As a memorial to Martin S. Kapp, in 1975 the ASCE Metropolitan Section established an annual lecture on the subject of soil mechanics and foundation engineering by an outstanding authority in the field.
|Martin S. Kapp
Martin Kapp spent his entire professional career of 25 years in the service of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. He became the head of the Soils Division and later served as the Chief Engineer from 1970-1972.
This was an exciting and heady era of building activity at the Port Authority, with many large projects involving either heavy foundation construction or extensive land reclamation. These projects were typically located on marginal land that was underlain by complex deposits of glacial soils. Finding economic design solutions for these difficult ground conditions presented unusual challenges and major responsibilities. Marty relished these challenges and saw them as opportunities for the development of new methods and technology. He was responsible for the development or implementation of many new ideas.
|Martin Kapp at the World Trade Center site during construction of the slurry wall.
He pioneered the use of the sand drain and surcharge method for subsurface stabilization and extended this technique to include the use of groundwater dewatering to affect a surcharge loading. In 1958, he won the Alfred A. Raymond award for the development and application of this concept.
But undoubtedly his most notable engineering accomplishment was the use of the slurry trench technique for the construction of a 65-foot deep foundation wall for the World Trade Center. This was the first major structural slurry wall in the United States and ranked as one of the largest slurry walls in the world. For this accomplishment, he received the A.P. Greensfelder Construction Prize in 1970.
Martin Kapp passed away on September 11, 1972, seven months before the dedication ceremonies for the World Trade Center.
Past Speakers and Topics:
||January 24, 2013
||Raymond L. Sterling
||January 12, 2012
||Jerry A. DiMaggio
||Deep Foundation Advancements in the State of Practice for Transportation Projects
||January 20, 2011
||Thomas D. O'Rourke
||Key Developments in the Design and Construction of Earth Retention Systems
||January 21, 2010
||Frederick C. Rhyner
||Solving the Problem of Creep at Amtrak's Thames River Bridge
||January 15, 2009
||Hugh S. Lacy
Roderic A. Ellman, Jr.
|Foundations of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge
||January 17, 2008
||Lessons Learned from Failed MSE Walls
||December 14, 2006
||Foundation Engineering: Recent Advances
||December 6, 2005
||Developments in the Observational Approach for Controlling Excavation-Induced Grounds
||December 7, 2004
||The Time Factor in Deep Foundation Evaluation
||December 18, 2003
||Jorj O. Osterberg
||Geotechnical Engineers, Wake Up! "The Soil Exploration Process Needs Drastic Changes"
||December 12, 2002
||Edward Kavazanjian, Jr.
||Foundation Construction on Landfills
||January 10, 2002
||Michael W. O'Neill
||Design Methods for Drilled Rock Sockets
||April 5, 2001
||Recent Applications of Ground Freezing
||April 22, 1999
||George A. Munfakh
||Ground Improvement Engineering - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
||May 28, 1998
||Donald A. Bruce
||Deep Mixing Methods: A Global Perspective
||Geotechnics - Planning to Construction
||May 16, 1996
||Foundation Engineers: Why Do We Need Them?
||May 9, 1995
||Could We Build It Now? Where Are We Going?
||May 17, 1994
||Don U. Deere
||Who Forgot the Geo in Geotechnical Engineering?
||May 11, 1993
||G. Wayne Clough
||Twenty Years of Finite Element Analysis - Lessons Learned, Future Trends
||May 12, 1992
||May 7, 1991
||Alfred J. Hendron, Jr.
||Rock Engineering Problems in a Metropolitan Environment
||May 8, 1990
||Calcareous Sediments: An Engineering Enigma
||May 3, 1989
||Joseph S. Ward
||May 17, 1988
||Thomas R. Kuesel
||Soil and Structures
||May 19, 1987
||Design and Performance of Structural Slurry Walls
||May 9, 1986
||John Lowe III
||Uses of Roller Compacted Concrete in Dam Construction
||May 7, 1985
||Building on Waste Fills
||April 10, 1984
||Hal P. Aldrich, Jr.
||Foundation Engineering Before Soil Mechanics: A Case History (The New Technology)
||April 26, 1983
||James K. Mitchell
||In Situ Deep Densification for Ground Improvement
||March 30, 1982
||James P. Gould
||Foundations of the Great Bridges
||May 12, 1981
||H. Bolton Seed
||Case Histories and Their Critical Role in the Development of Geotechnical Engineering Practice
||April 15, 1980
||Ben C. Gerwick
||Aspects of Soil Mechanics in Deep Foundation Construction
||March 20, 1979
||Mitigating Passive Natural Hazards in Construction
||February 15, 1978
||T. William Lambe
||Whither Geotechnical Engineering
||February 16, 1977
||Failure of a Pile Foundation at Fawley England: A Design or Construction Error
||January 21, 1976
||Gregory P. Tschebotarioff
||Half a Century of Soil Mechanics - Some Thoughts for the Future in the Light of the Past
||March 19, 1975
||Ralph B. Peck
||Pitfalls of Overconservatism in in Geotechnical Engineering