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March 2021

In this issue:

  1. CalGeo CONNECTIONS 2021: Going Virtual
  2. Last chance for Outstanding Project Submittals
  3. Salary Survey Call for 2020 Data
  4. LRFD Short Course Series 2
  5. CPT Q&A plus CPeT-IT demo with Dr. Robertson
  6. Legislative Visit Week: Save the date
  7. Looking for new hires? Use CalGeo's Career Center
  8. New Members - Welcome!
  9. Upcoming Events - the e.Calendar

CalGeo CONNECTIONS 2021: Going Virtual

CalGeo's is excited to announce our first VIRTUAL conference! We are calling it CONNECTIONS 2021. Join us on April 28-30th for a chill 3-days of technical, management and fun sessions to increase your knowledge and share experience with our industry.

We've spaced out the program to include just 2 main sessions per day. Lots of time to get your regular work done and still sign-in early to chat with long lost friends!

For a quick overview - watch our CONFERENCE VIDEO HERE >>

Download a PDF of the program HERE or read it on-line HERE

Now more than ever we need to reconnect with others in our industry to share our experiences from the good, the bad and the ugly. Plan for the future and learn from each other's triumphs and tribulations.

We are excited to bring you some great speakers, networking/video chat opportunities and some fun events this year.

Another ZOOM call or webinar? NO WAY!

Our conference platform, Pheedloop, allows for a lot of great features we think you'll love:

Lobby: Add interesting sessions right to your calendar and catch up on conference announcements or chat with other attendees before the next session.

Sessions: We have a fantastic program of key-note lectures and panels sessions for you this year you don't want to miss. From Prevailing Wage to Design-Build and Technical issues of post-fire debris flow we have all the content you need.

Group Discussion Sessions: Join one of our session rooms for group discussions (up to 25 people) on topics affecting geotechnical engineers in California. Sessions will be attended by a CalGeo board member to gather info and share to the group.

Pro-Tip: Attendees can also create their own discussion groups for up to 5 attendees. Look for fellow sports fans, or emerging professionals - you can name your group whatever you like!

Networking: Start a one-on-one chat with any other attendee or long-lost friend and click to switch to a fun video-chat visit.

Expo: Visit our Affiliate member booths to gather materials, watch videos or live-chat with the reps. Get up to speed on new technology and products and watch live demos.

Don't miss our exciting FUN social events included in your registration (alcohol shipments are an extra charge):

  • Wednesday April 28th, 6pm: Trivial Night!
  • Thursday April 29th, 6pm: Wine Tasting with Brown Estate Winery, Napa Valley
  • Friday April 30th, 5pm: Happy Hour Mixology with BTL SVC

Cost & Registration:

$150/CalGeo Members, $250/Non-members. Discount for sending 3 or more employees, use code: 3ORMORE to save $50/pp!

Program Details:

Full Program On-line HERE >>  Download printable program HERE >>

Register Now >>

Sponsorships available! Sign-up HERE >>   Download our Sponsorship PDF HERE >>

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors:


Golf Tournament:

Don't fret - we haven't forgotten about our Annual Golf Tournament. We hope to organize TWO golf tournaments later this year in NorCal and SoCal to allow you to see some friends face-to-face without traveling too far. Stay tuned!

Last Chance for Outstanding Project Awards

There may be a misconception that only the big mega-projects can be submitted for our Outstanding project awards... Case in point, we have NO SUBMISSIONS in the Small project categories for Private or Public projects. We also have NO SUBMISSIONS in the Private categories for any level of budget!

We are giving you all two more weeks to get your ducks in a row and submit those projects. Who doesn't like a nice fancy award on their desk?? You could win!

Any project will be considered for the award. Some suggested projects are: Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Infrastructure, Residential, Shoreline Protection, Academic/Research.

The categories are as follows (RED indicates no current submissions):

  • Private Small-Budget Category (under $100,000)
  • Private Medium-Budget Category ($100,000 up to $500,000)
  • Private Large-Budget Category (over $500,000)
  • Public* Small-Budget Category (under $100,000)
  • Public* Medium-Budget Category ($100,000 up to $500,000)
  • Public* Large-Budget Category (over $500,000)
  • Geo-Contractor Category (Affiliate members)

* Public projects are defined as projects where the owner of the project is a public entity (i.e. state, city, county, federal), regardless of who the consultant contracted with.

The clock starts.... NOW! You have 2 weeks, until March 16th to get your submissions in.

Download rules & regulations HERE >>

Submit application form on-line HERE >>

Spring into Action: Call for 2020 Salary Survey Data

We are now collecting data for our 2020 salary survey - DUE MAY 1st!

Please download the 2020 template and send e-mail the completed excel file to Kelly Cabal by May 1st! We plan to have the salary survey completed by early June so there will be very little wiggle room and extensions. Rest assured that your data will be kept confidential.

Only members have access to the salary survey and if you don't participate it will cost you a cool $500. Save your money and submit your data.

Please note the following for faster processing:

We have a new improved version with updated job categories - please select the closest job category in OUR LIST.

Keeping the data consistent will save us time in creating the final report.

Please use employee's yearly salary (or hourly), not the total they were actually paid last year if starting or leaving mid-way through the year.

SAVE $500 and submit your data now. This will be the best tool for keeping your staff and new hires.

LRFD Short Course Series 2 Starts March 4th

Want to know more about Load Factor Resistance Design? Sign-up now!

This is the second round of the LRFD Series. Participation in Series 1 is not required but would be helpful if you have no background in Load Resistance Factor Design.

Beginning on Thursday March 4th, 2021 participants will have access to a 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.

Register Now for Series 2 >>


The topics for the four webinars included in Series 2 are:

  • Cut Retaining Walls (March 4th)
  • Ground Anchors & Ground Anchor Systems (March 11th)
  • Drilled Shafts & Micropiles (March 18th)
  • Shallow Foundations & Fill Retaining Walls (March 25th)


$300 CalGeo Members, $550 Non-members. Participants of Series 1 SAVE $100

CPT Q&A Session and Software Demonstration with Dr. Peter K. Robertson

March 2, 2021 @ 12pm PST - That's today!

Don't miss this opportunity to have your pressing CPT questions or software problems answered by the 'CPT Guru' himself, Dr. Peter Robertson.

Submit your questions ahead of time to: [email protected] for Dr. Robertson to address during this webinar. Of course, the Q&A feature of our webinar will be open during the session to any last minute queries.

Cost: $50 CalGeo Members, $100 Non-members

Register Now >>

CalGeo Co-Hosts Legislative Visit Week

We are proud to announce that CalGeo is partnering with ACEC California, APWA - Region VIII, ASCE - Region 9, and SEAOC for the first time to host a joint Legislative Visit Week! California Engineers and Public Works Professionals will gather virtually beginning on Monday, May 10, 2021 to advocate for infrastructure and other industry issues before our state legislators. Stay tuned for registration details and sponsorship opportunities coming late February.

During these difficult economic times, new infrastructure investment will create well-paying construction and other employment opportunities. There is no economic development without infrastructure. Our infrastructure systems play a critical role in continued economic prosperity and preserving our quality of life.

We look forward to joining with you in our commitment to increase infrastructure investment to repair our existing networks and plan for California’s future!

For more information about the event click the link or image below.


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 Engineer
Farrell Design-Build, Inc. - Placerville, CA
Posted: Feb 9, 2021
Application Deadline: N/A
FEATURED Mid Level And Senior Level Geotechnical Engineer
Giles Engineering Associates, Inc. - Orange, CA
Posted: Feb 8, 2021
Application Deadline: N/A
FEATURED Geotechnical Project Engineer
Earth Systems Pacific - San Luis Obispo, CA
Posted: Feb 2, 2021
Application Deadline: N/A
FEATURED Geotechnical Engineer
Coastal Geologic Services, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Posted: Jan 29, 2021
Salary: $70,000.00 - $110,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: N/A
FEATURED Senior Geotechnical Project Manager
Haley & Aldrich - Walnut Creek, CA
Posted: Dec 1, 2020
Application Deadline: N/A


New Members - Welcome!

We are so happy to be expanding the CalGeo family... even outside of California! Please join me in welcoming our newest member:

Affiliate Members

DYWIDAG-Systems International USA Inc., is part of the international DYWIDAG Group. DYWIDAG’s scope of business is the development and application of Post-Tensioning and Geotechnical Systems for the Construction industry.

DYWIDAG-Systems International USA Inc. was incorporated in 1969, in New York. We have grown over the past 45 years and today provide our high quality products and systems from a network of multiple production facilities strategically positioned around the US to meet your needs and project scheduling requirements. Our nationwide business is divided into five areas:

  • Post-Tensioning & Stay Cable Systems
  • Geotechnical Systems
  • Repair & Strengthening Solutions
  • Form Ties & Accessories
  • High Strength Concrete Reinforcement

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.

March 2, 2021: NEW CPT Q&A and CPeT-IT demo with Dr. Robertson

March 4-25, 2021: LRFD Series 2 Short Course

March 16, 2021: New deadline for Project Award Submissions

March 25-27, 2021: Pacific Southwest ASCE Student Conference (Virtual), hosted by UCLA - CalGEo is excited to participate as a SILVER sponsor!

April 28 @ 9am: General Membership Meeting during our Annual Conference

April 28-30, 2021: Join us virtually for CONNECTIONS 2021 - Explore a new way to connect using our integrated virtual conference platform.