Marshall University sponsoring nationally recognized forum on geohazards’ impact on transportation

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Marshall University sponsoring nationally recognized forum on geohazards’ impact on transportation

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Engineers, geologists and transportation planners from across the region will gather in Baltimore, Maryland,  Tuesday, Aug. 7, to Thursday, Aug. 9, for the nationally recognized Appalachian States Coalition for Geohazards in Transportation’s 18th Annual Technical Forum, “Geohazards Impacting Transportation in the Appalachian Region.”


Coordinated by Marshall University’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences (CEGAS), this year’s forum is hosted by the Maryland Department of Transportation.


Members of the Appalachian geohazards coalition meet annually to share information about research developments and projects related to rock falls and landslides along highways, hazard-prone areas affecting transportation infrastructure in the region.  Utilization of instrumentation and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will also be covered. 


Coalition members represent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk Southern Corporation, the Federal Highway Administration, and the departments of transportation and state geological surveys in  Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.


CEGAS Director Dr. Tony Szwilski is chair of the coalition. “It is an exciting prospect to work with federal, state and private entities to share best practices on the prevention and remediation of geological problems that affect transportation throughout the Appalachian region, such as the recent large slope rock on U.S. Route 60, in Huntington,” Szwilski said. “Transportation infrastructure development has become a high priority in West Virginia, so we encourage anyone with an interest in this topic to join us for what promises to be an excellent program.”


This year’s event will include a pre-conference field trip to the former Allied Chemical Chrome Processing Plant under site development that includes pipe pile construction; and the Dundalk Marine Terminal with the Maryland Portal Authority to review ground stability issues.  The field trip and forum will be of interest to geologists, geotechnical engineers, environmental scientists, planners and others interested in geohazards.


For more information, contact Szwilski by e-mail at or by phone at 304-696-5457.  Also, see

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