CalGeo E Newsletter

November 21, 2014

CalGEO Events Coming Up



Be sure to mark down these dates for upcoming CalGEO events:


January 24, 2015
Loss Prevention Seminar in Southern California.
This will be a half-day, morning seminar.


January 31, 2015
Loss Prevention Seminar in Northern California.
This will be a half-day, morning seminar.


CalGEO Events Coming Up »

GEER Workshop at UCLA »

Salary Survey Update »

Member News »

Job Board »

Here Turkey, Turkey, Turkey »

Check our website for updated seminar information at:


April 23-25, 2015-Annual Conference at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel. We are excited about our line-up of interesting and diverse speakers, and great events. Look for complete information in late December and early January on our website and in your mailbox!

We’ll soon be mailing out our Outstanding Project Award Entry Forms. Winner(s) will get the opportunity to present their project at our conference awards luncheon on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Members and non-members are urged to participate! You can also check our website soon for the forms at




GEER Workshop at UCLA

December 5, 2014


The Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association will be hosting a reconnaissance workshop at UCLA on December 5th. The workshop will train participants on important aspects of reconnaissance, including lessons learned from past reconnaissance (including the Oso Landslide), pre-reconnaissance investigations including the use of remote sensing to capture site data, methods of reconnaissance at sites of liquefaction-induced ground failure, discussion of innovative tools such as TLS-LiDAR and SASW, and data integration and reporting. The workshop will include a field exercise in which participants will collect damage observations and integrate them using a tablet/laptop.

If you are interested in participating, please register at, where additional details about the workshop can also be found.


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Salary Survey Update


The 2014 CalGEO Salary Survey has been published. If you participated in the survey, your FREE copy is on its way. For those who didn’t take part this year, you may purchase a copy at We collect salary information from practicing geotechnical engineering firms each year. Whether or not you’re a member, we welcome your input and participation. Please contact Marsha Myers at if you’d like to be notified next year to participate.


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Member News

A Message From EagleLIFT


“EagleLIFT would like to present our new website! We have dedicated pages for all of our services including soil stabilization foundation lifting & leveling, public works projects and even our engineering services.

Also, we’d love for you to get to know our team personally! Check out the new ‘Our Team’ page which will let you put a face to the name and provide a brief profile on each staff member. You will finally be able to see who's been sending you these emails!

We hope you enjoy the new look as much as we do and please feel free to drop us a line using our new Live Chat function.”


Welcome New Members

Active Member:

G3 Soilworks Inc.
350 Fisher Avenue-Front
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 668-5600


Individual Member:

Daniel Steele Kennedy, P.E.
Steele Engineering
1384 Francisco Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 215-5193


Affiliate Members:

ELE International
P.O. Box 389
Loveland, CO 80539
Contact: Stephen Bradbury
(800) 323-1242 x 2177


Raito Inc.
23595 Cabot Blvd., Ste. 106
Hayward, CA 94545
Contact: David Bolton
(510) 259-9900


Geopier Foundation Co.
130 Harbour Place Drive
Davison, NC 28036
Contact: Kyle Lenehan
(714) 439-1790



Great Deals With Business AdvantEdge


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.

Money bag


Here are your November 2014 special promotions; offers vary widely — from discounted copy paper to hardware such as tablets and desktops, as well as free W2’s. Office Depot-new enrollees receive an additional 10% off the first minimum order of $100.00. HP-notebook tablet and desktop offers just in time for the Holidays! Promotions expire 12/31/14. Notebook offers: HP ProBook 645 G1-special price $680, HP EliteBook 840 G1-special price $1,100. Tablet offer: HP Pro x2 410 G1-special price $900. ADP-receive up to $600 cash back and free 2014 W2’s with ADP Payroll Solutions.

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. All member firms can post employment ads on our website at no charge.


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


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Here Turkey, Turkey, Turkey


Turkey turkey

Here are some interesting facts that you can amaze your friends and family with on Thanksgiving!


• Turkeys are able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats. However, most turkeys are found in hardwood forests with grassy areas.


• The best time to see a turkey is on a warm clear day or in a light rain.

They what?


•  Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.


•  Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.

Eat, sleep, gobble.


•  Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset.


•  Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.


•  Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.

Eyes in the backs of their heads?


• A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters.

And they’re fast, too!


• A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

So close, yet so far


• Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey. (editor’s note: imagine a turkey as the national symbol instead of the eagle….I can’t!)


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