Huang, Issam Qamhia, John M. Hart, and Erol Tutumluer

Railroad ballast movements pattern recognition by using "SmartRock" '
Kun Zeng, Hai Huang

Development of In-situ Modulus Detector for Transportation Substructure
Yong-Hoon Byun, Dong-Ju Kim

Moderator: Dr. David White, Ingios Geotechnics, Inc. ​

Field testing of automatic frequency control for intelligent compaction of embankments
Carl Wersäll, Andreas Persson

Intelligent Construction for Infrastructure - The Framework
George Chang, Guanghui Xu, Antonio Gomes Correia, Soheil Nazarian

Geo-statistical Evaluation of the Intelligent Compaction Performance in a reclaimed base project
Maziar Foroutan, Ahmad Ghazanfari, Hamid Ossareh, and Ehsan Ghazanfari

CCC systems for vibratory and oscillatory rollers in theoretical and experimental comparison
Johannes Pistrol, Mario Hager, Dietmar Adam

Numerical Assessment of Impacts of Vibrating Roller Characteristics on Acceleration Response of Drum Used for Intelligent Compaction
Zhengheng Xu, Hadi Khabbaz, Behzad Fatahi, Jeffrey Lee, Sangharha Bhandari

Evaluating the Influence Soil Plasticity on the Vibratory Roller - Soil Interaction for Intelligent Compaction
Sangharha Bhandari, Behzad Fatahi, Hadi Khabbaz, Jeffrey Lee, Zhengheng Xu, Jinjiang Zhong

Mechanical performance of Tire-Derived Aggregate Permeable Pavements Under Live Traffic Loads
Ramin Raeesi, Amin Soltani, Russell King, Mahdi M. Disfani

  4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Moderator: Prof. Soheil Nazarian, University of Texas at El Paso ​
  • Track Geomechanics for Future Railways: Use of Artificial Inclusions
    Professor Buddhima Indraratna
  • Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Considerations of Swelling/Shrinkage of Expansive Soils
    Professor Claudia Zapata

Poster Presentations

Thursday, May 27

  8:00 am - 9:00 am

Moderator: Prof. Jorge G Zornberg, University of Texas at Austin
  • Geosynthetic Solutions for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure Development—Fundamentals and Global Challenges
    Professor Chungsik Yoo
  9:00 am - 10:00 am

Moderator: Prof. William Powrie, University of Southampton, UK ​
  • Geodynamics of Ballastless High-speed Railway
    Professor Yunmin Chen
  • An Overview of Ground Improvement Studies to Better the Performance of Transportation Infrastructure
    Professor Anand Puppala
  10:00 am - 10:30 am
  10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Moderator: Prof. Andreas Loizos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece ​​

Field Monitoring of Flexible and Rigid Pavement Responses in Thailand
Auckpath Sawangsuriya, Apiniti Jotisankasa, Suphawut Malaikrisanachalee

Physical modeling of stress propagation in railway pavement with LWD
Artur Rosa, Maria Marques, Antônio Guimarães, Gleyciane Serra, Marcelino Aurelio Silva

Development of Prediction Models for Mechanistic Parameters of Granular Roads Using Combined Non-Destructive Tests
Sajjad Satvati, Bora Cetin, Jeramy Ashlock

Performance Evaluation of Flexible Pavements with Asphalt-treated Base Courses
Jun Liu, Jenny Liu, Peng Li, Stephan Saboundjian

Evaluation of Flexible Pavement Performance Models in Mississippi: A Neural Network Approach
Patrick Duckworth, Hakan Yasarer, Yacoub Najjar

Moderator: Prof. Bernardo Caicedo Hormaza, The University of The Andes, Colombia ​​

A case study on efficacy of cement treated base/subbase
Ashish Gharpure, Prashant Navalakha, Asita Dalvi

A Study on Electrokinetic Dewatering of Saturated Soil
Abhishek Sutar, Veerabhadrappa Rotte

Compaction and CBR Behaviour of Cement Stabilised Sand-Black Cotton Soil Mixtures
Charles Nwaiwu, Benjamin Baba, Obinna Ubani

Construction and monitoring of the short-term strength development of a cement-stabilized lateritic pavement layer under tropical climatic conditions
Samuel Ampadu, Thomas Arthur, Priscilla Ackah, Fred Boadu

Evaluation of Strength and Microstructural Characteristics of Weak Lateritic Soil Stabilized with Calcined Clay and Iron Slag Dust
Adedeji Quadri, Oladapo Abiola, S. O. Odunfa, Jamiu Azeez

Moderator: Prof. John McCartney, University of California San Diego ​​

Coupled Analysis on Frost-Heaving Depression Effect of Geosynthetics Drainage Material for Road Pavement
Yasuoka Tomohisa, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Bin Luo, Yuwei Wu, Kimio Maruyama, Chigusa Ueno

Performance evaluation of reinforced expansive soil subgrade with polypropylene fiber and geogrid
Nitin Tiwari, Neelima Satyam

The use of microporous membranes to address mud pumping - UK experience
Philip Sharpe, Andrew Leech

Application of Wicking Geotextile for Pavement Infrastructure on Expansive Soil
Nripojyoti Biswas, Md Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Aritra Banerjee, Anand Puppala, Sayantan Chakraborty

The use of Draintube drainage geocomposites under railways structures
Stephan Fourmont, Mathilde Riot

Moderator: Prof. Xiong Zhang, Missouri University of Science and Technology ​​

Frost Heave Protection of Concrete Pavement Subgrades
Chigusa Ueno, Yukihiro Kohata, Maruyama Kimio

Characterization of Expansive Soils in Southwest Brazilian Amazon - Behavior of Subgrade Soils in a Flexible Pavement
Victor Hugo Rodrigues Barbosa, Maria Esther Soares Marques, Antônio Carlos Rodrigues Guimarães, Carmen Dias Castro

Experimental study on soil water retention properties of compacted expansive clay
Debojit Sarker, Jay X. Wang

Rainfall induced deformation on unsaturated collapsible soils
Hamed Moghaddasi, Ashraf Osman, David Toll, Nasser Khalili

Laboratory study on frost heave of ballast
Feng Guo, Yu Qian, Yi Wang, Dimitris C Rizos, Yuefeng Shi

Poster Presentations

  1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Moderator: Dr. Navneet Garg, Federal Aviation Administration ​​

Verification of the structural design parameters for unbound layers of Finnish road structures
Pauli Kolisoja, Antti Kalliainen

A Mechanistic-Based Analysis Procedure for Designing Geosynthetic Reinforcement in Pavement Systems
Peter Becker

Geotechnical characterization of a low volume traffic road
Marina Cabette, Antonio Paula, Manuel Minhoto, Ewerton Fonseca

Class Discriminatory Information for Unbound Granular Layers using Statistical Pattern Recognition Techniques
Reza S. Ashtiani

Finite Element Analysis of Nonlinear Elastic Behavior of Unbound Aggregate Materials under Repeated Loading
Haohang Huang, Jiayi Luo, Issam Qamhia, Erol Tutumluer, Jeb S. Tingle, Carlos R. Gonzalez

Moderator: Prof. Hannes Grabe, University of Pretoria, South Africa ​​

Receptance test performed on a laboratory ballasted track section
Ana Ramos, Alexandre Pinto, Ahmet Esen, Antonio Gomes Correia, Pedro Costa, Rui Calçada, Peter Woodward, Omar Laghrouche

Investigation into the mechanical behavior of track-bed materials with different grain size distributions of coarse grains
Shuai Qi, Yu-jun Cui, Ren-peng Chen

Geotechnical and geophysical railway embankment auscultation
Amine Dhemaied, Robin Heraibi, Marine Dangeard, Ludovic Bodet

Ballasted tracks maintenance modeling using DEM
Jean-Francois Ferellec, Eric Chapteuil, Nicolas Docquier, Olivier Lantsoght

Dynamic Behavior Modeling of Full-Scale High-Speed Ballasted Track using Discrete Element Method
Zhongyi Liu, Bin Feng, Wei Li, Erol Tutumluer, Xuecheng Bian, Youssef M.A. Hashash

Moderator: Prof. Askar Zhussupbekov, Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan ​​

Investigation of interaction of piles of LRT and New Cargo Sea Transportation Route Projects with problematical soil ground of Kazakhstan
Askar Zhussupbekov, Victor Kaliakin, Der-Wen Chang, Abdulla Omarov

Assessment of CPT Data on Liquefaction Mitigation with Rammed Aggregate Piers®
Ece Kurt Bal, Lale Oner, I. Kutay Ozaydin, Tuncer Edil

Challenges in Developing Sustainable Infrastructure Case History: Boubyan Clay
Waleed Abdullah, Fahad AlOqaili, Ananth Ramasamy, Srour AlOtaibi, Shaikha AlTheyab

Analysis and design of a special port pavement for heavy steel coils
Nicolas Echeverri Pinto

Particle breakage observed in both transitional and non-transitional carbonate sands
Chenxi Tong, Sheng Zhang, Daichao Sheng

Moderator: Dr. Louis Le Pen, University of Southampton, UK ​​

High Speed Railway Vibrations - An approach to Tackle Dynamic Instability
Saeed Hosseinzadeh, Peter Schouten, Gerhard Schulz

Studying Railway Vibration Projects with a Focus on Environmental Aspects
Agnes Van Uitert, Saeed Hosseinzadeh, Peter Schouten, Otto Heeres

Update and Case Studies of GeotrackTM: A Software for Railway Track and Subgrade Analysis
Yin Gao, Patti Schreiber, Stephen Wilk, Amanda Hanson, Taifeng Li, Dingqing Li

Assessing the risk of critical velocity effects at railway sites using site investigation and advanced laboratory testing
Alice Duley, Madhusudhan Bangalore Narasimha, Louis Le Pen, David Thompson, William Powrie

Repeated-Load Saturated Soil Behavior Linked to Two Derailment Case Studies
Theodore Sussmann

  3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Moderator: Prof. Debakanta Mishra, Oklahoma State University ​​

Analytical solution for plane strain consolidation of soft soil stabilised by stone columns
Sam Doan, Behzad Fatahi, Hadi Khabbaz, Haleh Rasekh

Impact of Lime Stabilization on Swelling and Soil Water Retention Behavior of Expansive Subgrade
Asmaa Al-Taie, Mahdi Disfani, Robert Evans, Arul Arulrajah, Ehsan Yaghoubi

Seepage behavior within embankment constructed of mixed soil with steel slag
Katsuyuki Kawai, Kaito Arinishi, Satsuki Kataoka, Koji Nakashima

Fundamental study on combination of Paper sludge ash and Cement for dredged clay soil stabilization
Phan Nguyen Binh, Kimotoshi Hayano, Mochizuki Yoshitoshi

Evaluation of mineral formation in sulfate-bearing soil stabilized with slag cement using XRD
Mengting Chen, Hussein Al-Dakheeli, Jim Puckette, Rifat Bulut

Moderator: Prof. Soheil Nazarian, University of Texas at El Paso ​​

A Stress-Dependent Approach for Estimation of Drum-Soil Contact Area
Aria Fathi, Cesar Tirado, Sergio Rocha, Mehran Mazari, Soheil Nazarian

Deicing Test of the Externally Heated Geothermal Bridge in Texas
Omid Habibzadeh-Bigdarvish, Teng Li, Gang Lei, Aritra Banerjee, Xinbao Yu, Anand Puppala

An Earthworks Quality Assurance methodology which avoids unreliable correlations
Burt Look

An experimental study on the estimation of field compaction states and stress-strain properties of unbound granular materials from laboratory test results
Sou Ihara, Kairi Magara, Mitsutaka Okada, Hiroyuki Nagai, Shohei Noda, Yoshiaki Kikuchi, Fumio Tatsuoka

Moderator: Prof. Daichao Sheng, University of Technology Sydney, Australia ​​

Use of steel slags in earthworks - Hydraulic properties of steel slags and granulometrically modified steel slags under saturated and unsaturated conditions
Elissavet Barka, Emanuel Birle

Effect of Relative Density on the Drained Seismic Compression of Unsaturated Backfills
Wenyong Rong, John McCartney

Development of a Linear Equilibrium Suction Model Based on TMI and Climatic Regions for Oklahoma
Amir Hossein Javid, Hussein Al-Dakheeli, Rifat Bulut

Hydro-Mechanical Behavior of Unsaturated Unbound Pavement Materials under Repeated and Static Loading
Ehsan Yaghoubi, Mahdi Disfani, Arul Arulrajah, Jayantha Kodikara, Asmaa Al-Taie

Effect of Traffic Load on Permeability of Remolded Kaolin
Jian Zhou, Linghui Luo, Hao Hu, Jie Xu, Yicheng Jiang

Moderator: Prof. Hasan Ozer, Arizona State University ​​

A long-term record of water content and pore water pressure in a vegetated clay highway cut slope
Joel Smethurst, Aingaa Sellaiya, Anthony Blake, William Powrie

Initiation of 2014 Oso Landslide Using 3D Slope Stability Analyses: Effect of Infiltration
Pourya Kargar Ghomsheh, Abdolreza Osouli

Investigating the effect of direction of grass roots on shear strength of soil and stability of embankment slope
Jakob Schallberger, Lalita Oka

Challenges associated with construction of highways on steep side slopes covered with colluvium –from Hunter Expressway Project Australia
Sudarshan Aryal, Robert Kingsland

Predicting the stability of riverbank slope reinforced with columns under various river water conditions
Cong Chi Dang, Liet Chi Dang, Hadi Khabbaz

  5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Moderator: Erol Tutumluer, 4th ICTG Chairman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ​
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