Civil engineers call for public comment on hydraulic conductivity professional standard

RESTON, VA, June 22, 2009 -- The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) will conduct a public comment on the third part of a professional standard, Fitting of Hydraulic Conductivity Using Statistical Spatial Estimation (KSTAT)...

RESTON, VA, June 22, 2009 -- The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) today announced it will conduct a public comment on the third part of a professional standard, Fitting of Hydraulic Conductivity Using Statistical Spatial Estimation (KSTAT). The final public comment period for the KSTAT Standard document will be held July 15, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2009.

This is the third in an expected series of standard guidelines that seeks to enhance the probabilistic characterization and understanding of the behavior of the saturated hydraulic conductivity.

The KSTAT Standards Committee published two companion standard guidelines, ASCE/EWRI Standard 50-2008 (ASCE, 2008a) and ASCE/EWRI Standard 51-2008 (ASCE, 2008b). The former addressed the optimal fitting of saturated hydraulic conductivity (K) with skewed probability density functions (pdfs). The latter dealt with the estimation of the effective saturated hydraulic conductivity. The first two standard guidelines contain foundational material relevant to this third standard guideline.

To participate in the public comment period, contact Lee Kusek, ASCE Standards Administrator, at lkusek@asce.org or (703) 295-6176. For more information on the standard, or ASCE's standards program, please contact Anthony Reed at areed@asce.org or (703) 295-6413.

Created in 1999, the American Society of Civil Engineers' Environmental & Water Resources Institute (ASCE/EWRI) is one of seven full-service institutes created to serve the needs of members and allied professional working within specialized fields of engineering.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 146,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society.

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