November 2017 Dinner Meeting – Nov. 16th

Three Strikes and Out: Natural Hazards Impact Nepal Hydropower Project

Michael P Bruen, LPG, LEG, PMP
Vice President; Project Manager, Senior Tunnel Specialist, and Engineering Geologist

Please join us Thursday, November 16th, 2017 for our third dinner meeting of the 2017-18 season! This meeting will be held jointly with the Puget Sound chapter of AEG.

Please sign up early!!  We have reduced the registration cost to $30 and increased the late registration cost to $50. Signing up early allows us to get an accurate count to the venue and means we don’t have to turn anyone away.

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Seattle DR on Pin Piles

Hello everybody!  Susan Chang of SDCI announced at our October DM that they are looking into revising their existing Directors Rule on pin piles (DR2009-10) to include Push Piers. They would like the ASCE Geotechnical group to help revise and give guidance for this document.

Brendan Cioto ( offered to help organize the committee for this effort. Please get in touch with him if you would like to be involved.

Fall Short Course: Oct. 31st – PLAXIS

Dynamic Analysis of Liquefiable soils and the use of PM4Sand Model in PLAXIS

Dr. Ronald B.J. Brinkgreve, Manager of the Competence Centre Geo-Engineering (research manager) at Plaxis BV (MT member).

The topics covered include: Overview of Dynamic Analysis features in PLAXIS); Introduction to the PM4SAND model in PLAXIS and a hands-on simulation of soil lab tests using the PM4SAND model. The course will cap with a questions and answer session on dynamic analysis using PLAXIS.

The course will be held on Tuesday, October 31st at the Columbia Tower Club.

UPDATE: Experience with PLAXIS is not needed, we’ll walk the attendees through the exercise.

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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 ( 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.

ODOT Short Course: Oct. 3rd through 5th

Rock Blasting and Overbreak Control Short Course

By: Dr. Calvin Konya
When: October 3 through 5, 2017
Where: ODOT Flanders Building, 123 NW Flanders Street,
Portland, Oregon
Cost: $450

The Oregon Department of Transportation is providing the short course Rock Blasting and Overbreak Control on October 3rd through 5th at their Flanders office in Portland, Oregon. This class is designed for Engineering Geologists, Geotechnical Engineers, and Construction Inspectors. Participants at the conclusion of the class will be able to evaluate ground conditions for blasting, design and check a blast design, design for vibrations and damage control, design for airblast control, conduct pre and post blast inspections and develop blasting specifications. All are very important tasks for project development and construction.

See link below for more details.

Rock Blasting and Overbreak Control Short Course Flyer