Relearning How to Look at Piezometric Data for Seepage Evaluation: Instructor

Richard S. Olsen, Ph.D. P.E.
Geotechnical Consultant

Previously (until Feb 2019):
USACE Lead Geotechnical Engineer and
National Senior Policy Advisor,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE),
Headquarters, Civil Works Directorate
Washington, D.C.

Served as National Senior Policy Advisor and Technical Lead for Geotechnical Engineering at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) working out of Headquarters, Washington DC.  He performed geotechnical policy compliance assessment for USACE at all project levels. He was also a reviewer for high profile national projects, all USACE water control structures, and for policy making.  Dr. Olsen was the USACE top-level Subject Material Expert (SME) in the following topics: Seepage issues (from hand drawn flow nets for complex scenarios to advanced failure modes), Advanced geotechnical site characterization (particularly using the CPT); Advanced geotechnical earthquake engineering prediction of liquefaction resistance; Mega landslide assessment; Silt behavior during earthquakes and Geotechnical geophysics technology.  Dr. Olsen was at USACE HQ in Washington DC for 6 years and previously at USACE-ERDC for 30 years in geotechnical research (and 4 years in private consulting directly after his MS degree). He has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, MS from UC Berkeley, and BSCE from Oregon State University.

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