AEG Insider
Sep. 3, 2015

Add an outstanding field trip or guest tour to your Annual Meeting registration today!
Each field trip is designed to be an exciting learning experience. You'll hear from experts in their fields about the environmental and engineering geology issues that helped shape the city of Pittsburgh and surrounding regions, and continue to shape the city today.
AEG 2015 Field Trips

Included with each Guest Registration is the ability to sign up for guest tours! Be sure to sign up for one of the exciting guest tours when you register your guest for the AEG Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.
AEG 2015 Guest Tours

Already registered? Send an email to request a field trip or guest tour to be added to your registration. Otherwise, if you have not yet registered for the Annual Meeting, be sure to register today!More

Update on licensure and legislative activities
AEG Licensure Committee is continuing to look for opportunities to assist its members in initiating new licensure programs. The following is an update on AEG licensure and legislative activities, courtesy of Ken Neal, Co-chair of the AEG Licensure Committee.More

Silent auction and raffle needs booth volunteers
AEG Foundation
The following is from Jane Gill-Shaler, RG, AEG Foundation director and fundraising chair:

We are on the home stretch to the AEG 2015 Annual Meeting, and the AEG Foundation needs volunteers to sit at the raffle and silent auction, Booths 1-3. We have both a 3-D Printer (photo to the right) and the queen-sized quilt, "Pittsburgh Before Pittsburgh," for the raffle, as well as many fine items for the silent auction.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for as many hours as possible. It is a great place to sit and rest between technical talks and to spend time with your friends and new acquaintances.More

Texas regulator clears oil and gas company of causing quakes
The regulatory agency overseeing Texas' oil and gas industry has determined that a series of small earthquakes in North Texas likely wasn't caused by drilling operations by an Exxon Mobil subsidiary. The preliminary findings mark the first decision by the Texas Railroad Commission since it was authorized last year to consider whether seismological activity was caused by injection wells, which store briny wastewater from hydraulic fracturing.More

Science highlights

Check out what's going on in science and around the industry:


Tunneling machine's front end bolted in place
The troubled Alaska Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel TBM known as Bertha has reached a milestone in its repair. The front cutterhead has been repaired, and has been lowered back into the access shaft to be reattached to the TBM. The time-lapse video below shows the cutterhead being lowered down into the access shaft. What caught my eye was the number of steel cables on the crane blocks ... that's a heavy lift!More

New sea-level rise handbook highlights science and
models for nonscientists

U.S. Geological Survey
Coastal managers and planners now have access to a new U.S. Geological Survey handbook that, for the first time, comprehensively describes the various models used to study and predict sea-level rise and its potential impacts on coasts. Designed for the benefit of land managers, coastal planners and policymakers in the United States and around the world, the handbook explains many of the contributing factors that account for sea-level change. It also highlights the different data, techniques and models used by scientists and engineers to document historical trends of sea level and to forecast future rates and the impact to coastal systems and communities. More