Jie Han The United Kingdom-based Institution of Civil Engineers is an extremely active professional body with a rich history of high-quality lectures and professional development offerings. On October 17, ICE will welcome the University of Kansas’s Dr. Jie Han, who has been invited to speak on “Geosynthetic-reinforced retaining walls: Recent US research and developments.”
Dr. Jie Han is the Glenn L. Parker Professor of Geotechnical Engineering in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Kansas. He has nearly 30 years of teaching, research, and practical experience in geotechnical and pavement engineering focused on geosynthetics and ground improvement. He is also author of the book Principles and Practice of Ground Improvement and more than 300 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers.
Currently, Dr. Han is the chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute Soil Improvement Committee and an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.
He has received numerous awards including the Shamsher Prakash Prize for Excellence in Practice of Geotechnical Engineering, the International Geosynthetics Society Award, and the ASCE Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award.


In the promotional push for the event, ICE notes that “improving soil mechanical properties by geosynthetics may involve two different functions/mechanisms: reinforcement and stabilization.”
It’s a matter of geosynthetic/soil properties and loading conditions. Han’s lecture will illustrate the differences and relationships between reinforcement and stabilization by geosynthetics in walls and roads.
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“This lecture will present cases of geosynthetic-reinforced retaining walls constructed under special conditions (e.g., limited backfill space, footings on top of the wall, and laterally loaded piles within the reinforced fill), discuss recent studies to investigate the behavior of the [geosynthetic-reinforced] walls under the above special conditions, and provide design guidelines for such conditions,” ICE writes.

17 October 2018

Program Schedule

17:30 Tea/coffee – Brasserie
18:00 Lecture followed by Q & A
19:15 Drinks reception – ICE Café Bar


Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom