Keynetix delivers Sowers Symposium State of the Practice Lecture

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It was a great pleasure and honour for Roger Chandler, Managing Director of Keynetix, to deliver the “State of the Practice” address at the Annual Sowers Symposium in May this year at Georgia Tech.   The symposium is now in its 19th year and commemorates the life of George F Sowers who served for 50 years as a faculty member at Georgia Institute of Technology as well as being a practicing Civil Engineer and Geologist.

Roger’s talk, entitled “Transforming Geotechnical Data” discussed the way different countries value geotechnical data and introduced the local audience of around 175 people to case studies from UK, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.   Alongside Roger, Professor Roman Hryciw from University of Michigan presented the “State of the Art” lecture on image analysis to determine grain size distribution plots and Rudy Bonaparte, president of Geosyntec, presented examples from his wealth of knowledge on Landfill design and Environmental Protection as the Sowers Lecture.


“The Sowers Symposium was the first local level event I have presented at in the USA and I was extremely impressed with the organisation and audience for the event.” said Roger, “The informal nature gave opportunity for everyone, including current students at GeorgiaTech, to talk to the lecturers and other delegates and I was made to feel very welcome.  The quality of the 3 lectures was high and the audience was very engaged. I personally learnt a lot from the lectures given by Rudy Bonaparte and Roman Hryciw and I hope they can say the same about mine!” says Roger Chandler.

The event was very similar to a local Rankine lecture here in the UK, except the first two lectures were presented before dinner followed by the main Sowers Lecture.  This gave all the delegates the opportunity to discuss the first two lectures over a fantastic dinner and drinks reception.

“Roger provided great food for thought and motivation for innovation and improvement of practices to the audience of 175 practicing and academic geoscience professionals. His presentation was enthusiastically received and stimulated much discussion regarding advancing our profession with modern data management and analysis techniques. On behalf of the Georgia Geo-Institute Chapter of ASCE I would heartily recommend Roger for similar events.” Greg Hebeler, PhD, PE Immediate Past President Georgia GeoInstitute Chapter of ASCE, Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Associate, Golder Associates Inc.

While in the USA, Roger also visited customers in the Atlanta and New York areas and has generated a lot of excitement and work for Keynetix.  So much so that Gary Morin, Keynetix Technical Director, will run our first public training course in New York in July

If you would like a Keynetix member of staff to talk at your event please get in contact and we will try to help where possible.