CalGeo E Newsletter

March 20, 2014

CalGeo’s Annual Conference ...Newport Beach 2014!

There’s Still Time To Register

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Although our Early Bird deadline has passed, there is still time to register at the standard rate for our Annual Conference at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Click here to download a brochure to register and to pay online. Registration deadline is April 4.

If you have already registered, don’t forget to make your room reservation at the Newport Beach Marriott by clicking here:


Outstanding Project Award Winners

Entries have been judged and our 2014 Outstanding Project Award winners have been chosen! The winners will be announced and will present their projects at the Annual Conference Awards luncheon Sat., May 3. Look for articles from the entrants about their projects in future e.GEO’s.


12th International Symposium on Geo-Disaster Reduction

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To all Cal-Geo members, the 12th International Symposium on Geo-Disaster Reduction will be held in Fullerton, California on September 5-6, 2014. Cal-Geo members have some of the most diverse experience in the world with Geo-Disasters, this will be a great opportunity to share experiences and learn from others!

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton in collaboration with Geo-Institute Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers are going to organize the 12th International Symposium on Geo-Disaster Reduction in Fullerton, California, USA on September 5th and 6th, 2014. This series of international symposiums has been an instrumental forum for the advancement of geo-disaster reduction. Geoscientists and engineers from the world have contributed and benefited significantly during these events in the past. The forthcoming event is going to be another building block to enhance the geotechnical engineering knowledge and to further understand geo-disaster reduction. All geoscientists and engineers working in the field of geo-disasters are kindly requested to submit their pre-registration form/s together with their details within the stated deadline.

Your kind cooperation in this regard will greatly help the organizers plan and hold this important event successfully.

For more information click here.


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Member News

With Much Appreciation!

Thank You!


On behalf of CalGeo and its Board of Directors, we would like to extend our thanks to the following firms and individuals for their generosity in contributing to the CalGeo General Fund and/or Student Outreach Program:

American Geotechnical
Christian Wheeler
Cyril "Bud" McRae
Diaz-Yourman & Associates
Dugald Campbell
Geo-Logic Associates
Geocon, Inc.
GeoConcepts, Inc.
Geotechnical Exploration, Inc.
Grice Engineering, Inc.
Hamilton & Associates, Inc.
Haro, Kasunich & Associates, Inc.
Holdrege & Kull Consulting Engineers

Laguna Geosciences, Inc.
NMG Geotechnical, Inc.
Padre Associates
Petra Geotechnical, Inc.
Ralph Stone & Company, Inc.
Redwood Geotechnical Engineering, Inc.
Shepardson Engineering
SPC Geotechnical, Inc.
Stoney-Miller Consulting
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
The Sutton Group
Tom Wallace
Twining Laboratories of So. Cal

Thank you all for your continued support of this organization and the aspiring geotechnical students throughout the State of California.


Welcome Our Newest Members

New Affiliate Members:

EagleLIFT, Inc.
10410 Trademark Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 980-6222
Primary Rep: Cliff Frazao

Western Ground Improvement
250 Goddard
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 218-7032
Primary Rep: Ken Hoevelkamp

Taber Drilling
536 Galveston Street
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 371-8234
Primary Rep: Kim Taber


Maloney Construction has moved!

Maloney Construction
7445 Redwood Blvd., Ste. A
Novato, CA 94945
Phone: (415) 895-5304
Fax: (415) 493-6910


Don't Miss Out On Savings! Sign Up For Our Member Benefits Program

If you haven't signed up yet for Business AdvantEdge you're missing out on a great member benefit. To learn more about these programs and to sign up for Calgeo member benefits, please visit the CalGeo MarketPlace. Note: On your first visit to the MarketPlace, please register as a "New Member" to set up your user name and password.

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For a Quick Overview and expedited enrollment, please visit Program Enrollment.

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Job Board

Visit our website for the latest information on current positions available throughout the industry, including:

Pavements Engineer-So Cal with The California Nevada Cement Assn.
Earth Retention Designer/Project Manager with DRS Engineering, Inc.
Director of Business Development with Ninyo and Moore

If you’re LOOKING for help throughout the year, we also have a number of resumes on our website at

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Safety First

Hard Hat Safety

Hard hats

A lineman in Maine was operating a digger truck when a freak accident happened. After digging a hole, he rotated the boom, and, to avoid obstacles, he put the boom nearly completely vertically. Out of nowhere, the pilot point of the auger fell, striking him on the head. The impact of the pilot point was absorbed by the hard hat, protecting his spine. His head was protected by the impact resistance of his hard hat. The lineman walked away from the accident with minor scrapes.


His hard hat saved his life by doing exactly what it was meant to do. They are designed to absorb and distribute the shock. However, if the hard hat is mistreated, it will not work as designed.

Here are some tips for keeping your hard hat in top condition:

Inspect your hard hat for wear monthly. To thoroughly inspect, it is important to not cover your hat in stickers or paint.
Do not modify your hat. You may get hot and decide to add vents to the hat, but that will reduce the effectiveness of the hard hat protection.
Do not store gloves in the space between the hat and the strap cradle. That will reduce the shock absorption.
Do not store your hard hat in the back window ledge of your car. The sun’s rays could melt the hat.
Do not attempt to repair a hard hat. A hard hat is designed to take one impact. If you drop, throw, or something drops on your hard hat, get a new one.

With these tips in mind, we hope you have gained a new respect for your hard hat.

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