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| A Special Message From Scott Burns, President, IAEG
Welcome to our 19th IAEG Connector! The congress is over, all the participants have returned home and all are recovering from a very intense but fun and full of learning week in San Francisco! In this IAEG Connector, we have a recap of the super meeting followed by photos of the winner and runner-up for the Richard Wolters Prize for engineering geologists under 35. I have also attached a photo from one of the great Wednesday field trips to Point Reyes.
I will have more photos from the congress in future IAEG Connectors along with an introduction of our new executive board and new officers!
Enjoy the fun photos I have attached.
Scott Burns, President, IAEG
AEG's 61st Annual Meeting/XIII IAEG Congress welcomed over 900 participants from 51 countries. The meeting featured the following general session keynote speakers: John Parrish (California State Geologist), Prof. J. David Rogers (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA), Prof. Runqiu Huang (Chengdu University and Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, People's Republic of China), Prof. Atiye Tugrul (Istanbul University, Turkey), Prof. Alessandro Gualtieri (University of Modena, Italy), Prof. Simon Loew (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland), Prof. Kerry Sieh (Director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Prof. Jean Hutchinson (Queens University, Canada), Dr. William Haneberg (Kentucky State Geologist, Kentucky Geological Survey and Professor, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA).
Attendees in the El Capitan Meadow with Greg Stock, Yosemite Park Geologist. Photo: Pete Holland
Our Special Event featured views of the sun setting over San Francisco Bay while we cruised beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island on a Hornblower dining yacht. Participants enjoyed drinks, dinner and dancing.
Wednesday featured a choice of one of 13 field courses that traveled throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including to the San Francisco Presidio, Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, Marin County, Alcatraz, Hayward Fault offset features in Fremont, Hayward and at UC Berkeley, Calaveras Dam, West Napa Fault, local aggregate quarries in Napa and Vallejo, San Mateo County coastline, San Andreas Fault trace on the San Francisco peninsula, a reboot of the classic book "Streetcar to Subduction" featuring geology of San Francisco, Black Diamond Mines historic park in Contra Costa County, and a single-day trip to Yosemite which was led by the Yosemite Park Geologist.
The field course to the Calaveras Dam was mentioned and photographed in an article published by the San Francisco Chronicle, who happened to be there on Wednesday.
View from the Hornblower yacht. Photo: Sarah Kalika
The meeting additionally featured four weekend field courses to Yosemite, Sonoma County, Oroville Dam and a visit to the Melanges of the Franciscan Complex on the San Francisco Peninsula.
One short course was held on geoscientific mapping by drone.
The AEG Student and Young Professional Support Committee joined IAEG's Young Engineering Geologists group to feature low cost event options each night.
Nearly 400 oral presentations and 150 posters were presented during the week and we learned about upcoming IAEG-sponsored meetings during the closing session on Friday afternoon. The end of the meeting was celebrated with drinks and appetizers.
Thank you to our 40 exhibitors and 37 sponsors! Additional thank you to co-chairs Sarah Kalika, Gary Luce and Coralie Wilhite; field course chairs Chase White and Drew Kennedy; the more than 60 planning committee members; and AEG's meetings manager Heather Clark, who worked tirelessly for over four years to make this meeting successful.
The program with abstracts is available as a download here.
If you were unable to join us this year in San Francisco, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the 62nd Annual Meeting that will take place in Asheville, North Carolina, Sept. 16-21, 2019!
|Richard Wolters Prize Announced at Congress
The Richard Wolters Prize is one of the three big awards the IAEG gives every two years. It goes to an outstanding engineering geologist under 35 years in age. They were announced at the closing ceremony of the congress on Friday. This year's winner is Wei-An whose photo is below. He is from the Chinese Taipei Regional Group. The runner-up award for the Wolters Prize goes to Sarah Bastion from New Zealand.
|Group photo from IAEG field trip #17 to Point Reyes
Wednesday field trip to Point Reyes led by geologist Karen Grove.
Geology Applied to Engineering represents a thorough and up-to-date textbook for courses in Applied PhysicaI Geology, Geology for Engineers and Engineering Geology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It
contains appropriate information for geologists and engineers who are involved in designing and constructing
engineering structures, as all structures are located either on the Earth or in the Earth, or composed of earth
materials. This textbook also provides the fundamentals of subject material included in the Examination for
Professional Licensure of Geologists, a growing need for geologists who work in the public sector.
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.
Nepal Geological Society
Nepal Geological Society is one of the most dynamic professional organizations in
Nepal and is well-known for its continuing academic and professional activities in national as
well as international level since its establishment. One of the main focuses of this society is to
provide platforms to the national as well as international geoscientists for sharing their
research ﬁndings and establishing international networks for the advancement of research and
development in the ﬁeld of geosciences and engineering. It has more than 800 members out of
which nearly one-third are international scientists.
The Joint Technical Committee of the FedIGS has organized in Hong Kong the 2nd JTC1 workshop on "Triggering and Propagation of Rapid Flow-like Landslides."
The workshop, which is co-organized by the Hong Kong Geotechnical Society, the Geotechnical Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, will take place at HKUST Dec. 3-5.
As you know, the JTC1 workshops are intended to deal with advanced scientific topics of interest for the geo-engineering community. A goal of these workshops is also to leave room and enhance the activity of young researchers.
The event will include four keynote lectures delivered by outstanding scientists, the Hutchinson Lecture, a Hungr Oration, eight special lectures presented by young researchers and a bechmarking exercise for landslide runout analysis.
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.
The Annual Conference SAGEEP 2019 is in Portland in March 2019 and features a full parallel Geohazards Conference including hazards for manmade structures like dams and levees and also a parallel Shallow Marine and Coastal Geophysics Conference, both of which should be of interest to AEG. AEG participation/contribution would be most welcomed.
Yes, birds are technically modern dinosaurs. But sometimes it’s tough to tell where the nonavian dinosaur ends and the bird begins.
Mass graves were dug recently as Indonesian authorities rushed to bury hundreds of people killed by an earthquake and tsunami that cracked streets, tore down buildings and washed away homes on the island of Sulawesi.
Three days after the disaster, the streets of the provincial capital Palu were still covered in debris and bodies thrown about by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake that triggered tsunami waves up to three meters high (10 feet).
The reeve of the rural municipality of Clayton, Saskatchewan, says the bridge that collapsed six hours after it opened was built without having geotechnical investigation done on the riverbed it stood on. A bridge building expert calls that approach "irregular."
The Dyck Memorial Bridge, located in the RM of Clayton about 300 kilometres east of Saskatoon, collapsed Friday shortly after it was opened.
How many times have you stepped outside into a surprise rainstorm without an umbrella and wished that weather forecasts were more accurate?
A satellite no bigger than a shoebox may one day help.
The Weather Channel
Geologists studying California's complex fault system say unusual small tremors detected in the San Bernardino basin near the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults may indicate a "deep creep" occurring 6 miles below the faults. Scientists have long believed California's fault lines are locked in place in between large quakes.
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