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RECENT TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS:

Barry Thacker, P.E., presented "The Coal Creek Story" as part of the class: Our Appalachia-Mountain Mayhem, Mining, and Manuscripts, on 10 March 2014 at Pellissippi State Community College, Maryville, TN.

Barry Thacker, P.E., presented "Professionalism in Action" at the ASFE Fundamentals of Professional Practice Seminar in Denver, CO on 8 March 2014.

Barry Thacker, P.E., presented "Restoring the American Chestnut to Mine Land in Tennessee" at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation in McMinnville, TN on 1 March 2014.

Mitch Halsey, P.E. presented "MSHA's New Seismic Standards for Refuse Impoundments" at the Surface Mined Land Reclamation Technology Transfer Seminar sponsored by the Indiana Society of Mining and Reclamation in December 2013.

Carol Moore gave a presentation on "Mining's Brand on Tourism" at the annual Tennessee Mining Conference in Gatlinburg, TN on 5 November 2013.

Barry Thacker, P.E. presented "Only Losers Sue White Knights" at the annual ASFE meeting in Boston, MA on 12 October 2013.

Barry Thacker, P.E. gave a presentation on "Wick Drains in Upstream Construction" with Joan Meece of Arch Coal at the annual MSHA Dam Safety Training Meeting in Beckley, WV on 10 July 2013.

Barry Thacker, P.E. gave a presentation on “Being a Professional” at the ASFE Fundamentals of Professional Practice Seminar, Denver, CO on 9 March 2013.

Barry Thacker, P.E. gave a presentation on “Communicating Mining’s Message” at the annual Tennessee Mining Association Conference, Gatlinburg, TN on 29 October 2012.

Barry Thacker, P.E. gave a presentation on “Engineering Better Readers” at Annual ASCE/TSPE/ACEC Conference, Murfreesboro, TN on 13 September 2012.

Barry Thacker, P.E. gave a presentation on “Simplified Seismic Design of Coal Waste Impoundments” at Coal Prep 2011 Conference, Lexington, KY on May 5, 2011.

Barry Thacker, P.E. gave a presentation on “Restoration of the American Chestnut on Reclaimed Mined Land” at the Association of Conservation Engineers Conference, Chattanooga, TN, 27 October 2010.

R.W. Cecil and J.A. Gateley “Design and Implementation of a Breakthrough Prevention Plan – Oldhouse Branch Slurry Impoundment,” 2010 Annual MSHA Dam Safety Seminar, Beckley, WV, April 2010


Kentucky Professional Engineers in Mining Seminar
Click for PDF of presentation given on 21 August 2009
at the KSPE/PEM Seminar in Lexington, Kentucky

Barry Thacker, PE, gave a presentation on "Identifying, Promoting, and Executing Local Volunteer Projects" at the annual ASFE meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 18 2009

Technical Papers

B. K Thacker, Control of seepage through hydraulic fill structures: Should it be cut off or drained?  Proceedings, Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar XLI, Lexington, Kentucky, October 2010.

R.W. Cecil and J.A. Gateley “Design and Implementation of a Breakthrough Prevention Plan – Oldhouse Branch Slurry Impoundment,” 2010 Annual MSHA Dam Safety Seminar, Beckley, WV, April 2010

B. K. Thacker, Kingston Ash Facility Failure: What caused it and why it matters, Proceedings, Virginia Professional Engineers Mining Seminar, Abingdon, VA, March 2010.

Gary T. Brill, "Innovative Design and Construction of Coal Refuse Disposal Facilities - Two Case Histories", presented at the Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar XL, Geotechnical Engineering and Energy Infrastructure, November 13, 2009.

B.K. Thacker, PE, Coal Procurement and Mining with the End-Product in Mind; Energy, Ethics and Environment Conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, April 12, 2008

B.K. Thacker and J.T. Morrow, FGD for Highwall Reclamation, Proceedings, FGD By-Products at Coal Mines Conference, Columbus, Ohio, November 15, 2006.

B.K. Thacker, Evaluation of Mine Discharge Flows, Breakthrough Analysis Methods, and Mitigation Options, Proceedings, Virginia Division of Mines Engineering Providers Conference, St. Paul, Virginia, April 6, 2005.

Gary T. Brill, George K. Burke, Alan R. Ringen, "A Ten-Year Perspective of Jet Grouting: Advancements in Applications and Technology", Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Grouting and Ground Treatment, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 10, 2003.

B.K. Thacker, Dangers Associated with Government-Commissioned Reports on Breakthroughs of Slurry Impoundments into Underground Coal Mines, Proceedings, ASDSO Southeast Region Dam Safety Conference, Lake Lanier Island, GA, June 2002.

B.K. Thacker, Big Branch Slurry Impoundment Breakthrough:  Why It Happened and Lessons Learned, Proceedings, Tailing Dams 2002 Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2002.

B.K. Thacker, Solving Socioeconomic Problems Using Geotechnical Engineering Skills, Geo-strata Magazine, Geo-Institute of ASCE, Reston, VA, July 2001.

 B. K. Thacker, PE, Perimeter Embankments to Increase Capacity, Mitigate Subsidence Impacts, and Abandon Coal Refuse Disposal Impoundments Proceedings, Tailings Dams 2000 Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 28, 2000.

B.K. Thacker, Back-Calculation of Hydraulic Conductivity Parameters by Finite Element Modeling of Existing Tailings Dams, Proceedings, Association of State Dam Safety Officials Conference, Tampa, FL, January 2000.

B.K. Thacker, PE and C.G. Ford, PG, In-Situ Bioremediation Technique for Sites Underlain by Silt and Clay Proceedings of the Environmental Engineering Journal of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE),  December 1999.

Gary T. Brill, K.E. Darnell, C.E. Gullakson, "Railroad Subgrade and Slope Repair Along the Ohio River", presented at the Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar XXIX, Problematic Geotechnical Materials. Louisville, Kentucky, October 16, 1998.

B. K. Thacker, Liquefaction Mitigation Procedure for Coal Refuse Dams Built by the Modified Upstream Method, Proceedings, Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar XXVIII, Lexington, Kentucky, October, 1997. 

Mauldon, M., Arwood, S. and Pionke, C., "An Energy Approach to Rock Slope Stability Analysis," Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, Vol 124 No.4 pp.395405.

Arwood, S., Mauldon, M. and Moore, H. "Rock Slope Stability Analysis by Potential Energy," Proc. 48th Highway Geology Symposium (E.C. Drumm and M. Mauldon, eds.) Knoxville, TN, May 1997.

C.G. Ford, A. E. Ogden, L. R. Ogden, S. Ellis, and J. A. Scarborough, Groundwater Basin Delineation for Sinkhole Flood Prevention, Johnson City, Tennessee, Proceedings, Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of Karst Terrains, Sixth Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and The Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, Springfield, Missouri, April 9, 1997, and the Seventh Tennessee Water Symposium, Nashville, Tennessee, February, 1997.

B. K. Thacker, Site Characterization Aided by Evaluation of Pumping Test Data on Environmental Remediation Projects, Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar XXVI, Louisville, KY, October 1995.

Scarborough, J.A., G.T. Brill, et. al., "The Use of Jet Grouting for Underpinning and Temporary Excavation Support of an Historic Building", Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar XXIV, Geotechnical Aspects of Infrastructure Reconstruction. Cincinnati, Ohio, October 15, 1993.

G.T. Brill, G.K. Burke, "Anchored Cutoff Structure Design and Construction", - Case Histories of New Solutions to Traditional Geotechnical Problems - presented at the Third International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering, Rolla, Missouri, June 1 - 4, 1993.

G.T. Brill, J.D. Hussin, "The Use of Compaction Grouting to Remediate a Railroad Embankment in a Karst Environmental", presented at the Ohio River Soils Seminar XXIII, In-Situ Soil Modification, October 16, 1992 and at the Fourth Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, Panama City, Florida, January 27, 1993.

J.L. Grabeel, "Surface Water & Groundwater Infiltration and the Effects on the Stability of an Underground Storage Facility" Proceedings, AIPG Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, 1993.

Grabeel, J. and Mauldon, M., "Surface Water and Ground Water Intrusion and the Effects on Stability of an Underground Storage Facility, "Association of Engineering Geologists 36th. Annual Meeting, San Antonio, 1993.

G.T. Brill, G,K. Burke, "Foundation Stabilization System Using Jet Grouting Techniques", presented at the Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar XXIII, In-Situ Solid Modification, October 16, 1992.

G.T. Brill, "Design and Installation of an Earth Reinforcement and Retention System using Compaction Grouting Techniques in Clay Soils", presented at the ASCE Specialty Conference on: "Grouting, Soil Improvement and Geosynthetics" in February, 1992.

S. A. Blair, J. H. Walker, and B. K. Thacker, Raising of an Ash Disposal Pond by Hydraulic Filling, Proceedings, ASCE Specialty Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, March 1991.

C. R. Ullrich, B. K. Thacker, and N. R. Roberts, Dynamic Properties of Fine-Grained Coal Refuse, Proceedings, Second International Conference on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, St. Louis, MO, March 1991.

B. K. Thacker, A Tale of Two Pipes, Proceedings, MSHA Seminar on Planning, Design, and Construction of Coal Refuse Disposal Facilities, Beckley, WV, February 1991.

G.T. Brill, et al.,"Stabilization of a Coal Dumping Highwall Using a Tied-Back Structure", presented at the Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar XX, Construction in and on Rock, October 27, 1989.

B. K. Thacker, C. R. Ullrich, G. Smith, and G. Athanasakes, Evaluation of a Coal Refuse Impoundment Built by the Upstream Method, Proceedings, ASCE Specialty Conference on Hydraulic Fill Structures, Fort Collins, CO, August 1988.

B. K. Thacker, A. G. Coulson, and D. Beal, Case Study of the Meigs Slurry Impoundment, Proceedings, American Mining Conference Convention, Cincinnati, OH, May 1987.

R. M. Holbrook and B. K. Thacker, Repair of the Smokey Landslide Using a Tied-Back Wall, Proceedings, Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar XVII, Clarksville, IN, October 1986.

R.M. Holbrook, P.R. Oppenheimer and B.K. Thacker, "Triaxial Testing of Coal Refuse Using a Data Acquisition System and Use of the Data in Stability," Proceedings, ASTM Seminar on Advanced Triaxial Testing, Louisville, KY, June 1986.

G.T. Brill, "A Comparative Study of Triaxial Testing on Coarse Coal Refuse," Thesis requirements for a Master of Engineering at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, 1986.

C. J. Santhanam, C. B. Cooper, A. A. Balasco, and B. K. Thacker, Stockpiling: Waste Management Option for Coal Ash and FGD Wastes, Proceedings, Coal Technology 85 Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA, November 1985.

C. J. Santhanam, A. A. Balasco, I. Bodek, C. B. Cooper, J. T. Humphrey, and B. K. Thacker, Characterization and Environmental Evaluation of Full-Scale Utility Waste Disposal Sites, EPA Manual, Washington, DC, 1985.

B. K. Thacker, The Use of Wick Drains in Upstream Construction, Proceedings, MSHA Seminar on Coal Refuse Disposal Facilities, Beckley, WV, October 1985.

B. K. Thacker and L. E. Wilson, Computer Model and Proposed Management Plan for Groundwater Withdrawal from the Louisville Aquifer, Proceedings, National Water Well Association Conference on Groundwater Management, Orlando, FL, October, 1984.

B. K. Thacker, Coal Refuse Disposal Impoundments: Potential Problems and Remedial Measures, Proceedings, 5th Annual Southeastern States Dam Safety Conference, Knoxville, TN, April 1984.

B. K. Thacker and J. Schad, Rapid Construction of a Combined Coal Refuse Embankment, Proceedings, Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar XIV, Clarksville, IN, October 1983.

B. K. Thacker and D. C. Cowherd, Disposal of Coal Processing Wastes at Sites of Limited Size, Proceedings, Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar X, Lexington, KY, October 1979.

D. J. Hagerty, C. R. Ullrich, and B. K. Thacker, Engineering Properties of FGD Sludges, Proceedings, Geotechnical Practice for Disposal of Solid Waste Materials, ASCE Specialty Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, 1977.

 

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