September 2017 Dinner Meeting

Thursday, September 28th

Swift No. 2 Dam Failure (Cowlitz County PUD Washington)

Why Geology Matters, How even Geotechnical Giants Can Get It Wrong, and How We Can Design and Build Rapidly when High Costs are at Stake.

Please join us for our first dinner meeting of the 2017-18 season!

We are pleased to announce that Ken Green, a geotechnical engineer and geologist with CH2M practicing in the Puget Sound area and beyond for over 40 years, will be speaking at our September dinner meeting at the Best Western Executive Inn (200 Taylor Ave N).  Ken will describe the 2001 investigation to discover the reasons for failure of the 80-foot high Swift No. 2 earth embankment and the rapid design and construction to re-establish power generation on the Swift system.

In addition, Keith Brown (In Situ Engineering) will give a short 10 minute presentation during the announcements concerning WDOE well drilling  requirements.

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Spring Seminar 2018 Topic Survey

Hello everybody!  We will soon be selecting a topic for the 2018 Spring Seminar. Your input is important to us. Please take the following survey to help us better provide an educational and useful seminar for you next spring.  Any comments, concerns, or questions are appreciated. Thanks!

Survey Link

President-Elect Steve Johnson (Stephen.Johnson@sixense-group.com) is this year’s Seminar Chair.  Steve will be looking for volunteers to serve on the steering and planning committees.  If you want to get involved please contact Steve.

Geologist Licensing Board Meeting Minutes

See pages 16-19 of the June 6, 2017 Geologist Board Meeting Packet in which the Geologist Board clarifies when geologist licensing is and is not required.  Some of it sounds as though it is getting into engineering. This was brought the attention of the ASCE Seattle Section Geotechnical Group by one of our members. If you feel this topic warrants a further look or action by our group, please contact section President Ben Blanchette (ben.blanchette@hartcrowser.com).

The packet for the Geologist Board Meeting on June 6, 2017 is available online here.

Planning & Vision Meeting 2017

The planning and vision meeting is an opportunity for us to get ready for the 2017-2018 year. We will elect new officers, discuss dinner meeting topics, venues, short course, spring seminar and special topics. Pizza will be provided. Please RSVP.

Planning & Vision Meeting 2017

If you cannot attend but are interested in calling in to the meeting, please rsvp and indicate that you wish to call in. A meeting invite will be sent out later.

If you are interested in getting involved with the group please reach out to Ben Blanchette (ben.blanchette@hartcrowser.com) directly in advance of the meeting. There are positions we need to fill. I can answer any questions you might have.

 Thursday, June 29th

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FHWA

Please consider joining us for another activity the week of May 22.  Several FHWA Geotechnical leaders will be in Seattle on Monday May 22, 2017 and will provide an overview of the FHWA Geotechnical program, technical assistance projects, and FHWA geotechnical research. Registration is now open (no cost) but please RSVP so we have a headcount.

FHWA Geotechnical Program