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Geo-Informatics Applied to Address Infrastructure Challenges of a Mega-­City (Built on What Once was a Magnificent Lake)

April 21, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Dr. Gabriel Y. Auvinet  
Institute of Engineering, National University of Mexico (UNAM )

Professor & Researcher



During the last 20 years, the Geo-informatics Laboratory of Instituto de Ingeniería, UNAM, Mexico has constructed a Geotechnical Database for Mexico City subsoil. The presentation will refer to the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) that have been developed taking advantage of this Geotechnical Database and to their applications in Civil Engineering. The main systems available include the so-called SIG-SG (boreholes), SIG-PZ (piezometric information), SIG-HUN (regional subsidence of Mexico City valley), SIG-GR (soil fissuring), SIG-A (geotechnical anomalies within Mexico City Valley). Extensive use is made of geostatistical techniques for processing the available information and estimating or simulating the spatial variations of geometrical and mechanical characteristics of the subsoil in the Mexico City Area. These tools have been extremely useful for preliminary design of many civil engineering projects in Mexico City. For the larger projects, local GIS have been developed. This is the case of the challenging New International Airport project that is being built in the Texcoco lake area.


Gabriel Auvinet obtained a doctoral degree in Engineering from UNAM, Mexico in 1986. He is a Researcher at the Instituto de Ingeniería (Institute of Engineering), UNAM (National University of Mexico) and Faculty member of UNAM Postgraduate program. He has dedicated his research work to Soil Mechanics with emphasis on special foundations in consolidating soft soils. Simultaneously, he has developed new techniques for application of probabilistic and geostatistical methods in Civil Engineering. He has been involved as a consultant in many large projects in Mexico, Central and South America and Europe. Professor Auvinet has been President of the Mexican Society for Geotechnical Engineering (SMIG, 1992-1993) and Vice President for North America of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE, 2009-2013). He has received a number of teaching and research awards in Mexico, France and South America. From 2001 to 2009 he chaired ISSMGE’s Technical Committee TC36: “Foundation Engineering in difficult soft soils conditions in 2015, He received a Doctor Honoris Causa degree from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Argentina.


Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina: @SGLtamu or zenon@tamu.edu


April 21, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Scoates Hall, Room 208