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***Tuesday, August 12, 2014***

We hope you will be taking a break from the summer season and are able to join us for our AEG Southern California Section meeting at Cisco’s Restaurant in Westlake Village on Tuesday, August 12th. We are excited to have Mr. Gary C. Luce PE, President of AEG, and Senior Geologist and Geotechnical Engineer at the consulting firm Resource Concepts, Carson City Nevada, as our featured speaker. In addition to a technical presentation Mr. Luce will be discussing proposed changes to the constitution regarding the governance structure of AEG. This discussion will allow discourse prior to the membership vote closing on the proposed changes.

Topic: "Virginia and Truckee Railway Historic Tunnel Construction and Reconstruction of Tunnel No. 2 and Proposed Reconstruction of Tunnel No. 6"

and Discussion On Proposed Changes To The Constitution Regarding The Governance Structure Of AEG

Speaker: Gary Luce, AEG PRESIDENT 2013-2014
PE, Senior Geologist and Geotechnical Engineer, Resource Concepts, Carson City, Nevada

Location: Cisco's Restaurant
925 S. Westlake Village
Westlake Boulevard, CA
(805) 778-1191

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
5:45pm - Social Hour
6:45pm - Dinner
7:45pm - Program

Cost: $30 per person with reservations in advance for AEG members, $35 Non-Members and AEG members without reservations (at the door), $15 for students with a valid student ID.

RSVP: Please email Edmond Lee at:
or call (818) 994-8895 ext.103.

DEADLINE is prior to 10 a.m., Monday, August 11th, 2014

The V&T Railway was constructed in Nevada in 1869 largely by the same Chinese crews that had just finished completing the Central Pacific Inter-continental Railroad. The construction of the main line from Carson City to Virginia City consisting of 22 miles required the construction of six railroad tunnels. The entire project was completed in 13 months using manual labor, wagons and black powder. The feat was truly remarkable considering the location and time conditions when this was accomplished. The geology and construction methods used are described with historic photographs and documentation.

The line ran from Carson City to Virginia City until 1948 and the line and tunnels abandoned. Since that time all but one of the tunnels had collapsed or in one case daylighted. Beginning in 1976 efforts to rebuild a portion of the railroad as a tourist attraction began requiring opening some of the tunnels. The reconstruction of Tunnels 2 and 4 are presented including geologic and geotechnical engineering. In addition the proposal to reopen Tunnel No. 6 in downtown Virginia City adjacent to a historic Catholic Church is presented.
Speaker Biography
Gary began his career after graduating with a geology degree in 1979 as a minerals exploration geologist primarily working in the basin and range. He graduated a second time in 1992 with a Masters and undergraduate degree in Geologic Engineering. While obtaining those degrees he was the UNR student section chair 1989 to 1992. He is a licensed Civil Engineer in Nevada and California. Primary responsibilities include site characterization, tunnel investigations, rock mechanics evaluations, slope stability- rockfall investigations and mitigation design, fault studies, heap leach construction and tailings dam evaluations. He also provides marketing support and oversees business operations.

Gary chaired the Great Basin Section in 1997 and the Capital Branch of ASCE in 1996. He co-chaired both the 2002 Annual meeting in Reno and the 2009 meeting in Lake Tahoe. He has chaired the K-12 Education Committee and is currently a member of the Annual Meeting Advisory Committee. Other affiliations include the American Rock Mechanics Association, Society of Metallurgy and Exploration, Nevada Geological Society, Nevada State Railroad Museum Foundation, Northern Nevada Railway Foundation, and the Fourth Ward School Foundation.

Gary and his wife Leigh enjoy white water rafting and skiing in their free time.