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Title: "Energy Foundations: Basic Concepts and Recent Research"

There is a rapidly developing trend around the world to explore alternative energy sources. The main driving forces are growing global energy demand, depleting natural resources and the potential effects of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel consumption. Geothermal energy is one of the promising renewable sources that can be utilized to offset such trends. Energy foundations are deep foundation elements that serve as heat exchangers to utilize the ground for heating and cooling of buildings. These thermo-active foundation elements such as deep foundations, diaphragm walls, slab-on-grade foundations and tunnels in contact with the ground act as preferential pathways to extract heat in the winter and inject heat in the summer. The use of energy geostructures for utilizing the ground as a thermal energy source presents unique challenges and opportunities for the geotechnical engineering profession including thermo-hydro-mechanical characterization of soil behavior and evaluation of soil-foundation interaction as a result of induced temperature changes. This presentation will focus on the operational principles of energy foundations and the associated geotechnical challenges.

Guney Olgun is an Assistant Professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his BS and MS degrees on Civil Engineering from Bogazici University in Turkey, and his PhD from Virginia Tech. He has research expertise on the seismic performance of improved ground and reinforced soil structures, computational modeling of soil-structure interaction, cyclic vulnerability of fine-grained soils, and thermo-active geotechnical structures. In particular, he has directed several research projects investigating the thermo-mechanical behavior of energy piles. He has also worked as a consultant on a variety of projects in North America, Europe and Middle East, involving earth dams, seismic hazard analysis, ground improvement, deep foundations and landslide stabilization. Olgun is a member of the Sustainability Committees of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and Deep Foundations Institute (DFI).

He is the co-chair of the Energy Foundations technical committee DFI. He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) technical committee on Geo-Environmental and Climatic Impacts on Geomaterials AKG30. He is a founding member of the International Society on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) technical committee (TC308) on Energy Geotechnics.

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