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[SEPT. 27, 2004]  DEARBORN, Mich. -- Approximately 300 engineering geologists will arrive in Dearborn this week to participate in a six-day meeting geared to sharing cutting-edge solutions for many of the engineering, environmental and geologic problems faced by communities throughout the world. Technical sessions start Wednesday.

The annual meeting of the Association of Engineering Geologists attracts scientists, teachers and engineers dedicated to improving the environment through prevention and remediation of problems of the earth science genre. These include groundwater contamination; erosion and landslides; earthquakes; mining issues; surface water pollution; industrial, commercial and private property pollution; landfills; and others.

The theme for the 47th annual meeting, "…at the Core of the Shores!" features four areas for educating attendees.

The first is a series of field trips throughout Michigan and Ohio. The field trips focus on land and water issues, including mining and lakeshore geology.

The second is a daylong workshop for earth science teachers, grades 6-12, that lets them take real-life solutions to real-life problems back to their classrooms. The workshop is led by nationally recognized scientists, engineers and geologists.

Third is the association's recognition of the state-of-the-art achievements in the area of engineering geology by the Ford Motor Company at its Rouge River Plant. Corporate representatives will be presented with an award on Wednesday morning. Attendees will tour the plant, learning behind the scenes about Ford's use of cutting-edge technology and the geologic and engineering factors that drove the design.

Fourth, the largest portion of the weeklong meeting, is the presentation of symposia and short courses by members. Nearly 100 presentations will be shared with engineering geologists and other scientists from most areas of North America. Among these are "Visioning the Future of Engineering Geology: Site Characterization" and "Visioning the Future of Engineering Geology: Understanding Conflict and Cooperation in the Practice of Engineering Geology."

Jeffery Keaton, the association's Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology, will present four talks. His subjects include "Engineering Geology Mapping in the Information Technology Age," "Environmental Significance of Earth Fissures: Overview of Shlemon Special Conference, El Paso, Texas," "Soil Stratigraphy and Surface-Water Hydrology of Part of the Hualapai Valley, Mohave County, Arizona," and "Earthquake Ground Motion for Design of Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge."

Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm has said, "I am proud of the Association of Engineering Geologists' commitment to increasing public awareness of engineering, geology and the environment. I also applaud your efforts to gain further knowledge as you work in this dynamic industry, to educate students and to work with government officials to demonstrate the responsible use of our resources."


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The meeting is the result of volunteer efforts by the membership of the association. This year's gathering is the responsibility of the North Central Section, which includes members in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. The planning committee is chaired by Lon Michael Cooper, PE, CPG, of Grand Rapids, Mich. Corporate sponsors of the meeting include the Clayton Group, Sierra Geological & Environmental Consultants, GreenSmith Inc., U.S Biosystems, Tilford & Green Environmental & Engineering Geology, Geobrugg North America LLC, Gannett Fleming, Geokon, and MATECO Drilling Company.

The meeting will be at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, 600 Town Center Drive, Fairlane Town Center. The cost for the full meeting is $310 for Association of Engineering Geologists members and $385 for nonmembers. Daily registration is available at a cost of $155 for members, $175 for non-members. Teachers interested in attending the workshop can register for $35. Teachers will receive continuing education credits for their participation. Those interested in attending can register through or at the Hyatt Regency today through Friday.

The Association of Engineering Geologists was originally founded as the California Association of Engineering Geologists in 1957. In 1963 it became the Association of Engineering Geologists, after the first non-California section was formed in Denver, Colo. The association was developed to meet the professional needs of geologists who are applying their scientific training and experience to the broad field of civil and environmental engineering.

Engineering geologists work in close coordination with construction, foundation and highway engineers, hydraulic engineers and hydrologists, and with environmental professionals in environmental remediation, city planning and natural hazard risk reduction. Association members represent geological engineers and geologists in practice, academic and governmental positions.

The mission of the Association of Engineering Geologists is to contribute to its members' professional success and the public welfare by providing leadership, advocacy and applied research in environmental and engineering geology. The association's values are based on the belief that its members have a responsibility to assume stewardship over their fields of expertise.

In support of serving an international network of environmental and engineering geologists devoted to excellence, the association values:

  • Upholding sound principles of scientific inquiry with respect to the study and evaluation of geologic processes, their effects on humans and the effects of human activities on the Earth.
  • Encouraging and facilitating ongoing education and training, as well as supporting members in their dedication to their work
  • Building public appreciation for how environmental and engineering geology contribute to public safety and the protection of property.

[News release from the
Association of Engineering Geologists]

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