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The Houston Geological Society Bulletin
Vol. 62 (2019), No. 3. (November), Page 25

Abstract: Expansive-Previous HitSoilNext Hit Geohazards: An Empirical Index for Texas Counties

Jim Gooding1

A simple index for the relative likelihood of expansive-Previous HitsoilNext Hit damage, including effects of Previous HitsoilNext Hit plasticity and drought-flood cycles, is formulated for Texas counties from publicly-available, online data for Previous HitsoilNext Hit engineering properties and rainfall time-series. A dimensionless scale on which index values rise from zero toward or beyond one (1.0) indicates the counties most likely to experience expansive-Previous HitsoilNext Hit effects. For the most populous Texas counties, the range of index values is 0.02-1.40 although 18 counties cluster within the range of 0.80-1.20. The index is proposed as a quick screening tool to inform decisions about whether more detailed field or laboratory studies are advisable for expansive-Previous HitsoilNext Hit geohazards.

Biographical Sketch

James L. Gooding is the founder and Managing Director of Geoclime, LLC, providing quality and risk management consulting for energy, water, science and engineering projects with geotechnical elements. During multiple careers in government and industry, Jim worked as a supervisory research scientist (NASA), industry risk analyst and operations director (Enron; ImpactWeather – now StormGeo), director of commercial services in electric-power and natural gas businesses (Duke Energy) and management consultant for midstream energy businesses (Black & Veatch). His work in industry has included many engagements serving underground natural gas storage operators, leveraging his combined knowledge and experience in applied geoscience, commercial valuation and regulatory compliance. He is a licensed Professional Geoscientist (PG) and is credentialed by the American Society for Quality as a Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE). He earned a PhD with Distinction from the University of New Mexico in Earth & Planetary Science (Geology). Details of his background and experience are available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-gooding-phd/

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Acknowledgments and Associated Footnotes

1 Jim Gooding: Geoclime

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