Jan
18
5:30 PM17:30

January AEG Dinner Meeting

The January AEG dinner meeting will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018.  Michael King from Hydrodynamics Group will present Geological Framework of Trinidad & Tobago.  More details to come.  Tickets available in early January 2018.

When:
Thursday, January 18th, 2018
- 5:30 pm - Social Hour
- 6:30 pm - Dinner
- 7:30 pm - Presentation

Where:
Best Western Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Brhq44oUBrR2

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Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

February Joint Dinner Meeting - Nisqually+Puget Sound Chapters

The February AEG dinner meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 15th, 2018.  This meeting is jointly presented by both the Nisqually and the Puget Sound AEG chapters.  More details to come.

When:
Thursday, February 15th, 2018
- 5:30 pm - Social Hour
- 6:30 pm - Dinner
- 7:30 pm - Presentation

Where:
La Quinta Inn, Tacoma, WA
Tickets available in early February 2018.

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Feb
16
to Feb 18

2018 Geohazards Symposium Living with Earth Hazards in Western Washington

  • McCaw Hall, Seattle Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and the Northwest Geological Society will jointly host the 2018 symposium Living with Earth Hazards in Western Washington.  The symposium will take place at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center over three days:

  • Friday, February 16th, 2018 - Technical day, $175 registration
  • Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - Public Day, no-fee registration
  • Sunday, February 18th, 2018 - All-day field trip - $100 registration

Invited speakers include:  U.S. Geological Survey, Washington Geological Survey, University of Washington, Central Washington University, Centralia College, National Park Service, City of Olympia, City of Seattle, King County, Washington Emergency Management Division, SeaGrant, and the Seattle Times

Technical day topics:
- Overview of earth hazardsLandslide mapping and dating
- Volcano, lahar, and ashfall hazards
- Tsunami modeling
- Earthquakes and active faults
- GPS, PANGA, and plate motions
- ShakeAlert
- Flooding, erosion, and channel migration
- Sediment aggradation
- Sea-level rise and coastal flooding
- Infrastructure protection

Public day topics:
- Geology of western Washington
- Overview of earth hazards
- Landslides
- Volcanic hazards
- Tsunamis
- Earthquakes
- Flooding
- Preparedness and risk reduction

Early registration is now open online:  https://nwgeohazards.brownpapertickets.com

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Mar
15
5:30 PM17:30

March AEG Dinner Meeting

The March AEG dinner meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 15, 2018.  Kristin Beck from Aspect Consulting will present on Glacier Peak.  More details to come.  Tickets available in early March 2018.

When:
Thursday, March 15th, 2018
- 5:30 pm - Social Hour
- 6:30 pm - Dinner
- 7:30 pm - Presentation

Where:
Best Western Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Brhq44oUBrR2

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Apr
19
5:30 PM17:30

April AEG Dinner Meeting & Jahns Lecture

The April AEG dinner meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 19, 2018.  Dr. John Wakabayashi (California State University, Fresno) will present the Jahns Lecture.  More details to come.  Tickets available in early April 2018.

When:
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
- 5:30 pm - Social Hour
- 6:30 pm - Dinner
- 7:30 pm - Presentation

Where:
Best Western Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Brhq44oUBrR2

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May
17
5:30 PM17:30

May AEG Dinner Meeting + Student Posters & Presentations

The May AEG dinner meeting + student posters & presentations are tentatively scheduled for May 17, 2018.  More details to come.  Tickets available in early May 2018.

When:
Thursday, May 17th, 2018
- 5:30 pm - Social Hour
- 6:30 pm - Dinner
- 7:30 pm - Presentation

Where:
Best Western Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Brhq44oUBrR2

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XIII IAEG Congress & 61st AEG Annual Meeting
Sep
15
to Sep 23

XIII IAEG Congress & 61st AEG Annual Meeting

  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Engineering Geology for a Sustainable World
September 15-23, 2018 • San Francisco, California

Mark your calendar to join us for the 61st AEG Annual Meeting/13th IAEG Congress in San Francisco, California on September 15-23, 2018!  Meeting website:  https://www.aegannualmeeting.org/

AEG is partnering with the International Association of Engineering Geologists and the Environment (IAEG) to host the first ever Congress in the United States in IAEG’s 54-year history.

The 2018 meeting will have a five-day format featuring prominent national and international keynote speakers, four days of technical sessions and symposia, and an all-day Wednesday tour of local geology for full meeting registrants.

Related Links:
- Meeting website
- Meeting committee
- Schedule [PDF]
- Registration

Call for Abstracts (Oral Presentations & Posters)
IMPORTANT: please read before you submit your abstract [PDF]
 Submit Your Abstract
November 1, 2017 - Online Submission Opens
April 1, 2018 - Deadline to Submit Your Abstract
May 1, 2018 - Authors Notified of Abstract Acceptance
June 1, 2018 - Deadline to Register for the Meeting in order to have your Abstract Published

When:
September 15-23, 2018

Where:
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, California  94111
United States

Contact:
AEG Headquarters
contact@aegweb.org

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Dec
12
5:30 PM17:30

December Holiday Party

Holiday Party, personal slide shows from AEG members and family, pizza, gift raffle, food drive donations.

When:
December 12th, 2017 (Note: this is a Tuesday evening)
- 5:30 pm - Social Hour
- 6:30 pm - Dinner
- 7:30 pm - Presentations

Where:
Pyramid Alehouse
1201 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/hYHtGvwL1YT2

Register online before 3pm on Friday, Dec. 8th.

View the official announcement with additional meeting details here [PDF].

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Nov
16
5:30 PM17:30

November AEG+ASCE Joint Dinner Meeting

The November joint ASCE + AEG dinner meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017.  Mike Bruen from MWH will present Conditions Assessment of a Dam, Tunnel, and Power Station at a Hydropower Project in Nepal.  See below for additional details.

Tickets available online:  https://asceandaeg.brownpapertickets.com

When:  Thursday, November 16th, 2017
- 5:30 pm - Social Hour
- 6:30 pm - Dinner
- 7:30 pm - Presentation

Where:
Best Western Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Brhq44oUBrR2

Presentation Abstract:
From 2014 - 2016, three natural hazards, large landslides, an earthquake and major flooding, significantly damaged the Upper Bhote Koshi (UBK) Hydropower Project, a run-of-the-river hydroelectric project in Nepal.  The first strike occurred on August 2, 2014 when a massive landslide downstream of the power station knocked out three transmission towers. The landslide, with an estimated volume of 6 MCM, dammed the river, creating a lake that stretched 3 km upstream. A total of 156 fatalities were attributed to this event.
The M7.8 Gorkha earthquake less than a year later was the second strike to the project. At the time of the earthquake, the plant went through an unscheduled emergency shutdown and appeared to be undamaged. However, numerous aftershocks including M6.7 and M7.3 events de-stabilized the slopes, triggering rockfall above the project facilities and landslides and debris flows throughout the area. It was rockfall debris that rained down on the 2 m diameter surface penstock and ultimately ruptured the pipe resulting in an uncontrolled dewatering of the headrace tunnel, releasing more than 50,000 m3 of water that severely damaged the penstock and flooded the powerhouse.
The latest strike, occurred on July 5, 2016 while the project, which was still under repair, was hit by a catastrophic debris-laden flood event that severely damaged the headworks and again flooded the powerhouse. At the time of the event, the Bhote Koshi River peaked at about +3.5 m above the top of the dam (2600 m3/s). The flood event was significant as the bed load carried an overabundance of large boulders (4 m to 10 m diameter). At the headworks, the flood event caused the ultimate destruction of the desanding basin, as the riverside wall failed, and with the river choked off, the river was redirected, eroding the abutment creating a channel that bypassed the dam.

Speaker Bio:
Mike Bruen is a Vice President with MWH now a part of Stantec, and has served in various roles including Senior Project Manager, Senior Tunnel Specialist, and Engineering Geologist specializing in tunnels and underground engineering and construction for wet infrastructure, hydropower, and dam projects. Mike has more than thirty five years of experience working in North America, Central and South America, Asia, and the Middle East. He has been involved in over 50 tunnel projects, totaling more than 100 miles of tunnels and up to 33 ft in diameter, more than 60 shafts, and caverns worldwide. Selected project experience includes the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP, Chicago), Lake Mead Intake 3 (Las Vegas), Brightwater Conveyance and Fremont Siphon (Seattle), Deep Storm Water Tunnel System (Dubai), Bath County Pumped Storage Project (VA), the Esti Hydroelectric Project (Panama). Recently he was the lead author for the chapter on Water Tunnels for the UCA of SME book, the “History of Tunneling in the United States.”
He has a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master of arts degree at SUNY Buffalo in geology. He is a member of AEG, UCA of SME, ITA, PMI USSD, and the DRB Foundation.

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