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:

December 2020 Virtual Meeting

Register today to attend our December 2020 Meeting!

Geology and Other Things GIS, Remote Sensing, and Tech

Justin Lindeman, GIT
Computational Geoscientist for Cal Engineering & Geology

Date and Time:
Thursday, December 17, 2020
5 pm: Announcements and Presentation

REMOTE (web-cast / call-in)

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 noon, Wednesday, December 16, 2020. When you’ve registered, you will receive a link and password to the web-meeting within 24 hours of the event.

Registration tutorial

Staff Geologist needed at Slate Geotechnical Consultants

Our Staff Geologists will get exposure to projects involving earthquake-induced geologic hazard assessments such as landsliding, surface fault rupture, liquefaction triggering, earthquake hazard (PSHA and DSHA) evaluations, site/geologic reconnaissance, and geotechnical subsurface investigations.

Our work at Slate is heavily focused on providing earthquake engineering solutions to a diverse list of clients and projects. For a geologist, that often means providing a geologic context that forms the basis for our investigations and analyses.

We are looking for a geologist that will be a great fit for both field and office tasks. Field assignments might include site reconnaissance, mapping of geologic materials or geomorphic features, and subsurface investigations. Office assignments can include collection and summarization of background information, data evaluation, and report preparation. Report preparation itself often requires writing summary descriptions of the geologic, tectonic, and seismic setting for a site, as well as creation of figures (geologic maps and sections, regional seismicity maps, etc.), tables, and other supporting documents like boring logs.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 0-3 Years experience in geotechnical engineering consulting or similar industry
  • M.S. in Geosciences, Earth Sciences, or similar
  • Valid driver’s license
  • ArcMap – Moderate to Advanced user
  • Adobe Illustrator – Moderate to Advanced user
  • Exposure to computer modeling languages (e.g., MATLAB, R, Python)
  • Ability to clearly communicate geologic concepts both verbally and written
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments under rigid schedule and budget constraints
  • Ability to work in a collaborative setting with engaging co-workers and clients

Submit your resume today!