AEG Great Basin Monthly Meeting—Thursday, February 15, 2018

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, Great Basin Chapter, Monthly Meeting
http://www.aegweb.org/group/GB
http://www.aegweb.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1068134&group=149913
Thursday, February 15, 2018
SPEAKER: Brett McElhaney
TOPIC: “An Engineer-Philosopher’s Approach to the Interaction of Earthquakes and the Built Environment”

ABSTRACT: The world is not as it seems. This also pertains to the built environment. Energy flow is in everything. Structures that we often think of as “rigid” are actually vibrant with energy and have their own unique personalities (natural period, etc.). Likewise, every earthquake also has its own personality, energy content and frequency signatures. When the energy from an earthquake enters a structure and interacts with its energy there is a dance of energies and it is analogous to a musician (the earthquake) playing a musical instrument (the structure).

BIOGRAPHY: Brett started his professional career in the social sciences, earning a B.S. in Psychology from Midwestern State University in 1991. A few years later, he switched to Civil Engineering and obtained a BS and an MS in Civil Engineering in 1997 and 1999, respectively. In 2005, Brett started his own consulting firm. Currently he holds an SE license in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Texas and Maryland. With no formal business training or classes, he decided to go back to school for an MBA and graduated in Spring of 2015. “This experience has really added another dimension to my mind.”

Brett is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, teaching Structural Steel Design to fourth year Civil Engineering students.

LOCATION: SURE STAY PLUS HOTEL BY BEST WESTERN (Hotel name change – same location)
1981 TERMINAL WAY
Reno, NV 89502

SOCIAL HOUR: 5:30PM
DINNER: 6:30PM
PRESENTATION: 7:00PM

Cost: Members: $27.00 ~ Non-Members: $30.00 ~ Students: $20.00

RSVP NO LATER THAN 5PM, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 to mkgraham75@gmail.com
Please give us a 48 Hour Cancellation notice if you are not able to attend.

The monthly section meetings are held every third Thursday of the month, unless notified otherwise.

AEG Meeting—December 13

ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENGINEERING GEOLOGISTS GREAT BASIN SECTION – MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

SPEAKER: Dr. Scott A. Anderson, Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer for 2016–2017
TOPIC: Technical Observations from the 2014 SR 530 (Oso) Landslide Reconnaissance
WHEN: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (Please note this meeting is not the usual third Thursday!)
WHERE: BEST WESTERN AIRPORT PLAZA COURT RESTAURANT, 1981 TERMINAL WAY, RENO, NEVADA 89502
SOCIAL HOUR: 5:30 PM, DINNER: 6:30 PM, PRESENTATION: 7:00 PM
COST: Members: $25.00; non-members: $29.00 (Student Dinners Sponsored by CGS Mule LLC)

RSVP NO LATER THAN 5 PM, MONDAY DECEMBER 12 @ 775-303-8271 or ATHIBEDEAU@NEWFIELDS.COM

ABSTRACT: The Oso Landslide struck the community of Oso, Washington on Saturday, 22 March 2014, at approximately 10:37 a.m. on a clear, sunny day. It initiated within an approximately 200-m-high (650 ft) slope comprised of unconsolidated glacial and colluvial deposits and then transitioned to a catastrophic debris flow and rapidly inundated a neighborhood and, traveling more than a kilometer (0.6 mi), crossed a state highway (SR 530). Forty-three people in the neighborhood and on the SR 530 highway lost their lives. There are lessons of all types to be learned from this disaster and these lessons will be explored—with special emphasis on the technical ones, and the consideration of risk and resilience.

BIOGRAPHY: Scott A. Anderson was named the Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer for 2016–2017. This lectureship was jointly established in 1988 by the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) and the Environmental and Engineering Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA) to increase student awareness about applied geology.

Until recently, Dr. Anderson was the Geotechnical Engineering Technical Services Team Manager for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He led a national team of geotechnical engineers that assist state and local transportation agencies through technical assistance, training and deployment of new technologies. Prior to joining FHWA fifteen years ago, he worked in positions from Staff Geologist to Senior Consulting Engineer and Landslide Technology Leader for a major A/E design firm and spent four years as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Hawaii. Now he is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer for BGC Engineering Inc. Dr. Anderson earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in engineering geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado State University, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a licensed engineer and practicing engineering geologist with over 30 years of experience and approximately 100 publications and invited presentations. He has grown and lived in many places along a general path from Boston to Honolulu and now makes his home in Colorado, where he enjoys all of the outdoor time he can get.