Dr. Geoff Chao: SEAGS 50th Anniversary Lecturer

Lecture Titled: Evaluation of Factors Influencing Expansive Soil Embankment Slope Failure

Geoff Chao

Dr. Chao has over 20 years of experience in the area of geotechnical engineering and construction. He received his Master and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA in 1995 and 2007, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Pathumthani, Thailand. Before joining AIT, he was the Vice President of Engineering Analytics, Inc., a geotechnical and environmental engineering consulting company in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Dr. Chao has extensive experience in the areas of geotechnical and reclamation engineering design, construction and design defect investigations, construction remediation and mitigation, construction oversight experience on a diversity of projects. His technical specialties include expansive and collapsible soils evaluation, seepage and groundwater modeling, landslide investigation, settlement and consolidation analyses, retaining wall investigation, foundation design and construction for residential and commercial buildings, pavement design and distress evaluation, cover design for wastes, design of tailings impoundment, heap leach pad, and waste rock disposal sites. Dr. Chao was an Adjunct Professor at Colorado State University. He is the co-author of a textbook titled “Foundation Engineering for Expansive Soils.” Dr. Chao has authored over 40 technical papers, many of them dealing with structures on problematic soils.