Geochemistry Short Course -4/28/17

Short Course – Friday, April 28, 2017 – Introduction to Groundwater Geochemistry

Join AEGSF for a short course on Groundwater Geochemistry on Friday, April 28th, at Preservation Park in Oakland. The course will be led by Bill Deutsch. Cost is $225 for AEG members, and $275 for non-members.

This is an introductory geochemistry course for scientists and engineers working in the field of groundwater site characterization, contamination, and remediation.  It is designed to provide basic information on geochemistry that is necessary to understand natural and contaminated systems and how the composition of groundwater evolves along its flowpath in the subsurface.  Geochemical processes that will be described and discussed include solution complexation reactions, solution/gas interactions, mineral dissolution/precipitation, oxidation/reduction, and adsorption/desorption.  Data collection, presentation, and interpretation of results will be discussed.  At the end of this one-day class, attendees will have a better understanding of the types of geochemical processes that affect groundwater composition, the importance of collecting sufficient data to understand site-specific geochemical systems, and what the data they have collected mean from the standpoint of contaminant occurrence and mobility.

Find out more about Bill and the course, and register, by visiting our blog: http://aegsf.org/?p=1925

Ray Taber Foundation Drill Class – Looking for Volunteers and Sponsors

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This upcoming year the Ray Taber Foundation is hosting a free Drill Exploration Class, a twenty-plus year tradition. The field seminar will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Taber Ranch Vineyard and Event Center in Capay Valley. It’s a great day of opportunity for our future civil engineers and geologists (graduate and undergraduate students from our regional university programs) and younger staff to ask questions and to be introduced “hands on” to the field equipment and testing procedures that are fundamental to geotechnical and environmental practices.

We want to communicate two things about the Drill Class to our membership.

First, the Taber Ranch, proud to be celebrating its sesquicentennial year, has donated its grounds and facilities to house this event and the Foundation has the drilling equipment and operators all lined up; however, the Foundation is still looking for volunteer engineers or geologists to serve as teachers at the different drill method stations – mud rotary, hollow stem auger, and CPT. The script is pretty much written so if you have interest, please get in touch with Meredith Young (see below), it is a guaranteed great experience.

Second, as you may know, Ray Taber was a founding member of AEG and his namesake foundation is committed to raising scholarship funds for our local AEG-awarded student scholarships. Sponsorships of the Drill Class are therefore being offered to our membership (especially to the firms who support AEG memberships) to raise funds that will help our industry compete for the best and brightest students. Sponsors will get their name (and logo if a firm) on all class promotional materials and will receive a tax deductible receipt for their donation.  Sponsorships are a flat $350 and go directly towards hosting the free seminar (with lunch, snacks, etc.) and AEG Scholarships for students.

In addition, a raffle will be held at the end of the seminar where logo items are always popular and a great way to get a firm’s name in the hands of students.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, becoming a sponsor, giving a donation or a raffle prize, or have any questions, contact Meredith Young at myoung@taberdrilling.com or 916.402.7506.

ASBOG Council of Examiners (COE) Workshop

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The National Association of State Boards of Geologist (ASBOG) will be holding the spring Council of Examiners (COE) Workshop in Flagstaff, AZ during April 2017 and the fall COE in Portland, OR during November 2017.   The COE consists of two days reviewing the previous and subsequent ASBOG exams used for qualifying geologists for professional registration.  The COE is conducted by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) made up of geologists from the various State Boards.   As part of the new procedures implemented by the ASBOG Executive Committee, selected SMEs registered in or adjacent to the State where the COE is being held have been included as part of the COE process.

The requirements for applying to be a SME to the COE are:

  • Registered/Professional Geologist in good standing from a State using the ASBOG exams for registration
  • Having passed the ASBOG exam(s) previously
  • Working as a professional geologist in industry, academia, or government
  • Agree to the terms and conditions as set forth by ASBOG for being a SME
  • Able to attend the COE knowing that your travel expenses will not be reimbursed

The COE is a key component of expanding and maintaining a relevant and defensible examination for applicants.  Due to the strict exam review process performed for each administration and the task analysis performed every 5 years, ASBOG has developed one of the fairest and most applicable exams for licensure of geologists. SMEs play a critical role in ensuring that the COE has sufficient professional experience to perform this process and give fair weight to all aspects of geology.

The COE is structured as a two stage process and have parallel sessions (fundamentals and professional).  During the first day, instructions are provided by the psychometrician and then the participants “take” the exam that was given during the past administration.  In the afternoon, participants review each of the questions as a group with input from the psychometrician indicating how the questions performed on the exam.  Based on this review, questions are accepted or may be double keyed and/or removed.  Generally only questions that have not been used, or used infrequently, in the past are identified as being of concern when they are ambiguous to the group and/or they have not performed well within the administration.  During the second day the process is repeated, but for the exam that will be given at the next scheduled administration.

If you are interested to be part of this process, please provide your credentials and information to ASBOG for consideration.  This information can be emailed to: Deana Sneyd  < dsneyd@asbog.org >.

Officer Elections 2/1/17 -2/14/17

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Chapter Members!

We are holding officer elections. The Chair and Vice Chair positions, held by Meredith Beswick and Holly Nichols, respectively, will not be changing. There are only two roles that require votes this year: Treasurer and Secretary. These roles are voting members of the Chapter Executive Council. The Executive Council makes decisions about the direction of the Chapter.  Also listed below are members who have volunteered to fill other much-needed roles in support of the Sacramento Chapter. Please continue reading below to see the roles up for election and the people who have volunteered to take them on!

Please email Mbeswick@kleinfelder.com with your votes!

Treasurer Nominee: Chase White

Outgoing Treasurer: Tim McCrink

Chase White has dutifully been the Chapter Secretary for several years and now has volunteered to transition to the role of Treasurer to take over for Tim McCrink who has graciously served as Section/Chapter Treasurer for many years. Chase is a long-time member of AEG and recently began to use his dual background as an engineering geologist and geotechnical engineer in work at the California Geological Survey after nearly 18 years working for consulting firms in Arizona and California. As Treasurer, Chase will be responsible for handling the Chapter’s bank account, collecting membership and meeting dues, as well as preparing the Chapter’s taxes and financial reports each year.

Secretary Nominee: Nicholas Novoa

Outgoing Secretary: Chase White

Nick is an engineering geologist with the Department of Water Resources. As Chapter Secretary, Nick will be responsible for keeping a record of Chapter Executive council meeting notes, monthly meetings and Chapter activities, as well as sharing a summary of the Chapter’s activities with National on a quarterly basis and submitting news articles for publications in AEG News.

Scholarship Chair Nominee: Matt Buche

Outgoing Scholarship Chair: Wendy Key

Matt is a project geologist with Sage Engineers and has been an active member of the AEG Chapter Scholarship committee for the past few years. As Scholarship Chair, Matt will be responsible for overseeing the Scholarship board and organizing our most important event of the year, Student Night, where the H. Ray Taber Scholarships are awarded to up-and-coming undergraduate and graduate students.

Legislation Co-Chair Nominee: Millie Levin

Outgoing Co-Chair: Garry Muarath

Existing Co-Chair: Bill Fraser

Millie is a UC Davis graduate student and previous H. Ray Taber scholarship winner. As Legislation Co-Chair, Millie will work with existing co-Chair Bill Fraser and AEG CA Lobbyist Judy Wolen to review proposed legislation that could potentially impact the licensure of geologists as well as keep the Chapter informed of any bills that California AEG members may want to become involved in supporting or opposing.

Publications Chair Nominee: Chani Hutto

Chani is currently working in the AECOM Sacramento office managing a variety of Phase I and II sites for private and state clients. As Publications Chair, Chani will be responsible for maintaining the Chapter’s publication library and assisting the membership with the purchase of any publications.

Student Membership Chair Nominee: Justin Lindeman

Justin is a second-year graduate student at UC Davis investigating fault structure, fault interaction, and seismic ground motion in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He received his bachelor’s from CSU Fresno and is a 2014 H. Ray Taber AEG Founder’s scholarship recipient. Student Membership Chair is a newly created role that the Executive Council created in an effort to encourage students to become AEG members and to continue to be active members when they transition from student to professional. In this role as Student Membership Chair, Justin will be responsible for bridging the gap between professional and academia by encouraging student participation in Chapter meetings and field trips, as well as being a voice on the council on how to help early career professionals advance their careers.

Officer Elections 2/1/17 -2/14/17

screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-1-55-35-pm

Chapter Members!

We are holding officer elections. The Chair and Vice Chair positions, held by Meredith Beswick and Holly Nichols, respectively, will not be changing. There are only two roles that require votes this year: Treasurer and Secretary. These roles are voting members of the Chapter Executive Council. The Executive Council makes decisions about the direction of the Chapter.  Also listed below are members who have volunteered to fill other much-needed roles in support of the Sacramento Chapter. Please continue reading below to see the roles up for election and the people who have volunteered to take them on!

Please email Mbeswick@kleinfelder.com with your votes!

Treasurer Nominee: Chase White

Outgoing Treasurer: Tim McCrink

Chase White has dutifully been the Chapter Secretary for several years and now has volunteered to transition to the role of Treasurer to take over for Tim McCrink who has graciously served as Section/Chapter Treasurer for many years. Chase is a long-time member of AEG and recently began to use his dual background as an engineering geologist and geotechnical engineer in work at the California Geological Survey after nearly 18 years working for consulting firms in Arizona and California. As Treasurer, Chase will be responsible for handling the Chapter’s bank account, collecting membership and meeting dues, as well as preparing the Chapter’s taxes and financial reports each year.

Secretary Nominee: Nicholas Novoa

Outgoing Secretary: Chase White

Nick is an engineering geologist with the Department of Water Resources. As Chapter Secretary, Nick will be responsible for keeping a record of Chapter Executive council meeting notes, monthly meetings and Chapter activities, as well as sharing a summary of the Chapter’s activities with National on a quarterly basis and submitting news articles for publications in AEG News.

Scholarship Chair Nominee: Matt Buche

Outgoing Scholarship Chair: Wendy Key

Matt is a project geologist with Sage Engineers and has been an active member of the AEG Chapter Scholarship committee for the past few years. As Scholarship Chair, Matt will be responsible for overseeing the Scholarship board and organizing our most important event of the year, Student Night, where the H. Ray Taber Scholarships are awarded to up-and-coming undergraduate and graduate students.

Legislation Co-Chair Nominee: Millie Levin

Outgoing Co-Chair: Garry Muarath

Existing Co-Chair: Bill Fraser

Millie is a UC Davis graduate student and previous H. Ray Taber scholarship winner. As Legislation Co-Chair, Millie will work with existing co-Chair Bill Fraser and AEG CA Lobbyist Judy Wolen to review proposed legislation that could potentially impact the licensure of geologists as well as keep the Chapter informed of any bills that California AEG members may want to become involved in supporting or opposing.

Publications Chair Nominee: Chani Hutto

Chani is currently working in the AECOM Sacramento office managing a variety of Phase I and II sites for private and state clients. As Publications Chair, Chani will be responsible for maintaining the Chapter’s publication library and assisting the membership with the purchase of any publications.

Student Membership Chair Nominee: Justin Lindeman

Justin is a second-year graduate student at UC Davis investigating fault structure, fault interaction, and seismic ground motion in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He received his bachelor’s from CSU Fresno and is a 2014 H. Ray Taber AEG Founder’s scholarship recipient. Student Membership Chair is a newly created role that the Executive Council created in an effort to encourage students to become AEG members and to continue to be active members when they transition from student to professional. In this role as Student Membership Chair, Justin will be responsible for bridging the gap between professional and academia by encouraging student participation in Chapter meetings and field trips, as well as being a voice on the council on how to help early career professionals advance their careers.

Ray Taber Foundation Drill Class – Looking for Volunteers and Sponsors

Sacramento Chapter Membership – –h-ray-taber-foundation

This upcoming year the Ray Taber Foundation is hosting a free Drill Exploration Class, a twenty-plus year tradition. The field seminar will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Taber Ranch Vineyard and Event Center in Capay Valley. It’s a great day of opportunity for our future civil engineers and geologists (graduate and undergraduate students from our regional university programs) and younger staff to ask questions and to be introduced “hands on” to the field equipment and testing procedures that are fundamental to geotechnical and environmental practices.

We want to communicate two things about the Drill Class to our membership.

First, the Taber Ranch, proud to be celebrating its sesquicentennial year, has donated its grounds and facilities to house this event and the Foundation has the drilling equipment and operators all lined up; however, the Foundation is still looking for volunteer engineers or geologists to serve as teachers at the different drill method stations – mud rotary, hollow stem auger, and CPT. The script is pretty much written so if you have interest, please get in touch with Meredith Young (see below), it is a guaranteed great experience.

Second, as you may know, Ray Taber was a founding member of AEG and his namesake foundation is committed to raising scholarship funds for our local AEG-awarded student scholarships. Sponsorships of the Drill Class are therefore being offered to our membership (especially to the firms who support AEG memberships) to raise funds that will help our industry compete for the best and brightest students. Sponsors will get their name (and logo if a firm) on all class promotional materials and will receive a tax deductible receipt for their donation.  Sponsorships are a flat $350 and go directly towards hosting the free seminar (with lunch, snacks, etc.) and AEG Scholarships for students.

In addition, a raffle will be held at the end of the seminar where logo items are always popular and a great way to get a firm’s name in the hands of students.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, becoming a sponsor, giving a donation or a raffle prize, or have any questions, contact Meredith Young at myoung@taberdrilling.com or 916.402.7506.