Monthly Archives: September 2017

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.

Click Here for more information and to register.

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

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 (

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