Tucson Chapter Lunch Meeting: The Need for Geotechnical Engineering in Foundation Design and Repair

  • 15 Feb 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Rincon Market, 2513 E. 6th Street - Tucson, AZ 85716
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February Tucson Chapter Lunch Meeting


The Need for Geotechnical Engineering in Foundation Design and Repair

By Ralph M. Pattison, P.E.

The topic of the presentation will address the benefit and need for geotechnical engineering for new construction, as well as when developing repair schemes for structures damaged by soil related problems.  The topic will include the need to adequately define and characterize soil strata and soil properties to a sufficient depth and extent before proceeding with construction or a foundation repair, and the risks associated with proceeding with design without this information.  The topic will include case histories.  The discussion will also address the need for close collaboration between the geotechnical engineer and a structural engineer in developing foundation design details and repair schemes.

Biographical Sketch for Ralph M. Pattison, P.E.

Ralph is President of Pattison Engineering. He has 32 years experience in the fields of geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing.  He received his B.S. degree from the University of Arizona and is a Registered Civil Engineer in the states of Arizona and California. 

Ralph's experience includes services for both public and private clients for a wide variety of facilities including building structures, towers, pipelines, dams, tailings, reinforced earth and roadways. He has expertise in all of the types of soils found in Southern Arizona, and has developed a special expertise in collapse-prone and expansive soils, in addition to other difficult subsurface conditions. His role at Pattison Engineering includes overall management of the firm and oversight of all projects.

Please register by Monday February 13, 2017 



Chicken Teriyaki with fried rice and a garden salad, served with a mini egg roll.  Cookies and bars for dessert.  Water or iced tea.


Should you have any special dietary needs, please contact Ali Nessaee at   to coordinate.

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