Thursday, July 17, 2014

About Me

This post serves as a basic introduction to who I am Professionally and Personally.

I am a member of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) and a registered professional geologist in Arizona. In September 2014 I become President of AEG. I am Senior Geologist with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. (AMEC) in Phoenix, Arizona, though I reside in Flagstaff, Arizona. I have been with AMEC since November 2000. Since that time, I have been utilized as a project manager, technical lead, project geologist, task manager, and field geologist performing geologic, geotechnical and geologic hazard investigations for dams, levees, channels, basins, buildings, roadways, bridges, power plants, transmission lines, mining projects, pipelines, and other structures. In addition, I have been extensively involved in the characterization of land subsidence and subsidence-related hazards such as earth fissures and associated impacts for planning, design and remediation. I have also been involved in projects that utilize remote sensing technologies such as interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) as they apply to geologic and geotechnical characterization, including ground subsidence and earth fissuring and slope stability issues. Involvement in this wide-range of projects has included field investigation, logging and sampling of soils and rock, seismic and resistivity surveys, quality inspection, gravity surveys and analysis, geologic mapping, aerial photographic and remote sensing interpretation, background research, data analysis, report preparation, supervision of drill and other field crews, and overall task management. I have also utilized mountaineering techniques obtained in a specialized training course to map the geology, fracture patterns, and other concerns on canyon walls specifically applied to geotechnical characterization for bridge foundations and slope stability. I have experience investigating geologic hazards such as land subsidence, earth fissuring, landslides and seismic hazards and has received specialized training in the use of LiDAR and high resolution DEMs for landslides and slope stability. I have worked internationally in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Romania, the Czech Republic, and have supported other projects worldwide.

My experience with AEG: Vice Chair, Phoenix Chapter (2003 – 2007); Chair, Arizona Section (2007 – 2010); Website Committee (2008 – 2011); Website Committee Co-Chairperson (2010 – 2011); Governance Committee (2010 – 2011); AEG Secretary (2011 – 2012); AEG Treasurer (2012 – 2013); AEG Vice President/President-Elect (2013 – present). I also served on the planning committee for the 2011 Shlemon Conference in Tempe, Arizona and am on the planning committee for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Education: 1998: BS, Engineering Geology, Texas A&M University, 2001: MS, Geology, Arizona State University.

I am also active with the Arizona Hydrological Society (AHS), The Arizona Land Subsidence Group, The Arizona Geological Survey Earth Fissure Advisory Group, and the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER)

I am a proud husband and a father of 2. My son is 6 (7 in October) and my daughter is 3 (4 in November). My wife is a planetary geophysicist with the USGS and my children love all things fun - sports, dancing, music, and the outdoors. We spend as much time outdoors as possible - mostly hiking the mountains outside of Flagstaff, and enjoying the trip down to Sedona when there's too much snow on the ground. I'm also typical of many geologists I know in that I enjoy a good drink - fine craft beer, scotch, wine, etc.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back From The Dead

I figure it's about time to resurrect this blog and develop a new purpose. At the moment I (Ken Fergason) am the Vice President/President-Elect of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) and I will become President at our Annual Meeting in September (It's in Scottsdale, AZ and it's going to be an awesome meeting). I am going to utilize this blog to document my experience as President. I don't know yet how active it will be and what exactly the content will be, but I'm envisioning discussions on my travels, meetings I attend, presentations I give, people I interact with and such. I also imagine there will doomsday travel stories and gratuitous photos from a conference I'll be attending in Italy. Anyway, I'm hoping it'll a lot of fun. So stay tuned as content ramps up over the next couple of months.


PS: Current info on the Arizona Section of AEG can be found here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

2011 Shlemon Specialty Conference

2011 Shlemon Specialty Conference

Opportunities for Alternative Energy Development in Arizona and the Southwest – Geologic/Hydrologic Considerations

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists


Arizona Land Subsidence Group

October 27-28, 2011

Embassy Suites – Tempe, AZ

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to network and see presentations by experts in geology, geologic hazards, soils, foundation engineering, hydrology, and land use as applied to opportunities for alternative energy development in Arizona and the Southwest U.S. Invited talks by the Arizona State Geologist, Arizona Land Commissioner, and experts from both the public and private sectors will provide an excellent educational opportunity as well as the chance to meet and network with industry colleagues. Registration for the day-long technical conference is only $100/person and CEU’s will be available. Additionally, there is a follow-up day-long field trip led by industry and agency experts that will show examples geologic and hydrologic issues discussed in the technical presentations and visit a local alternative energy facility. The cost of the field trip is only $60/person. Sponsorship and Exhibiting opportunities are available. A conference rate of $129 per night is available at the Tempe Embassy Suites.

More information including registration forms is available at the conference website:

Additional questions and inquiries can be sent by email to

Monday, March 21, 2011

UA AEG Meeting March 24th 2011

University of Arizona
Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists

Call and Nicholas, Inc.
International Geotechnical Consultants

Invites You to a Presentation by
Robert Pratt, PE on
Rock Mechanics and Slope Stability

Free Brooklyn Pizza and Soda
Provided by Call and Nicholas, Inc.

When- UA AEG Monthly Meeting, Thursday March 24th, 12:30pm
Where- Mines and Metallurgy Bldg, Room 225

UA AEG Meeting March 24th 2011

University of Arizona
Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists

Call and Nicholas, Inc.
International Geotechnical Consultants

Invites You to a Presentation by
Robert Pratt, PE on
Rock Mechanics and Slope Stability

Free Brooklyn Pizza and Soda
Provided by Call and Nicholas, Inc.

When- UA AEG Monthly Meeting, Thursday March 24th, 12:30pm
Where- Mines and Metallurgy Bldg, Room 225

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ASU GeoClub Meet and Greet

GeoClub’s Second Annual
Meet and Greet

Thursday, March 3, 2011
5:30-6:30 PM Reception
in Dietz Museum
6:30 PM Professional Introductions
PSF 166
7:00 PM Informal Discussion Groups
PSF 166

This is an opportunity for students to talk to
professionals and find out about summer opportunities.
These could include internships, scholarships, jobs and

There will be professionals from Hydrology, Environmental, Mining,
Engineering Geology, Geotechnical , Academia and more!
For a full list of professionals and a short biography, please look at the
GeoClub website at

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

AEG Meeting 2/10/11

We have another great AEG meeting planned for February! The meeting will be on held Thursday February 10, 2011 at Monti’s located at the SWC of Mill Ave and 1st Street in Tempe. We'll start off at 6:00pm with a hosted happy hour courtesy of Enviro-Drill Inc. Dinner will be at 7pm with the presentation starting shortly after dinner.

Our speaker is Bill Haneberg, PG, PhD, the current Jahn's lecturer. His presentation is titled "3-D Rock Slope Modeling and Virtual Discontinuity Mapping Using Digital Photogrammetry". Please see the attached flyer for more details.

Please RSVP by Monday February 7th if you will be joining us! Thank you and hope to see you at the meeting!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

AEG-AHS Student Night 2011

Student Night 2011
For All Arizona Students and Professionals in Groundwater,
Environmental, & Engineering Geology
Geotechnical Engineering and Geological Engineering Fields
Hosted By: AEG and AHS
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Student/Professional Meeting
Schedule of Events:
5:30-7:00 Career Fair and Mingling
7:00-7:45 Dinner
7:45- 8:45 Student Presentations
8:45-9:00 Award Presentations
Arizona State University in Tempe
Student Memorial Union
Cochise Room

Thursday, August 26, 2010

EWB Meeting

Engineers Without Borders (ASU Chapter) Meeting
Wednesday, September 1st
6:30 PM PSH 151
Arizona State University

For more information contact Armando Villareal

Friday, August 20, 2010

Geologist opening at Ohio Geological Survey

Geologist 3 - Ohio Geological Survey

The Ohio Geological Survey seeks applications for the position of Geologist 3 for the Geologic Mapping & Industrial Minerals Group. The successful candidate will be a versatile and highly motivated geoscientist with a thorough understanding of geologic mapping, bedrock geology and stratigraphy, and glacial geology and geomorphology. Background knowledge in areas such as geophysical exploration, interpretation of logs, familiarity with coring, sampling, and drilling, geologic modeling, and GIS, particularly any 3-D or geostatistical analysis is a major plus. A Master’s degree is preferred although a Bachelor’s degree with relevant experience will be considered. The complete job posting will be available on the ODNR website beginning August 23rd. (; applications will be accepted thru September 3, 2010. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. For more information concerning application procedures, please contact Rene Norris at 614-265-6406. For more information about position duties and qualifications, please contact Mike Angle at 614-265-6602.

Additional info

The Ohio Geological Survey (OGS) is a Division within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, with offices located at Fountain Square in Columbus, Ohio and at Alum Creek State Park in Delaware, Ohio. The Geologic Mapping & Industrial Minerals Group currently has a staff of eight full-time geologists plus a part-time seismologist and technicians/interns. The group is involved in diverse research and mapping of deep subsurface to shallow bedrock and surficial glacial and alluvial deposits. This section is also heavily involved in delineating Ohio’s geohazards including karst terrain, abandoned underground mines, landslides, and shoreline erosion along the Lake Erie coastline. The Group also compiles mineral resource statistics ranging from coal to sand and gravel aggregate

Excellent written and oral communications skills, publications record, and demonstrable mapping and/or GIS experience is preferred.

Computer Skills: Integrated geologic mapping and analysis software (e.g. GeoGraphix), GIS - ESRI Arc/Info including Geostatistical Analyst, Microsoft Office, Fluid flow modeling (e.g. Mod Flow).

In order to be eligible to accept a permanent part-time or full-time job with the state of Ohio, you must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident of this country. Those here on student visas cannot be offered permanent employment.