Calaveras Dam Field Trip Report

Panoramic view from the right abutment of the new Calaveras Dam.

Panoramic view from the right abutment of the new Calaveras Dam.

On Friday, June 3, 2016 a group of fourteen intrepid AEG members visited Calaveras Dam for presentations and a site tour. Our first AEGSF field trip in several years, it was deemed a grand success by all involved!

Bradley discusses NOA and shares great rock samples!

Bradley discusses NOA and shares great rock samples!

We met at the (rather expansive) field trailers just outside the dam site and, after a site environmental briefing, were treated to two excellent presentations. Glenn Gorski presented on the overall goals, challenges and changes to the project since it began in 2011, highlighting the impacts of previously unmapped landslides which were encountered during excavation.


Glenn Gorski presents to field trip participants.

Bradley Erskine presented on the Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) issues associated with construction, including containment measures, monitoring protocols, and laboratory testing of air samples. We also viewed a fantastic time lapse video of construction completed to date which you can view online here.

After the presentations, we piled into several project pickup trucks and viewed the site from the left and right abutments. We were able to see the entirety of the dam excavation, constructed spillway, and associated geologic exposures.

Entering NOA area!

Entering NOA area!

Glenn and Bradley accompanied our group to both sites and continued to answer questions about construction methods, geologic mapping results, NOA monitoring and abatement efforts, and everything in between. We returned to the field trailers (but not without thorough vehicle and personnel decon!) and enjoyed a tasty lunch while getting to know each other better.  After lunch, a few hearty souls continued networking at Bosco’s restaurant and bar in nearby Sunol, CA before heading home.

Action shot! Bradley pointing out features of the site geology from the right abutment.

Action shot! Bradley pointing out features of the site geology from the right abutment.

Action shot! Glenn explaining things in the field.

Action shot! Glenn explaining things in the field.

Our visit to Calaveras Dam was thoroughly educational and enjoyable! Many thanks to all who attended. AEGSF especially thanks Glenn Gorski and Bradley Erskine for their onsite education and assistance, Maria Le of SFPUC for coordinating on behalf of the Owner, Ryan Coe for helping run the field trip and obtaining our all-important lunches, and Courtney Johnson for helping keep track of our member registrations. Let’s do another field trip soon!

All images courtesy of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission / Photographer E. Morley Beckman.

Left abutment of new Calaveras Dam, as viewed from the right abutment.

Left abutment of new Calaveras Dam, as viewed from the right abutment.

Field trip participants gathered at the left abutment.

Field trip participants gathered at the left abutment.

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Register today for NOA Technical Working Group Meeting

Development of a Naturally Occurring Asbestos Training Course

Discussion led by: Mark Bailey, PG of AEG’s Naturally Occurring Asbestos Technical Working Group

Meeting Topic – As an increasing number of Naturally Occurring Asbestos sites are identified and worked on in California, an awareness of the complexity of such sites has developed. Many involved in NOA investigations have come to the conclusion that the simple fact of being a Professional Geologist alone is an insufficient skillset to adequately inspect and evaluate such sites. This has led to a movement among various parties to request AEG develop and offer a course on this topic specifically for geologists to increase their knowledge of NOA issues and the latest state-of-the-art methods being applied to address this complex hazard. The AEG NOA Technical Working Group is exploring ways to respond to this need for increased training.

A presentation will be given by Mark Bailey, PG, AEG NOA Technical Working Group Co-Chairperson, outlining potential topics to be addressed in a potential NOA training course including:

o          Geology of NOA in California

o          NOA Mineralogy including “regulated” and “un-regulated” NOA

o          Regulations related to NOA

o          Protecting yourself and others from NOA hazards

o          Performing a NOA geologic investigation

o          NOA sample collection protocols including use of the incremental sample method (ISM)

o          NOA laboratory analytical test methods

o          What to include in a NOA inspection report

o          Assisting other consultants and regulators involved at a NOA site

After the presentation, the meeting will be opened to attendees to discuss the advisability of offering such a course and course content. We look forward to your participation.

Date:  Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Location:  Pietro’s No. 2 Restaurant, 679 Merchant Street, Vacaville, CA

Time:  Social hour and sign-in at 6:00 pm, dinner at 7:00 pm, presentation at 7:45 pm

Cost:  $40 for AEG members & Member’s Family, $45 for non-members, $15 for students

RSVP:  Please register online by noon, Friday, June 17, 2016.

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AEG Annual Meeting in Kona – Travel Grants

Are you a young professional who has never attended an AEG Annual Meeting?  Do you want $500 to go to Kona?  Apply by June 30, 2016 for the Young Professionals Travel Grant!  This is a competitive grant, awarded to 2 deserving AEG members, apply today!

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Registration Open for AEG’s Annual Meeting in Kona Hawaii!

KonaJoin us in Kona this fall for AEG’s 59th Annual Meeting, September 18-24, 2016.  Registration is now open.

The hotel is booking quickly! Reserve your room at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott for $189/night!

For more information and to register, visit the Annual Meeting website.

AEG has secured an airfare discount through Hawaiian Airlines, a direct link to the discounted fares is available on the Annual Meeting site.

See you in Hawaii!


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May 2016 Meeting Announcement

Join us for our May 2016 Meeting!
Brian Collins“Processes of exfoliation-induced rock falls: recent studies from California’s Sierra Nevada”

Presented by: Brian Collins, PhD, PE of USGS



Date and Time:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
6pm: Social Hour and Sign-In
7pm: Dinner
8pm: Presentation

Spice Monkey Restaurant
1628 Webster Street

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, May 9, 2016.

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SFGI / UCB GeoEngineering Distinguished Lecture series: May 6, 2016


Register Today to attend the always fabulous SFGI / UC Berkeley GeoEngineering Distinguished Lecture Series event on May 6, 2016

More information & to register

This year’s even features an exceptional set of lectures, a wonderful social and poster session, and a dinner that celebrates the GeoEngineering Profession in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Lecture Series will be held in the Sibley Auditorium. The Hosted Social and Dinner will be held at the Hearst Memorial Mining Building on the UC Berkeley campus.

Lecture Topics

  • “The Role of Distributed Sensing in Understanding the Engineering Performance of Geotechnical Structures”, Kenichi Soga, Ph.D. Professor, Univ. of California at Berkeley; and former Professor of Civil Engineering, University Cambridge
  • “Capturing Liquefaction Details from Space”, Ellen Rathje, Ph.D. Warren Bellows Centennial Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • “Effects of Climate Change on Watershed Dynamics: Insights Gained Using Geophysical Methods” Susan Hubbard, Ph.D. Associate Lab Director and former Director of the Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Registration is open. It will close Friday April 22, 2016 at 5pm Or when registration is full. Space is limited to 245 lecture seats, which includes 110 Full Registration seats. Sorry, all sales are final, no refunds will be given. Tickets can be re-assigned by contacting Wendy Rudolph (

Reservations can be made at this time using a debit card or PayPal Only. No credit cards will be accepted. Advance registration is recommended. Walk-ins are discouraged. Previous years have sold out. Please plan ahead.

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ACHMM 2016 Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management Course

ACHMMRegister Today for ACHMM’s 2016 Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management Course and prep for the CHMM exam!

May 18, 19, 20, 2016
1233 Preservation Park, Oakland

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Intended Audience

This course is targeted for experienced professionals and technicians who have duties or responsibilities related to the management of hazardous materials, transportation, emergency response, safety regulations, and environmental technologies and practices.  This course is taught by practicing professionals, most of whom are Certified Hazardous Materials Managers.  There are no prerequisites, and all participants will have a better understanding of hazardous materials management upon course completion. This course is an excellent preparation for the Certified Hazardous Materials Managers Certification Examination.


Why Certification?Environmental programs are vital to our public health and safety, and within that field, the management of hazardous materials and wastes require proven and unquestionable skill and competence.  Quality control over professionals involved in programs of national importance, particularly public safety, is best accomplished through certification.The CHMM credential is the premier credential for Hazardous Materials Managers, Waste Management Professionals, and Environmental Health and Safety Managers.

The examination application, schedule of exams, and fee structure can be accessed at the following Web site:


Course DescriptionThe course consists of comprehensive instruction on Federal environmental laws and regulations, health and safety requirements, and environmental technologies and practices in an overview fashion that highlights and emphasizes what is important for a hazardous materials manager to know.The course provides an overview of the body of knowledge associated with identification and management of hazardous materials; impact upon and protection of human health and the environment; releases of hazardous materials to land, air, water, and groundwater; restoration of the environment from hazardous materials; compliance with Federal environmental laws; multimedia application of environmental management principles and reviews basic concepts in chemistry and radioactive materials.

Please bring a standard function calculator to the course.


Registration Fees$895 – Early Bird registration: Now through April 18, 2016$895 – Government employee rate.  Must have a “.gov” email address.

$995 – Standard registration: April 19, 2016 to May 17, 2016

$1095 – On site registration: May 18, 2016 

To Register for the 2016 Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management Overview Course, please go to our web site at 

The course fee does not include the Certification exam. 

The exam is a separate application, registration process, and fee.                        The CHMM exam details are available at 

Bring a Buddy Promotion!

Attendees who register together and on the same registration form receive a $50 per student discount!  This promotion is valid during the Early Bird and Standard registration periods only.  Registrations received on separate registration forms are not eligible. Contact to request this discount before registering. 

Course Location: 1233 Preservation Park in Oakland, CA. The site is in the heart of Downtown Oakland and 3 blocks from the 12th Street BART station.

Contact the course coordinator, Michael Kumpf, at for additional information.

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April 2016 Meeting Announcement – Student Night

Register today to attend the San Francisco Chapter April 2016 Meeting!

Student Night Presentations & Posters!


Orhun Aydin, Stanford University
Robert Lanzafame, University of California Berkeley
Michael Murphy, San Jose State University

Posters by:

Ian McGregor, San Francisco State University
Holly Young, Stanford University
Millie Levin, University of California Davis 

Date and Time:
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
6pm: Social Hour and Sign-In
7pm: Dinner
8pm: Presentation

Spice Monkey Restaurant
1628 Webster Street

Cost:  $45 for AEG members and members’ spouses, $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 11 2016.

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Oakland Environmental Equipment firm looking for Customer Service Technician

Eco-Rental SolutionsEco-Rental Solutions is looking for a Customer Service Technician for their Oakland location.

Check out their website for more information and to apply.

Summary: Performs equipment testing per test procedures, while maintaining accurate documentation. Develops strong customer relationships while maximizing sales potential. Proactively seeks to eliminate any customer complaint situations through excellent customer service and complete awareness of business process. Assists with shipping and receiving relating to inventory and customer orders. Prioritizes and manages work day in an effective manner enabling the completion of personal and team tasks by performing the following duties.

Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Performs testing per specific test procedures by using measuring instruments and computer test programs.*
  • Documents test results with appropriate information in a complete manner.*
  • Reads and interprets specific test procedures to properly perform and document test results.*
  • Develops maximum sales potential out of assigned customers through good customer service techniques, and knowledge of the company’s products and services as well as the competition’s strengths/weaknesses.*
  • Applies knowledge of company products/services to effectively process customer information and respond to inquiries and complaints in a diplomatic manner.*
  • Builds and maintains quality relations with assigned customers, and increases volume of sales on a consistent basis through ongoing determination of customer requirements.*
  • Contacts customers and prospects via telephone and email correspondence to meet and surpass company sales goals and maintain an accurate database.*
  • Maintains updated, organized files on all assigned customers.*
  • Assists with shipping and receiving of all assigned customer orders and internal inventory.*
  • Tracks and expedites late orders to ensure customer satisfaction.*
  • Maintains knowledge of companies products and services offered as well as internal departmental activities to constructively identify leads.*
  • Establishes and maintains good customer relations to enhance the company’s image.*
  • Logs all customer communication accurately in an automated database.*
  • Prioritizes and resolves issues as they arise and notifies management of potential problems.*
  • Ensures complete customer satisfaction by recognizing potential or actual customer complaint situations, and takes appropriate action or follow up until resolved.*
  • Develops and implements special projects as needed.*
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability:Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Math Ability:Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills:To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; RMI Advantage and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Education/Experience:Associate’s degree (A. A. / A. S.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Abilities:

  • Time management
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Courteous and professional
  • Ability to up-sell and maintain customer satisfaction

Physical Demands:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather); work near moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions; risk of electrical shock and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Qualified candidates should forward a resume to

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March 2016 Meeting Announcement

Register today to attend our March Meeting!

“What does it take to effectively monitor for environmental and engineering geology projects?”

By: AEG/GSA 2015-2016 Jahns Lecturer Jerome De Graff


Date and Time:
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
6pm: Social Hour and Sign-In
7pm: Dinner
8pm: Presentation

1919 4th Street
Berkeley, CA

Note: Paid parking lot across from restaurant or street parking is available for FREE after 6pm

Cost$45 Members, $55 Non-Members, $20 Students

Reservations*: To RSVP, please register online by noon, Friday, March 4, 2016.

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