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Department of Civil Engineering
Girish Agrawal
Associate Director (Strategy and Planning),
Department of Civil Engineering,
School of Engineering
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Education Details
  • J.D., University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (2006)
  • Ph.D., Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, Purdue University (1992)
  • M.S., Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, Purdue University (1987)
  • B. Tech., Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi (1985)
Professional Experience
Visiting Faculty, Joint Appointment in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme, IIT Delhi (2012–2013)

Principal Engineer & Chief Geotechnical Engineer, Willdan Engineering, Anaheim, California (2009–2012)

Geotechnical Engineering Consultant, Independent, Hayward, California (2003–2009)

Senior Project Engineer to Shareholder, BSK Associates, Pleasanton, California (1999–2003)

Staff Engineer to Geotechnical Services Manager, Earth Tech / Leighton & Associates / HFA, Irvine, California, USA (1993–1999)

Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA (1992–1993)

Graduate Instructor in Research, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA (1985–1992)

Professional Licenses
  • Professional (Civil) Engineer, California, License No. C 53867 (1995–present)
  • Geotechnical Engineer, California, License No. GE 2478 (2000–present)
  • Attorney at Law, California, License No. 264249 (2009–present)
Research Interests
  • Electronic cone penetrometer testing and direct-push sampling (CPT-DPT) for geotechnical & geoenvironmental subsurface investigation
  • Transportation law & policy
  • Transportation geotechnics
  • Infrastructure design & construction
  • Computational neural networks as practical engineering tools for geotechnical data analyses
Select Publications
Books/Monographs

Agrawal, G., and Chameau, J.-L.A. (1991). Driving of Thin Shells for Steel-Encased Concrete Piles, Purdue University Joint Highway Research Project, West Lafayette, IN, 166 pp. doi: 10.5703/1288284313419.

Altschaeffl, A.G., Thevanayagam, S., and Agrawal, G. (1987). Implementation Program to Improve Embankment Design and Performance with Indiana Soils, Joint Highway Research Project, Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 188 pp. doi: 10.5703/1288284314127.

Book Chapter

Agrawal, G., Chameau, J.-L.A., and Bourdeau, P.L. (1997). “Assessing the liquefaction susceptibility at a site based on information from penetration testing.” Artificial neural networks for civil engineers: fundamentals and applications, N. Kartam, I. Flood and J.H. Garrett, eds., ASCE, Reston, VA, 185-214.

Journals

Agrawal, G. (2014). “CPT as a tool for linear infrastructure geotechnical hazard assessment: mapping a subsurface anomaly under a deep pipeline.” Geomechanics and Geoengineering (under review).

Agrawal, G. (2014). “CPT as a tool for estimating relative compaction: a new approach for post-facto fill certification.” Geomechanics and Geoengineering (under review).

Agrawal, G. (2013). “Is public interest litigation an appropriate vehicle for advancing road safety.” Economic and Political Weekly, 48(48), 84-89.

Penumadu, D., Agrawal, G., and Chameau, J.-L. A. (1992). “Discussion of “Knowledge–based modeling of material behavior with neural networks” by J. Ghaboussi, J. H. Garrett Jr. and X. Wu (January, 1991, Vol. 117, No. 1).” ASCE J. Eng. Mech., 118(5), 1057-1059.

Agrawal, G. (1992). “Discussion of “Analysis of membrane penetration in triaxial test” by Steven L. Kramer, N. Sivaneswaran, and R. O. Davis (April, 1990, Vol. 116, No. 4).” ASCE J. Eng. Mech., 118(1), 221-224.

Agrawal, G., and Altschaeffl, A.G. (1991). “Effect of water-content variability in design of clay embankments.” ASCE J. Geotech. Eng., 117(4), 673-683.

Muhunthan, B., and Agrawal, G. (1990). “Discussion of “Drained permanent deformation of sand due to cyclic loading” by Ching S. Chang and Robert V. Whitman (October, 1988, Vol. 114, No. 10).” ASCE J. Geotech. Eng., 116(8), 1270–1273.

Thevanayagam, S., Agrawal, G., and Altschaeffl, A.G. (1989). “New basis for earthwork specification for clay soil.” ASCE J. Geotech. Eng., 115(11), 1599-1616.

Conferences

Agrawal, G. (2014). “Rapid mapping and characterization of localized subgrade anomalies under a deep fill using a cone penetrometer.” Proc., Third International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing (CPT’14), in press.

Agrawal, G. (2014). “The limitations of public interest litigation as a vehicle for advancing road safety in India.” Proc., Transportation Research Board 2014 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Agrawal, G., Pekin, O., and Chandra, D. (2010). “Estimating relative compaction of existing artificial fills using the CPT.” Proc., Second International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing (CPT’10), Vol. 3, Huntington Beach, California.

Agrawal, G., Weeratunga, G., and Somasundaram, S. (1996). “Estimating soil behavior parameters using an artificial neural network.” Proc., Transportation Research Board 1996 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Agrawal, G., Thevanayagam, S., and Altschaeffl, A. (1995). “Estimation and prediction in geotechnical engineering: a phenomenological approach.” Proc., Second ASCE Congress on Computing in Civil Engineering, Atlanta, GA.

Agrawal, G., Weeraratne, S., and Khilnani, K. (1994). “Estimating clay liner and cover permeability using computational neural networks.” Proc., First ASCE Congress on Computing in Civil Engineering, Washington, D.C., 115-122.

Agrawal, G., Frost, J.D., and Chameau, J.-L.A. (1994). “Data analysis and modeling using an artificial neural network.” Proc., Thirteenth International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Oxford and IBH, New Delhi, 1441-1444.

Agrawal, G., and Chameau, J.-L.A. (1992). “Adjustment factors for field control of pile driving.” Proc., Fourth International Conference on the Application of Stress Wave Theory to Piles, Balkema, Rotterdam, 389-394.

Agrawal, G., and Chameau, J.-L.A. (1991). “Fuzzy classification in geotechnical data analysis: implementation using a neural network.” Proc. 1st Int’l Workshop on Industrial Applications of Fuzzy Control and Intelligent Systems, College Station, TX.

Technical Reports (Representative sample from projects completed within the past three years)

Girish Agrawal & Ross Khiabani (2013). Foundation Report, Bridge Replacement, CR 200A over Stony Creek, Bridge No.11C-0245, County of Glenn, California, Willdan Geotechnical Project No. 100250-3500, dated February 25, 2013.

Girish Agrawal & Ross Khiabani (2012), Preliminary Report of Geotechnical Investigation, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Remodel & Seismic Upgrade Project, Santa Monica, California, WIlldan Geotechnical Project No. 101411, dated July 5, 2012.

Girish Agrawal & Ross Khiabani (2012), Geotechnical & Materials Report, I-215/Nuevo Road Interchange Improvement (Caltrans EA #0Q670), Perris, California, Willdan Geotechnical Project No. 100687-2000, dated March 20, 2012.

Girish Agrawal & Ross Khiabani (2012), Foundation Report, Vermont Avenue Overcrossing – US 101 Bridge Widening, Caltrans Bridge No. 53-0609, Los Angeles, California, Willdan Geotechnical Project No. 15903-2000, dated February 12, 2012.

Girish Agrawal & Ross Khiabani (2011), Aerially Deposited Lead Survey Report, Studebaker Road/College Park Drive Improvement, Widening of On-Ramp from Northbound Studebaker Road to Westbound Route 22, Long Beach, California, WIlldan Project No. 100612-5000, dated July 8, 2011.

Girish Agrawal & Ross Khiabani (2011), Geotechnical Engineering Investigation Report, Metro Orange Line Extension (C0943), MSE Walls – Lassen Bridge Approach Embankments, Los Angeles, California, Willdan Geotechnical Project No. 100222-1710, dated May 1, 2011.

Girish Agrawal & Ross Khiabani (2011), Foundation Report, Del Mar Bridge (#001P) Earthquake Retrofit, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, San Diego County, California, Willdan Geotechnical Project No. 100647-2000, dated April 25, 2011.

Girish Agrawal & Ross Khiabani (2011), Report of Geotechnical Investigation, 2011-12 Water Main Replacement Project, Manhattan Beach, California, WIlldan Geotechnical Project No. 100688-2000, dated April 24, 2011.

Girish Agrawal & Ross Khiabani (2011), Geotechnical Investigation & Design Report, Metro Orange Line Extension (C0943), Busway Pavement, Los Angeles, California, Willdan Geotechnical Project No. 100222-1740, dated January 20, 2011.

National and International Recognition
Invited and served as reviewer for multiple professional journals published by ASCE, ASME, TRB, various commercial publishers, and for conferences and other meetings (1989–present)

Boalt Hall Post-Graduate Fellowship (Pilot Program) (2006–2006)

ASCE Pile Driving Standards Committee (1995–2006) (This committee authored the current ASCE Standard Guidelines for the Design and Installation of Pile Foundations, ASCE 20-96)

Invited and served as subject area expert on multiple proposal review panels for the Directorate of Engineering of the US National Science Foundation (1992–1998)

Academic/Professional Affiliations
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Executive Summary
Professor Agrawal brings more than twenty years of post-doctoral professional experience with geotechnical engineering design and construction, primarily in California. In addition, he has about eight years of teaching experience in a university setting – six as a graduate instructor and visiting assistant professor in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, and more recently, over the last year and a half, as visiting faculty at IIT Delhi. While a practicing engineer, he regularly conducted seminars/workshops on geotechnical engineering field investigation, design, report preparation, and project management.

Professor Agrawal’s professional practice in California was focused on transportation infrastructure projects such as elevated and on-grade highways, interstate freeways, dedicated bus corridors, metro rail, and transit centers, truck docks and container terminals at ports. Other projects include buildings/complexes for educational institutions, museums, aquariums, community centers, and city halls.

Professor Agrawal’s areas of technical expertise include seismic hazard analysis and mitigation, foundations in difficult soils, ground improvement, slope stabilization, and deep foundation design and installation. He also has expertise in and extensive experience with direct-push subsurface investigations.

Professor Agrawal also works on the interrelated questions of law and policy as they pertain to transportation infrastructure development and transportation safety in India.
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