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2015 Short Course
Geology Continuing Education Series

RISK Short Course: The Many Facets of Geologic Risk
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Short Course Conveners:
Kerry Cato, Cato Geoscience, Inc., Temecula, CA
Jeff Fitzsimmons, John R. Byerly, Inc., Bloomington, CA
Support provided by our officers: Greg Johnson, Shaun Wilkins, Mark Doerschlag, and Desmond Chung

Location: San Bernardino Elks Lodge, 2055 Elks Dr., San Bernardino, CA

Topics presented during this day-long short course address multiple types of risk. This course is intended to open a dialogue among attendees about recognizing and dealing with all types of risk, whether the risk is to the GEOLOGIST (upstream risk in terms of liability and your license) or to the PUBLIC and other END USERS of our products (downstream risk that could potentially involve loss of life or property). Topics to be covered are:

  • What Your Geology License Demands Regarding Your Practice
  • The Legality of Risk: Liability, Contracts, and Standard of Care
  • Risk Protection: An Insurance Perspective
  • Risk In Site Investigation: Geologic Uncertainty
  • The Risk of Surface Fault Rupture

The day will end with a panel discussion by the presenters. This course begins a long-term discussion on risk and is not meant to be all inclusive or provide a survey treatment of all types of risk.

7:30 Registration Coffee & Danish
8:00 Call to Order/Welcome/Announcements
Short Course Conveners...Kerry Cato & Jeff Fitzsimmons
8:15 The Geologists and Geophysicists Act – Understanding the licensure laws, Responsibilities of the Licensee, and Protection of the Public
Ric Moore, Executive Officer, California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG)
9:10 Liability, Contracts and Standard of Care as viewed from in-house counsel for a geotechnical firm and as viewed from outside counsel
Robert H. Stellwagen, Jr. & Ji Shin
Attorney at Law, and General Counsel Collins Collins Muir + Stewart Earth Systems
10:05 - 10:20 Break
10:25 Professional Liability and Homeowners Insurance: What is insured as applied to geology
Richard Roth, Consulting Insurance Actuary
11:30 - 12:35 Lunch & AEG_IE Chapter 10th Year Anniversary Recognition
12:45 Recognizing and expressing uncertainty and variability in geology: The need for geologic models
Jeff Keaton, Principal Engineering Geologist, Amec Foster Wheeler
1:50 Assessment of surface rupture hazard in regulatory Earthquake Fault Zones and practical considerations for improvements to the Alquist-Priolo Act
Tim Dawson, Engineering Geologist, California Geological Survey
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 Keynote Address: Acceptable Risk for Surface-fault Rupture
Roy Shlemon, Roy Shlemon & Associates
4:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Putting Today’s Discussion on Risk into Perspective
5:00 Closing Remarks, End of Short Course

May 2014 Annual Chapter Short Course

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2013 California Building Code Update

•  Jennifer Thornburg, California Geological Survey
•  Dr. Jorge Meneses, GEI Consultants, Carlsbad, CA

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014. 9am to 2pm

Location: San Bernardino Elks Lodge, 2055 Elks Dr., San Bernardino, CA

Cost: $65 per person. Advance reservation required. Sorry, no student pricing. Includes Deli-buffet lunch

Reservations: Email prior to 5 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2014.

Material covered:
This half day short course will consist of presentations and discussions regarding changes to the California Building Code (CBC), which incorporates the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) with California Amendments. These changes, effective as of January, 2014, mandate reports by Certified Engineering Geologists and Geotechnical Engineers regarding new development and upgrading of existing facilities involving essential facilities, particularly schools and hospitals.

2012 Annual Chapter Short Course

Annual 1-Day Short Course - Jointly Sponsored
Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists -Inland Empire Chapter
and the
American Society of Civil Engineers-San Bernardino/Riverside Geotechnical Committe

Landslides & Slope Stability
For Geologists & Geotechnical Engineers

Saturday, May 12, 2012
University of California - Riverside, Extension
Cost: $130, includes lunch
            --- Payable at the door to AEG-IE by Check, Cash, or Money-order
                 (Sorry, No Credit/Debit Cards)
            --- $100 Student Discount with Student ID
RSVP: Email by 5pm on Tuesday May 8, 2012

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Questions, email Frank Jordan:

2011 Annual Chapter Short Course

New Building Code & Regulations
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Program Coordinators: Frank Jordan, John R. Byerly, Inc. and Kerry Cato, Cato Geoscience, Inc.

Overview of the CBC 2010 Ground Motion Response Requirements Described in CGS Note 48 for Hospital and School Construction
     Anne Rosinski, California Geological Survey

Seismic and Geotechnical Data Requirements in the 2010 CBC
     Dr. Jorge Meneses, Kleinfelder, San Diego, CA

The Great East Japan Earthquake: An Overview and Widespread Liquefaction Issues
     Dr. Jorge Meneses

Brochure (< 1 mb)
Rosinski presentation (26 mb)
Meneses presentation-seismic (1 mb)
Meneses presentation-Japan earthquake (20 mb)

2009 Short Course

Geology Continuing Education Series:
Expanding Geological Practice: New Areas & Methods

June 12, 2009, Friday

Sponsored by
Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists,
Inland Empire Chapter

Engineering and environmental geologists have been impacted by recent economic downturns. This short course explores remote sensing and environmental methods that can be used in site investigations. Specifically, this course is focused in two technical areas: Site Investigation Survey Methods and the State of Environmental Practice. Site investigation methods include: GIS-GPS, LiDAR, and InSAR. Environmental discussions include: climate change, solid waste management, storm water pollution plans, and Phase 1 investigations. The National President of AEG will also discuss his nation perspective on the state of the profession.

2009 Short Course Pictures (Photos by Mike Cook)

AEG Inland Chapter Chair Kerry Cato welcoming audience and making introductory comments.

Photo of some of the speakers: L to R: Kerry Cato, Gary Lass, Greg Middleton, Jim Madden, Mark Molinari, Richard Minnich.

AEG President Mark Molinari receives a token of appreciation from Chair Kerry Cato, Ken Hudnut in the background.

AEG President Mark Molinari giving his talk on LiDAR applications.

View of the audience at the UCR-Extension facility.

Vice Chair-North Frank Jordan (R) gives speaker Jim Madden a token of appreciation.

Date: Friday June 12, 2009
Location: UC-Riverside, Extension Center, Riverside, CA
Cost: $90 - AEG members
$115 - non-member Professional
$20 - Students (limited number of student spaces available)

Registration fee includes parking, lunch, 2 breaks

The course was coordinated by Kerrry Cato, AEG Chair for the Inland Empire. The organizing committee consisted of Chapter Officers, David Gaddie, Ernie Roumelis, and Frank Jordan, along with Mike Cook, past-Chair and Tien Lee.

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8:30 Registration

9:00 Welcome/Announcements/Introduction Of Organizing Committee/Chapter Outreach Goals
Kerry Cato, Organizer, 2009 Chapter Chair
Organizing Committee: David Gaddie, Ernie Roumelis, Michael Cook, Richard Orr, Tien Lee, Frank Jordan

9:15 GPS And GIS Integration - Beyond the Benchmark
Bill Mumbleau, Kleinfelder

9:45 Measuring Vertical And Lateral Surface Deformation Using PS-InSAR: Subsidence, Landsliding And Fault Creep
Garreth Funning, Department of Geological Science, UC-Riverside

10:15–10:35 Break

10:35 Practical Applications Of Airborne LiDAR Data For Environmental And Engineering Geology Projects
Mark Molinari, AEG President, URS-Seattle, WA

11:10 Using B4 And GeoEarthScope LiDAR Data To Analyze Active Faults In Southern California
Ken Hudnut, USGS-Pasadena

11:40 Keynote Address: A National Perspective On The State Of The Profession
Mark Molinari, AEG President, URS-Seattle, WA

12:10-1:40 Lunch

1:40 Climate Change, The Current Debate
Richard Minnich, Department of Geological Science, UC-Riverside

2:10 Geologic Consulting In California’s Solid Waste Management Industry
Gary Lass, GeoLogic Consultants

2:40-3:00 Break

3:00 Storm Water Permit Plan (SWPP) Water Sampling Requirements
Greg Middleton, Leighton & Associates, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

3:30 State Of The Environmental Business, Current Trends And New Developments
Jim Madden, ATC Associates, Los Angeles, CA

4:00 Closing Comments

PREVIOUS Short Courses
This AEG Inland Empire Chapter holds Annual Short Courses as a service to professionals in the region. Some courses are held at the University of California –Extension Center under the “Geology Continuation Education Series." Some of these have been co-sponsored with the Inland Geological Society. Other courses are held at other locations. Costs are in the range of: $70-$90-AEG members and $75-120-non-members. Students attendance is heavily subsidized with registration fee typically in the $20 range. Previous courses in the Geology Continuation Education Series are described in detail below:
  • May 2008 - California Building Code For Geologists and Engineers
  • April 2007 - Paleoseismology in Seismic Hazard Assessment; Distinguishing Active Faults From Neotectonic Features That Look Like Them
  • May 2007 - Earthquake Hazards And Seismic Evaluation
  • March 2007 - Groundwater and Related Issues
  • June 2006 - Rock Slope Stability
  • Spring 2006 - Regulatory Issues for Geologists
  • Winter 2006 - GIS Applications for Geologists
  • Spring 2005 - Borehole Geophysics for Geologists
  • Fall 2005 - Landslides and Debris Flows
Geology Continuing Education Series:
California Building Code for Geologists and Engineers
May 17, 2008, Saturday

Sponsored by
Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists,
Inland Empire Chapter

Short Course presenters (L to R)
Shelton Stringer,
Anne Rosinski, and
Zia Zafir

A short course regarding the implementation of the State of California Building code changes on seismic ground motion analysis was held on May 17, 2008 at the University of California-Riverside. These Code changes went into affect January 1, 2008. The course included presentations by Zia Zafir, a Principal Engineer with Kleinfelder, Shelton Stringer, Principle Geotechnical Engineer with Earth Systems Southwest and Anne Rosinski, Senior Engineering Geologist with the California Geological Survey. A panel discussion followed the presentations and in the afternoon a hands-on tutorial on-line workshop was led by the speakers. The class was attended by over 100 Geologists and Engineers from Southern California.

The course was coordinated by Rick Gundry, AEG Editor for the Inland Empire with help from Michael Cook, AEG Inland Empire Chapter Chairman, Mark Spykerman AEG Field Trip Chairman and David Gaddie AEG Inland Empire Chapter Secretary.

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8:30 am Registration
9 am Welcome and Introduction
9:15 am Seismic Data Fundamentals and Requirements in the new CBC
Dr. Zia Zafir, Kleinfelder West, Sacramento
10:30 am Practical Solutions for Site-Specific Ground Motion Analysis for the 2007 CBC
Shelton Stringer, Earth Systems, Southwest, Bermuda Dunes
11:40 am LUNCH
12:50 pm Overview of the CBC 2007 Ground Motion Response Requirements Described in CGS Note 48 for Hospital and School Construction
Anne Rosinski, California Geological Survey, San Francisco
1:55 pm Panel Discussion (Speakers and participants)
2:55 pm Tutorial (hands-on Workshop, led by Speakers)
4 pm Discussion and Closing Remarks
4:30 pm Adjourn

“Earthquake Hazards and Seismic Evaluation"
May 12, 2007, UC-Riverside Extension
Sponsored by the Inland Geologic Society and the Inland Empire Chapter, AEG
Coordinated by Tien Lee, Greg Johnson, and Frank Jordan

50 professionals attended this short course and primarily came from Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties

Speakers download speaker abstracts
  1. “Earthquake processes and probability”
    Jim Dieterich (UCR, member of National Academy of Sciences)
  2. “Fault zone properties in view of seismic and geodetic data”
    Elizabeth Cochran (UCR)
  3. “Co-Seismic Ground Failure”
    Doug Morton (USGS/UCR)
  4. “Paleo seismicity – slip rates and timing from geomorphic and trenching data”
    Catherine Kendrick (USGS/UCR)
  5. “Fault rupture hazard mitigation in California under the Alquist-Priolo Act”
    Jerry Treiman (California Geological Survey)
  6. “Practical considerations in performing fault rupture studies”
    Kerry Cato (Cato Geoscience, Inc.)

Dr. Tien Lee, of UCR and Continuing Education coordinator, welcoming attendees to the presentations.

Dr. Jim Dieterich presenting, “Earthquake processes and probability”.

Dr. Elizabeth Cochran presenting, “Fault zone properties in view of seismic and geodetic data”.

Dr. Catherine Kendrick presenting, “Paleoseismicity – slip rates and timing from geomorphic and trenching data”.

Dr. Doug Morton presenting, “Co-seismic Ground Failure”.

Mr. Jerry Trieman presenting, “Fault rupture hazard mitigation in California under the Alquist-Priolo Act”.
Dr. Kerry Cato presenting, “Practical considerations in performing fault rupture studies”.
Thanks to Rick Gundry for photographs.
“Paleoseismology in Seismic Hazard Assessment; Distinguishing Active Faults from Neotectonic features That Look Like Them"
Sponsored by the Inland Geologic Society and the Inland Empire Chapter, AEG

Description log from one of Dr. Jim McCalpin’s fault trenches.

Dr. James McCalpin, GEO-HAZ Consulting
April 27, 2007=UC-Riverside Extension; April 28, 2007=Ridgetop spreading sites in the San Gabriel Mountains

42 professionals attended this short course and primarily came from Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, but from as far north as Oakland and Cloverdale in Central and Northern California

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Dr. McCalpin receiving award from the AEG Inland Chapter at the end of the sackungen field trip.
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Field trip attendees marking edge of Blue Ridge sackungen.
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Dr. McCalpin looking for divine causative mechanism for sackungens.
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Tree growing along trace of Blue Ridge sackungen.
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Dr. McCalpin describes the Kagel Mtn. sackungen.
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View along the trace of the Kagel Mtn sackungen.

Thanks to Doug Cook, Janis Hernandez, and Kerry Cato for photographs.
  • “Groundwater and Related Issues"
    Saturday March 10, 2007
    Sponsored by IGS & AEG Inland Empire
    Coordinated by Tien Lee, Professor of Geophysics, Dept Earth Sciences, UCR

    Speakers (download speaker abstracts)
    Computation of groundwater quality objectives for the basin plan update (Santa Ana Region),
    Andy Malone,
    Wildermuth Environmental

    Perchlorate issues in the Santa Ana River watershed
    Gerard Thibeault,
    Santa Ana Water Quality Control Board

    Numerical groundwater flow and contaminant transport model
    Jim Finegan,

    Natural and artificial recharge in the western Mojave Desert
    John Izbicki,
    US Geological Survey,Water Resources Division

    Groundwater issues in the Bunker Hill basin
    Wes Danskin,
    US Geological Survey,Water Resources Division

    Well siting and design
    Dennis Williams,
    Geoscience Support Services

  • "Rock Slope Stability" Short Course

    AEG Inland Empire Chapter sponsored a two-day AEG short course with field trip with 63 paid attendees and 3 instructors Friday/Saturday June 23/24 at Marie Callenders in Temecula, California "Rock Fall Stability Investigation and Evaluation for Geologists". The short course SOLD OUT. By and large, attendees were from the inland areas of southern California, San Diego area, Orange County area, Los Angeles County area; but there were also attendees from Central California, Mojave Desert, Sacramento and Nevada City, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

    Instructors Brendan Fisher and Dr. William "Bill" Gates, Kleinfelder and Associates, Washington, and Dr. Chester "Skip" Watts, Radford University, VA., presented a full day of lectures on Friday. Saturday morning we got out of the class room, split into teams, and collected discontinuity and slope data on rock slopes south of town. Later on Saturday morning and afternoon we “crunched” the data on laptop computers using the Rockpack software. We finished the day listening to case histories of rock slope instability. Instructors were each awarded special plaques as Instructors at the culmination of the class with more apple, lemon meringue, and peach pie than we could eat (but I did anyway).

    -See photos of the short course by clicking on a photo for a higher quality version (Photos by Mike Cook and Kerry Cato).