BPELSG Updated Website, Laws, and Regulations

The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists has just released on its website updated 2020 versions of the Professional Engineers Act, the Professional Land Surveyors’ Act, the Board Rules, the Geologist & Geophysicist Act, and the Regulations Relating to the Practices of Geology and Geophysics.  Please click here to find all the links to the updated laws and regulations, including annotated versions which show the changes that were made in 2019, for your profession.

Just Published! Cities of the World: Geology of San Francisco

Authors: Kenneth A. Johnson and Greg W Bartow

The San Francisco Geology of the Cities of the World illustrates how the siting, history and development of San Francisco is tied into its geology. This book is directed at an audience mainly of geologists, engineers, environmental scientists and planners. A significant difference between this volume and other works addressing the Geology of San Francisco is that this work concentrates on engineering geologic and geotechnical aspects that impacted and continue to affect the development of the city. A major benefit is that the book identifies authors who live or work in the San Francisco region and includes references to other works that can be used to help support the development of an idea of a site setting. The author’s names provide a starting point of contact for persons working or wanting to work in the city for the first time. The book’s cost is set to make it a must for persons working or living in San Francisco as well as anyone interested in the city. Among several topics included are the role the geography of San Francisco played in servicing the Gold Rush in California; development of fill and its impact on the city after the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes. The development of San Francisco Public Utility Commission water transmission and distribution systems; an overview of a number of tunnels in the city; sea level rise assessment and mitigation, the development of tall buildings on complex sites; a picture of local plate tectonics and seismic setting and hazard elements.

You may order copies by calling (650) 591-3505.

If you are a member of AEG you can get a 20% DISCOUNT for the next 90 days! Simply let the ordering staff know that your discount code is: “AEG”

Full Price is $79.95 (does not include shipping)

AEG Member Price: $63.96 (does not include shipping)

BPELSG Announcement!

The California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG) is proposing to amend Title 16, California Code of Regulations sections 407, 410, and 3005 and to adopt Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 3010 relating to fees and duplicate certificates.

On July 11, 2019, the Office of Administrative Law approved the Board’s proposed action to adopt Title 16, California Code of Regulations sections 3022, 3022.1, and 3022.2, and to amend Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 3031. This action clarifies educational and experience requirements for applicants seeking licensure as a professional geologist or professional geophysicist, certification in a specialty in geology or geophysics, and certification as a geologist-in-training. This regulatory action became effective on October 1, 2019.

Links to the Notice and its attachments, the Initial Statement of Reasons and its attachments, and the Proposed Regulatory Text are available  https://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/about_us/rulemaking.shtml

Save the Date and Call for Sponsors and Presenters: 2020 Annual Ray Taber Foundation Drill Class February 28th!

Heads Up! The 2020 Annual Free Drill Seminar presented by the RAY TABER FOUNDATION in association with AEG & CalGeo is just around the corner. Mark your calendar, the date this year is February 28th, 2020 (the final Friday in February), and will again take place at Taber Ranch in the beautiful Capay Valley.

Plan to be a Company Sponsor or to be a Drill Station Presenter . . . or, how about doing both! A Sponsor’s investment of $500 includes an exhibit area where company products or services can be featured, your Company logo on all Drill Class promotional materials (and the Ray Taber Foundation website), an opportunity to present your firm at the “mini job fair” station of the Drill Class to over 130+ students (+30 at a time), and, most important, an unparalleled opportunity for a “give back” with your financial support going directly to geo-science leaders of the future.

To become a Sponsor or a Presenter, contact Meredith Young at myoung@raytaberfoundation.org or by calling 916-402-7506.

The Ray Taber Foundation is an IRS approved non-profit organization providing educational opportunities and scholarship assistance to encourage and support students in the geo-sciences.

Annual Joint AEG/GRA Holiday Meeting!

Sacramento AEG and Sacramento GRA Present: “Drilling Disasters and What Can We Learn” Gary L. Hix, RG, CWD/PI, NGWA Groundwater Foundation 2019 McEllhiney Lecturer

Mr. Hix has been a fixture in numerous and varied capacities in the groundwater industry for nearly 40 years. A former licensed water well drilling contractor and registered geologist, Mr. Hix is actively involved in the National Ground Water Association and the Arizona Water Well Association. Throughout his career, he has been a contributing Water Well Journal® editor and has taught classes for the Bureau of Land Management and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service.

Mr. Hix is semiretired but continues to share his groundwater knowledge through published articles, most recently publishing the e-book titled Domestic Water Wells in Arizona, A Guide for Realtors and Mortgage Lenders.

In this lecture, Mr. Hix will discuss how each of these experiences presents an opportunity to learn, to avoid similar distress in the future, and to contribute to business profitability and ongoing good will.


Social Hour – 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Announcements & Dinner – 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presentation – 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Raffle – 8:30-9:00 p.m.
Usual great food, including three meat entrées, salad, rice, potatoes, vegetable and iced tea. A no-host beer and wine bar will be available.

Raffle prizes are welcome and encouraged! Please bring prizes that geology and engineer-types will love (rocks, minerals, books, beer, wine…). All proceeds will benefit geology students in the local area, so be generous and help support our next generation of geologists.


Members: $33.00
Non-Members: $38.00
Students: $10.00

Cancellations must be made by Noon on Monday, December 9th. If you register after Noon on Monday, December 9th, or walk-in, a $3.00 surcharge will be added to the meeting cost.

Please RSVP online with GRA HERE


Sacramento State Geology Department would like help outfitting students for geological field work.  If you have, used but functional gear that you no longer need, please bring your donations (for example: Field pants, jackets, boots, hiking backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads)

Williams GeoAdventures Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) Northern California San Andreas Fault Field Trip 2020

The new Williams GeoAdventures Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) will host a week-long geology field trip on the Northern California San Andreas Fault from San Francisco to Mendocino from September 10-17, 2020 . Click the link below to check out the Williams GeoAdventures Association for more information and and look out for additional trips that are coming up or will be posted soon!


CGS Engineering Geologist Vacancy: Regional Geologic and Landslides Mapping Program

The California Geological Survey (CGS) is looking for an engineering geologist to join the Regional Geologic and Landslides Mapping Program in Sacramento. The duties for this position range from geologic and landslide mapping, post-wildfire debris flow monitoring, investigation and response, alluvial fan mapping and hazard/risk delineation, to geologic hazards review for schools and hospitals. Applications are due November 8, 2019. Additional information regarding the position may be found here:


Engineering Geologist  [HRO-161/JC-168552]                                  

Final Filing Date:  November 8, 2019

California Geological Survey

Regional Geologic and Landslides Mapping Program, Sacramento

AEG October Meeting Tonight!

Please join us this evening (Tuesday, October 22, 2019) at Aviator’s Restaurant. We will be hosting Ron Skaggs from Condor Earth, who will be giving a presentation titled “Design and Construction of Two Mile Bar Tunnel for Oakdale Irrigation District“. Register Now!


This presentation will discuss the planning, design, and construction management aspects of the recently completed Two Mile Bar Tunnel, a 6000-ft long water conveyance tunnel in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Tuolumne and Stanislaus counties.  Geotechnical aspects of tunnel design and construction will be covered, including site geology, geotechnical baseline conditions, construction management of changed ground conditions, and design changes due to encountered ground conditions.  

Speaker Bio:

Ron Skaggs is Principal Engineer and Vice President of Engineering of Condor Earth, an employee-owned geotechnical and environmental consulting firm with offices in Sonora, Stockton, and Rancho Cordova, California. Mr. Skaggs obtained a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from California State University, Fresno, and a Master of Engineering from University of California, Davis. Mr. Skaggs is a licensed Civil Engineer in California and Nevada, Geotechnical Engineer in California, and a licensed Hazardous Waste Contractor in California.

Sacramento AEG, EERI, and ASCE-GI Joint Short Course!

WHEN: October 21, 2019 (9am – 5pm)

WHERE: Citizen Hotel, 926 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814


Chase White, PE, GE, PG, CEG (California Geological Survey)
Jennifer Thornburg, PG, CEG, CHg (California Geological Survey)
Dr. Zia Zafir, PE, GE (Kleinfelder)
Structural Engineer (OSHPD)

AEG, EERI, and ASCE-GI are providing a short course on the updates to the 2019 California Building Code. The focus of the event will be on practicing geoscience professionals including geotechnical engineers, engineering geologists, and related fields. Instructors from California Geological Survey (CGS), Division of the State Architect (DSA), and Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), and Dr. Zia Zafir PE, GE will provide an overview and detailed instruction.

REGISTRATION: Full Day ($125), Half Day ($50), Student ($15)