James Tinjum

Associate Professor

833 Extension Building
432 North Lake Street
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-0785
Fax: (608) 263-3160
tinjum@epd.engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

My overall consulting background and research/teaching interests are inter-disciplinary, covering facets of geotechnical, environmental, transportation, geological, and energy engineering. From a broad perspective, I conduct research in energy geotechnics (wind energy site civil, geotechnical, and structural design; installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems), the beneficial reuse of industrial byproducts (e.g., cement kiln dust, flyash, and lime for subgrade improvement and cementitious stabilization of pavement layers; life cycle analysis of incorporating byproducts such as foundry sand, recycled pavement and concrete in transportation infrastructure), remediation of metals-contaminated sites, and rail substructure material testing and modeling. I developed these research interests as a consulting engineer for 10+ years at two internationally prominent engineering firms and through discussions and interactions with practitioners participating in my national continuing engineering short course programs. Examples of ongoing and planned research projects (2012) include:

 

  • Foundation response and soil stress dissipation for 1.65-MW wind turbine generator (sponsored by the Department of Energy)

  • Installation and monitoring of Deep Insulated Single Hole (DISH) geothermal system (collaboration with Wisconsin Well & Water Systems, LLC; Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, WGNHS; and Advanced Custom Geothermal, LLC)

  • Measurement of the deep geothermal gradient in Wisconsin (collaboration with WGNHS, sponsored by the Department of Energy)

  • Leaching standard work group (with Vanderbilt University and the US Environmental Protection Agency)

  • Characterization of cementitiously stabilized layers for use in pavement design and analysis (sponsored by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program)

  • Thermal conduction mechanisms in unsaturated soil for sustainable energy practice (sponsored by the Department of Energy and UW Graduate School)

  • Increasing rail freight loads with strategic injections of polyurethane into ballast layers (sponsored by the National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research and Education)

Education

  • B.S., 1993, University of Wisconsin
  • M.S., 1995, University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D., 2006, University of Wiscons

Research Interests

  • subgrade/subbase improvement and design
  • wind energy civil and geotechnical design
  • geothermal heating and cooling
  • unsaturated soil testing and research
  • rail ballast testing and research
  • stabilization and remediation of metal-contaminated material
  • beneficial reuse of industrial byproduct

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Research Fellow (2002—2005)
  • Severson Geotechnical Award, UW-Madison Geo Engineering Program (2004)
  • Southwest Branch (Wisconsin Section)—President (2002/03)
  • ASCE Zone III Practitioner Advisor of the Year (2003)
  • ASCE Wisconsin Section Outstanding Young Engineer (2002)
  • Large Project Engineering Achievement Award—ASCE Wisconsin Section (2002)
  • United Engineering Foundation Fellow for Soft Ground Technology Conf. (2000

Typical Consulting Projects

  • Dynamic Slope Stability for Flyash Landfill Closure in Seismic Zone, St. Louis (MO)
  • Soft Ground Foundation Review and Expert Opinion/Litigation, Crystal Lake (IL)
  • Foundry Byproduct Remediation and Expert Opinion/Litigation, Racine (WI)
  • Chromium Ore Processing Residue (COPR) Remediation and Research, Baltimore (MD)
  • Wind Energy Geotechnical Report Review and Laboratory Testing, various sites

Continuing Engineering Education Short Courses

  • Wind Energy Site Design and Construction
  • Foundation Engineering and Design
  • Wind Turbine Foundation and Tower System Design
  • Soil Engineering for Non-Soils Engineers and Technicians
  • Slope Stability and Landslides
  • Shoreline Protection
  • Highway Bridge Design
  • Pavement Design Subgrade, Base, and Pavement Design

Courses

Summer 2014

  • GLE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • GLE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • GLE 699 - Independent Study
  • GLE 401 - Special Topics in Geological Engineering
  • GLE 999 - Independent Work
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • GLE 990 - Research and Thesis
  • GLE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • GLE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • GLE 699 - Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 999 - Advanced Independent Study
  • CIVENGR 990 - Thesis
  • CIVENGR 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CIVENGR 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CIVENGR 699 - Independent Study
  • Secondary Contact

    2214 Engineering Hall
    1415 Engineering Drive
    Madison, WI 53706

    Profile Summary

    My overall consulting background and research/teaching interests are inter-disciplinary, covering facets of geotechnical, environmental, transportation, geological, and energy engineering. From a broad perspective, I conduct research in energy geotechnics (wind energy site civil, geotechnical, and structural design; installation of geothermal heating and cooling systems), the beneficial reuse of industrial byproducts (e.g., cement kiln dust, flyash, and lime for subgrade improvement and cementitious stabilization of pavement layers; life cycle analysis of incorporating byproducts such as foundry sand, recycled pavement and concrete in transportation infrastructure), remediation of metals-contaminated sites, and rail substructure material testing and modeling. I developed these research interests as a consulting engineer for 10+ years at two internationally prominent engineering firms and through discussions and interactions with practitioners participating in my national continuing engineering short course programs. Examples of ongoing and planned research projects (2012) include:

     

    • Foundation response and soil stress dissipation for 1.65-MW wind turbine generator (sponsored by the Department of Energy)

    • Installation and monitoring of Deep Insulated Single Hole (DISH) geothermal system (collaboration with Wisconsin Well & Water Systems, LLC; Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, WGNHS; and Advanced Custom Geothermal, LLC)

    • Measurement of the deep geothermal gradient in Wisconsin (collaboration with WGNHS, sponsored by the Department of Energy)

    • Leaching standard work group (with Vanderbilt University and the US Environmental Protection Agency)

    • Characterization of cementitiously stabilized layers for use in pavement design and analysis (sponsored by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program)

    • Thermal conduction mechanisms in unsaturated soil for sustainable energy practice (sponsored by the Department of Energy and UW Graduate School)

    • Increasing rail freight loads with strategic injections of polyurethane into ballast layers (sponsored by the National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research and Education)


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