AEG Oregon Chapter - March Meeting
Engineering Geologist are no strangers to forensic investigations and analysis. We are regularly called upon to investigate the cause and origin of ground failures, analyze ongoing hazards using advanced technologies and construct physical models based on a variety of historical, remotely sensed and field observations. Legal disputes are a common development beyond these types of projects which many do not have the opportunity to experience.
Navigating the world of expert driven ligation is very much an art of its own. Technical experts are asked to opine on certain facts of a dispute, provide opinions regarding the controversy, and defend the foundation for their opinions under cross examination by counsels and scrutiny by other experts. Understanding the legal process and legal considerations in the context of engineering expert driven litigation is fundamental to being a successful and credible expert. Following an overview of the legal system, the process of expert driven litigation and how that changes from state to state, we will discuss some of the legal challenges that experts are commonly faced with like admissibility, the Frye Standard or worse Daubert Challenges! Drawing on some key case histories, we will discuss lessons learned.
Dr. Waeber has over 15 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and engineering geology, in North and Central America, Southeast Asia and Europe. He specializes in the assessment and mitigation of geologic hazards, construction support and characterization of weak and chaotic rock masses. Dr. Waeber has extensive experience with evaluation and design of dams, roadways, landfills, commercial development, pipelines, and natural and manmade slopes. He also has deep experience with the application of remote sensing technologies including continuous GPS, InSAR and LiDAR, particularly for landslide hazard assessment. Dr. Waeber is currently a managing consultant at Exponent, where he provides cause and origin of failure analysis and expert witness consulting in cases relating to geotechnical engineering, engineering geology and construction.
Dr. Waeber earned his doctoral degree from the University of California Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His doctoral research focused on the spatial and temporal behavior of seasonal landslide deformation, using InSAR and GPS to track ground surface displacements. During his studies, Dr. Waeber served as a graduate student researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and remains an active Affiliate of the laboratory, continuing his research on landslides. Dr. Waeber also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Portland State University, where he has taught a course on slope stability and will be teaching Engineering Geology this spring. Dr. Waeber has been an active and devoted member of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG), for nearly 20 years as well as the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG). He has provided valuable leadership and engagement through his roles as the AEG San Francisco Bay Area chapter chair and IAEG USA National Group Representative and now IAEG Vice President for North America.
Old Market Pub (View)
6959 SW Multnomah Blvd.
Portland, OR 97223
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