Short Course: May 20-21, 2021

New Technologies for Geotechnical Infrastructure Sensing and Monitoring
presented by the UC Berkeley Faculty of the Geosystems Group

The course will provide a review of some of the latest technologies that are about to, or are already impacting the way we design, maintain, or operate geo-infrastructure and the way we manage risk. Technologies to be discussed are sensor-equipped Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or drones), 3D model creation using optical (Structure-from-Motion) and LiDAR, infrared sensing, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), wireless sensing fundamentals, ShapeArray Accelerometers and distributed sensing using fiber optics.

The instructors (pictured below) have significant expertise in the technologies presented and will outline the principles of operation and the advantages and disadvantages, as well as share examples of projects where these technologies have been successfully implemented.

Due to COVID, the course will be offered online, but is accommodating participants in all time zones by making the recorded lectures available online for two weeks following the completion of the course, as well as arranging “office hours” even a week after the “live” short course.

More information, and registration for this course can be found here:

May Virtual Social Night with Jeopardy

POSTPONED! Register today and join us for our May 2021 virtual social night!

***Limit 75 people***

AEGSF has hired Interactive Entertainment Group to lead us through a fun night of trivia. Come see people you haven’t seen in months and meet the new members of the board. Hope to see you there!

Date and Time:
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
7 pm: Announcements and Presentation

Online – a weblink will be sent to you the day of the event.

Cost:  FREE (optional fundraiser for AEGSF student scholarship fund- click the Donate button on our website)

AEG Student Membership is FREE (apply for FREE student membership)!

Registration: To RSVP, please register online by 5 pm, Monday, May 3, 2021. When you’ve registered, you will receive a link and password to the web-meeting the day of the event..

Soil Stratigraphy – Online Short Course Now Available

Glenn Borchardt’s popular “Soil Stratigraphy for Trench Logging” has been adapted to become an online course. This course contains an updated version of the lecture portion of the course he been giving for AEG for many years.

This course is great for students and young professionals looking to learn how to log and describe soils, and also a good refresher for soil scientists and archeologists wanting to improve their skills in describing soils and evaluating their features.

Course Description & Outline

Students will learn how to improve their trench and outcrop logs and descriptions of soils uncovered during geologic hazard investigations for development sites. It comprises six abundantly illustrated lectures: 

1. Soil Science Theory: CTPOT, the factors of soil formation

2. The ABC’s of Soils: Recognizing soil horizons and soil features

3. Preparing excellent trench logs

4. Pedochronology: Bookkeeping for the ages

5. Laboratory methods for pedochronology

6. Soil Tectonics: What faults do to soils; what soils do to faults

For More Information and To Register

Prospective students can see the introductory video at:

Students can get some freebie pdfs and learn more about the course at:

The cost is $250 and the first 30 members of AEG to purchase the course will receive a 10% discount (Coupon code: ssftl20). The first 30 college students will receive a 20% discount (Coupon code: ssftlstud). Upon successful completion, Continuing Education certificates will be available. Join AEG at: