First U.S. Japan Workshop

U.S. Japan Geoenvironmental Engineering Workshop

March 7-9, 2008

Co-Chairs: James L. Hanson, Nazli Yesiller, and Takeshi Katsumi

Sponsored by: Cal Poly, RMRC, ASCE Geo-Institute, Japan Geotechnical Society, University of Texas at Arlington, and A.J. Krouse

The first U.S.-Japan Geoenvironmental Engineering Workshop was held in New Orleans in conjunction with and to directly precede the ASCE Geo-Institute’s GeoCongress 2008: The Challenge of Sustainability in the Geoenvironment.  The workshop was attended by 28 participants representing a broad array of perspectives including academia, industry, and government.  The technical program consisted of assessment of the state of geoenvironmental engineering by leading researchers from each country through summary presentations and keynote addresses, white paper presentations by each participant, breakout sessions, summary reports from the breakout groups, and a local field trip to investigate the geoenvironmental impact of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  Detailed discussions of topics related to research, education, and collaborative potential in containment, groundwater and remediation, and recycled materials and reuse were conducted at the workshop.  Significant advancements can be made in various aspects of geoenvironmental engineering as a result of joint studies of U.S. and Japanese researchers by taking advantage of specific backgrounds, viewpoints, expertise, facilities, and infrastructure of the two countries.  This workshop provided the first step in bringing together geoenvironmental expertise from the two countries to establish mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.