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75 Years of Geotech at JFK Airport

ASCE NJB Geotechnical Technical Group (GTG) Presents:

“From Wetlands to Wings and a River Ran Through It…
75 Years of Geotechnical History at JFK International Airport”

Presented by John S. Horvath, Ph.D., PE

The 75-year existence of the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City provides a unique case history illustrating the technological evolution of geotechnical and foundation engineering in general and tapered driven piles. Achievable pile capacities have increased by a factor of 10 as the slide-rule age gave way to the age of the digital computer and related microprocessor technology.


The lessons learned at JFKIA are wide-ranging with applications well beyond the airport and are thus of interest to all geotechnical and foundation engineers as well as material suppliers and construction contractors. The most significant current trend in geotechnology is the migration from traditional strength-based design of deep-foundation capacity to one that is stiffness and displacement-based using results from the seismic piezocone.


Registration and Reception from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Dinner at 6:30 PM with presentation to follow
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 690 Route 46 East, Fairfield, NJ 07004


Cost: $65 for ASCE member / $70 for nonmembers / $60 for Gov’t Employees / $40 for Students


John S. Horvath, Ph.D., P.E., Life Member.ASCE

Dr. Horvath has more than 46 years of professional experience and is currently a consulting engineer (d/b/a John S. Horvath Consulting Engineer in Scarsdale, NY) with an international practice. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, all in civil engineering with a specialization in geotechnical engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer with current registrations in New Jersey and New York. He has authored more than 100 professional publications ranging from monographs, white papers, and research reports to journal and conference papers as well as lectured to both domestic and international audiences.


One (1) PDH credit is pending approval for NJ and NY


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Make checks payable to: ASCE North Jersey Branch, and please bring check to event on November 8th.

To mail a check in advance, mail to: ASCE NJB, c/o Kati DiRaimondo, Stantec, 365 West Passaic St, Suite 175; Rochelle Park, NJ 07662