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| A Special Message From Scott Burns, President, IAEG
Welcome to our 12th IAEG Connector! In this issue, we are putting the spotlight on another IAEG officer and our upcoming election of a new president.
I would like to introduce one of the last members of the Executive Committee, Past President Prof. Carlos Delgado. He was our president from 2010-2014 and was the person who led the team that produced our 50th anniversary book for IAEG. It is incredible! It will be on sale in San Francisco at the IAEG Congress next month. He will retire from the Executive Committee after the Congress. We thank him for the past eight years of dedication to our organization!
At the council meeting in San Francisco, we will be electing a new president. Our first candidate that I would like to present to you is Prof. Rafig Azzam who is currently a Vice President for Europe on our Executive Committee. His photo and statement of intent is below.
Our congress is only four weeks away. We encourage you if you have not registered to register soon. The room rate, which is less than 50 percent of the normal rate, ends Aug. 28. We are still short of fulfilling our room block with the hotel to get free meeting rooms, so we encourage you so register for a room. I hope to see all of you in San Francisco next month!
Prof. Scott Burns, President, IAEG
|Carlos Delgado Alonso-Martirena
Dr. in Civil Engineering Madrid Polytechnic University
MBA I.E.S.E. Barcelona
Professor of Geotechnics at the Madrid Polytechnic University
Director of the Civil Engineering School (Madrid Polytechnic
He developed his professional activity in a large number of studies
and projects in Spain, Switzerland, France, Holland, the Middle
East, Africa, Central and South America chieﬂy in the engineering
geology ﬁeld, initially working in the RODIO Group:
First as resident engineer in the Hydroelectic projects in Aguacapa
and Chixoy dams in Guatemala, Tipitapa darn (Nicaragua) El Cajon
(Honduras), Quixal hydropower tunnel and plant (Guatemala),
Later as project designer and controller in rehabilitation of the King
Talal Dam (Jordan), the Seﬁ Rud Dam (Iran), the Mosul Dam in
Irak, Uzquiza Dam rehabilitation (Spain).
Various tunnel projects, E1 Goloso (Madrid), Peﬁa Angulo (Burgos),
extension of line V in Madrid Metro), Zumikon Station in Zurich
(Switzerland), soil freezing of the Valencia Metro (Giorgeta Station).
Hydraulic foundation works among them: Olympic Port
(Barcelona), Fomento Dock underwater parking lot in Gijon
harbour, new dock in Seville river harbour in Spain, foundation for
the towers for electric line across the Amazon (Brasil), Khulma Power
Plant in Bangladesh.
He was promoted to director of the foreign department of RODIO
and later CEO of RODIO, SA, in charge of Spain, Portugal and
Central and South America.
Later he returned to teaching at the university, in the Applied
Geology and Geotechnics Department of the Madrid
Polytechnic. He has directed many research studies in the field of
treatment of rock and soils and hydraulic fracturing grouting.
He has also directed over 80 final-year projects and doctoral
theses, and has given master courses on geotechnic and
engineerimg geology. He has published work at congresses and in
magazines specialising in these subjects.
He has been the Spanish representative of the European Foundation
Association and President of AEGAIN (The Spanish Association of
Geology applied to Engineering) and is a member of the Jury for
Doctorate Theses of ANCI and a fellow of the Arbitration Chamber
of the Spanish College of Civil Engineers. He is also a member of
the Board of Directors of the Madrid Polytechnic University.
At present, he is President of IAEG (International Association
of Engineering Geology).
During my scientific carrier in the last 25 years as full professor and head of Engineering Geology at RWTH Aachen University, I have focused on worldwide networking in scientific cooperation. With more than 200 publications and supervision of more than 60 Ph.D. students from around the world, as well as being president of the German National Group and Vice President of IAEG, I have gained experience with regard to education and profession. It would be my pleasure and honor to leverage this experience to serve our IAEG.
Together with the new executive committee, I am confident that we will be able to promote IAEG in many countries and improve its visibility in the society.
In case of my election as president, I am planning to address the following aspects:
I am confident that I will be able to motivate the new executive committee as well as the presidents of the national groups to work hand in hand to achieve the targets for the benefit of our IAEG.
- Modernization process of IAEG including all IT aspects that are necessary for successful operation.
- Continuation of reaching out to our members and intensifying the relationship and networking between IAEG and national groups.
- Reactivating and supporting the regional conferences, joint events with different national groups and promoting the young engineering geologists to organize sessions within these conferences.
- Revision of the work of the commissions and develop mechanisms to evaluate their work progress. Commission chairs should organize sessions in regional conferences and report to executive. Furthermore, rules should be set up about the work of the commissions and their feedback to the executive.
- Offer further education and training to the members such as summer and winter schools, especially for young engineering geologists, by inspiring senior members to offer courses and visit low-income countries to support their national group in education and organization of scientific events.
- IAEG can act as a catalyst to mobilize the synergy of universities, research institutes and industry.
- Encourage the national groups to plan organized, well-focused field trips for senior and young engineering geologists together.
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Save the date and register today for the must-attend International Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) Symposium featuring internationally renowned NOA research and industry-focused geologists, regulators and policymakers from Italy, France, Australia, Argentina, Germany, South Korea and the United States.
LOCATION: Waterfront AB, Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco
DATE: September 18-20, 2018
This is a rare opportunity to hear how industrialized countries from around the world are dealing with NOA issues without having to spend the time and expense to travel abroad. From the Alps to the Australian outback, to the Andes to the California Coastal Ranges
and Sierra Foothills, the issue of NOA, how it occurs, how it is identified, how it is
regulated and controlled will be explored on a global scale.
Who should attend: Geologists, Asbestos Consultants, Environmental Consultants, Certified Industrial Hygienists, Geotechnical Engineers, Risk Assessors, Testing Laboratories, Government Regulators, Epidemiologists, Toxicologists
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AEG — 61st AEG Annual Meeting/13th IAEG Congress
Join us for your choice of 15 presentations that explore and explain the history and operation of licensure for geologists in the USA. Learn how licensure is influencing undergraduate programs and early career decisions. Be prepared for your future in regulatory compliance practice. California Geological Survey Program Managers will provide authoritative descriptions of the Survey's three major public safety programs. Take a look at Utah's new comprehensive non-mandatory practice guidelines; some of them might work in your state. We close with three papers on political geology. Come and learn about lobbyists and how (and why) to shake hands with a legislator. The final talk reports on cooperation among the three west coast licensure boards to increase practitioner mobility.
CONVENER & MODERATOR: Robert E. Tepel
LOCATION: Waterfront AB, Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco
DATE: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
31 states and Puerto Rico license geologists.
Over 75 percent of the U.S. population lives in a state that licenses geologists.
The three west coast states offer supplemental statutory certification for engineering geology practice. How does that affect you?
Undergraduate geology program accreditation is now available through ABET's Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission. What are the implications for licensure applicants and their boards?
The ASBOG® (National Association of State Boards of Geology) two-part examination is used by all licensing jurisdictions. How is it constructed and is the knowledge base publicly available?
Learn how (and why) to shake hands with a legislator and what lobbyists can do for you.
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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.
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.
The death toll from the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok has surged to 436.
The number is expected to rise further as search and rescue efforts continue in the rubble strewn across the island by the quake and another one that struck Aug. 9.
Weighing the equivalent of two nickels and a penny, the Hawai'i 'amakihi is a fascinating little green bird. Its multipurpose tongue is tubular for slurping nectar and fringe-tipped for capturing insects and other arthropods.
A wildfire burning through Northern California became the state's largest on record recently, scorching more than 290,000 acres, officials said.
The Mendocino Complex blaze — a conglomerate of the River and Ranch fires burning through rural Lake, Colusa and Mendocino counties — overtook 2017's Thomas Fire, which scorched more than 1,000 buildings and killed two people across 440 square miles in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Copper bears could get caught wrong-footed as a strike looms at the world's biggest mine.
In the U.S., hedge funds' bearish bets outnumber bullish wagers by the most since 2016, latest government data show.
The Thermopylae, the hot gates or also gates of fire, is a mountain pass at the foot of Mount Kallidromo in modern Greece where legend tells that King Leonidas and 300 of his Spartan warriors fought millions of Persians, during Xerxes' invasion of Greece in 480 B.C. They were able to hold the mountain pass for three days, when they were betrayed and finally defeated.
Coal mining in Appalachia may bring to mind the archetypal soot-covered miner working deep underground. But in the last 30 years, a big percentage of coal mining has been done under the sun.
The Conversation via Phys.org
The Earth discovered it was living in a new slice of time called the Meghalayan Age in July 2018. But the announcement by the International Union of Geological Sciences confused and angered scientists all around the world.
South China Morning Post
As he made his way up the southern foot of Langshan Mountain, on the western arm of Inner Mongolia's Yinshan range, Lu Hongbo had a lot on his mind. The geologist knew his research into tectonic movements in northern China might draw skeptics and criticism because it was challenging long-standing theory.
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