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April Geo-Institute Meeting

posted Mar 20, 2017, 8:26 AM by Carrie Nicholson   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 10:45 AM ]
Please join the Maryland Geo-Institute for its April meeting.

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Speakers and Topic 
Jim Guinther, P.E. and Joe Cavey, P.E. on
Baltimore's 26th Street retaining wall collapse 
 Date and Schedule
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
5:15 pm Cocktails (cash bar) 
6:00 pm Dinner 
7:00 pm Presentation 
The Engineer’s Club 
11 W Mount Vernon Place 
Baltimore, Maryland 
$45 per person / $15 students 
Credit Card Payments Only – details below 

Presentation Notes:

During a record rainfall on April 30, 2014, a century-old, stone retaining wall between a dense urban roadway (26th Street) and the CSX Transportation (CSXT) railroad track in Baltimore, MD failed. The failure sent part of the roadway, along with tons of soil, boulders, light poles, and eight parked cars, nearly 40 feet down, obstructing the tracks and halting rail traffic on the busy railway providing service between the Port of Baltimore and points north. Fortunately, no one was injured. The failure forced the evacuation of 19 homes until the first phase of earth-retention construction was complete. Due to the time sensitivity of the temporary retaining wall construction, the City of Baltimore, engineer, general contractor, and geotechnical contractor collaborated and worked seven days per week until the residents were able to return to their homes.

The emergency response, design, construction and collaboration required by the team working on the project will be presented.

Speaker Biographies:

James A. Guinther, PE, is Vice President of Whitman, Requardt and Associates, LLP. He manages the bridge design and inspection group and is a registered professional engineer in MD, VA, and D.C. Mr. Guinther began his career with WRA 20 years ago, working on transportation planning and design projects with an emphasis on structures. In addition to his role as project manager for several Baltimore City projects, including the 26th Street Emergency Reconstruction, he is currently the lead structural engineering design manager responsible for the current MD 210 Design-Build project. Mr. Guinther has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from Bucknell University. He can be reached at

Joseph K. Cavey, PE, is Vice President of Hayward Baker’s Mid-Atlantic Region. He began his career with Hayward Baker 23 years ago and now manages the Mid-Atlantic branch of the company. Mr. Cavey has worked on numerous anchor, piling, grouting, and ground improvement projects. Some of the projects he has worked on over the years include the Washington D.C. Metro Green Line, L.A. Metro Red Line, Boston Central Artery, BWI Airport Expansion, Rt. 95 Hot Lanes, and D.C. Clean Rivers. Mr. Cavey has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University. Mr. Cavey can be reached at

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