Upcoming 71st Highway Geology Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina

As of today, the 71st Highway Geology Symposium is continuing as planned, and will take place September 21-23, 2020 at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina. The safety and health of everyone is of paramount importance, and the Steering Committee is closely monitoring the COVID 19 pandemic. If any changes to the symposium should occur, all participants will be notified by email, and up to date information will be posted to
www.highwaygeologysymposium.org. We hope to see you in beautiful Asheville this September!


The upcoming 71st annual Highway Geology Symposium will be held at the  Renaissance Inn, in Asheville, North Carolina on September 21 - 23, 2020. The format of the Symposium will be slightly different from previous years. Activities will start on Monday at 8:00 am with a half-day Transportation Research Board Workshop, then half-day HGS technical session, followed that evening by an ice-breaker for HGS participants. An all day field trip is scheduled for Tuesday, and Wednesday will have a full day of technical sessions followed by a banquet.


Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities are available! Please see the brochure to the right, and then register at the link below it.


Hotel Reservations. The  Renaissance Inn has offered a special rate of $169.00 a night for the Symposium. The rate starts Sunday, September 20, and is available through Friday, September 25. Registration can be made at this link: Reservations for Highway Geology Symposium  or by calling (828) 252-8211 or 1 800-359-7951 and specify Highway Geology Symposium. There is also a $10.00 per day parking fee if you bring a vehicle. Downtown Asheville is very walkable from the hotel with easy access to restaurants, shops and craft breweries.


TRB Workshop. The TRB Workshop, "A review of approaches to quantify and evaluate risk and consequences," is a half-day event on September 21, 2020 in conjunction with the Highway Geology Symposium. This workshop will demonstrate the value added by considering risk and consequence data. These data highlight opportunities for smart decision making driven by improving corridor mobility and redundancy, demonstrating the use of geotechnical asset maintenance intervention opportunities to prolong asset performance. In addition, the side benefit of safety improvements and improved corridor/infrastructure resiliency also will be discussed. The TRB Standing Committee on Engineering Geology (AFP10) and the Joint Subcommittee on Geotechnical Asset Management (AFP00) are involved in this event.


More information will be posted to the website as it becomes available. We hope to see you in Asheville!


Calling Young Authors

The Highway Geology Symposium has existed for nearly 70 years and over the years has had much participation by what might be considered “Young Authors”. This participation by our younger professionals has been fabulous and is a true benefit to the Symposium and the Mission of HGS. In recent years, HGS has taken participation of Young Authors to another level by sponsoring a competition with both financial, registration and award recognition. This is an annual and perpetual award with up to three awards presented. We are very excited about this continued opportunity for participation by Young Authors and we encourage you to submit your paper and to present your work at the Symposium. If you know a Young Author that should join this competition, encourage them to check out the guidelines and submit their abstract. HGS is all about sharing our geologic technical experiences and we look forward to hearing about and learning from your experience. So please see the links for guidelines and participation requirements as well as award details.

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71st HGS Invitation Slideshow

71st HGS Invitation Slideshow

The upcoming 71st annual Highway Geology Symposium will be held in Asheville, North Carolina, September 21st through September 23rd, 2020. Please take a look at the Early Announcement and Call for Papers for more information.  

Past Symposium

Past Symposium

The 70th Annual Highway Geology Symposium was held from October 21st through October 24th, 2019, in Portland, Oregon. Thank you to everyone who participated for making the 2019 HGS a memorable event.

Pictures from Past Symposiums

Pictures from Past Symposiums

View the pictures from the 2009-2019 Symposiums: 70th HGS, Portland, Oregon 2019   69th HGS, Portland, Maine 2018   68th HGS, Marietta, Georgia 2017   67th HGS, Colorado Springs, Colorado 2016   66th HGS, Sturbridge, Massachusetts 2015   65th HGS,