CalGeo e.Geo Newsletter

October 2021

Hopefully you have renewed your membership with CalGeo as we kick off another year. Thank you to all our incredible members and those that went the extra mile and donated to our student and general fund.

Thank you Student Fund donors:


Geotechnical Professionals
Matriscope Engineering Laboratories
Stevens, Ferrone & Bailey
Rock Solid Engineering
Miller Pacific Engineering Group
GeoSoils, Inc.
Charles H. Hartsog
Geotechnical Exploration
Rutherford + Chekene
Grice Engineering
Hamilton & Associates
Diaz Yourman & Associates
Slate Geotechnical

Middle Earth Geo Testing


Thank you General Fund donors:


RGH Consultants
Geotechnical Professionals
Matriscope Engineering Laboratories
Grice Engineering

Middle Earth Geo Testing


Thank you Scholarship Fund donors:


Geotechnical Professionals
Matriscope Engineering Laboratories
Griffin Soil


Exploring the CalGeo Website: Series #1

There is so much on CalGeo's website that we bet you don't know about! That is why each month, we will post a new tidbit about our website right here. Small, bite-sized info to give you the tools to become a SUPER-MEMBER!


TIP #1: New Affiliate Search by Specialty

Need to find a driller or specialty paving contractor? And, of course, you want to use one of  CalGeo's Affiliate members because they are awesome and support this great organization.

  • Click on Membership on our main navigation
  • Select Affiliate Directory from the drop down menu
  • Enter in your zip code, or just select a specialty to see all the companies that match your search

TIP #2: Purchase previously recorded short courses

In need of some last-minute PDH's? Or maybe you want to brush up on your knowledge of a new software program or Site Specific Seismic Hazard Analysis...

  • Click on CalGeo Store on our main navigation
  • Select Purchase Courses from the drop down menu
  • Scroll down through the list of available courses

Alternate Option:

Visit our Online Learning Library, select the course you are interested in and under Details there should be a link back to the form to purchase.


FREE GBA Case History: Cyber Crime & Ransomware Attacks

We Were Hacked! Don't let it happen to you!


In this GBA Case History, you'll learn about the experience of one member-firm, and discover what they faced when hackers breached their network. You'll be able to take away actionable next steps to help your business avoid a similar crisis! GBA offers dozens of case histories like this one to our member firms, helping them avoid pitfalls by learning from the experiences of others.


Download the free case history to see how one member firm reacted when they were hacked. You’ll read about the firm’s process of recovering from breached security, lost data, and costly business disruptions and the lessons they learned in the process. With their story in mind, you’ll be able to consider your own company’s security systems and identify potential risks before they become actual nightmares.


GBA works for your future success by offering resources, support, and connections that will help you grow and excel in your field. For over 50 years, we have been committed to helping you and your clients avoid risk, improve performance, and optimize your ROI.


Download your free GBA Case History to see one of their crucial resources for yourself.


Fall Virtual Meeting: Selection of the Seismic Coefficient 
in Assessing Seismic Slope Stability

We were hoping to get back to an in-person dinner meeting this fall but have decided to stay virtual for a little longer. With that said, we hope members from across California will join us on November 3rd at 11am for our fall regional meeting presentation. Grab your lunch and fire up your computer - Register now!


Cost: $25/CalGeo Members, $50/Non-members


Once registration and payment are received, CalGeo will add your email to the attendee list with GoToWebinar. You will receive a separate confirmation containing the link to join the webinar. This will also be sent out 1-day and 1-hour prior to the start of the meeting.


Need Field Staff Training? Gregg Drilling Field Day & Expo is Oct. 23rd!


Registration is open for Gregg Drilling's field training expo providing 4-hours of professional development training for field staff and technicians in Southern California.


The event will be outdoors and feature live and hands-on demonstrations with all types of drilling and sampling equipment. Attendees will be split into four groups and rotate through stations featuring different site investigation techniques and equipment.


Dates & Location:


Saturday October 23, 2021, 8am - 12pm.


Gregg Drilling Signal Hill Headquarters. Please park on the street near the yard area: 2718 Gaviota St., Signal Hill


Featured Instructors:

  • Dr. Peter K. Robertson, Professor Emeritus with the University of Alberta will cover Cone Penetration Testing, data collection, seismic testing, sample collection and everything you need to know in the field.
  • Dr. Richard Laton, Professor at Cal State Fullerton will cover Soil Sampling, borehole logging and sample chain of command. Hollow-stem auger and mud rotary drilling will also be demonstrated.
  • Ryan Lea will discuss Sonic Drilling: applications, applicable soil types and sites.
  • Wessam Zanaty will demonstrate additional testing modules including SPT Energy Calibration, Vane Shear Testing & Pressuremeter Testing.
  • Jake Wilson & Alex Jernigan will discuss Remediation Techniques.

Attendees will receive:

  • Certificate for 4-hours of Professional Development
  • Coffee & light breakfast snacks
  • Taco-bar catered lunch
  • Hands-on Q&A with speakers and a chance to see all the equipment in action!

Cost & Registration:


$100 registration after October 1st. Substitutions allowed, no cancellations or refunds.


Questions? E-mail: Jasmine Alcorta


New Instrumentation Short Course: Level up on Piezometers

Our members have been asking for more courses on instrumentation and we immediately went to Rob Clark at Geokon for his expertise. In 2020 Rob lead a 2-part short course series on inclinometers that was very successful. This course was recorded and the recordings can be purchased here >>

This new virtual course will focus on piezometers and include: background, installation techniques, quality control in the field, data collection and processing.


Cost: $40/CalGeo members, $95/non-members


Rocscience 2D & 3D Slope Stability Course

Rocscience is hosting their own online course on 2D & 3D Slope Stability Analysis in October. The course will be spread across 2 sessions with 4 & 1/2 hours every day and will be conducted in a time zone suitable for those located in the Americas and Europe.


    Course Dates: October 26 - 27, 2021
    Course Timings: 10 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
    Rocscience Tools: Slide2, Slide3, RSPile
    Platform: GoToMeeting
    Languages: The course will be conducted in English
    Fees for Maintainance+ subscribers: USD $400
    Offer for Professor + Student: USD $400


Student Chapters need your help!

We are gathering all our student chapter information for the new  year and want to make sure our members know who to reach out to for donations, Geo-Wall sponsorships and outreach.


Volunteer Today!

Don't miss the chance to show engineering students what our profession is all about. Not to mention sharing your own experiences and company information. Schedule a presentation for one of CalGeo's student chapters on a cool project you've worked on, tell them  your story and a little more about geotechnical engineering. This is the future of your workforce and its up to us to help educate them and encourage the geo-professions!


We will update our Student Outreach webpage as more sponsorship packets are available.


Cal Poly Pomona: E-mail Student Chapter President

Cal Poly SLO: E-mail Student Chapter President

CSUS: E-mail Student Chapter

CSUF: E-mail Student Chapter President

CSUN: E-mail Student Chapter President

UCLA: Sponsorship Request E-mail Student Chapter President

UCSD:  E-mail Student Chapter President


CalGeo Job Board & Career Center

Did you know that a posting on CalGeo's Job Board goes out to all of Zip Recruiter? Not only will applicants see your job featured on CalGeo's Job Board but you will also get applications from the main Zip Recruiter Job Board as well.

Visit CalGeo's Career Center


Quick links to current job listings below:

FEATURED Staff Geotechnical Engineer 
LGC Geotechnical, Inc. - San Clemente, CA 
Posted: Aug 17, 2021 
Salary: $50,000.00 - $65,000.00 Annually 
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2021 
FEATURED Geotechnical Engineers 
GENTERRA Consultants, Inc. - Irvine, CA 
Posted: Aug 3, 2021 
Salary: null Monthly 
Application Deadline: N/A 
FEATURED Geotechnical Engineer 
LACO Associates - Eureka, CA 
Posted: Jul 30, 2021 
Application Deadline: N/A 
Sr. Staff Engineer 
Leighton - Santa Clarita, CA 
Posted: Sep 2, 2021 
Application Deadline: N/A 
Sr. Engineering Soil Technician 
Leighton - Santa Clarita, CA 
Posted: Sep 2, 2021 
Application Deadline: N/A 


Dates: October 20-23, 2021

Location: Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, Henderson, NV


In-person and virtual registration options available! Check out the full agenda at the link below.


Welcome New Members!

We love adding to the CalGeo family and are very excited to welcome all our new members!


Please welcome our new individual member:


Alexia Mackey with Universal Engineering in Irvine, CA


Upcoming Events at a Glance

October 8, 2021: NorCal Golf Tournament - Poppy Hills - SOLD OUT!


October 14, 2021: SoCal Golf Tournament - Torrey Pines - SOLD OUT!

October 23, 2021: Gregg Drilling Field Day Expo - Field Tech training and demonstration, 8am-12pm includes lunch!

November 3, 2021: Fall Virtu