AEG Sacramento

Welcome to the blog and newsletter for the Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists, Sacramento section.

Visit this site to learn more about the association’s recent news including relevant local projects, fundraising events, legislative activities, and publications. Visit the official website at to RSVP to our monthly meetings or register as a member.

We hope you enjoy this new site, and let us know what you think using the comments section!

Pacific Section AAPG Virtual Convention June 21-24

The Pacific Section-American Association of Petroleum Geologists (PS-AAPG) is excited to announce that the PS-AAP will be hosting a virtual convention this year (June 21-24, 2021). 

This year’s virtual convention will include:

• A virtual field trip lead by Dr. Richard Behl of CSU Long Beach 

• Three technical sessions scheduled for the mornings of June 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2021

• Bob Lindblom’s annual Honors and Awards session

The technical sessions include:

• A Monterey session with a lecture on age control in the Monterey and its relationship to climate change, plus several technical presentation including updates on the latest Monterey


• A geochemistry and basin modeling  session with Dr. Allegra Hosford Scheirer regarding machine learning to enhance the understanding of petroleum systems, plus several technical presentations focusing

on the coastal basins of California.

• A Regulatory and Environmental Geology session, including a panel discussion with the State Geologist Dr. Steven Bohlen and William Bartling, recently retired CalGEM Chief Deputy, on the

future of petroleum geologists in California, plus a lecture on the use of the role of stratigraphy in the environmental industry by Rick Cramer, and additional technical presentations.

Please mark your calendars and save the date(s)!

Check the convention website for registration information.  The convention website will be updated soon.

To check membership status- please visit the PSAAPG.ORG Membership page, where you will be able to type in your last name and check the status of your member (Click Here for Link)

Stay connected with PS-AAPG on LinkedIn for more up to date information and job/training opportunities.

Sacramento AEG Virtual May Meeting: National AEG President William H. Godwin!!!

Please join us on Tuesday, May 18 on Zoom! We will be hosting the national AEG President William H. Godwin from the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of AEG who will be giving a presentation titled Lessons Learned from the Baker Beach Landfill Removal Project.

Register Here!!!

Lessons Learned from the Baker Beach Landfill Removal Project

William H. Godwin, PG, CEG

National Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists (AEG) President and San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Member


After a three-year planning, site investigation and design process, two Army-era landfills were removed from the steep 270 foot (80 meter) high bluffs above Baker Beach in the Presidio of San Francisco in 2007.  The landfills had been created over a 50-year period during the last century by dumping of waste soil, construction debris and incinerator ash over the steep cliffs.  High-value serpentine habitat and historic artillery batteries and earthworks surrounding the landfills, as well as locally unstable slopes prevented the construction of access roads to simplify the removal process.

Despite extensive pre-removal site exploration and analyses, once excavation and removal began the landfills were found to contain nearly double the amount of waste that had been anticipated, resulting in a significant increase in project cost.   By using a combination of paddle conveyors, “spyder “walking excavators, off-road dump trucks and a bucket-brigade of long-reach hydraulic excavators the contractor was able to remove the waste soil and debris and adhere to the original project schedule.  

A project post-mortem indicated that additional drilling and sampling during the site investigation phase would have likely revealed the presence of thicker fill deposits, allowing a more accurate estimate of the eventual waste tonnage and better estimates of the project’s final cost, albeit at a significant increase in the cost of the investigation.

This presentation was given at the 2007 AEG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles and the 2010 IAEG Congress in Auckland, New Zealand. Portions of this presentation have been updated.

Speaker Bio

William H. Godwin is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) and is the current 2020-21 National President. He has been a practicing geologist for over 40 years and has been working as an independent geologic consultant since 2014 and as an on-call employee for several large geotechnical consulting firms.  Mr. Godwin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Redlands, in Southern California.  He is a licensed Professional Geologist (PG) and Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG) in California. He lives in Pacific Grove California.

May Meeting Announcement – Southern Nevada, Great Basin, NV Student Chapters!!!

May Meeting Announcement!
“When Mountains Move Roads:Science, Engineering, and Management along the Big Sur Coast”  
By: Cheryl Hapke, PhD; AEG/GSA 2021 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer

Join us Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. PDT for an AEG Southern Nevada, Great Basin, and NV Student Chapter joint webinar.

We hope to resume in-person meetings in the future, but will continue to host our meetings virtually until further notice.
This is a free webinar!

Abstract of the presentation and speaker’s bio are available on our website. 
Please Register at  
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.   

Please save the date and time!  

Thank you to this month’s sponsor.
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San Francisco AEG April Virtual Social Night!

Please join the San Francisco AEG Chapter’s April Virtual Social Night! It will be a night of Jeopardy and socializing. Log in a join them for a night of fun!

Meeting Details:

May 4, 2021 @ 7 pm

This is a free event, but feel free to donate to our student scholarship!

A link and login instructions will be sent the day of the event.

Spaces are limited, RSVP in advance!

Please fill out the online form by 5 PM, Monday May3, 2021.

California Geological Survey (CGS) is Hiring!

The California Geological Survey (CGS) is seeking to hire a Civil Engineer with geotechnical engineering experience to add to our staff in the Essential Facilities Review Program. The Civil (geotechnical) Engineer will be responsible for reviewing geologic and geotechnical reports prepared by others for projects at public K-12 schools, community colleges, and acute care hospital projects throughout California. The position will be based out of one of the three main CGS offices (Sacramento, Los Angeles, or San Mateo) and is subject to ongoing telework in accordance with State of California and Department of Conservation policies. If you or someone you know may be interested and qualified for the Civil (geotechnical) Engineer position with CGS, please review the job duties and application requirements listed in the position postings for each of the three main CGS offices:


Los Angeles:

San Mateo:

The final filing deadline for applications is April 13, 2021. If prospective applicants should have questions about the position, please contact Chase White at

Sacramento AEG Virtual March Meeting!

Please join us on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM PDT on Zoom! We will be hosting Professor Ross W. Boulanger from the Center for Geotechnical Modeling in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis who will be giving a presentation titled Liquefaction: Lessons, challenges and opportunities. Register HERE!

Liquefaction: Lessons, challenges, and opportunities

Ross W. Boulanger, PhD, PE, NAE

 Distinguished Professor and Director: Center for Geotechnical Modeling, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis


Liquefaction during earthquakes has been the subject of extensive study for over half a century and is now routinely addressed in engineering practice using a wide range of technical approaches that depend on the project size and importance. These past studies have produced major advances in our scientific understanding of liquefaction phenomena and the engineering practices used to address liquefaction hazards, but there remain numerous situations where knowledge gaps and engineering practice limitations hinder the efficient mitigation of earthquake-induced liquefaction damage to our infrastructure and communities. This presentation examines a number of lessons, challenges, and opportunities regarding the evaluation and mitigation of liquefaction hazards, including aspects of site characterization, engineering analysis methods, challenging soil types, remediation methods, performance-based engineering procedures, and risk management approaches.

Speaker Bio

Professor Ross W. Boulanger is Director of the Center for Geotechnical Modeling in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He received his PhD and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his BASc degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia. His research and professional practice are primarily related to liquefaction and its remediation, seismic performance of dams and levees, and seismic soil-structure interaction. His honors include the TK Hsieh Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Peck Award, Norman Medal, Huber Prize, and Casagrande Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and election to the US National Academy of Engineering. 

Thinking About Additional Licensure?

The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists administers the Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG), Certified Hydrogeologist (CHG) and Professional Geophysicist (PGp) examinations. 

These exams are computer-based (CBT) and administered once a year in early October.  This year the exams were recently re-scheduled to October 7, 2021.  To apply for approval to take any of these examinations, you must submit your application and all required documentation by the final filing date of May 3, 2021.

If you have additional questions, please visit the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists website:

Sacramento AEG Student Night Meeting 2021 and 2021 Scholarship Information!

The AEG Sacramento Chapter is hosting its annual Student Night meeting on Tuesday, April 20th, 2021. Register for the free virtual meeting HERE. Both students and professionals are highly encouraged to attend to provide the best experience possible. The meeting is a great opportunity for geology students to interact with professional geologists in the environmental & engineering geology fields.

Poster Presentation Information:

Students (both undergraduate and graduate) are encouraged to submit posters to present during the virtual meeting to highlight their thesis research and/or classroom research for discussion/input in a friendly setting. For students who are graduating soon, it is a great way to network with prospective employers. If you are planning on displaying a poster, please notify Matt Buche at The first 8 students who sign up and display posters will be awarded $50. Attendees of the meeting will vote on the best poster, and the winner will receive an additional $100!

Meeting Information:

5:45 – 6:00 pm         Virtual Meeting Open to Guests

6:00 – 6:30 pm        Round-Table Introductions

6:30 – 6:45 pm         General Announcements

6:45 – 7:30 pm         Student Poster Presentations

7:30 – 8:00 pm        Student Scholarship and Poster Awards

Please contact John Murphy, Chapter Chairperson (, or Matt Buche (, Scholarships Chairperson, with any questions.

Click HERE to register for Student Night!

2021 Scholarship Information:

  • One $1,000 scholarship to junior or senior year undergraduate students
  • One $1,500 scholarship to graduate students pursuing a master’s degree with an environmental or engineering geology emphasis

Applicants must be currently enrolled in one of the following four-year universities:
CSU Chico          CSU Sacramento           UC Davis           Univ. of Pacific CSU Fresno           CSU Stanislaus             UC Merced

Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate: Scholarship applicants must be in their junior or senior year and have a declared major in geology or a related earth science discipline.
  • Graduate: Scholarship applicants must be a first- or second-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree with an environmental or engineering geology emphasis, such as hydrogeology, earthquake and geologic hazards, etc.

Scholarship applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and will be scored based on their grade point average within their study major.

The application deadline is 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 15th. See the application materials for full eligibility requirements and instructions.

Scholarship Application:

H Ray Taber AEG Foundation Scholarship Instructions (2021)Download

H Ray Taber AEG Foundation Scholarship Application (2021)Download


Sacramento AEG February Meeting!

Please join us on Tuesday, February 23 on Zoom! Our speaker will be Mr. Alex Morelan will give a presentation titled Geologic Observations of the July 2019 Mw 6.4 and Mw 7.1 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence  The event will begin at 5:30PM.

About the Topic:

The Ridgecrest earthquake sequence began on July 4, 2019 with a M w 6.4 earthquake at
10:33 am PDT at a depth of 8.7 km. The epicenter was located about 18 km east-northeast of the
city of Ridgecrest within the Naval Weapons Station China Lake (NWSCL) property. This event
was preceded by several small foreshocks a few days prior to the event. Surface rupture from this
event was expressed as a zone of surface faulting over 17 km long, that consisted of several
strands of en-echelon stepovers striking northeast-southwest with left-lateral displacement.
Rupture appears to have propagated from the epicenter toward the southwest. Aftershock
patterns of the M w 6.4 event largely followed the northeast-southwest surface rupture trend with a
perpendicular northwest-southeast L-shaped pattern that developed near the epicenter at the
northeast end of the fault zone. This northwest-southeast aftershock pattern appeared to be
weakly coincident with a discontinuous zone of northwest-striking, previously mapped
Holocene-active faults. This pattern of orthogonal faulting and seismicity hinted at the possibility
of cross-fault triggering, like what was observed in other earthquake sequences such as the 1987
Elmore Ranch – Superstition Hills earthquake sequence (e.g. Hudnut et al., 1989). About 34
hours after the M w 6.4 event and numerous large (M5+) aftershocks, the M w 7.1 mainshock event
occurred at 8:19pm PDT. The epicenter of the mainshock event was located approximately 10
km northwest of the M w 6.4 epicenter at a depth of 10 km. Surface rupture from this event
occurred along a northwest-southeast striking fault zone coincident with the northwest -southeast
M w 6.4 aftershock seismicity. Displacements on the M w 7.1 trace were primarily right-lateral and
extended bilaterally away from the epicenter over a distance of ~50 km. This presentation will
include a discussion of the overall earthquake response by geologic teams, surface rupture
characteristics, and slip measurements compiled to date for both Mw 6.4 and Mw 7.1 earthquake
events, including an overview of data collection methods.

About the Alex Morelan:

Alex Morelan is an engineering geologist with the California Geological Survey (CGS) in
Sacramento. He received both his BS (2011) and PhD (2019) at UC Davis, after which he started
at CGS. Alex’s dissertation focused on tectonic geomorphology and earthquake geology. His
focus areas included slip rates along the southern San Andreas fault, alluvial fan deposition along
active range fronts in eastern California and Nevada, and using photogrammetry to archive
ephemeral earthquake offsets after the 2014 Napa earthquake.

Please register here!

Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link.

We hope to virtually see you there!

The Geology of Sacramento Has Been Published!

The Geology of Sacramento has just been published. The book totals almost 400 pages; includes collaborations from 24 different authors representing 11 state agencies, 5 academic institutions, and 7 consulting firms; and more than 30 peer reviewers, as well as more than 47 additional professionals providing technical support. To celebrate this event, the publishers are offering several pricing bundles that include previously published works (while supplies last), and all pricing bundles include FREE SHIPPING!

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Please note that you must include the discount code  when ordering.

To order these books, call 1-650-591-3505 between 8 am and 5pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Even though this is a California prefix, the warehouse is in Massachusetts. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you may have a problem getting through, so please be patient. Shipping will likely take a couple of weeks.