Upcoming 71st Highway Geology Symposium

The 71st Highway Geology Symposium will not be held in-person this year. The safety and health of everyone is of paramount importance. The numbers of positive tests and hospitalizations in North Carolina due to COVID 19 continue to increase, as it does in several parts of the country. We are currently reviewing several platforms for a virtual conference, and our goals with the virtual event are:


- Speakers will prerecord their presentation but be available live for questions afterward. Prerecording is just in case of network issues during the conference.

- Papers will still be published in an annual proceeding.

- Sponsors and exhibitors will have “booths” in a chat room setting and be present during hours of the conference to be able to speak with participants, along with links to their websites.

- Spread the conference to more days, but shorter hours, and group papers of like subject matter together. Start later in the day Eastern US time for reasonable hours Western US time.

- People that register will have access to the presentations potentially up to a year (depending on platform).


We know it is not the same as meeting in person. But in the current situation, we think this is the safest way to continue to share experiences and new technology. We are still planning the 72nd HGS in-person, in Tacoma, Washington in September 2021. North Carolina now plans to host in 2022.


Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities are available! We will be updating our brochure and registration and post when the virtual platform is selected. Current Sponsors and exhibitors will be sent the updated brochure.

TRB Workshop. The TRB Workshop, "A review of approaches to quantify and evaluate risk and consequences," is a half-day event planned 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.


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,