Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning so apparently we are in for 6 more weeks of winter, if it stays as clear and gorgeous as today was in Seattle, I’m not sure that is anything to complain about. Here is some light reading to occupy your time during this winter season. We are pleased to present out 2017 Groundhog! Happy Reading!
Don’t forget the deadline for submission for the groundhog was yesterday, hopefully you all sent it in, however if it is still sitting in your outbox please send it to Alex ASAP! Thanks
It’s that time of the year again to begin thinking about the Groundhog! For those that don’t know, this is a publication that the ASCE Seattle Geotechnical Group puts together every February 2 (Groundhog Day). It contains project and staff news from the previous year from all the geotechnical organizations (e.g. municipalities), geotechnical consulting and construction firms in the area. Alex has provided a pdf (Groundhog Announcement)with the deadline and requirements for this year’s submission and also summarize the key points below:
Deadline for submission: January 17, 2017 (Tuesday) Maximum length: 400 words
Format: MS Word file
Advertisements: Formatted as jpeg, details in attachment
Respond to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you all in advance for getting your submissions in on time.
RRNW Film Event: Stories of Our Watersheds, October 12
River Restoration Northwest (RRNW) is excited to announce that we will be hosting a screening of our third annual ‘Stories of Our Watersheds’ film event on October 12, 2016 in Seattle. This film screening will be held at the Columbia City Theater and feature a series of short films that celebrates our watersheds and the understanding that everyone lives in a watershed. The intent of this year’s event is to create a gathering where we share stories about the different ways we experience, sustain and celebrate our river systems.
When: October 12, 2016, doors open 6:30 PM, films start at 7:30 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118, (206) 722-3009
Who: This is a public (age 21+) event! If you’re interested in engaging a unique group of designers, planners, artists, and scientists around the topic of healthy watersheds, this is the place for you…and bring your friends!
Food/Drink: There will be a cash bar. However, no food is available at the venue but, there are several excellent restaurants nearby such as Tutta Bella and the Columbia City Ale House.
The 13 selected films for 2016 represent a wide range of river systems from the Pacific Northwest to the Middle East. Selected films share stories from a variety of conservation organizations, tribes, watershed councils, agencies and filmmakers. Explore the selected films on our website here. Follow us on Facebook for more up to date information on this event and much more!
Purchase your advance tickets at the Columbia City Theater Website, for more information visit the Facebook event page.
A one-day short course has been organized by OR G-I Chapter. The topic is “Deep Excavation” and scheduled for Oct 21st.
Link for registration: http://www.oregongeotech.org/registration
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.
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
The Spring Seminar Booklet is available HERE to those that attended the seminar. The username and password for the download were announced during the seminar.
Click here to take the survey
If you provide your email, you will be entered in a raffle on 4/20 for a $50 Amazon gift card.
The 69th Annual Canadian Geotechnical Conference will be in Vancouver, BC in early October 2016
Dr. Frank Rausche will present:
Tools for Achieving Structural and Geotechnical Quality in Deep Foundation Construction
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Lecture, 5:30 PM Kane Hall, University of Washington
Reception to follow in Kane Hall, Walker Ames Room, University of Washington
RSVP (email@example.com) by March 14th