October Meeting

Tuesday • October 15th 2019 • 6 – 9 PM

Old Market Pub & Brewery 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd, Portland, OR 97223

6 PM — Social Hour

6:45 PM — Dinner

7:30 PM — Presentation

Dinner pricing is as follows:

$25 – Private Industry • $20 – Public Agency • FREE for students

*There is a $2 surcharge for those who do not reserve by the deadline

Reservations can be made here: RSVP by 12 PM Monday, October 14th


The Voice of This Stone: Learning from Volcanic Disasters Around the World: Dr. Kevin Scott

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Scott

In The Voice of This Stone, a widely published and respected volcanologist with five decades of scientific study and boots-on-the-ground experience shares his expert knowledge. Through more than a dozen case studies from around the globe, Dr. Kevin Scott offers chilling details about what happened before, during, and after infamous volcanic cataclysms.

During his lengthy career as a field geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Scott traveled the world to visit sites that were dramatically altered by forces within the earth. He has witness firsthand what happens when tectonic plates movement ignites earthquakes and volcanic activity such as eruptions and killer lahars, massive mud-and-debris landslides that roar down mountainsides. Scott’s case studies highlight some of the best-known events and advance warnings regarding future episodes. By deciphering the histories of other disasters, Scott proposes, lives can and will be spared.

Speaker Bio: David Scofield, PE 

Kevin Scott is among the fraction of geologists who’ve spent their careers in the field, traveling internationally, venturing up and down mountains, observing altered landscapes, and studying volcanic history stored in the rock record. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Scott pursued his doctoral degree at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Curiosity and adrenaline seem to have fueled his lengthy career, surviving a helicopter crash in Alaska, escaping from a near kidnapping in South America, and emerging alive from a close call with a flowing lahar in the Philippines. Scott is a respected member of the Geological Society of America and has published often with the United States Geological Survey. For more info visit www.volcanicdisasters.com


Message from the Chair

What a turn out for our first meeting! Thanks to all that could attend. We had a great talk on the construction and geology of the Bonneville Dam from David Scofield (retired USACE) and enjoyed sponsored beverages from Anderson Environmental Contracting, LLC (AEC). Thanks to David and Connor for your time and efforts.

At our last meeting we were able to fill two volunteer positions in the Chapter. Jasmin Jamal (Aspect) has joined the Chapter as the Program Chair, and Bryon Free (ODOT) is our Newsletter Editor. Thanks to both of you for helping the Chapter. There is always room for more folks to help out. There are field trips to plan, short courses to organize and support for any of the existing positions is always welcomed.

Speaking of short courses, the attendees last month indicated there is interest in our Chapter providing a short course. Current ideas for consideration are: Blasting Basics, Levee Emergency Response, and Environmental Investigation & Remediation. If there are members interested helping organize a short course please contact one of the board members and we will get the work going.

This month brings crisp fall air and iconic northwest rain. Please join us for another opportunity to socialize with the engineering and environmental geology community and to hear a great talk.

Thanks for your support of the Chapter. Looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting!

Ben George, P.E., R.G., C.E.G.
Oregon AEG Chapter Chair


Student Opportunity:

John Moylan Student Chapter Support Fund
Student Chapter Officers, the AEG Foundation offers a grant for supporting chapter activities. The grant can include up to two $250 awards each semester. “All activities, which are well-planned and promote AEG’s mission and values, will be considered for a fund (see https://www.aegweb.org/page/AEGMission).” An application is available at the following link and is attached to the newsletter (See pages 10-12). The appli-cation also includes Details, Directions and Guidelines. Act fast as the deadline is Tuesday October 1. If you are unable to apply this semester look to apply in the future. Good luck and keep us updated on your activities!

Link: John Moylan Student chapter Support Fund


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