Fall Meeting, October 15th 2019

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:30 PM

Join us at Fate Brewing Company in Scottsdale for our Fall Meeting on Tuesday, October 15th. We welcome Kimberly Martin, a Dean’s Fellow pursuing her doctorate in geotechnical engineering at Arizona State University, to present her topic: “Benefits of Risk-Based Communication in Geological & Geotechnical Engineering”. Her abstract and biography are below. Free food and drinks (2) will be served from 5:30-6:30 and will be a good time to mingle with other students and professionals. The talk will begin at 6:30 and usually lasts one hour. Please RSVP below, cash or credit card payment is accepted at the door.

Abstract: Benefits of Risk-Based Communication in Geological & Geotechnical Engineering

This presentation demonstrates the benefits of taking a risk-based communication approach with project management and clients. An example will be presented where ineffective communication regarding cost and schedule risk associated with a geological/geotechnical decision led to an undesired outcome. Based on lessons from that case, two examples will be given where these risks were communicated correctly and innovative solutions were accepted. Examples will be provided from an oil sands project in Canada and a liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea. The goal of this presentation is to raise awareness of how risk-based communication, especially early in a project, can lead to risk tolerance regarding geological/geotechnical engineering options and decisions.


Kimberly Martin, PE is a graduate research assistant and Dean’s Fellow pursuing her doctorate in geotechnical engineering at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on investigating sustainable materials and methods for geotechnical engineering, specifically through bio-inspired processes, as part of the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics. She received her undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona and her master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. After her master’s degree, she went to work for ExxonMobil where she spent over nine years as a geotechnical engineer working on domestic and international onshore and offshore development projects. Kimberly is currently the Vice Chair of the Arizona Chapter of the Geo-Institute.

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