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January 1, 2000

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A 1988 workshop funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) was held at the University of New Hampshire to investigate the need for establishing permanent test sites in the United States for geotechnical research. The results from the discussions at this workshop led to the creation of the National Geotechnical Experimentation Sites (NGES). Other workshops followed and sites were selected as primary NOES. In 1992, funding was provided by ajoint partnership between the NSF and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). A management system was created consisting of a system manager and a management board. Following this initial and significant seed grant for NOES by NSF andFHWA, funding to maintain the sites and the associated database was provided by FHWA. Other activities and research at these sites have been funded by various agencies and the private sector. In 1998, the National Council for the Geo-Engineering and Construction (the GeoCouncil) assumed responsibility for the administration and management of the NOES program. The Geo-Council, comprising 10 geo-related professional societies and trade associations plans to reinvigorate the NGES program with a vision and mission to serve the entire geo-community with high-quality research sites and data.

Since its genesis in 1988, a number of people have contributed to the success of NOES at various stages of its existence. The support, encouragement and advice from the following individuals (we apologize for any unintended omissions) through workshops and/or management are greatly appreciated by the geo-community:

These proceedings on the National Geotechnical Experimentation Sites were prepared with the intent to assemble, in a single document, technical information on the NGES. This publication includes details on site characterization and experimentation perfonned at each site by the site manager and by other users, describes the database and addresses the future outlook for NGES. It is hoped that this document will serve as a reference for potential users of NOES and for others within the geo-professions, including students, interested in well-documented sitespecific data.

All papers published in these proceedings have been peer-reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers in accordance with the standards of ASCE and the OeoInstitute. Required revisions were made by the authors prior to final acceptance and publication. All papers are eligible for discussion in the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Engineering and for ASCE awards. The efforts and diligence from all reviewers and authors are greatly appreciated and are reflected in the quality of these proceedings. Several of these papers were presented at sessions during the A2K Specialty Conference on Performance Verification of Constructed Geotechnical Facilities in Amherst, Massachusetts, April 9-12, 2000.

We hope that the geo-professions and students can take advantage of and benefit from the National Geotechnical Experimentation Sites Program.