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 2018   

All Monthly Meetings are held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 450 Totten Pond Road in Waltham

 

September 17th and 18th:     Annual Fall Conference: Portland, Maine

October 25th:                          Composite Siding Materials and Window Restoration

December 6th:                       TBA                                        

GROUNDWATER IMPACTS ON BOSTON FOUNDATIONS

December 06, 2018
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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HILTON GARDEN INN
450 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451
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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Join us first for a facilitated roundtable discussion followed by a presentation by James R. Lambrechts, P.E. on groundwater and foundations. There are many facets of groundwater that are important to the homeowner, and the home inspector. Most often, basements suffer damage if the groundwater level is too high and water leaks into the subterranean living space. However, in Back Bay Boston, the opposite is the concern because low groundwater levels will threaten the integrity of the wood piles that support most of the row houses and some other buildings in the filled land areas. Jim’s presentation will first delve into the latter problems of low groundwater and wood piles. But then, the other issues of groundwater that is too high will be looked at with respect to what evidence there might be of existing problems, their usual causation, and remedial methods that can be employed to rectify groundwater problems. James Lambrechts is a Professor of Civil Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston since 2005. Jim worked with the geotechnical engineering firm of Haley & Aldrich, Inc. of Boston for nearly 30 years focusing on major transportation projects in Boston, the Great Salt Lake, the DC area, as well as in Caracas,Venezuela. Jim worked on The Big Dig in Boston during the 1980’s & 1990’s on issues with lowered groundwater levels in the Back Bay and Lower Beacon Hill, and the resulting effects on century old wood pile foundations. Jim is active in ASCE (Boston Society ofCivil Engineering Section) and the Boston Groundwater Trust. Current “applied research” is focused on extending the Blue Line subway in Boston to provide rapid transit to Back Bay and Fenway. He has written more than 60 professional papers and edited two ASCE books, one on the Geology of the Boston Area.

Tickets

$75.00 Members and Retired Members
$50.00 Earlybird rate before November 29

$75.00 Affiliate Members
$50.00 Earlybird rate before November 29

$75.00 General Public, Non-Member Home Inspectors

$35.00 Home Inspector Trainees