December 2016 Dinner Meeting

Please join us for our December dinner meeting in two weeks on Thursday December 15 at the Red Lion Hotel Bellevue.

Beacon Hill Station and Tunnels, State of the Art Underground Construction in Difficult Ground

We are excited to announce that Red Robinson, Vice President of Shannon and Wilson will be speaking at our December dinner meeting at the Red Lion Bellevue Hotel (11211 Main St, Bellevue).

 Thursday, December 15th

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November 2016 Dinner Meeting

Please join us for our November dinner meeting this Thursday November 17 at the Best Western Executive Inn.

Virtual Reality Applications for the Engineering and Construction Industry

We are excited to announce that John Rewolinski Senior Scheduler with Sound Transit will be speaking at our November dinner meeting at the Best Western (200 Taylor Ave N) in Seattle.

 Thursday, November 17th

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October 2016 Dinner Meeting

Please join us for our October dinner meeting,  on Thursday October 27 at the Best Western Executive Inn.

Early Registration ends today  Friday October 21 @ 4pm.

The Design of Sound Transit East Link Downtown Bellevue Tunnel (Contract E330) 

We are excited to announce that Mike Wongkaew, Associate and Principal Engineer at Mott MacDonald will be speaking at our October dinner meeting at the Best Western in Seattle. He will be speaking on the Sound Transit Tunnel that will be constructed using Sequential Excavation Methods (SEM).

 Thursday, October 27th

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Geotechnical Instrumentation and Automated Monitoring – Fall Short Course

2016 Fall Short Course

Geotechnical Instrumentation and Automated Monitoring – Friday, November 4th

We are pleased to announce a Fall Short Course this year.  Pleas join us on Friday November 4th at the Columbia Tower Club to learn more about Geotechnical Instrumentation and Automated monitoring from Soldata, Campbell Scientific, and RocTest.


The Short Course will be held on Friday November 4th at the Columbia Tower Club – CLICK HERE for more information

RRNW Film Event: Stories of Our Watersheds, October 12

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.


September 2016 Dinner Meeting

Please join us for our first dinner meeting of the season next week, on Thursday September 22. Remember Early Registration ends Friday September 16 @ 4pm.

September Dinner Meeting: Corvette Museum.

We are excited to announce that Hayward Baker will be speaking at our September dinner meeting at the Best Western in Seattle. This is a joint meeting with AEG and will be the start to our exciting 2016-2017 series of dinner meetings.

 Thursday, September 22nd

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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  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

City of Seattle – Grading Season Deadline Approaching

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 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.

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.