ASCE has honored Rudolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, NAE, F.ASCE, with the 2018 Karl Terzaghi Lecture for his more than 30 years of continuous efforts to advance the state-of-the-practice in the design and performance assessment of waste containment systems.
Bonaparte has extensive experience in the siting, design, permitting, construction, and closure of municipal, industrial, and hazardous waste landfills and liquid impoundments, and is widely regarded as a national leader in the design and performance evaluation of waste containment systems for all types of solid waste landfills in the U.S. and around the world. He has directed, managed, and served as engineer-of-record on numerous projects for a large number of public sector and private sector clients.
Via contract research for the Environmental Protection Agency, he has contributed to the development of liner and final cover systems for municipal, industrial, and hazardous waste disposal facilities. These contributions include the first analytical model for quantifying potential leachate leakage rates through composite liners and double-liner systems, an analytical model for performance evaluation and design of leakage detection layers, and the concepts of action leakage rate and response action plans that are in wide use today.
Bonaparte has also served as the project manager and design engineer-of-record for a state-of-the-art low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) disposal facility constructed as part of a CERCLA remedial action at the Department of Energy’s Fernald Environmental Management Project (FEMP), in Fernald, OH. The scope of work included preparation of design criteria packages; plans, specifications, and calculations; soil-liner test pad program; leachate-geomembrane liner compatibility study; soil-geomembrane-GCL interface shear testing program; vegetative cover study; and preparation of support plans, including construction quality assurance, waste placement, stormwater management and erosion control, operations and maintenance, and air monitoring.
The Karl Terzaghi Lecture is awarded, upon the recommendation of the Board of Governors of the Geo-Institute, to a distinguished engineer who will deliver the Terzaghi Lecture at an appropriate meeting of the Society.