September 2016 Dinner Meeting

Please join us for our first dinner meeting of the season next week, on Thursday September 22. Remember Early Registration ends Friday September 16 @ 4pm.

September Dinner Meeting: Corvette Museum.

We are excited to announce that Hayward Baker will be speaking at our September dinner meeting at the Best Western in Seattle. This is a joint meeting with AEG and will be the start to our exciting 2016-2017 series of dinner meetings.

 Thursday, September 22nd

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Ground Improvement Committee Document – Comment Period

The September 16, 2016 deadline for comments is approaching quickly:

After nearly 6 months of effort, the Ground Improvement Committee is pleased to announce a commentary guidance document has been prepared.

These commentary guidelines are the result of a request to evaluate common approaches for ground improvement design as it relates to the use of ground improvement to mitigate against liquefaction and/or improve Site Class.  The purpose of the document is to provide commentary guidelines that address concerns regarding the disparity of approaches for ground improvement design and design recommendations submitted to the City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) and other code enforcement organizations in support of construction permit applications.

This announcement marks the beginning of a comment period that ends September 16,, 2016.  The ground improvement committee and the ASCE board respectfully request you review the document and send any comments you may have to Mark Rohrbach at MARohrbach@haywardbaker.com.  To the extent possible, it would be greatly appreciated that companies pool their comments into a single consistent document.

GI commentary guidelines – draft for public comment

City of Seattle – Grading Season Deadline Approaching

The rainy season is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to think about whether you will be doing any grading between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. If your project includes Geotechnical Special Inspections AND if your project is in an environmentally critical area or involves a large quantity of earth-moving, check the Geotechnical Special Inspection assignment letter we sent you shortly after your permit was issued.
If you see an item called “Monitor Grading Season Restriction” on the assignment letter, this means that grading between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 is prohibited unless you apply for and receive a Grading Season Extension. For smaller projects in environmentally critical areas, there may be a note in the assignment letter allowing you to follow the additional measures for wet weather work shown on the approved plan set in lieu of a formal grading season extension application.
For information on how to apply for a Grading Season Extension, see Director’s Rule 26-2015 (effective early Oct. 2016). This year, you must submit an application online through your SDCI Project Portal at http://web6.seattle.gov/DPD/eplan/. We will not accept paper applications. We may take up to two weeks to review your application. Please note that your permit must be issued before we can process a grading season extension application. Contact the on-call geotechnical engineer at (206) 684-8950 if you have questions about submittal requirements or whether you need an extension.

Job Opportunity – WSDOT – Chief Engineering Geologist

The Engineering Geology Section of the WSDOT Geotechnical Office in Olympia, WA. provides statewide engineering geology/geological engineering design, rock engineering, landslide characterization/mitigation, unstable slopes management for 7,000 miles of highways, subsurface exploration services, construction support, and maintenance and emergency response support services for the Department through a diverse group of 22 engineering geologists, GIS analysts, field exploration specialists and technicians. The Chief Engineering Geologist acts as an assistant to the State Geotechnical Engineer and manages the Engineering Geology Section.

See the full job announcement here:
FINAL Chief Engineering Geologist Job Announcement WMS-073

WSDOT is looking for applications and has extended the close date to the end of the moth to Wednesday August 31, 2016.

Volunteer Opportunity with Dozer Days

The ASCE geotechnical group would like to introduce you to a wonderful family and child friendly event – Dozer Days.

Check out their website

The event is a family event where children are given the opportunity to drive construction equipment. There are also booths where organizations can set up and encourage the parents and children to obtain education and training that would allow them to enter the civil construction/engineering field.

Washington State Fair & Events Center (Puyallup Fairgrounds), Puyallup, WA
Saturday and Sunday June 4th and 5th.

If you would like to volunteer for this event please contact Mark Rohrbach at MARohrbach@HaywardBaker.com

G-I Seattle April Dinner Meeting Reminder

Reminder- The April Dinner Meeting is the Terzaghi Lecture

Click here to register for the April dinner meeting
April 21, 2016 at the Red Lion in Bellevue, WA
Donald Bruce will present “The Evolution of Specialty Geotechnical Construction Techniques: The “GreatLeap” Theory”
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OSU Geo‐Institute

May 5th -OSU Geo‐Institute Graduate Student Organization will be hosting Recent Advances in Soil Stabilization for Slopes and Embankments
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Please fill out a survey about the spring seminar.

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If you provide your email, you will be entered in a raffle on 4/20 for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Volunteer Opportunity – Dozer Days

The ASCE geotechnical group would like to introduce you to a wonderful family and child friendly event – Dozer Days.
Check out their website
The event is a family event where children are given the opportunity to drive construction equipment. There are also booths where organizations can set up and encourage the parents and children to obtain education and training that would allow them to enter the civil construction/engineering field.

Washington State Fair & Events Center (Puyallup Fairgrounds), Puyallup, WA
Saturday and Sunday June 4th and 5th.

This seems like a great opportunity to volunteer a bit of your time, while also gaining a free/reduced price admission to a neat family event. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please email Mark Rohrbach at MARohrbach@haywardbaker.com. If there is sufficient interest – volunteer slots to staff a booth would be about 2 hours each.

UC Davis Symposium

The UC Davis geotechnical group is hosting a one-day Symposium in Honor of I. M. Idriss on our campus, June 17, 2016. The program will include lectures by nine close friends and valued colleagues: J. M. Duncan, J. K. Mitchell, T. D. O’Rourke, K. H. Stokoe, R. Dobry, J. D. Bray, L. H. Mejia, N. Abrahamson, and R. W. Boulanger.
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GeoVancouver

The 69th Annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference will be in Vancouver, BC in early October 2016
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