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December e.Geo

December 2020

In this issue:

  1. December Regional Meeting: Seismic Response of Fine Grained Soils
  2. Load Resistance Factor Design Short Course - Part 1 in 2021
  3. Virtual Loss Prevention Seminar - Registration open!
  4. Light-weight Cellular Concrete in Action
  5. Go deep with Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis in 2021
  6. EP Virtual Holiday Party & Trivia Night
  7. Looking for new hires? Use CalGeo's Career Center
  8. Welcome New Members
  9. Upcoming Events - the e.Calendar

December Regional Meeting: Seismic Response of Fine Grained Soils - THIS THURSDAY!

Join us this Thursday, December 3rd at 12-1pm for our last Regional Meeting of 2020.

Liquefaction triggering procedures provided results consistent with observations of liquefaction across much of Christchurch, New Zealand during the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes. However, there are cases where liquefaction assessment methods indicate that there should have been severe liquefaction-induced ground failure, yet none was observed.

Register now to learn more!

About the Speaker

Jonathan Bray, Ph.D., P.E., NAE is the Faculty Chair in Earthquake Engineering Excellence at UC Berkeley. Dr. Bray is a registered professional civil engineer and has served as a consultant on important engineering projects and peer review panels. He has authored more than 350 research publications on topics that include liquefaction and its effects, seismic performance of earth structures, earthquake ground motions, and surface fault rupture. He created and led the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association. Dr. Bray is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and has received several honors, including the Terzaghi Award, Ishihara Lecture, Peck Award, Joyner Lecture, Middlebrooks Award, and Huber Research Prize.

Cost: $20 CalGeo Members, $35 Non-members, Student members are FREE

If you missed Dr. Bray's Emerging Professional webinar on October 22nd, head on over to our Online Learning Library* where you can catch his incredible presentation on Challenges in Earthquake Engineering and his experience with G.E.E.R. (*library available to CalGeo members only)

Load Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Short Course

Presented by Jerry DiMaggio, P.E., D. GE Senior Principal Civil Engineer, ARA Associates

To assist CalGeo's membership and partners to better understand the benefits of and accept and implement a Load Resistance Factor Design approach, CalGeo has organized a webinar series on LRFD.

The presenter of this series is Mr. Jerry A DiMaggio, PE, D.GE. Jerry has presented numerous webinars and live delivery training programs on LRFD during the past decade. He is internationally known and a certified master trainer. He has worked on approximately 1000 projects, in all 50 states and internationally. His technical specialty areas include design and construction of Geotechnical Features, risk management, forensics and dispute resolution.

Beginning on Thursday January 14th, 2021 participants will have access to a live 90-minute webinar each week for four weeks. The webinar may be viewed live at the designated time or a recording watched at a more convenient time. The benefit of attending the live webinar is that participants may submit questions to the speaker for a short Q&A session at the end of the webinar. Sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for up to 60-days after the program conclusion.

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The initial series, consisting of four webinars, will begin in mid-January 2021 and be presented each week. All webinars will be recorded and PDF copies of the webinar material will be available to participants for up to 60-days following the course.

The topics for the initial four webinars included in Part 1 of the series are:

  • Load and Resistance Factor Design Fundamentals (Part I)
  • Load and Resistance Factor Design Fundamentals (Part II)
  • Best Practices for Geotechnical Site Characterization
  • Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations

The second webinar series, Part 2, will address: cut retaining walls, ground anchors and ground anchor systems, drilled shafts, micropiles, shallow foundations and fill retaining walls. Separate registration for Part 2 required.

Cost for Part 1 (includes the 4 webinars listed above):

$300 CalGeo Members, $550 Non-members, $75 Full-time students

CalGeo Member Benefit: Want to refer this course to one of your clients or partners at a structural or civil firm? Contact Kelly Cabal for a DISCOUNT CODE you can share to give them $100 off registration (non-member price drops to $450)

Group discount: Use the code 5ORMORE if your company is registering 5 or more attendees to save $50/pp!

Details about registration and dates for Part 2 of the web series will be released in the coming weeks.

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Virtual Loss Prevention Seminar - Registration Open!

CalGeo's Annual Loss Prevention Seminar is back - and now available to everyone! You are no longer limited by location, traffic and distance, everyone can attend in the comfort of their own home.

Our 2021 LPS is now an approved course registered with ICC. To certify our professional development even more, CalGeo is now an approved on-line provider with the International Code Council (ICC) and has registered the 2021 Loss Prevention Seminar with the ICC to give attendees 4-hours or 0.4 CEUs.

We have an excellent program scheduled for 2021 and hope you will consider sending your field staff and technicians. Even the most experiences tech's can always use a refresher or take away a few key points each year.

The program will still be 4-hours and run 8am-12pm on Saturday January 23rd, 2021. To maintain interest and ensure attendees attention, we will be conducting short quizzes after each presentation on the subject matter along with great prizes and give-a-ways.

Register now for Saturday January 23rd, 2021. Early-bird savings of $15/pp ends December 31, 2020. The seminar is geared towards field staff and technicians, inspectors and young professionals.

Program Overview:

January 23, 2021 8am - 12pm

"NICET Level 1 Certification" by NICET panel

"Understanding and Reading Site Plans" by Mary Grace Houlihan, Public Works Director, City of Emeryville

"Observation & Testing - Preparation of Field Reports" by Neal Berliner, Geocon

"Troxler E-Gauge Demonstration" by Richard Minor, Troxler(10-minutes)

"Stump the Engineer: Audience Selected Topic Q&A" Panel Discussion with Eric Swenson (Geo-Engineering Solutions), Michael Moscrop (GMU Geotechnical), Ronald Skaggs (Condor Earth) and Neal Berliner (Geocon)

Cost: Members: $75/pp SAVE $15/pp and register before the end of 2020!

Non-members: $175/pp

Full-time student members: $40/pp

Attendees will receive a link to register for the live webinar as well as access to CalGeo's Online Learning Library course with materials, recordings and assessments for 60-days following the live webcast.

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Sponsorships from $100-300 available! Please CLICK HERE for more information. Thank you to Pavement Recycling for stepping up as our 1st Sponsor!

Lightweight Cellular Concrete for Geotechnical Applications

Join our complimentary December EP Webinar on Thursday December 10th @ 11am This webinar is free to all thanks to CalGeo's Affiliate member, California Nevada Cement Association (CNCA).

Lightweight cellular concrete (LCC) is a mixture of portland cement, water, and air that can act as a lightweight, strong, durable, and inexpensive soil or fill replacement for geotechnical applications.  LCC saves time, money, and natural resources by replacing aggregates with air bubbles in numerous project applications.  This presentation will introduce construction professionals and the design community to LCC and assist them in specifying this product for daily use.

Looking for New Hires? Use CalGeo's Career Center

Some of our member firms are running ragged with loads of new work and struggling with employees working remotely or dealing with child-care issues. If you are in the market for some new staff, consider posting your positions on CalGeo's Career Center.

Check out our current postings plus more from ZipRecruiter here:

FEATURED Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Slate Geotechnical Consultants - Oakland, CA
Posted: Nov 10, 2020
Salary: null Negotiable
Application Deadline: N/A
Staff Geologist (Entry Level)
Slate Geotechnical Consultants - Oakland, CA
Posted: Nov 10, 2020
Salary: null Negotiable
Application Deadline: N/A
Geotechnical Engineers
AGS, Inc - San Francisco, CA
Posted: Nov 9, 2020
Salary: null Negotiable
Application Deadline: N/A

Go Deep with a 15-week course on PSHA in 2021

Our short 6-week PSHA course was so popular last year, we've been asked to provide a full length 40-hour version for those looking to deepen their knowledge of Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis.

This course will follow the same outline as Dr. Abrahamson's course at UC Berkeley that is held every 2-years with the following differences:

  • Course will be tailored to practicing engineers and practical applications
  • 45-hr professional development certificate of completion at the end for all attendees. No university course credit.
  • Cost savings compared to auditing a UC Berkeley class
  • Available to anyone!
  • Sessions will be recorded to allow for flexible learning accommodating a work schedule

Attendees will meet via zoom twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays starting January 20th, 2021. The course will run each week except for the week of March 22-26th for spring break. If an attendee is unable to make a live session, all lectures and Q&A will be recorded and available to registered attendees along with course materials on CalGeo's Online Learning Library. The course will conclude on May 7th, 2021.

Due to the smaller class size, attendees will be able to interact more with Dr. Abrahamson and ask questions during each class to gain a deeper knowledge of the topic.


CalGeo Members $2500, Non-members $3000. Still not a member? Join now and also get a full year's access to our Online Learning Library of recorded webinars.

Register Now >>

Full course outline and more information available on CalGeo's Calendar here >>

Emerging Professional Holiday Party & Trivia Night

The Sacramento chapter of CalGeo's Emerging Professional group has organized a virtual Holiday Party on Thursday December 9th at 6:30pm. The Zoom-based meeting and trivia night will max out at 100 people so sign-in early.

Prizes are available to the trivia wizards out there courtesy of our Affiliate sponsor, Middle Earth Geo Testing. Thanks!

Register to attend and receive the zoom information now >>

New Members, Welcome!

We are so pleased to welcome the following new company members and individual members from across the US and Internationally. Click the logos below to visit each company's website.

New Organizational Members:

Arcturus Consultants, Inc.: Located in Carpinteria, California, CalGeo is pleased to have Arcturus join our growing family. Contact Jon Everett for more information regarding their services.

Peters & Ross: Mr. Peter K. Mundy established Peters & Ross in 1997 to provide geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering services.  Mr. Mundy, the sole proprietor of Peters & Ross, has performed foundation investigations for hillside residences, restaurants, condominium conversions, landslides, and building failures.  He has also prepared plans and specifications for geogrid reinforced landslide repairs, liquefaction mitigation measures, and retaining walls.

New Individual Members:

Curtis Gee

Steve Klick, Bauer & Associates

The e.Calendar & Online Learning Events - The Geo-Calendar

All in-person events are cancelled for the immediate future due to COVID-19. We will notify you when we plan to hold an in-person event.

December 3rd: Regional Meeting: Seismic Response of Fine Grained Soils w/Dr. Jonathan Bray

December 9th at 6:30pm: Virtual EP Holiday Party & Trivia Night

December 10th 11am-12pm: EP Webinar: Lightweight Cellular Concrete for Geotechnical Applications w/CNCA & PCA

January 14, 2021 11am-12:30pm: LRFD 4-week Short Course w/Jerry DiMaggio - PART 1

January 20, 2021 11am-12:30pm: PSHA Full length course, 1st session w/Dr. Norm Abrahamson

January 23, 2021: Virtual Loss Prevention Seminar - Training for technicians, inspectors & field staff. Now available on-line for everyone (BYOB: Bring your own bacon)