CalGeo e.Geo Newsletter

September 2021

Two weeks left before membership expires! Don't forget your membership expires on September 15th.


Want to know what we accomplished this year? We've put together our Annual Value Report to show you just that. Download a PDF below for a quick summary of our accomplishments and our membership.


How to Renew On-line:


1.) The key contact for each organization (Affiliate and Org members) will receive an email and invoice on August 1st. Only the key contactfrom each organization needs to handle renewal.


2.) Click the link to Pay Now above the invoice. This will allow you to pay the full amount and donate your 10% savings to our student chapters.


How to Renew by Mail:


1.) The Key contact for each organization will receive a membership renewal form, letter and our value report in the mail.


2.) Complete the renewal form and information update and mail it back to us with your payment. Or call Kelly Cabal to pay with a credit card over the phone: 949-391-2436. 


Emerging Professional Webinars this Month

This summer CalGeo is offering a series of free educational webinars. We have a great line-up that started in July with a webinar on Geophysics and our recent one on Ground Improvement. If you missed either of those, check out our Online Learning Library which has the recordings available for CalGeo Members.


Registration is now open and is free! Click the links below for more information and to register. We will have more webinars coming up in September so stay tuned...


September 10th: Design Build Geohazard Mitigation, presented by Josh Wagner, Geostabilization


September 16th: Portland-lime Cement, its coming but its nothing to be afraid of! Presented by: Tom Tietz - Executive Director, California Nevada Cement Association & Nate Forrest, P.E. - Technical Director, California Nevada Cement Association


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


Registration is now 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 SoCal Headquarters: 2726 Walnut Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90755 (Street parking on Gaviota)


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:


$50/pp before October 1st, $100 late registration. Substitutions allowed, no cancellations or refunds.


Questions? E-mail: Brian Savela


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

Last Chance to Hit the Greens!


We are excitedly planning our first foray into in-person events for the fall. Time to warm up your swing and register for our NorCal tournament on Friday October 8th @ Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach (Monterey). 


We have secured a block of rooms at both the Carmel Mission Inn and the Hyatt Regency Monterey if you wish to stay the night or even for the weekend. We are planning a post-golf reception and awards happy hour. Any spouses or members not golfing are of course, welcome to join the party!


Sponsorships available and not limited to Affiliate members. Get your company name out there and help support CalGeo's students. Click the link for more information below to view available sponsorships.


SUPPORT THE STUDENTS: This is a fundraiser for CalGeo's student chapters and scholarships. Consider bringing your clients, friends, golf-buddies and co-workers. Everyone is welcome regardless of your membership with CalGeo. Let's make this the biggest golf tournament  yet!


PLEASE NOTE: This event is almost full! We have space for 5 more golfers but you won't be teeing off until 12-noon, a 30-minute delay after our last team (sorry!)


Project Award Honorable Mention: Cal Engineering & Geology acknowledged for Zone 7 Chain of Lakes Facility #1 Stabilization Project

Zone 7 - Chain of Lakes Facility #1 Stabilization Project


The Zone 7 Water Agency’s Chain of Lakes Facility #1 was constructed in 2009.  In 2013, Zone 7 noticed pavement cracking and separations at the facility significant enough to warrant periodic surveying and the installation of an inclinometer.  In 2016 CE&G completed a preliminary evaluation of the distress.  CE&G was then authorized to complete additional subsurface investigation and analyses that resulted in determining that the grading limits of gravel mining in the area were larger than previously assumed and had extended below the site. As a result, the site was located on fill which varied in depth up to 100 feet.  A team led by CE&G was selected for design of stabilization measures.  The team developed several alternatives and met with Zone 7 to discuss the alternatives.  The CE&G team designed an underpinning system that was installed in 2019 along with two additional inclinometers for ongoing monitoring at the site.



CalGeo Job Board & Career Center

It seems like everyone in our industry is hiring right now, in fact around 75% of our survey respondents are! Looking for a change or know someone in the market for a new position? Check out our job board for all the newest postings.

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 
Geotechnical Engineering Project Manager 
Cornerstone Earth Group - Sunnyvale, CA 
Posted: Aug 24, 2021 
Salary: null Weekly 
Application Deadline: Nov 24, 2021 
Project Engineering Geologist 
Leighton - Rancho Cucamonga, CA 
Posted: Aug 19, 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 any new members


Membership renewal will opened on August 1st. Make sure the key contact at your organization receives the invoice via e-mail or the renewal form via snail mail. Feel free to e-mail Kelly Cabal with any questions!


Welcome our new individual members:

Salvador Alvarez from Fresno, CA


Rajesh Tolikonda with Kenall Inc. from Houston, Texas


Welcome our new organizational member:

PK Robertson, Inc. the consulting firm of Dr. Peter Robertson

Welcome our new Affiliate member:


Advanced GeoSolutions (AGI): AGI is the premier design-build ground improvement and specialty piling contractor, by virtue of experience, quality of work, and commitment to clients. AGI specializes in challenging sites and difficult soil conditions. Partnering with AGI makes dealing with such problems easy. 

From Concept-to-Completion (C-to-C), AGI works closely with the project’s engineers, architect, and construction managers to develop the most cost-effective and proven solutions for Foundation Support and/or Seismic Liquefaction, and Lateral Spreading Mitigation.


Upcoming Events at a Glance

September 10, 2021 @ 12pm: Design-Build Geohazard Mitigation REGISTER NOW

September 16, 2021 @ 12pm: Portland-lime Cement, its coming but its nothing to be afraid of! REGISTER NOW


October 8, 2021: NorCal Golf Tournament - Poppy Hills - Registration & sponsorships now available - only 5 spots left!


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: Save the date for next regional meeting. Presentation by Dr. Jonathan Bray on selection of PGA for seismic slope stability analysis.


Contact Info:

California Geotechnical Engineers' Association (CalGeo)

1048 Irvine Ave. #994, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Tel: 949-391-2436

[email protected]

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