November Chapter Meeting

Wednesday November 17, 2010

“Update on liquefaction hazard zone mapping and current research for mitigating soil liquefaction

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Venue: Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, One Market St,  Suite #600 , San Francisco

Join the chapter for a interesting discussion focused on current updates in evaluating liquefaction hazards.

Chuck Real (California Geological Survey) will summarize existing and new methods for delineating liquefaction hazard zones for the California Seismic Hazard Zone mapping program.

UC Davis Ph.D. candidate Brina Mortensen will present current research on harnessing sustainable biological processes to improve soil conditions and mitigate soil-liquefaction hazards.

UC Davis Ph.D. candidate Ronnie Kamai will summarize numerical simulations of soil conditions that help define the amounts and patterns of surface deformation resulting from liquefaction.

Collectively, these efforts will improve definition of liquefaction hazard zones and guide risk-based planning decisions.

AEG & Geo Institute Meeting – Nov 18

Join the joint Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologist and Geo Institute San Francisco Sections’ November 18, 2010 Meeting. Jonathan Bray of UC Berkeley and Keith Kelson of Fugro WLA will be discussing the Geologic and Geotechnical aspects of the 2010 Chilean Earthquake.

Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2010
****Please note the Meeting is not on Tuesday this month****

Location: Scotts Seafood Restaurant, Oakland

Time: Social hour and sign in at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm, presentation at 8 pm

Cost: $40 AEG members and member’s spouses, $50 non-members, $10 students

RSVP: Fax or e-mail your name and e-mail or phone contact to the SF Section Treasurer;
Sachiko Tanikawa by 12 pm, Monday, November 15th
Fax: 866-400-4068

Meal Choice: 1) Salmon Florentine; 2) Tuscany Chicken, and 3) Roasted Vegetable Ravioli
Please indicate your meal choice with your RSVP.

Meeting details, abstract and bio can be downloaded form our website
Or directly at

Please remember to RSVP by Monday, November 15th, 2010!

2010 Election Results Announced

The 2010 election came to an end on Friday October 29th.  Sixty-six chapter members completed their online ballots to elect one new at-large board member and approve a change to the chapter bylaws.

A four person committee tallied the votes and yielded the following results:

  • Jennifer Donahue, Project Engineer with Geosyntec Consultants, was elected to the position of Director at-large to serve a two year term.
  • The bylaw revision was approved.  This change (1) revised the succession plan, (2) removed the role of Vice President, and (3) clarified board member terms and vacancy replacement.  To read more about the change to the bylaws, visit:

Congratulations to new board member Donahue and thank you to out-going director Dick McCarthy for his tenure of service to the Chapter.  Also the board would like to thank the ballot counting members and all voting chapter members!

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