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 aegsacto.org 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!

Considering Professional Licensure?

If you are interested in obtaining an GIT certificate, PG license, PGP license or CEG/CHG specialty title authority, you may want to attend a free on-line workshop to learn about the licensing process and application requirements. These workshops are not mandatory, and are provided as a service to help you understand the requirements.  The workshops will be offered several times per year depending on demand.

  • Frequently Asked Questions: How to apply for a GIT, PG, PGP, CHG or CEG license or certificate, August 26, 2020 and October 7, 2020 at 10am, (30 to 45 minutes)
  • For References: Completing the Independent Evaluation form for PG, PGP, CHG or CEG applications, August 26, 2020 and October 7, 2020 at 11am, (30 to 45 minutes)
  • After the Exams: Next steps in the process for GIT, PG, PGP, CHG or CEG applications, November 18, 2020 and December 30, 2020 at 10am, (15 to 30 minutes)
  • Introduction to the laws and regulations for geology and geophysics license applicants and new licensees, November 18, 2020 and December 30, 2020 at 11am, (45 to 60 minutes)

Please visit the Board’s webpage and select the Online Services tab for a schedule of upcoming webinars.  https://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/online_services/index.shtml

Forensic Engineering Geology of Landslides Webinar Thursday

Feel free to check out a webinar from AEG National this Thursday!

Forensic Engineering Geology of Landslides

Join us for a webinar on Thursday, July 9, 2020, 12 PM EDT

Speaker: Dr Scott Burns, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Geology Portland State University
Past President IAEG (International Association of Engineering Geologist and the Environment)

Landslides are one of the major geological hazards of the world, and they cause major destruction and loss of life everywhere in the world.  Engineering geologists are very involved in all phases of their study.  The talk will cover what background research must be done in your area to help you understand local landslides.  Second, what do you do when a landslide happens, and you are asked to evaluate it.  What does a forensic engineering geologist then do to determine causes of the failure?  How do you mitigate the landslide and prevent further landslides.  The importance of safety on the site will be stressed.  We have many new technological aids to help us in all phases of our work.  Dr. Burns will use 35 years of case histories that he has been involved in to illustrate his points.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

More Department of Conservation Job Opportunities!

The Department of Conservation is hiring for various Engineering Geologist and Senior Engineering Geologist positions. The link to the position postings, as well as their respective final filing dates, is provided below:

Final Filing Date:  July 9, 2020

Civil Engineer  [HRO-111/JC-206565] California Geological Survey Seismic Hazards Program, Sacramento
Civil Engineer  [HRO-112/JC-206967] California Geological Survey Seismic Hazards Program, San Mateo
Engineering Geologist  [HRO-116/JC-206980] California Geological Survey Forest & Watershed Program, Sacramento
Engineering Geologist  [HRO-117/JC-206981] California Geological Survey Forest & Watershed Program, Redding
Engineering Geologist  [HRO-118/JC-207005] California Geological Survey Forest & Watershed Program, Santa Rosa
Engineering Geologist  [HRO-119/JC-206983] California Geological Survey Forest & Watershed Program, Eureka

Good luck to all candidates!

Best,
AEG Sacto

Department of Conservation is Hiring!

The Department of Conservation is hiring for various Engineering Geologist and Senior Engineering Geologist positions. The link to the position postings, as well as their respective final filing dates, is provided below:

Final Filing Date:  June 29, 2020

Engineering Geologist  [HRO-109/JC-206249], California Geological Survey, Mineral Resources Program, Sacramento

Senior Engineering Geologist (Supervisor)  [HRO-107/JC-206250], California Geological Survey, Earthquake Engineering Program, Sacramento

Final Filing Date:  July 8, 2020

Senior Engineering Geologist (Specialist)  [HRO-115/JC-206440], State Mining and Geology Board, Sacramento

Upcoming Online Geology Talks

Here are a couple online geology events (outside of AEG) coming up that may be of interest to you. Both are free:

Department of Water Resources is Hiring!

The Department of Water Resources Sustainable Groundwater Management Office (SGMO) is hiring for an Engineering Geologist!

The following items are required to be submitted with your application:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account with CalCareers
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Qualifications – A two page maximum typed document explaining how the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and experience qualify him/her for the position.

Job Code #: JC-203068

Position #(s): 840-110-3756-002

Working Title:Groundwater Sustainability Plan Review Section

Geologist Classification: ENGINEERING GEOLOGIST$5,540.00 – $10,430.00 

Work Location: Sacramento County

Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

For more information on the position here.

AEG Sacramento Virtual June Meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, June, 2020 from 4 pm to 6 pm for our first ever AEG Sacto virtual monthly meeting through Zoom! We will be hosting Augie Smarkel from Mid Pacific Engineering, who will be giving a presentation titled Slope Stability Case History Project in the AP Zone along the Hayward fault. There will be no cost to attend this virtual meeting.

You can register for our virtual meeting here. The Zoom meeting link will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

Slope Stability Case History Project in the AP Zone along the Hayward Fault

Augie Smarkel, PE, Mid Pacific Engineering, augiesmarkel@midpacificeng.com

Abstract and Bio

Augie Smarkel graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. and M.S in Engineering with emphases in Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering.  After graduating he taught as adjunct faculty at California State University, Sacramento while working as a Research Engineer at the Office of Water Programs studying infiltration in bio-retention LID.  He started at Mid Pacific Engineering, Inc. in 2013 where he now oversees their testing laboratory and works as technical support for their Geotechnical Engineering group.
 
Mid Pacific Engineering was contracted for a geotechnical report for a project located in the AP Zone on the Hayward fault in Hayward CA.  This presentation will focus on the investigation and fault trenching as well as the slope stability analysis of the hillside and its response to strong ground motions using Slide form Rocscience.

CalGeo Site Specific Seismic Hazard Response Short-Course!

Site Specific Seismic Ground Motion Hazard Analysis 6-Week Short Course
Presented by Dr. Norm Abrahamson, UC Berkeley

Please join CalGeo as they launch their first on-line learning series! Dr. Norm Abrahamson will present a 6-week short course for CalGeo on Site Specific Seismic Ground Motion Hazard Analysis.

Sessions will run each Friday starting May 22nd from 11am – 12:30pm. The last session will be Friday June 26th, 2020.

All webcasts will be recorded and available on CalGeo’s new On-line Learning Library for course attendees. If you are unable to make all the live sessions, you will have full access to the online course. The online recorded course will also be available for purchase and include all sample problems and hand-outs.

The link to the course can be found here.

Memoriam – Jerome (Jerry) Vernon DeGraff

The AEG Sacramento Chapter was devastated to learn of the passing of esteemed friend, colleague, and AEG Fresno Chapter Chair – Jerry DeGraff. Below, please read the description of all of Jerry’s great contributions to the profession from the AEG Insider April 9th issue. From this you can see how greatly he contributed and how deeply he will be missed. We are grateful for the many contributions to the profession and AEG. On behalf of the AEG Sacramento Chapter we offer sincerest condolences to his family, friends, students, colleagues, and the AEG Fresno Chapter.

Our colleague, dear friend, and fellow engineering geologist, Jerome (Jerry) V. DeGraff, Adjunct Professor of Geology, Fresno State University, California, passed away the night of March 26, after fighting pancreatic cancer for nearly three years. Before joining Fresno State University as an Adjunct Professor, Jerry had a long and distinguished career (1977-2014) with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Forest Service. His work with the Forest Service focused on landslide hazards as related to forest fires, risk assessment, mitigation, and landslide-related policy issues.

Jerry’s contributions to our profession are too numerous to mention. He published some 100 technical articles in peer reviewed journals, proceedings volumes, and book chapters. He co-authored several books, most notably “Principles of Engineering Geology” in 1988 and, in 2002, “Catastrophic Landslides: Effects, Occurrences and Mechanisms,” co-edited several proceedings volumes, including the proceedings of the 3rd North American Landslide Symposium, and served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology. Jerry provided extensive consulting service on landslides in the United States as well as Jamaica, Dominica, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere in Latin America.

Jerry was a very active member of Geological Society of America (GSA), Environmental & Engineering Geology Division (EEGD) of GSA, Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG), and International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG). He graciously and effectively performed extensive committee work for all of these professional societies. He was the past EEGD chair, a Jahns Lecturer, Burwell awardee (EEGD), Claire P. Holdredge Awardee (AEG), Frye committee member, GSA Councilor, Distinguished Practice awardee (EEGD), Meritorious Service awardee (EEGD), Environmental & Engineering Geoscience journal (EEG) Best Publication awardee, and Chair of the EEG Advisory Board.

Jerry’s long and distinguished record of accomplishments, commitment to detail and scientific practice, mentorship and high professional and ethical standards touched the global community directly and indirectly. His work influenced individuals around the world – his collaboration helped numerous colleagues and the results of his landslide-focused accomplishments will benefit society for years to come. Jerry will be especially remembered for his endless enthusiasm, unbridled kindness, open generosity, humanity, devoted friendship, which he shared with a caring and positive attitude, patience, laughter, smiles, and good humor — these special traits will stay with us forever.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife and devoted companion, Sandy, as well as two sons, Mark and Nick, and grandson Liam.