AEG Insider
Aug. 21, 2014

AEG welcomes Offinger Management
The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists recently hired Offinger Management Company to handle its day-to-day operations. Offinger is not new to AEG. Since 2012, they have provided accounting services for AEG. Offinger's headquarters is located in Zanesville, Ohio, with a satellite office in Columbus, Ohio.

AEG President-elect Ken Fergason and President Gary Luce recently visited Offinger's Zanesville and Columbus offices and came away impressed with the overall capabilities of the new management team. Meetings on the overall operations of AEG and the core scope of work that Offinger will be providing were productive. Read more about Offinger Management and AEG.More

2014 Annual Meeting Short Course change
A Short Course planned for AEG's Annual Meeting was canceled, though a replacement has been announced. Short Course #4 — "Estimation of Soil Properties for Foundation Design" — was recently replaced with "3DM Analyst Mine Mapping Suite," a course on how to use 3DM Analyst Mine Mapping Suite programs. It will cover how to capture images, calibrate cameras, create survey quality digital 3-D surface models, measure the geologic structure, evaluate rock block removability, map and monitor high walls and landslides, measure stockpile volumes, create virtual views and more.

The Short Course is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Doubletree Scottsdale in Arizona. Learn more about this Short Course and others at the Annual Meeting here. More

The Great Lakes: Understanding and protecting North America's '3rd coast'
The Geological Society of America
The fragile natural environment of North America's "third coast," home to 34 million people, gets some well-deserved attention in a new book from The Geological Society of America. The shorelines of North America's Great Lakes span 17,500 kilometers (10,874 miles), thus making this area fertile ground for studying the effects of coastal change on human populations as well as the effects human activities have on coastal environments.More

New field course in December and January
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is offering a new field course in Death Valley from Dec. 28 through Jan. 14. The Death Valley region is world renown as a remarkable natural laboratory for geological field studies owing to its rich geologic and tectonic history and excellent rock exposures. Projects will investigate Proterozoic and Paleozoic stratigraphy, Basin and Range extensional faulting and synextensional volcanism and neotectonic development of the right-lateral eastern California shear zone near the intersection of the Southern Death Valley and Garlock fault zones.More

2014 Annual Meeting special event: Zelma Basha Gallery
Enjoy a night of socializing with friends and colleagues, authentic western food and a mariachi band at the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and American Indian Art from 6-10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24. There are well over 3,000 pieces of art across a number of mediums media displayed throughout the galleryMore

Foam favorable for oil extraction
Rice University via ScienceDaily
Rice University researchers demonstrate that foam may be a superior fluid to displace and extract tough-to-reach oil. In tests, foam pumped into an experimental rig that mimicked the flow paths deep underground proved better at removing oil from formations with low permeability than common techniques involving water, gas, surfactants or combinations of the three.More

Man-made earthquakes are changing the seismic landscape
Government Executive
This isn't just the stuff of comic-book villains: Real humans in the real world — actually, in Oklahoma, of all places — can cause earthquakes. Scientists have known about man-made earthquakes for decades. They've blames some reservoirs for seismic activity because reservoir water that trickles underground ends up lubricating faults that then slip — or, quake — as a result.More

NGWREF seeks well pump installer knowledge and expertise
National Ground Water Association
The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation, as a part of its mission, is working to create educational content for groundwater professionals to help improve job site efficiency and safety, protect groundwater supply and limit wasted time during troubleshooting. More

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Texas regulators unveils proposed rules on disposal wells
Fuel Fix
Facing mounting concerns about ties between earthquakes and oil and gas activity, Texas regulators are proposing new rules requiring drillers to provide more information before sinking underground wastewater storage wells. More