Groundwater Geochemistry Short Course – April 28, 2017 – Oakland

Register now for AEG’s Short Course on Groundwater Geochemistry, presented by Bill Deutsch on Friday April 28, 2017.


This is an introductory geochemistry course for scientists and engineers working in the field of groundwater site characterization, contamination, and remediation.  It is designed to provide basic information on geochemistry that is necessary to understand natural and contaminated systems and how the composition of groundwater evolves along its flowpath in the subsurface.

Geochemical processes that will be described and discussed include solution complexation reactions, solution/gas interactions, mineral dissolution/precipitation, oxidation/reduction, and adsorption/desorption.  Data collection, presentation, and interpretation of results will be discussed.  Examples that illustrate the concepts are described throughout the class.  At the end of this one-day class, attendees will have a better understanding of the types of geochemical processes that affect groundwater composition, the importance of collecting sufficient data to understand site-specific geochemical systems, and what the data they have collected mean from the standpoint of contaminant occurrence and mobility.

The course will be held at Preservation Park (Ginn Large Parlor) at 660 13th Street in Oakland from 8am-5pm (lunch “on your own”)

The cost is $225 for AEG members, $275 for non-members. 

Students will receive a printed 115-page course booklet, as well as a flash drive containing course materials.

Bill DeutschBill Deutsch holds a B.S. and M.S. in geological sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has worked at Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Lab in applied research for 13 years and as a consultant for 17 years with Woodward-Clyde/URS and Jacobs Engineering.  For the past 5 years, he has been an independent consultant specializing in groundwater geochemistry.

Bill’s project experience includes environmental assessments and investigations of landfills, refineries, pesticides plants, military bases, mines and mills, federal weapons facilities and a wide variety of additional industrial sites. In addition, he has participated in remedial designs of sites contaminated with metals, radionuclides, pesticides, solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons and ordnance compounds. Since 1985, Bill has instructed more than 150 courses on groundwater geochemistry and geochemical modeling. He is the author of Groundwater Geochemistry, published by CRC Press, and is a principal scientist at Geochemistry Services LLC.

This short course is expected to be popular and is limited to 30 people, so reserve your spot today!


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Upcoming Events!

April 11th, 2017 – Student Night! We’re seeking student or recent student presentations and posters!  Contact Vice-Chair Julien Cohen-Waeber ( if you would like to speak or share your poster.

May 1st, 2017 – Deadline to submit your abstract for AEG’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO.

May 10th, 2017 (Wednesday) – AEG National President Dale Andrews presenting on chemical remediation of soils for construction

June 13th, 2017 – Long-time AEGSF member David Hoexter presenting on Collectible Plates and Geology.

We’re looking for Speakers for Summer/Fall 2017 and beyond! Email if you’re interested.

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April 2017 Meeting Announcement – Student Night

Register today to attend the San Francisco Chapter April 2017 Meeting!

Student Night Presentations & Posters!

Michael Gardner, University of California Berkeley
Roxanne Renedo, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Paul Zimmer, San Jose State University

Posters by:
Poster session open to any participants (RSVP to

Date and Time:
Tuesday, April 12, 2017
6pm: Social Hour and Sign-In
7pm: Dinner
8pm: Presentation

Spice Monkey Restaurant
1628 Webster Street

Cost:  $45 for AEG members and members’ guests, $55 for non-members, $20 for AEG student members, free for presenting students.

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

Reservations: To RSVP, please register online by noon, Monday, April 10 2017.

April 2017 Meeting Announcement

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March 2017 Meeting : Jahn’s Lecturer Scott Anderson

Announcing our March 2017 Joint AEG/SFGI Dinner Meeting featuring: Jahn’s Lecturer Scott Anderson “Natural hazards, Risk, and the Resilience of the Built Environment”

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Scott’s Seafood
2 Broadway (at Jack London Square)

Visit the SFGI registration page to buy your ticket today!

Download a Meeting Announcement!

Tickets are $55 for all professionals (regardless of membership affiliation) with advance registration, $65 at the door, and $20 for students.

Student attendance at this meeting is generously sponsored by our new 2017 San Francisco Chapter / Sacramento Chapter sponsor Gregg Drilling.

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February 2017 Meeting Announcement!

Join us for our February 2017 Meeting!

Volkan Sevilgen of

Volkan Sevilgen of – A free mobile & web app, and blog to promote resilience to earthquakes and floods ”

Presented by: Volkan Sevilgen, M.Sc, of Temblor, Inc.

Date and Time:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
6:00pm: Social Hour and Sign-In
6:45pm: Dinner
7:45pm: Presentation

Old Spaghetti Factory
2107 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063 (*Note South Bay location!)

Cost:  $45 for AEG members and members’ spouses, $55 for non-members, $20 for AEG student members.

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

Reservations: To RSVP, please register online by noon, Friday, February 3, 2017.

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Recent news stories with geologic input by AEG Members!

Geology in the News!

In the past few months, AEG members from Northern California have commented on various geologic topics by local TV news stations.  Here are two recent ones, caught by our very own Website Editor / Regional Director.

Tim McCrink (Sacramento Chapter) speaking about the recent earthquake swarm near Hawthorne, Nevada
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Ted Sayre (San Francisco Chapter) speaking about the apartment complex at 310 Esplanade Avenue, perched above a rapidly eroding cliff in Pacifica.

Occasionally, AEG is approached to provide names of members who would be willing to comment as geologic experts.  If you’re interested in joining this list, let us know!

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Join AEG at the 2016 Holiday Mixer!





Join AEG, PEMA, and GRA for our Annual Joint Holiday Mixer featuring drinks, food, and a raffle for great prizes! Mix and mingle with our industry peers!

December 8, 2016
Scott’s Seafood, Oakland
$45 for AEG members

See you there!

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Register online:


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EBMUD hiring Geotech Materials Technicians

EBMUDNew job listing! East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is looking to hire 1-2 Geotech Materials Technicians.  Apply on their website by December 2nd.

Materials Testing Technician II

The annual salary range for this position is $69,360 – $84,312

Final filing date is 4:30 p.m., Friday, December 2, 2016

Reporting to the Materials Testing Supervisor, Materials Testing Technician II’s work in East Bay Municipal Utility District’s (EBMUD) Materials Testing Laboratory and are responsible for laboratory and field testing of construction materials including soils, rock, mineral aggregates, asphaltic mixes, concrete, and steel.

Typical duties include:
• Conduct field, plant, and laboratory tests on engineering properties of construction materials such as soils, rock, and concrete, including tests of compressed strength, particle size distribution, Atterberg limits, specific gravity, consolidation, triaxial shear, field density and moisture content, specific gravity, and other properties.
• Conduct subsurface exploration, working with drilling crews, keeping drilling logs, performing soil and rock classifications in the field, and installing and monitoring geotechnical instrumentation.
• Apply laboratory and field test requirements and methodology, then monitor results; evaluate compliance with EBMUD specifications and recommend acceptance or rejection of materials.
• Operate, clean, adjust, install, and maintain instrumentation and equipment.
• Make calculations and reports, and record field and lab results in a computer database.  Continue reading

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Haley & Aldrich looking for a Bay Area CEG

Haley AldrichHaley & Aldrich is a 600-person national engineering and environmental consulting firm with creative, technically strong staff who want to work in a collaborative environment to deliver exceptional value to our clients.  We look for professionals with a passion for solving even the most complex client problems.  This problem solving ability and opportunity to be a change agent is a vital part of our culture, no matter what level or role a staff member holds.

The Real Estate business unit is seeking an experienced Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG) as a Senior Technical Specialist to work alongside our Client Leaders and Project Managers to provide technical solutions to project-specific challenges for key clients in the land development, institutions, education, and healthcare industry sectors.  This is a full-time position and will be located in any of our Bay Area offices including Walnut Creek, San Jose, or Oakland, CA.


•Direct a team and perform geologic/hydrogeologic interpretation of data at complex sites

•As a lead technical specialist, evaluate the potential for geologic hazards including earthquakes and earthquake-triggered phenomena, landslides, mudflows, rock falls, rock slides, debris flows, flash floods, and volcanic eruptions.

•Direct the exploration of subsurface conditions and perform geologic hazard identification, analyses, evaluation, and mitigation.

•Direct and supervise technical assignments (both field and office) and manage entire projects or specific elements of projects

•Create detailed, scientific, and technical reports for submittal to CA state regulatory entities for review and approval.

•Perform business development and marketing activities as needed with Associate/Principal level staff to capture new clients for Haley & Aldrich

•Participate in business development pursuits and assist in preparation of proposals

•Understand and apply company, client, and site Health and Safety standards

•Serve as coach and mentor to other lower career level technical staff


•B.S. in geological engineering, structural geology, engineering geology or related discipline.  M.S. strongly preferred.

•10+ years of relevant experience working with clients in land development, institutions, education, and healthcare industry sectors.  Experience in a professional consulting environment highly desired.

• Professional registration:  CA Professional Geologist (PG) and CA Certified Engineering Geologist (CEG).

• Expertise and broad-based knowledge of applied geosciences that includes engineering geology, seismic evaluation and mitigation, groundwater, hydrology, and strong understanding of the laws and regulations for construction and development in seismically active areas of California.

• Must have experience in Northern California, including the Bay Area, performing fault trench studies and landslide evaluations, including mitigating and producing repair plans.

• Working knowledge and experience preparing supporting engineering geology and seismology reports required under California Geological Survey (CGS) Note 48 requirements and checklist review process.

• Experience with geohydrology or geophysical testing methods are desirable.

•Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines efficiently with a strong attention to detail and work product quality.

•Ability to work collaboratively with multiple teams and staff across our West Coast US offices, and other offices nationwide.

Haley & Aldrich engages in challenging environmental, engineering and management projects with clients in the U.S. and internationally. If you enjoy seeing the positive impact of your work and want to grow your skills in a rewarding, collaborative learning environment, we would like to hear from you. With offices nationwide, our shared vision is to integrate technology and human potential to tackle tough issues facing the world. Through teamwork, sharing knowledge and building on experience, we achieve outcomes that benefit our clients and the communities we serve together.

If you are interest in this position, please apply online at:*25FB1F6141AC0C50

 Questions about the position?  Please contact Lynn Hoganson at

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October Field Trip – Chabot Dam Seismic Upgrade Project

Join us on Friday, October 21st for a field trip to the Chabot Dam Seismic Upgrade Project in Oakland, California. Undertaken by the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), this seismic improvement project consists of cement deep soil mixing, installation of a 35-foot-deep seepage collection system, and upgrades to the existing outlet structure at the dam. Join us for a half-day field trip starting at 9am on Friday, October 21st.  Cost is $45 for members, $20 for students. Capacity is just 10 people, so sign up here post-haste!

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November 2016 Meeting

Join us for our November 2016 Meeting!

“Silica and Other Mineral Dust Hazards: New Regulations, Sampling and Identification by X-Ray Diffraction”

Presented by: Mark Bailey, PG of Asbestos TEM Laboratories

Date and Time:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:00pm: Social Hour and Sign-In
6:45pm: Dinner
7:45pm: Presentation

Old Spaghetti Factory
2107 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063 (*Note South Bay location!)

Cost:  $45 for AEG members and members’ spouses, $55 for non-members, $20 for AEG student members.

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

Reservations: To RSVP, please register online by noon, Monday, November 14, 2016.

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