The Upcoming 71st Highway Geology Symposium will be in-person in Asheville, North Carolina!

Registration is open

The 71st Annual Highway Geology Symposium will be held in-person May 23-25, 2022 in beautiful Asheville North Carolina. 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 Geotechnical Asset Management Subcommittee AKG00(1). The Highway Geology Symposium technical sessions will start at 1:00 p.m., 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 session, guest tour, and a banquet that evening. Please click on the Participant Registration and Rates button to the right for more information and a link to register on-line.


We realize that there are still concerns with travel due to COVID 19. The safety and health of everyone is of paramount importance, and the Steering Committee is closely monitoring the COVID 19 pandemic. The Asheville Renaissance Hotel has procedures in place for your safety, and information can be found at the link. Indoor masks are no longer required in Buncombe County, NC, or at the hotel. The hotel recommends guests bring masks because some shops downtown still require them. If any changes to the symposium should occur, all participants will be notified by email, and will be posted here. More information for the symposium will be posted as it becomes available.


Field Trip

The Field Trip Guide is available for download at the link on the left. The first stop is no longer accessible, so we've updated the guide and we'll shift west. There will be a short presentation in the morning before leaving the hotel to talk about the inaccessible site. There will be other stops along the highway, and we will be climbing slopes as you are able. If you have a safety vest, bug spray, and boots/sturdy shoes, please bring them. Vests and some bug spray will be provided if you don't have them.


Sponsor opportunities are available!

We invite you to participate as a sponsor in the 71st Highway Geology Symposium. Please see the brochure to the right for additional information, and then register at the link below it.


TRB Midyear Meeting

The theme of the workshop is Improving Resiliency through Geotechnical Asset and Performance Management Approaches
Our transportation infrastructure has been repeatedly tested by an increase in extreme weather events. Improving resiliency at project and system level against these events will prevent harm and speed recovery and response efforts. Geotechnical Asset Management (GAM) efforts provide important insights to system vulnerabilities and performance and help target resiliency improvements using a risk-based approach and other methods. This session at HGS will highlight how application of GAM approaches will speed up efforts to reduce impact from increasing event severity and frequency.


Guest Tour on Wednesday

This year’s guest tour is to America’s largest home, the Biltmore Estate. George Vanderbilt, the youngest son of an American family famous for its wealth from shipping and rail, opened his country retreat in 1895. The morning will include a self-guided visit through more than 60 rooms carefully preserved by Vanderbilt’s descendants, rooms appearing as they did a century ago. After exiting the Biltmore House, individuals in the group can choose between walking through the Biltmore Estate Gardens or shop in the Stable Arcade adjacent to the Biltmore House. Lunch will be in Biltmore’s Stable Café Restaurant, and the afternoon will be spent at the Antler Hill Village & Winery. Cost is $125 per person and includes transportation, admission, lunch, and wine tasting.


Added for Thursday, May 26th!

Geotechnical Asset Management Peer Exchange on Obstacles and Opportunities Recognized Through Geotechnical Asset Management Implementation

This meeting takes advantage of the participation by state DOTs and others that will be at the Highway Geology Symposium and the TRB midyear committee meeting to bring together people interested in the deployment of Geotechnical Asset Management (GAM) to improve safety and mobility on the nation’s transportation corridors. The goal of this peer exchange is to increase awareness and knowledge of current GAM practices of participants through real-world examples and lessons learned.

The meeting will be held on Thursday May 26, 2022, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with a 1-hour lunch break (lunch included). We plan to hold a combination of breakout sessions and panel discussions of a handful of general topics including:

  • Deployment of GAM and incorporation into TAM Plans.
  • Evaluating life Cycle costs, deterioration rates, and models.
  • Funding of GAM program – Moving from pilot or research into broader deployment.
  • Overlapping efforts with other assets such as culverts, bridges, pavements, retaining walls.
  • Climate change impact on geotechnical assets and examples incorporating resiliency in design.
  • Risk analysis – Management of resources, prioritizing interventions, assessment of interventions.

A summary of the meeting will be prepared to help document this experience to share with others unable to attend but interested in the subject.

Registration is $75.00.


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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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,