Call for Abstracts

This Call for Abstracts focuses on the Advances in Investigation, Design, and Implementation of Geotechnical, Geology, and Construction Practices in the Presumpscot glacial-marine clay found in coastal Maine and New Hampshire. Of particular interest are the following topics:

Site and Deposit Characterization

  • Geologic history and features
  • Composition, characteristics, and/or engineering parameters
  • Spatially commonality or variability
  • Use of modern geotechnical or geophysical tools (e.g., CPT, Lidar/Ladar, GPR)
  • Geohazards
  • Offshore, coastal, and/or inland features and processes

Design and Long-term Performance

  • Case histories and Observational methods
  • Pre- and post-construction performance predictions
  • Settlement
  • Slope stability
  • Seismic design
  • Foundations
  • Ground modification and lightweight fill
  • Uncertainty and Risk assessment
  • LRFD implementation

Construction Techniques and Challenges

  • Modern construction techniques
  • Construction challenges and solutions

Key Dates

May 8:               Abstracts due
June 1:               Notification of abstract acceptance
August 3:          Draft papers due
September 7:   Notification of paper reviews
October 9:        Final papers due
October 28:      Symposium Attendance & Presentations/Posters

Authors of accepted abstracts will be required to provide a draft copy of their paper in electronic format and to submit written final papers in electronic format for inclusion in the proceedings (issued electronically to all attendees at the Symposium). Authors of accepted abstracts will also be expected to prepare and give a presentation or poster of their paper topic at the Symposium in Portland, Maine on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.

Submit Abstracts (by May 8)

Abstract Format

  • Text should be descriptive of the proposed topic and findings, and include no more than 300 words (not including title and author byline).
  • It should have a double-spaced, single-column format and may be in submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF formats.
  • Please include the title and author byline, where all authors have separate affiliation statements.
  • The corresponding author should be noted.
  • An e-mail address is required for the corresponding author and encouraged for all authors.

For more information, contact

Melissa Landon of University of Maine: melissa.L.maynard[at]
Charlie Nickerson of R.W. Gillespie & Associates: cnickerson[at]