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November 2018

In this issue:

  1. Membership campaign kick-off
  2. Annual Conference registration - OPEN
  3. Fall dinner meeting recap
  4. Your vote matters: Proposition 6
  5. Building the Geo-wall
  6. CalGeo helps students @ DFI
  7. New Job Board with Zip Recruiter
  8. Welcome our newest members
  9. Upcoming events: The all-encompassing Geo-Calendar

Membership Campaign Kick-off

CalGeo is wrapping up the last two months of 2018 with a new membership campaign! We are hoping to add 10 new members before the end of the year - can you help us?

Refer a new company (either Affiliate or Geotech) and get some CalGeo swag and discounts!

If your referral joins before the Annual Conference you get:

  • $300 towards our Annual Conference or short courses this April in San Diego!
  • $25 Starbucks card
  • Plus we'll throw in a cool new CalGeo golf polo too.

E-mail Kelly Cabal with your referral today.

 Annual Conference Registration is OPEN

Only 5 months until CalGeo's Annual Conference is upon us. Save the date now for this exciting event held April 10-12, 2019. We will be heading south to San Diego this year to the lovely Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island. We listened to your feedback and have made this year's conference better than ever!

Changes for 2019:

  • New Thursday/Friday format lets you stay and play in San Diego for the weekend or get back home to your families.
  • Short courses galore! We've added 2 full days of short courses (see below).
  • Additional reception with our Affiliate members Thursday night including CalGeo's silent auction (benefiting CalGeo's student chapters).
  • Invited panel of experts to present on case-history plus state-of-the-practice discussion session.
  • No concurrent sessions - all our great speakers will be in one spot!
  • Economic forecast is coming back with a new speaker.
  • Sponsor a student for only $100! Lets get our students interested in geotechnical engineering to build a workforce of the future.

Sponsorships available - help us put on the best conference on the west coast!

April 9th Short Courses:

Ownership/Leadership Transition by PSMJ (10am-4pm, includes lunch) For more than 40 years, PSMJ's transition planning experts have been helping A/E/C firm leaders to avoid the land mines and capitalize on the proven strategies that work to manage affordability, leadership development, and all of the other facets of this complex challenge.  Many of these ACTUAL transition planning mistakes that we've helped to fix or manage likely seemed innocuous at the time, but the impact was severe.

Prevailing Wage workshop by Van Allyn Goodwin (10am-2pm, includes lunch) Get in-depth knowledge of California's prevailing wage laws and requirements. Includes how-to's for submittals plus updates for 2019.

April 10th Technical Short Courses:  LIMITED SPACE - THESE WILL SELL OUT!

Slope Stability by Rocscience (8am-12pm) Rocscience is back with their popular half-day short course on 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional slope stability analysis.

The objective of this course is to provide a background on numerical modelling for slope stability analysis using various Rocscience software tools (Slide, RS2, RS3, Slide3). Get the most out of the Rocscience slope stability suite through a balanced mixture of lectures and hands-on computer analysis using practical examples collected over the years.

CPT Interpretation using CPeT-IT and CLiq by Dr. Peter K. Robertson (1:30pm-5pm) Dr. Robertson will be demonstrating two software programs used to interpret CPT data through example data and case histories. This is a hands-on demonstration so please bring a laptop with the software or a trial version installed. Visit Geologismiki's website to download a free trial.

New Conference Schedule:

Visit the calendar page linked above to view details on our conference schedule and speakers as it is updated over the next few weeks.

Important Dates:

November 1: Conference & short course registration is open! Conference sponsorship is open as well to all firms.

January 31, 2019: Deadline to submit application for our Outstanding Project Award - more details coming soon!

February 10, 2019: Early-bird registration deadline - savings on short courses and registration!

March 18, 2018: Deadline to book your hotel room at the Kona Kai Resort. Late registration fees for conference go into effect.

 Fall Dinner Meeting Recap

Our October regional meetings were are huge success with the Burbank meeting on October 9th being SOLD OUT! Not to be outdone, the Northern California meeting on October 25th was our largest yet for Sacramento with over 50 attendees.

If you missed the presentation or would like to download a PDF of the slides and access the accompanying reference papers, please visit our Members Club page.

Thank you to Dr. Jonathan Bray for such an insightful presentation on Evaluation of Liquefaction-Induced Building Settlement.

Your Vote Matters: What is Proposition 6?

Summary (from the Official Voter Information Guide):

Proposition 6 will eliminate certain road repair and transportation funding. It will require certain fuel taxes and vehicle fees be approved by the electorate. Initiate constitutional amendment.

A YES vote on this measure means: Fuel and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would be eliminated, which would reduce funding for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs. The Legislature would be required to get a majority of voters to approve new or increased state fuel and vehicle taxes in the future.

Arguments: VOTE YES ON 6 to immediately LOWER GAS PRICES. Californians are struggling with the high cost of living. VOTE YES on Proposition 6 to repeal the unfair regressive gas and car tax increase and require voter approval for any future increase. VOTE YES on Prop. 6 for lower gas prices!

A NO vote on this measure means: Fuel and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would continue to be in effect and pay for highway and road maintenance and repairs, as well as transit programs. The Legislature would continue not to need voter approval for new or increased state fuel and vehicle taxes in the future.

Arguments: California Professional Firefighters, California Association of Highway Patrolmen, American Society of Civil Engineers and first responders URGE NO on Proposition 6 because it jeopardizes the safety of bridges and roads. Prop. 6 eliminates $5 billion annually in local transportation funding, stopping thousands of road safety, congestion relief and transportation improvement projects in every California community.

Building the Geo-Wall

Our student chapters need you! New student chapter contact information and sponsorship requests are now up on our website. Help California's students climb to the top of the podium this year and secure 1st place. CalGeo is sponsoring all chapters to help them achieve their Geo-wall or other chapter dreams. Can you pitch in too?

Sponsor a CalGeo Student Chapter:

Cal Poly SLO: Sponsorship Request   Student Chapter Website

Cal Poly Pomona: Sponsorship Request  Student Chapter

CSUF: Sponsorship Request   Student Chapter Website

CSUN: Sponsorship Request 

UCLA: Sponsorship Request   Student Chapter Website

UCSD: Sponsorship Request   Student Chapter Website

If you would like to get more involved with a local CalGeo chapter by speaking at a dinner event or offering assistance as an industry liaison, please let us know!

New Job Board with Zip Recruiter

We are excited to announce that CalGeo has upgraded its job board and partnered with Zip Recruiter to form a professional job site listing service. Of course, members job postings are still free of charge on the CalGeo board but you now have the option to push your job posting out to the Zip Recruiter network job board for $149/post!

Check out our new job board today!

Please feel free to e-mail Kelly Cabal with any questions.

*Members will be asked to login when posting a job to receive the free member posting.

CalGeo Provides Opportunities for Students @ DFI

CalGeo hit up the DFI conference in Anaheim October 24-27th and was able to sponsor 5 students to attend! The students were taken on a field trip to the Gerald Desmond Bridge where they were instructed on the foundation design and construction challenges followed by a tour of the bridge. Students attending were also able to participate in all the sessions over the 3-day event.

We are excited to offer the same student sponsorship opportunity at our Annual Conference where conference attendees can contribute an additional $100 to sponsor a student!


Welcome CalGeo's Newest Members

Our new membership campaign has kicked off and we're getting lots of inquiries. Please refer a colleague today to get your $300 conference discount, starbucks card and free CalGeo polo shirt!

Please welcome our new individual member:

Nersi Hemati, Soils Consulting Engineer

Upcoming Events & Webinars - The Geo-Calendar

Please note: There will be no November Emerging Professional Meeting due to Thanksgiving

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

Nov. 1: UCSD CalGeo Lecture Series, UC San Diego

Nov. 7: ASCE-IE Geo-Institute dinner meeting, Rancho Cucamonga

Nov. 9: UCLA CalGeo Chapter 10th Annual Fall BBQ, Los Angeles

Nov. 9: UC Berkeley Research Symposium, Berkeley

Nov. 10: AEG SoCal & IE Fall Seminar, Pomona

Nov. 14: ASCE-LA Geo-Institute dinner meeting, Torrance

Nov. 15: ASCE-SF Geo-Institute dinner meeting, Oakland

Dec. 19: Emerging Professionals Holiday Social @ The Fox & Goose Pub, Sacramento

Jan. 26, 2019: SoCal Loss Prevention Seminar - get your technician & field staff trained and earn CEU's, Santa Ana

Feb. 9, 2019: NorCal Loss Prevention Seminar, Fairfield

Feb. 22, 2019: Ray Taber Foundation Annual Drill Seminar, Taber Ranch, Capay Valley

Presented by the Ray Taber Foundation, AEG & CalGeo

Located at the historic Taber Ranch in the beautiful Capay Valley, this time-honored tradition provides graduate and undergraduate civil engineering and geology students with an opportunity for some hands-on field experience, to interact with seasoned professionals, and to discuss the practical application of reasoning and techniques used in the field.

It is often called a “day of opportunity”, providing the future leaders of our industry with a unique forum for asking questions, getting answers and having a “hands on” experience with the field equipment and testing and logging protocols that have become the fundamental data gathering tools of geo-science practices. Local universities, led by the geotechnical studies groups at UC Davis and UC Berkeley, will again be bringing 120+ students for this free seminar. The Taber Ranch Vineyard and Event Center has generously donated its facilities and grounds to house the event and Taber Drilling has committed to providing exploration/testing equipment and field personnel for the day.

The Ray Taber Foundation is a non-profit organization providing scholarships to encourage and support students.

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