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President's Message

By Hannes H. Richter, G.E., Stoney-Miller Consultants, Inc.
CalGeo President 2016-2017

I am honored to be President of CalGeo this year, and my goal is to continue the progress we as an organization have made over the past 45 years. Personally, CalGeo has given me the opportunity to meet and become friends with many prominent members of our industry, and we all learn from each other to become better professional and business leaders. Important issues still challenge us, and we must grow as a group to meet them. Our goal this year is to increase membership value, and with that have more involved members as well as attract new members. Areas of particular emphasis are Technician certification training and updating the GE exam study material. Our organization must take the lead in improving the perception and practice of our eyes and ears in the field, our technicians, both for better quality control and for reduced liability. Regarding the GE exam, we are the only current source for study materials, but they are very outdated and must be redone for the next generation of engineers.

We have been especially successful on the following committees, and plan to continue the good work:

  • Government Practices/Legislative Committee, which is working closely with ACEC on Senate Bill 885 in order to remove the onerous duty defend language from contracts.
  • The Government Practices/Legislative Committee (co-chaired by Directors Bob Lokteff and Rob Fingerson) has, among other things, been at the fore of making changes to BORPELSG rules and California Code language related to engineering oversight of soil technicians and materials testers. This committee will benefit from your help and involvement.
  • Technical Affairs Committee, which through the well attended Loss Prevention Seminars will offer and encourage technician training for ICC certification.
  • Emerging Professional Committee, which has a well established group in the Sacramento area, and is working toward establishing a Los Angeles area group. This is a great opportunity for your younger engineers to learn and grow through informal interactions and lectures.
  • The Student Outreach Committee, which now involves 8 student chapters and over 100 students, with more chapters in the works.
  • The Programs Committee strives to keep improving our already excellent annual conference (Hawaii next April!) and our regional dinner meetings.

Please visit our website for a full list of committees, and look for something that piques your interest in volunteering. It is a good way to contribute professionally, as well as meeting your colleagues. We need your help to make this successful and encourage your suggestions and involvement. You will find it very rewarding!

In closing, please welcome our two newest board members, George Hattrup with RMA Associates, and Noah Smith of Terracon, who were elected at the annual conference in Pasadena in April. With your support we can make 2016-2017 a memorable year for CalGeo and geotechnical practice in California.

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