History of the STGEC

The Southeastern Transportation Geotechnical Engineering Conference (STGEC) is an annual meeting that has been taking place since 1969 when the Federal Highway Administration proposed that the southeastern states should meet to discuss landslide problems along I-40 near Rockwood Tennessee, and along I-75 in northern Georgia, and also settlement problems with high interstate embankments.

The first STGEC meeting was held in Atlanta, Georgia near the Georgia Tech campus from December 5th through the 7th, with Professor George Sowers as the guest speaker. There were approximately 50 attendees to the meeting, and because this event was such a success, interest spread quickly and an annual conference was soon established due to the overwhelming response. A steering committee was formed to be a governing body consisting of one member of each state involved, as well as one member from the Federal Highway Administration and the Transportation Research Board. The Committee also established a set of by-laws to assist in governing the group. The main objective of these meetings is to discuss the transfer of technology concerning the rapidly advancing field of geotechnical engineering and to share successes or problems to help meet the demands for economical, efficient, and successful transportation systems.

The previous name of this conference was, until 1976, the Southeastern Soil Engineering Conference. The steering committee chaired by the host member selects the time, place, and duration of each conference for the following year. The conference rotates among all member states, and this method ensures that each state involved has hosted multiple times since the conference's existence.

Also, it is interesting to note that 2013 will be the first time the conference has been held in the month of December since 1971, when it was held in New Orleans, LA.

Hosting History

The past hosts of the conference are:

STGE Conference History
No. Year Site Date
1 1969 Atlanta, Georgia Dec. 05 - 07
2 1970 Jackson, Mississippi Dec. 02 - 04
3 1971 New Orleans, Louisiana Dec. 07 - 09
4 1972 Montgomery, Alabama Nov. 13 - 16
5 1973 Orlando, Florida Nov. 26 - 30
6 1974 Covington, Kentucky Sep. 16 - 19
7 1975 Gatlinburg, Tennessee Sep. 22 - 25
8 1976 Raleigh, North Carolina Sep. 21 - 23
9 1977 Hot Springs, Arkansas Oct. 25 - 28
10 1978 Wheeling, West Virginia Oct. 09 - 12
11 1979 Charleston, South Carolina Oct. 29 - Nov. 01
12 1980 Atlanta, Georgia Nov. 03 - 06
13 1981 Virginia Beach, Virginia Oct. 12 - 15
14 1982 Jackson, Mississippi Oct. 18 - 21
15 1983 Montgomery, Alabama Oct. 18 - 21
16 1984 Winter Park, Florida Oct. 02 - 05
17 1985 Gatlinburg, Tennessee Sep. 30 - Oct. 04
18 1986 Louisville, Kentucky Oct. 06 - 10
19 1987 Hot Springs, Arkansas Oct. 05 - 08
20 1988 Raleigh, North Carolina Oct. 03 - 06
21 1989 Charleston, West Virginia Oct. 02 - 05
22 1990 New Orleans, Louisiana Oct. 29 - Nov. 01
23 1991 Charleston, South Carolina Oct. 07 - 11
24 1992 Williamsburg, Virginia Nov. 09 - 13
25 1993 Natchez, Mississippi Oct. 04 - 08
26 1994 Atlanta, Georgia Oct. 24 - 28
27 1995 Huntsville, Alabama Oct. 23 - 27
28 1996 Cocoa Beach, Florida Oct. 21 - 25
29 1997 Chattanooga, Tennessee Oct. 27 - 31
30 1998 Louisville, Kentucky Oct. 13 - 16
31 1999 Asheville, North Carolina Oct. 04 - 08
32 2000 Little Rock, Arkansas Oct. 02 - 06
33 2001 Roanoke, Virginia Oct. 15 - 19
34 2002 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Oct. 07 - 11
35 2003 Charleston, South Carolina Oct. 20 - 24
36 2004 Biloxi, Mississippi Oct. 18 - 22
37 2005 Lake Lanier Islands, Georgia Oct. 31 - Nov. 04
38 2006 Florence, Alabama Oct. 30 - Nov. 03
39 2007 Bowling Green, Kentucky Oct. 08 - 12
40 2008 Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Oct. 27 - 31
41 2009 Wilmington, North Carolina Nov. 02 - 05
42 2010 Charleston, West Virginia Oct. 04 - 07
43 2012 Richmond, Virginia Oct. 22 - 25
44 2013 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dec. 02 - 05
45 2014 Mobile, Alabama Oct. 27 - 30
46 2015 Greenville, South Carolina Oct. 19 - 23
47 2016 Biloxi, Mississippi Nov. 07 - Dec. 10
48 2017 Savannah, Georgia Dec. 11 - 15