Friday, January 23, 2009

AEG is proud to present the 2009 Spring Shlemon Specialty Conference:

Palm Desert, CA February 19 - 20, 2009

Presentations, panel discussion and a hands-on workshop session regarding the investigation, analysis and mitigation of surface faults will make this a must-attend event.

For more information, click
here or go to and click on the link at the bottom of the page.

Upcoming Meetings and Presentations

We have our meetings and speakers through Spring 2009 all set.
  • February 19, 2009: Jessica Humble/John Niedzielski -AT Train Presentation
  • March 26, 2009: Ed Medley- 2009 Jahn’s Lecturer
  • April 2, 2009: Student Night - UA (co-sponsered by AHS and in partnership with GeoDaze)
  • May 7, 2009: Keith Dahlen/Wayne Harrison- SR 87 Landslide Mitigation

I hope to see all of you there!

AEG Executive Council Nominations

Call for Nominations for 2009-2010 AEG Executive Council

The nominations committee is seeking nominations for qualified individuals to serve on the AEG Executive Council (EC) beginning in the 2009-2010 term. The commitment will be for five years total as the individual moves through the EC positions.

The annual commitment of serving on the EC follows:
  • Fulfill the roles and responsibilities of the office as described in Article 3 of the Association’s Bylaws (Bylaws are printed in the AEG Directory or in the members’ area of the AEG web site at
  • Attend two 1.5-day Executive Council Workshops; typically these workshops are held in Denver, one each over a weekend in January and July.
  • Attend a one day EC workshop on the day prior to the mid-year Board of Directors (BOD) meeting (generally in May, and on a Friday)
  • Attend a one day EC workshop on the day prior to the start on the Annual Meeting (generally on a Tuesday)
  • Attend two, 2-day BOD Meetings; one mid-year BOD meeting generally held over a weekend in May and the Annual BOD meeting, which immediately follows the Annual Meeting (held on a Saturday and Sunday).
  • Attend monthly conference calls with the EC.
  • Take on the various responsibilities of each EC officer as one moves through the elected positions (Printed in the AEG Directory)
  • Maintain active and timely participation on the EC through conference calls, e-mails, etc.
Nominees will be asked to provide their history of leadership within and outside of AEG, their view of AEG’s future, how they see their role in maintaining the core values of the Association, abilities that will enable them to work positively with a diverse BOD and EC, and their desire and ability to make a long-term commitment (5 years) to the AEG Executive Council.

Nominations for the 2009-2010 year close on March 1, 2009. Names of perspective candidates should be submitted to the nominations committee care of Dorian Kuper, Nominations Committee Chairperson as follows:

Dorian Kuper
Kuper Consulting LLC
22680 SW 76th Ave.
Tualatin, Oregon 97062

(503) 638-9722

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Special Geotechnical Lecture at ASU - Katrina Levee Failures

Monday, February 1 LSE 106
Reception 5:30 - 6:00 PM: Lecture 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E.
President, The Geo-Institute of ASCE
Professor and Holder of the Buchanan Chair
Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina landed a devastating blow to New Orleans and its surroundings. Levees and bridges failed and about 1500 people died. The engineering aspects of this disaster are presented with particular emphasis on levee overtopping and associated erosion, which was the cause of about 80% of the levee failures. An NSF sponsored study undertaken to evaluate the resistance of levees to overtopping is presented including sampling of the levees around New Orleans and associated erosion susceptibility testing. A methodology that was developed to take the overtopping into consideration in design issue and thereby reduce the risk of failure by overtopping in the future will also be presented. Other related levee situations around the country such as the Upper Mississippi floods of June 2008 and the evaluation of the California levee system are discussed to paint the national picture. A risk approach to levee overtopping management is proposed.

Also of Interest
February 2-4 at ASU

Presentations on: Arizona Economic Outlook, Long Life Pavements, ITS, Arterial Incident management, Bridge Scour, Expansive Soils, Warm Mix Asphalt, Asphalt Recycling, Pervious Pavements, Resilient Modulus Testing, MEPDG Implementation, BMPs for Fugitive Dust Control, Context Sensitive Design, and much more!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Next Meeting - Thursday, January 15

Dear AEG Members, Professional Colleagues, Students, and Friends:

The Arizona Section of AEG is pleased to announce that our next meeting will be held jointly with the Maricopa Section of SME next Thursday, January 15, 2009. The meeting will be at the Best Western Central Inn (1100 N. Central Ave.) in Phoenix. The social hour begins at 6:30 PM followed by dinner and the presentation.

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Joe Hart, the Arizona State Mine Inspector will be speaking of Mining in Arizona and Its Abandoned Mines. Please see the attached .pdf flyer for more information. Hope to see you all there!

Please RSVP to me, Heather Hespeler at by Monday, January 12th.

I know it is somewhat short notice, but the venue requires a headcount prior to the event. Thank you.