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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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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 (ben.blanchette@hartcrowser.com).

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

Ground Improvement Committee Document – Final Document

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.

GI commentary guidelines – Approved & Final

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

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.

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”
Click Here for the Announcement

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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Symposium in Honor of I. M. Idriss

The contributions of I. M. (Ed) Idriss to geotechnical earthquake engineering will be honored at this one-day symposium on the UC Davis campus. The program will include lectures by nine of his life-long friends and 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.

June 17, 2016

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