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| A Special Message From Scott Burns, President, IAEG
Welcome to our 14th IAEG Connector! Our congress in San Francisco is only 20 days away! I am getting very excited! Things are coming together. In the past Connectors, I have introduced to you the past officers of IAEG and the candidates for president of IAEG. We will vote in San Francisco. Next week, I will list the candidates for the Vice Presidents and announce the candidate for the 2022 site for the next congress! Below under “Congress News” I have updates on all parts of the upcoming congress that I have summarized from my many conversations with our organizational staff! See you in San Francisco!
Prof. Scott Burns, President, IAEG
1) Registrants — We have 769 registrants so far for the meeting from over 50 countries!
2) No hotel fee for room nights — We made our minimum room night amount so no penalties will be assessed to the congress bill! Thank you to all of you who are staying in the congress hotel.
3) Guest tours — There is still room on the four guest tours.
4) Register — You can still register for the congress too!
5) Budget — The budget right now looks like we will break even, and if we are lucky, we will have a small surplus.
Congratulations to Gary Luce who was the treasurer who put together an excellent budget.
6) Weekend Tours — Four weekend tours have been cancelled but four are still running.
7) Short course — One short course on drones is still running.
8) Tuesday Cruise — The Tuesday evening cruise ship on the San Francisco Bay is still going — space is still available for 38 people.
9) YEG (Young Engineering Geologists) activities —
10) The Richard Walters talks — Monday afternoon from 3:40-5 p.m.
- Sunday — networking event for meeting professionals
- Monday — “Young at Heart” event at a nearby restaurant — free to YEGs and $10 for others
- Tuesday — unofficial event — pub crawl in Oakland (across the San Francisco Bay on BART)
- Wednesday — unofficial — German Beer Hall in San Francisco
- Thursday — unofficial — Science Museum night in San Francisco — exhibits and drinks
11) Exhibitors — We have 38 of the 42 exhibitor booths filled — please visit them.
12) Poster Sessions — They will be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in the area next to the exhibitors. Posters will be up all day, but authors are only supposed to be at their posters in the evening from 4-6 p.m. Every member gets a drink ticket for each poster session as it is "happy hour."
13) Sponsorships — We have raised $45,000 in sponsorships for different events which helps the budget.
14) Proceedings — Each registrant will get a thumb drive with the six volumes of refereed articles for the meeting (153 of them are published). Also on the thumb drive will be all of the abstracts of all talks and posters for the meeting, a new article on the Geology of San Francisco and another new article on the geology of Sacramento.
15) New IAEG Brochure — Our vice president, Eldon Gath, has designed a new IAEG brochure which will be in everyone’s registration packet.
16) IAEG Booth — Be sure to visit the IAEG booth in the entrance. We have many new posters put together by Past President Ricardo Oliviera. Come and view them. We will also have copies of the 50-year anniversary book of IAEG for sale for $20.
17) Entrance Hall Table of Flags — Vice President Jeff Keaton and his wife Julie Keaton have purchased flags from every country of the registrants. There will be a table with all 50 flags.
18) Student Volunteers — We still need student volunteers for the conference.
19) Printed Schedule — A printed schedule of the talks and meetings will be in the packets.
20) Breakfasts for Oral Presenters — Each morning there will be a free breakfast buffet for registrants who a presenting an oral presentation. They will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. There, you will download your presentation onto the computers and meet the moderator of your session. Poster Session people do not need to go to the breakfast.
21) Two webinars — They are available (listed below in this Connector) on how to be a moderator and how to give a good oral presentation.
22) Contest for Posters — Each poster day there will be a contest to decide the top three posters of the day. To vote, you will use an app on your phone. Awards will be given Tuesday and Thursday morning and at the Closing Ceremony.
23) Closing Ceremony — We will have some awards and gifts presented on Friday at 4 p.m. Also, there will be presentations of upcoming meetings. Following the closing ceremony, there will be a happy hour of drinks.
Enjoy the meeting!
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Sponsorship opportunities are still available and begin at just $150 USD. Visit aegannualmeeting.org and click Sponsors/Exhibitors for more information. You are not required to attend the meeting to be a sponsor! We have technical sessions, guest tours, field courses and more available to sponsor. Please register as a sponsor by Aug. 15 to be included in the program with abstracts.
Traveling to San Francisco? Book your hotel room by Aug. 28. Our special room rate of $269/night will end at 23:59 Aug. 28. The regular rate for this hotel is over $600 USD.
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Here are some ideas you might consider in making your presentation or moderating a session. Go to the following site for a series of slides summarizing these presentations and moderating.
The slides are available here.
This volume addresses the multidisciplinary topic of engineering geology
and the environment, one of the fastest growing, most relevant and applied
ﬁelds of research and study within the geosciences. It covers the
fundamentals of geology and engineering where the two fields overlap and,
in addition, highlights specialized topics that address principles, concepts and
paradigms of the discipline including operational terms, materials, tools,
techniques and methods as well as processes, procedures and implications.
AEG - Coastal Hazards Forum
The Coastal Hazards Technical Working Group of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) is hosting a Coastal Hazards Professional Forum at Dauphin Island Sea Lab and is currently accepting abstracts for presentations at this three-day forum event. One-full day and two additional half-day sessions will be devoted to technical and regulatory policy issues with a half-day field trip around the barrier beach island included and an optional half-day tour of the marine laboratory facilities. Keynote speakers, student poster sessions, exhibitor displays and a banquet will be available to attendees of this First AEG Coastal Hazards Forum held at Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus in Alabama from Jan. 7-10, 2019.
Potential session topics are anticipated to include:
Session 1: Sea Level Rise & Impact on Addressing Coastal Emergencies
The forum will offer the opportunity to discuss current shoreline protection methods, coastal hazard policies, and project planning with increased attention to sea level change resiliency and long term public use regulations in the geologic environment.
Session 2: Wetland Loss - Does It Increase Coastal Hazards?
Session 3: Sediment Transport Modeling & Long-Range Planning
Session 4: Coastal Subsidence & Salt Water Intrusion Issues
Session 5: Coastal Engineering & Storm Damage Reduction
Session 6: Urban Development & Coastal Hazards
Session 7: Developing Sustainable & Resilient Projects
Session 8: What are the Impacts of Regulatory Policies?
Session 9: Reducing Emergency Response Time
Session 10: Intergovernmental Policies
Session 11: Improving Communication & Public Outreach
Abstracts should be submitted here by Thursday, Nov. 1, and limited to 500 words for publication in the program with abstracts. To login, use "aeg" as the username and "coastal2018" for the password. Abstract submissions will be reviewed and selected for presentation at the forum by the Coastal Hazards Technical Working Group. Notification of acceptance/rejection will be provided via email by Saturday, Dec. 1.
GeoMEast 2018 will provide a showcase for recent developments and advancements in design, construction and safety inspections of transportation infrastructures and offer a forum to discuss and debate future directions for the 21st century. Conference topics cover a broad array of contemporary issues for professionals involved in geosynthetics, geotechnical, geo-environmental, geomechanics, geosciences, geophysics, tunnel, water structures, bridge, pavement, railway and emerging techniques for safety inspections. You will have the opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world for technical, scientific and commercial discussions.
Abstract submission is now open for the 7th International Conference on Debris Flow Hazards Mitigation. Convened by the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, the conference will be held in Golden, Colorado, June 10-13, 2019. With the beautiful Rocky Mountains covering half the state, Colorado shares the problem of debris-flow hazards with other mountainous areas of the world. Against this backdrop, scientists, engineers and policy makers from around the world will be able to share new research and ideas in the field of debris flows. Field trips will take place both before and after those dates.
Earth's poles are changing, and as the planet gets warmer the ice will continue to melt. Tracking how that ice changes over the next few years will be crucial for understanding the consequences to the rest of the world.
With a little imagination, it's not hard to see a natural hazard map of Indonesia as a dartboard with many bull's-eyes. Throw a dart anywhere in the vicinity of the 18,000 islands that make up the Indonesian Archipelago, and it will almost certainly land close to more than one active volcano, and near areas severely impacted by past earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as dozens of fires, floods, tornadoes and landslides, which all routinely disrupt this country's lush beauty.
Is our infrastructure safe? In the aftermath of the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, this is the question on everybody's mind. Of course, we could argue that disasters like this are one-offs, and even believe that they may be peculiar to Italy — a country where infrastructure projects are often fertile ground for corruption.
Geologists working in southern New Brunswick are digging up the 100-million-year history of the Appalachian Mountains.
On the side of the highway.
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