Common Geotechnical Issues, Problems and their Remedies
By: Curt R. Peterson, PE
Mr. Peterson will discuss some common geotechnical problems he has encountered during his career, including moisture sensitive soils, drainage, inadequate geotechnical studies, and inadequate foundation design. He will discuss case histories involving extensive soil movement and damage to residential and commercial structures. Mr. Peterson will also discuss issues involving corrosive soils and the damage to structures.
Biographical sketch of Curt R. Peterson
Curt Peterson is the founding engineer of Peterson Geotechnical Group, a forensic geotechnical consulting firm located in Gilbert, Arizona. He holds a BSCE and MSE degrees in civil engineering from BYU. He has nearly 20 years of engineering experience, involving power plants, freeways, commercial, retail and high rise structures, airports, custom homes, and residential subdivisions. During his career, Mr. Peterson has served as an expert witness on over 500 projects involving numerous issues such as expansive, collapsible, and corrosive soils, poorly compacted fill soils, improper engineering recommendations, cracked/settled swimming pools, retaining wall failures, concrete cracking and deterioration, and asphalt failure. Mr. Peterson has personally evaluated the performance of nearly ten thousand residential homes that were involved in construction defect lawsuits.
Mr. Peterson frequently works for developers, general contractors, and building owners that are experiencing issues with structures. He uses various tools to evaluate the causes of the problems in order to develop a repair. Mr. Peterson has designed and provided oversight for various specialty repairs such as helical piers, pressure and injection grouting, foam injection, structural and membrane cut-off walls, drainage issues, corrosion on concrete, failed pavement, settled trenches, collapsed underground pipes, and erosion protection. Mr. Peterson frequently provides expert witness testimony in depositions, arbitrations, bench trials, jury trials, and administrative law hearings.
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