As I mentioned, it has been some time since I attended a SCGS meeting and I was amazed at the participation. Last night's meeting was, actually, a joint meeting with the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG); however, most engineering geologists present belong to both organizations. It was great catching up with members I had not seen in quite a while. I was a student member when the group was first formed by Arthur Flint, one of my geology professors at Chapman College (now Chapman University), and a handful of other geologists. Dr. Flint invited his students to attend in all of his classes at the time; however, it came with the dictum "I WILL see your there."
Last night's speaker was Mohammed Hasan, Principal Engineer and Owner of Hasan Consultants, and his topic was " Directional Drilling in a Megaslide." It was somewhat apparent that all of the geologists in the room, including me, were expecting to hear a talk relating to some sort of drilling exploration relating to landslide investigation. But, the talk was actually related to installation of a water line beneath a canyon in the La Conchita area near Ventura, and there was very little mention of the landslides prevalant in this area. This led to many questions relating to geology that the speaker was really not able to adequately address. He mainly focused on the rather simplistic aspects of the drilling process with only scant mention of the geosteering process used to guide the directional drilling that would have been more engaging to the audience. His talk was short enough that he could probably have had speakers from the geologic consulting firm and drilling contractor to provide more detail. While the talk was lacking in geologic content, it was interesting to see the extent to which a water company was willing to go to protect their water main from future damage.