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!

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.

USACE: Technical Expert Geologist Position

Hello there my fellow awesome Geologists!

Please consider applying to this Technical Expert Geologist Position!

Official Announcement: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563993600

The Dam Safety Production Center (DSPC) is a group of technical experts within the US Army Corps of Engineers located in the Sacramento District in downtown Sacramento. We are a Division Level group and directly serve 4 districts: Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque (though, any position at the Corps also provides the opportunity to work on any Corps project, US and worldwide).

This position is specifically looking for a technical expert level Engineering Geologist/Geological Engineer who has a high level of experience across all aspect of Geology from site investigation planning and execution to data analysis and design and finally to construction and engineering during construction, with a additional expertise in slope stabilization analysis, design, and construction.

If you have any questions regarding this position or the Army Corps in general, just send an Email! I have worked on a lot of interesting project with the Corps that have taken me all over the US and to Columbia!

Cancellation of FG and PG Spring Exams

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 that California public health officials have determined mass gatherings should be postponed statewide to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. As a result, the Board regrets to announce that it will be cancelling the Spring 2020 administration of the ASBOG Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and Practice of Geology (PG) examinations scheduled to be held on March 20, 2020.

The Board has been consistently monitoring the situation and determined that for the health and well-being of the examination candidates, Board staff, examination proctors, and California State University, Long Beach personnel, these examinations should be cancelled. We understand the importance of these examinations and apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.

All fees for eligible examination candidates for the FG and PG examinations will be automatically forwarded to the next scheduled administration of the examinations on October 2, 2020 in Sacramento, CA. If you are unable to attend the October 2, 2020 examination, please contact the Board’s Licensing Manager, Candace Cummins, at (916) 263-2254 for further assistance.

For information regarding COVID-19, please visit the webpage for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html