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Residence Inn Burbank
321 S Ikea Way
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 260-8787

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Saturday, February 08, 2020, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
Category: Loss Prevention Seminar

Loss Prevention Seminar & Technician Training in Southern California

We are bringing our popular Loss Prevention Seminar farther north this year to Burbank on Saturday February 8th, 2020.


This is a popular annual training event held on a Saturday morning from 8am - 12pm. Technicians and field staff will greatly benefit from attending this seminar held only once a year! We provide (4) hours of professional development on a wide range of topics from field report writing to QAQC for various construction elements to attorney presentations on liability and key items that field staff should be aware of.

This year's topics and speakers are the following:

  • "An Engineered Approach for a Successful Soil Stabilization Project - The Technician's Role" by Marco Estrada, Pavement Recycling Systems
  • "Asphalt Batch Plant Inspection" by Tim Reed, Vulcan Materials
  • "Observation & Testing - Preparation of Field Reports" by Neal Berliner, Geocon
  • "Construction Defect Litigation & Liability: A Field Technician's Role" by Michael Edwards, Byron & Edwards

*Speakers may be subject to change


7:30am Registration & Hot breakfast

8:00am Session 1: "An Engineered Approach for a Successful Soil Stabilization Project - The Technician's Role" by Marco Estrada, Pavement Recycling Systems

Marco is the Director of Business Development for Pavement Recycling Systems of California.  Marco is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, School of Engineering.  He is an Industry Co-Chair for the Caltrans Pavement & Materials Partnering Committee (PMPC), as well as of the Green Book Stabilized Base Task Force.  Over the last 30 years, he has been involved in both the engineering and construction industries in the implementation of soil stabilization and asphalt recycling engineering strategies.   

His topic of discussion today is “An Engineered Approach for a Successful Soil Stabilization Project”.  Soil stabilization processes with lime and cement are established engineered and sustainable technologies that provide structural and economic advantages in construction of pavement and building foundations.  Soil Stabilization is founded on the principle that unsuitable soils can stabilized to improve their engineering properties; it is a design alternative to costlier and less sustainable “removal and replacement” construction processes.

Marco’s presentation will include focusing on the technician’s role in the soil stabilization process and the nuances of testing lime and cement stabilized soils. 

9:00am Session 2: "Asphalt Batch Plant Inspection" by Tim Reed, Vulcan Materials

10:00am Session 3: "Observation & Testing - Preparation of Field Reports" by Neal Berliner, Geocon

Mr. Berliner is responsible for the management of Geocon’s technical practice in the greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside County areas. He began his professional career in 1992, gaining geotechnical engineering experience throughout southern California. His experience encompasses a wide range of projects for both public and private clients, and includes multi-story office buildings, regional shopping centers, parking structures, sound stages and studio facilities, educational facilities, mixed-use and multi-family residential developments, large-scale land developments, roadways and paving rehabilitation, bridges, pipelines, solar fields, and more. Mr. Berliner has an expertise on projects requiring deep excavation/shoring and mitigation of groundwater, as well as projects that require drilled and driven piles, micro-piles, stone columns, cement/lime stabilization, soil nails, compaction grouting, underpinning, and ground mitigation. He has a strong background in forensic geotechnical engineering and provides support for project dispute resolution, serving at times as a geotechnical expert witness. Mr. Berliner started his career working in a soils testing laboratory, followed by years of inspection and testing on construction sites. He is familiar with construction site politics, the need for proper communication between the responsible engineer and field technician/inspector, and is mindful of the importance of a properly detailed inspection and testing report which could cause or prevent the need for a costly construction change order, or potential litigation.

11:00am Session 4: "Construction Defect Litigation & Liability: A Field Technician's Role" by Michael Edwards, Byron & Edwards

12:00pm Conclusion & distribution of PDH certificates

Short breaks will be provided after each speaker and a raffle with CalGeo and gift card give-a-ways will be conducted.


ONLY 60-seats available. Register early as this may SELL OUT!

Early-bird member registration: Pay before December 31st and save $20 per person! Only $130 for (4) hours of specialized technician-focused training.

$150 CalGeo members, $225 Non-members.

Not a member and want to save money?? Contact Kelly Cabal about our trial-membership and receive a free registration to this seminar!

Register Now

Registration and payment MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE! If selecting pay by invoice, please ensure payment is post-dated at least 10-days in advance of the seminar date to ensure your spot.

*CalGeo will validate for parking costs at the Residence Inn, Burbank

Thank you to our generous sponsor, Pavement Recycling Systems


Contact: Kelly Cabal, [email protected] (949) 391-2436 with any questions.