(L-R) Duane Bents, Billy Camp, two key members of the 2022 GeoCarolinas Conference organizing committee
It is the culmination of months of planning by a small committee of volunteers who aspire to optimize continuing educational opportunities, regional networking and industry advancement for the geotechnical engineering communities in North Carolina and South Carolina. In the case of the third GeoCarolinas Conference that took place September 12-13, 2022 in Charlotte, NC, organizers were afforded significantly more planning time because event was twice postponed due to lingering COVID-19 protocols. However, when GeoCarolinas Conference 2022 arrived on Monday, it brought its best attendance in the short history of the program showing a growing interest in this important function of the Carolinas Chapter of the Geo-Institute.
The ever-capable group of ten volunteers who organized GeoCarolinas 2022 includes great representation from professionals who are also PDCA members. Duane Bents, PE is a business development representative at Morris-Shea Bridge Company and Billy Camp, III, PE, D.GE is a VP and technical principal at S&ME, Inc.; the two receive a lot of credit from their peers on the organizing panel for the work they do to bring the program to life. Matt Silveston, PE, LEED AP is a senior engineer at Insight Group and the third geo-professional who is also a PDCA member and is on the organizing panel.
The two-day event featured 12 different presentations from experts on various geotechnical engineering matters. Van E. Komurka, PE, D.GE a senior engineer at GRL Engineers was among the several presenters who traveled to Charlotte from various locations around the country. Additionally, numerous representatives from PDCA member companies attended as participants, sponsors or as exhibitors.
A highlight of the GeoCarolinas 2022 was a Monday evening reception sponsored by the PDCA South Carolina Chapter. See the photos below: