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May e.Geo


May 2019

In this issue:

  1. ICYMI: CalGeo's Conference in SD
  2. Project Award Winners: Lets go BIG (as in categories)
  3. Salary Survey - 5 more days to get them in!
  4. Learn LPILE in Sacramento THIS FRIDAY
  5. Slope-W comes to California
  6. GeoWall Update
  7. Webcasts are working: Check out April's EP meeting
  8. Emerging Professional May Meeting and Election
  9. Member News
  10. New Members
  11. Upcoming Events - the e.Calendar

ICYMI CalGeo's San Diego Conference was a hit!

Thank you to all our attendees for joining us in San Diego a few weeks back. I know its hard to get away from work but we made a great escape to sunny San Diego. We are so excited to start planning next year's 50th Anniversary celebration in Lake Tahoe.

SAVE THE DATE: CalGeo turns 50 next year!

Join us for the Golden Celebration April 22-24th in Lake Tahoe at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Mark you calendars now - there may still be snow on the slopes and you know we're planning a CalGeo ski day.

This could be you:


Conference Survey

We are constantly working to make each conference better than the last so if you have suggestions for topics, speakers or events, please let us know (e-mail Kelly Cabal). Better yet, take our 2019 Conference Survey (for attendees) and tell us what you thought of the venue, food, speakers and more.

Thank you Bob!

We are sad to see Bob Lokteff of Blackburn Consulting leave our Board of Directors this year. We gave him a send-off worthy of a Geo-Cheif at the beach party in San Diego. Thank you for your years of service to CalGeo and we hope to continue seeing you at conferences and events in the future.

2018 Project Award Winners: Let's go BIG

Drum roll please...

We are starting off with our Large category winners this year. Please congratulate one of CalGeo's newest members, Arup with their award winning 181 Fremont Project in the Private, Large category. Coincidentally this project also involved our affiliate member Malcolm Drilling who presented during the Affiliate luncheon on Thursday April 11th this year. So we got to hear all about the ground improvement and installation along with a summary of the design challenges.

ARUP - 181 Fremont Tower, San Francisco (Private Large Category)

The 56-story, 800-foot-high 181 Fremont Tower is the tallest mixed-use building on the West Coast of the United States. It has an externally braced superstructure and is supported by a five-story concrete basement with 5- and 6-foot diameter drilled shafts socketed into bedrock over 250 feet below grade. The geotechnical design of the tower was challenging due to the high seismicity and complex geologic environment. Also, it is directly adjacent to the ~60-foot-deep Salesforce Transit Center trainbox, which was simultaneously under construction and with which it shared a shoring wall. As the geotechnical and structural engineer for 181 Fremont, Arup performed a comprehensive assessment of the performance of the tower and its interaction with the adjacent transit center and the complex geologic environment both during construction and during seismic events. The 181 Fremont Tower followed a resilience-based seismic design approach, earning it the world’s first REDi Gold rating.

Honorable Mention: GMU Geotechnical

We would also like to honor GMU Geotechnical with their Los Patrones Parkway project in Rancho Santa Margarita. The scoring was so close this year we just had to give them a shout-out too.

Diaz Yourman & Associates - Southwest Airlines LAX Terminal 1 Modernization Program, LAX (Public Large Category)

Congratulations also go out to Diaz Yourman & Associates for their excellent award winning work on the LAX Terminal 1 modernization program at LAX. If you flew in or out of LAX in the past few years, you saw this one in progress.

Diaz Yourman & Associates (DYA) provided geotechnical services during design and construction of the $500-million Terminal 1 Modernization Program (T1MP) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  The project consisted primarily of adding approximately 50,000 square feet (sf) of new terminal space to the previous operating terminal structure.  The new terminal space was supported on proprietary torque-down pile (TDP) foundations that derived capacity from uncertified fills and natural soils.  To address reviewing agency restrictions on the lateral load-supporting capacity of uncertified fills, DYA proposed a specialized field investigation program in which cone penetration tests (CPTs) performed at production TDP locations were checked against acceptance criteria established during TDP load testing.  DYA’s approach was approved by the reviewing agency and the findings of the investigation confirmed that the uncertified fills could be used to resist the design lateral loads imposed on the TDP foundations.

Honorable Mention: Petra Geosciences

We have another member to highlight in the large project category. Petra Geosciences received an Honorable Mention for their Public Large category project: Wilson High School Auditorium Modernization & Voluntary Seismic Upgrade, Long Beach, CA. Congratulations!

Salary Survey - 5 more days ONLY

We have extended the deadline to May 5th for you to submit your salary survey data from 2018.

If you miss this chance, you will have to pay $500 to take a peek at our awesome, amazing, incredible and useful salary survey.

Please download the template and send e-mail the completed excel file to Kelly Cabal by May 5th! 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.

SAVE $500 and submit your data now!

Learn LPILE in Sacramento THIS FRIDAY

Registration DEADLINE is TODAY by 5pm!

Please join us on Friday morning for breakfast and a half-day (7am-12pm) revised short course on LPILE software provided by Ensoft.

Learn PYWALL from Dr. Anoosh Shamsabadi

The great news is that Dr. Anoosh Shamsabadi (Engineering Manager from California High Speed Rail Authority and previously with CalTrans) has agreed to present the new PYWALL software at the end of the morning.  Dr. Shamsabadi is deeply involved in the various technical groups that are regulating the design of flexible retaining walls in California (and other seismic areas).

We listened to your feedback after our 2018 full day course and have worked closely with Ensoft to revise the seminar to make it more hands-on, example based and really get you using the software. Space will be limited to allow for more hands-on instruction and Q&A so please register early.

LPILE v2019 unveiled!

Students should bring their own laptop with the new LPILE v2019 and PYWALL v2019 installed (it was just released last Friday!) - or if you do not have the program, a USB drive with the program and license will be provided for your use that day.

This seminar may not come back to California this year - please attend if you can!

Cost: $250 for CalGeo members, $375 non-members

Includes: hot breakfast, snacks & coffee plus complimentary parking at hotel.

Location: Courtyard Marriott Cal Expo, 1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, California 95815

Thank you to Ensoft, our new Affiliate member for donating their time to prepare this specific course for CalGeo members after requests for a example and case-based seminar on the LPILE software. Ensoft provides one, two and three-day seminars in Austin Texas starting at $560/day if you are interested deepening your knowledge with their software program.

Click here for more information & registration

Slope-W 1/2 Day Workshop SoCal & NorCal

Presented by Chris Kelln, PhD, P.Eng., Vice President of Engineering

We are bringing down Chris Kellen, the VP of Engineering at GEOSLOPE International for this 1/2 day short course and hands-on workshop on their popular software program, Slope-W.

New users & students welcome!

This half-day workshop will focus on slope stability analysis using SLOPE/W, with an emphasis on integrating pore-water pressures and stresses from SEEP/W and SIGMA/W, respectively. Topics will include an overview of the software user interface, a brief review of limit equilibrium theory and convergence, and the stability analysis of geotechnical structures in response to transient pore-water pressure changes. Other topics will include modeling reinforcement and an introduction to GeoStudio 3D (time permitting).
Attendees will be provided with a 30-day activation license along with the necessary resources for hands-on exercises.

GEOSLOPE normally offers workshops that follow a 2-day or 3-day format, covering SLOPE/W & SEEP/W + SIGMA/W (3-day), but as your time is valuable we are condensing the course and focusing just on Slope-W for this half-day course.

Class will be limited to 60 attendees.

Registration will include a hot breakfast, morning break and parking at the hotel.

SoCal Workshop: May 22, 7am-12pm Embassy Suites, Glendale

NorCal Workshop: May 23, 7am-12pm Hyatt House, Pleasanton (1 mile from Dublin/Pleasanton BART station)

Cost: $150 CalGeo Members, $225 Non-members, $30 for CalGeo student chapter members.

Register by clicking the location links above.

GeoWall Update from SJSU Chico

We announced in our April e.Geo that CalGeo's student chapter from CalState Fullerton placed 1st overall in the international competition at GeoCongress 2019!

We just heard from the team at SJSU Chico and they placed fourth overall and got first among the California school in Mid-Pac. Congratulations!

CalGeo made a point to sponsor ALL the California University GeoWall teams in this year's competition. With CalGeo's help, students are able to learn leadership and team building skills while increasing their knowledge and exposure to geotechnical engineering.

CalGeo also supports its student chapters by covering the costs for 2 students from each chapter to attend our Annual Conference for free ($900 value!) and additional students from each chapter for only $100/ea.

Student Outreach: Get involved!

Our recent conference speaker, Barry Thacker, inspired us all to get more involved at the elementary school level with kids education through promoting reading and asking what we can do for each individual school.

CalGeo is currently exploring options for more student outreach to college and high school level students, engaging them in the sciences and engineering. If you know of any programs that we should look into, please pass along the information to Kelly Cabal.

Webcasts are working!

At April's Emerging Professionals meeting we got our act together and recorded a great presentation on Dam Instrumentation by Neil O. Anderson.

All this and more on our Members Club page ('cause CalGeo members are just that little bit extra).

Can't remember your login or need to get linked to your company's membership? Don't sweat it - send Kelly a quick e-mail and you'll be knee deep in webinars in no time.

Emerging Professionals - Board Elections

Join the Sacramento Emerging Professionals group on May 15th for their monthly presentation and casual dinner at GEI's office in Rancho Cordova. Click the link above for more details.

Board Elections 2019-2020 will be held at this meeting! Yes, the EP group in Sacramento has their own board with a President, Treasurer etc. What a great way to meet other geotech's or engineers looking to get their RGE. We have no age limit - come out and meet some fun folks. Not to mention this stuff looks great on your resume and builds excellent leadership qualities. In fact, the previous EP President Lindsey Angell has just been elected to CalGeo's Board of Directors.

Member News

CalGeo's Member News section: where member firms can submit updates and press releases.

Slope Creep Instrumentation Data Needed

Help out a local PhD. Candidate looking for data from slope creep instrumentation for his dissertation on Normal and Customary Slope Creep. Please e-mail Andre Hawks if you have any leads! Andre will be at CalGeo's Annual Conference this April.

New board members elected

Please welcome CalGeo's newly elected Board Members:

Lindsey Angell, Golder Associates

Tom Benson, Leighton Consulting

Eric Swenson, Geo-Engineering Solutions

They will be joining CalGeo's Board this summer for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Thank you and we look forward to having you!

Welcome CalGeo's Newest Members

Please welcome our newest member:

National Geoscience & Environmental Services

Any hot tips for companies that need to get more involved? E-mail us their contact info, we are happy to espouse the virtues of CalGeo membership for all! Plus we may send you some cool CalGeo swag as a thank you.

The e.Calendar & Upcoming Events - The Geo-Calendar

Quick Browse: SoCal events in ORANGE, NorCal events in GREEN

May 3, 2019 7:30am-12pm: LPILE 1/2 day Short Course by Ensoft, Sacramento

May 5, 2019 DEADLINE to submit your firm's data for CalGeo's 2018 Salary Survey. Click the date link to download the excel template and e-mail it to Kelly Cabal.

May 14, 2019 6-8:30pm ASCE-GI San Diego Dinner Meeting, La Jolla

May 15, 2019 Emerging Professional Meeting, Sacramento

May 22, 2019 7:30am-12pm: Slope-W 1/2 day Short Course by GEOSLOPE International, Glendale

May 23, 2019 7:30am-12pm: Slope-W 1/2 day Short Course by GEOSLOPE International, Pleasanton

May 28, 2019 6-8:30pm ASCE-GI Orange County Dinner Meeting, Costa Mesa