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Keynote Speaker 1: Kenneth Taylor, State Geologist of North Carolina


Dr. Kenneth B. Taylor, P.G. is the 13th person to serve as the State Geologist of North Carolina since the N.C. Geological Survey was authorized in 1823. His career has spanned 40 years, including 25 years in state government, a decade in academia, four years in the private sector, and a short time in federal service. He has shared his experience in emergency planning, disaster response, hazard mitigation, risk assessment, loss estimation and geohazard analyses with other geoscientists and emergency managers in more than 60 abstracts and professional papers. As both a geologist and a geophysicist, he has responded to significant regional earthquakes to capture aftershock sequences for source analyses; worked in the Texas oil fields on secondary oil/gas recovery techniques; utilized geophysical methods to characterize geological problems; and analyzed energy and mineral resource potential.  He was the 1991-92 Congressional Science Fellow from the Geological Society of America (GSA) and is a fellow of GSA.


Natural Hazards – A Perspective from a Former State Emergency Planner, Emergency Manager, Director and the State Geologist

I have spent twenty-five years in state government and have worked in only two state organizations: the N.C. Division of Emergency Management and the N.C. Division of Land Resources. My background is in geologic hazards, including where the hazards are, how to avoid the impacts from those hazards, and how to make housing and infrastructure more resilient to these hazards. A hazard risk assessment is based on several factors: location, extent of impact, severity of impact, and probability of impact. In many cases, these factors are poorly known and/or difficult to quantify. Modeling has become the “what-if” method to plan for rare events. By running through a series of locations and levels of severity, the emergency planner can make order-of-magnitude estimates of potential impacts. Forecasting by the National Weather Service has given these planners the upper bounds on the potential impacts, and several states have used computer programs which can predict flood height and timing of peak flow for flooding events. Examples of modeling used by emergency managers from knowledge provided by scientists and engineers will be shared.

                               Keynote Speaker 2: Bart Cattanach, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources


Bart Cattanach is a Licensed Geologist working for the North Carolina Geological Survey in their Asheville field office.  He is the Senior Mapping Geologist for the Blue Ridge and western Piedmont and has spent the last 18 years working on a variety of geological projects in western North Carolina.  He earned a B.S. in Geology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Geology from North Carolina State University. 


The Geology of Western North Carolina:  An Overview

Asheville is located within the Blue Ridge Physiographic province of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  The geology of surrounding western North Carolina records over a billion years of Earth’s history including evidence of three Wilson Cycles. Local basement gneisses are the product of Mesoproterozoic orogenesis. Failed and successful rifting of these gneisses in the Neoproterozoic deposited mixed volcaniclastic and sedimentary rocks within continental and oceanic basins along the new continental margin.  In the early Paleozoic the active rift zone transformed into a passive continental margin with widespread sedimentary deposition on both continental and oceanic crust. Three major orogenic events affected the Grenville basement and younger cover sequences of western North Carolina during the Paleozoic: Taconic, Acadian/Neoacadian, and Alleghanian.  The Alleghanian orogeny culminated with the formation of Pangea.  The metamorphism, plutonism, deformation, and faulting of these three mountain building events created and shaped the rocks we see at the surface today. Mesozoic rifting of Pangea created the Atlantic Ocean basin beginning the latest Wilson cycle. Brittle structures and diabase dikes extending into western North Carolina are evidence of this new chapter.  It is believed that the mountains created during the Alleghanian orogeny were largely eroded and that the topography we see today is the result of relatively recent uplift and erosion during the Cenozoic.

The 2018/2019 AEG/GSA Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology: Deborah Green - Link to Complete Bio and Lecture Descriptions


I’ve been honored to serve as the 31st Jahns Lecturer this year. By the end of the Spring 2019 semester I had visited 43 colleges and universities in 19 states, giving more than 70 lectures, as well as meeting with students and faculty for informal discussions. I’m still answering emails from students who have sent questions and asked for mentoring since I spoke at their schools.


After the summer break, I’ll be traveling throughout September to complete my lectureship. I’ve been especially pleased to be the second woman Jahns Lecturer, and I’m gratified by the reception from students, particularly young women excited to talk about their own opportunities in the profession.


The 2018/2019 Jahns Lectures included:

- How to Build a Geology Career You Love

- You Don’t Look Like a Geologist – A Conversation on Diversity (or the Lack Thereof) in Our Profession

- Let’s Talk – A Conversation on How We Communicate about Science

- A Tale of Two Waste Sites

- Always Book a Window Seat – The Lens Through Which We View the World as Geologists

“How to Build a Geology Career You Love” was requested more than twice as often as any of the other lectures, and both students and faculty seemed to appreciate hearing more about the career paths available in environmental and engineering geology. Too often we don’t tell students what they can do professionally with the science they are so dedicated to learning. The two “conversation” format lectures also proved to generate rich interactions, with several schools and organizations specifically extending invitations to create those opportunities.

The 2019/2020 AEG/GSA Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology: Scott Lindvall - Link to Complete Bio and Lecture Descriptions

Scott Lindvall is a Certified Engineering Geologist in California with 35 years of experience working in the consulting industry performing seismic and geologic hazard analyses, fault investigations, and engineering geology studies for both existing and proposed critical facilities. He is particularly interested in advancing the state of the practice by incorporating recent research on active faults and seismic sources into the evaluation of dams, aqueducts, pipelines, nuclear facilities, and other infrastructure.

Scott’s lecture topics include:​

- Crossing the San Andreas Fault: Improving the Resilience of the Los Angeles Aqueduct System

- The 1971 San Fernando Earthquake and Paleoseismology of the Sierra Madre Fault System

- A Tale of Three Dams Along the Owens Valley Fault System

- Characterizing Fault Displacement Hazards: Significant Progress and Significant Uncertainties

- Seismic Source Characterization for Evaluating Nuclear Power Plants in the Central and Eastern US

- Careers for Students in Applied Geology: Options to Consider

Scott is looking forward to this next year of the lectureship and the opportunities to meet and speak to geology students and colleagues on topics that have interested him throughout his career. Please email any speaking requests to to schedule a presentation between October 2019 and September 2020.


Technical Session #2: Symposium on Climate Resilience: Bringing Geoscientists and Climate Scientists Together- September 18, 2019

Technical Session #3B: PFAS/GenX Symposium - September 18, 2019

(Sponsored By Bryan Environmental)

GenX, developed by DuPont spinoff Chemours as a safer replacement for some non-stick compounds in the PFAS family of chemicals, has emerged as the newest high-profile contaminant of concern in the environmental world.   Experts from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, NC State University, the EPA, and the legal community, will provide a first-hand look at the environmental impacts that GenX is having on communities both upstream and downstream of the Chemours Fayetteville plant, along the Cape Fear River in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina. 


Technical Session #4 : The Changing Times of Engineering Geology at Dams and Levees Symposium Part I - TVA OEEG Project Award - September 18, 2019

(Sponsored By: Schnabel Engineering)

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is honored that AEG selected the Boone Dam Internal Erosion Remediation Project to receive the 2019 Outstanding Environmental & Engineering Geologic Project Award.  The first three presentations of this Symposium include an overview of how the site geology and decisions made during initial design and construction led to the creation of vulnerabilities to internal erosion and a description of how TVA developed a hydrogeological model to understand these complex interactions.  The next three presentations will provide an in-depth look at some of the tools used in the process of developing and implementing the remediation concept, including 3-D modeling, risk-informed decision making, and data management.  Finally, the last two presentations will describe how the Boone Dam project has advanced the standard of practice for dam foundation grouting and discuss public outreach and communication of technical geologic (and other) information to a wide variety of stakeholders over the course of a long-duration megaproject.  TVA looks forward to sharing this information about one of the most challenging dam construction projects ever undertaken in the Tennessee Valley.

Technical Session #5 - The Changing Times of Engineering Geology at Dams and Levees Symposium Part II - September 19, 2019 

(Sponsored By: Schnabel Engineering)

The session will open with the keynote address by Ms. Vanessa Bateman, Geotechnical, Geology and Materials CoP Lead Engineering & Construction, USACE, Washington, DC. Her topic of the presentation will be 'Instrumentation Data from Dam Safety Monitoring During Construction-Recent USACE - Lessons Learned'. Ms. Bateman's educational and interesting address will be followed by the most anticipated and equally educational post-construction update on the 'Oroville Dam Spillway' retrofits by Ms. Holly Nichols and Nick Hightower, from Calfornia Dept. of Water Resources (CDWR). Ms. Stephanie Briggs, Lettis Intern., will provide a glimpse of the hydraulic and geologic models that are used for improved unlined spillway erodibility assessment at the Oroville dam. While Ms. Jennifer Dean, CDWR, will provide a review of an engineering geologist's contribution to concrete  gravity structures stability analyses.  After the coffee break, the ever-intriguing presentations will be on the 'North Folk Dam makeover' by Mark Landis (Schnabel Engg),  and Ms. Loring Crowley, also from Schnabel Engineering will speak on 'Innovations in Dam Instrumentation Monitoring to Reduce Risk'. After a span of two years, there will be an update on the 'The Dissolution Front: A Quantitative Geospatial Model Developed to Assist in Dam Safety Assessment at Mosul Dam, Iraq'. Ms. Wilhite, USACE, will present results on 'Rock Mechanics and Its Effects on Spillway Modification Design'. Last but not least, Visty Dalal, Maryland Dam Safety, will present a case study of a  reluctant private dam owner who ended up spending twice as much money on fighting the state and breaching the dam than would have if the dam was repaired!! 

Technical Session #6 : Speaking Their Language - Communicating Science with Non-Scientists - Who, Why, and How Symposium Part I and Technical Session #10: Symposium Part II - September 19, 2019

Invited speakers for this timely symposium will discuss practical examples related to communicating science with non-scientists, including with whom we need to communicate, why we need to engage those audiences, and how to do so. Speakers with a broad range of scientific backgrounds and experience who work in government agencies, consulting, and academia will participate, as well as television and newspaper reporters, and political staff. In addition to topical presentations based on practical experiences, there will be a mini-workshop facilitated by reporters on how to provide the information needed to ensure that geoscience is reported accurately and effectively. Both the morning and afternoon sessions of the symposium will conclude with panel discussions in which the most important issues can be more deeply explored by all attendees.

Technical Session #7: Part I and Technical Session #11: Part II - NOA Symposium - Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) / Elongate Mineral Particles (EMP) Assessment, Monitoring and Mitigation - September 19, 2019Link to brochure with all of the details

Who Should Attend: Asbestos Consultants, Geologists, Certified Industrial Hygienists, Environmental Consultants, Epidemiologists, Geotechnical Engineers, Government Regulators, Heavy Construction Contractors, Mine & Quarry Operators, Risk Assessors, Testing Labs, Toxicologists...

AEG NOA Working Group Field Trips - A Geological Field Trip of Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) Sites Including Several Talc Deposits in Western North Carolina. September 20 and 21, 2019. See brochure for all the details.

Technical Session #8B: Tunneling Symposium - September 19, 2019

The 2019 Tunneling Symposium features five presentations showcasing engineering applications in underground construction through a variety of differing rock types and ground conditions.

Technical Session #9 - The Changing Times of Engineering Geology at Dams and Levees Symposium Part IV - September 20, 2019

(Sponsored By: RJH Consultants)

The session will open with the keynote address by Ms. Kathleen Bensko, Engineering Geologist, Dam Safety, FERC, informing us about the FERC's Dam Safety Program and the importance of engineering geology. Scott Walker, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), will provide a brief overview of the TVA and the geologic challenges at TVA projects. Thomas Terry, USACE will provide geologic input for Dam and Levee Risk Assessments; while Kevin Richards, USACE, will speak on site characterization for risk assessment of Cougar Dam, Oregon, and the preliminary results obtained in this project. Derek Morley from Geosyntec will talk about the changing times as it  relates to the evolving role of engineering geology for considering resilience  in Dam Safety Risk. Kevin Mininger of RJH Consultants will guide on his topic "Where to Focus" - Using the PFMAAAA/SQRA Process to Manage Risk at a Single Dam or an Entire Portfolio. Lastly, Gary Rogers from  Schnabel-Engineering will present his talk on 'Risk-Based Approach and 3D Modeling Clarify Artesian Pressure Risk'. 

Technical Session #13: Landslide Symposium - September 20, 2019

Evaluating and Managing Landslide Hazards at Local and Regional Scales: This symposium will present case studies and field-based research of landslide processes and landslide hazard evaluation, management, mitigation and risk reduction at local and regional scales. Topics include field studies of landslide activity, morphology, and geometry; observations of post-fire landslide activity and preparation for ongoing post-fire hazards in a non-arid region; methods for and examples of regional susceptibility mapping; and updates on statewide hazard management efforts.

Technical Session #15A - The Changing Times of Engineering Geology at Dams and Levees Symposium Part IV - September 20, 2019

(Sponosred By Schnabel Engineering)

The session will be opened by Richard Gary, Digioiagray Consults, who will share the work on 'Unexpected Ground Movements at Tyerson Station Dam'. He will be followed by April Fontaine, USACE, who will speak on 'Sacramento Region Levee Rehab-2017 Event'. The next two presentations by USACE by Michael Arles and Mark Elson will be on the 'Chickamauga Lick Replacement-Geologic Site Characterization Before and After' and 'Foundation Preparation and Verification for the Kentucky Lock Downstream Cofferdam' respectively. Malcolm Schaeffer, HDR Inc. will speak on ' Engineering Geology Investigations  for the Cedar Cliff Auxiliary Spillway Upgrade Project, Southwest North Carolina' and last but not least, Michael Nield, USCAE, will speak about 'Sliding Failures at Five Lock and Dam Projects - Dam and Cofferdam Failures within the Ohio River Basin'. 

Technical Session #16 - Environmental Remediation and Geochemistry Symposium - September 20, 2019

(Sponsored By EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc., PBC)


Technical Session #21: The 2019 Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals  Symposium - September 20, 2019  

(Sponsored By FGIM (  The Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals (FGIM) is an international meeting of geologists and mining professionals interested in industrial minerals. The Forums focus has always been on the geology of industrial minerals with an emphasis to promote the knowledge and organization of mining, mineral processing, regulation and reclamation through the forum meetings, presentations and field trips.)


The 55th Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals (FGIM) is being held in Asheville, North Carolina hosted by the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists’ 62nd Annual Meeting. FGIM and the symposia encompasses all aspects of mining geology, mineral processing, and mining regulation within the industrial minerals field and heavily focuses on field trips to illustrate geology, mining techniques and processing facilities. This program showcases diverse issues in the industrial minerals community.



Poster Sessions:  Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19 – 8:00am-4:00pm

Vote for Your Favorite Poster!

We will once again be holding a student poster competition. There will be three cash prizes ($300, $150, and $50) for the top three vote recipients of the poster sessions. Voting will be conducted exclusively through the Guidebook Mobile App, so bring your mobile device to vote for your favorite. Winners will be awarded at the Poster Reception on Thursday evening.


Poster Reception - All Posters Will Be Displayed

Thursday 5:00-7:00pm in the Grand Ballroom foyer. Cash Bar. Each full and Student registration receives one drink ticket.


Wednesday, September 18 – 8:00am-4:00pm

Speaker                              Title

Akinrinmade, Adeola        Integrated Approach To Modern Landfill Sitting Using Geo-Spatial, Geophysical, Geotechnical and Analytic Hierarchy Process

Cameron, Corteney          Spatiotemporal Patterns of Rainfall in West-Central Florida, 1940-2016

Cantando, Elizabeth         NNCI: The Virginia Tech National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure

Drummond, Jesse             Application of ESS and 3-D Modeling to Evaluate Contaminant Migration Risk from a Proposed Earthen \ Containment Design

Ferry, Nicholas                   Using Landscape Evolution Modeling to Evaluate Potential for Buried Mega-Landslides within the Basin and Range Province

Gates, Jonathan                 Developing Landslide Modeling Capabilities within LandLab to Evaluate Landscape Response and Recovery to Mega-Landslides

Jarvis, William                     Soil Monolith Preparation and Associated Physico-Chemical Properties Analysis from the Gray Fossil Site, TN

Jeoung, Jaehyeung             A Study on the Weathered Granite Soils for the Prevention of Residual Subsidence of the Motorway

Leverett, Kelsi                     Assessing Drainage Tile Efficacy using Geophysical Techniques

Lindsey, Kassandra            Modifying Landslide Susceptibility Mapping Methods to Better Represent the Geology in Mesa County, Colorado

Markley, Dale                      Former Mine Site Remedial Efforts in the Tri-State District - Progress of Efforts by Private Industry


Thursday, September 19 – 8:00am-4:00pm

Speaker                               Title

Mirus, Bejamin                    Community Effort to Develop an Interactive National-Scale Map of Landslide Occurrence Across the United States

Montano-Soriano,              3-D Groundwater Model of the District of Columbia and its use to Assess the Effects and Environmental Impact of Construction

Xochitl Ricardo                    Dewatering

Paul, Varun                          Discerning Hydrogeochemical Properties in the Ground and Surface Waters of the Upper Pearl River Watershed in Mississippi

Shields, Sierra                     Surface Water Quality in Missouri

Snyder, Jay                           Construction of Multi-Level Monitoring Wells in Karst Environment

Snyder, Jay                           The Use of Powdered Activated Carbon in Excavation Backfill to Sequester Residual Contamination and Enhance Bioremediation

Soller, David                        Geoscience Information and Decision Making Support from the National Geologic Map Database

Vargo, Ana                           Geology and Construction of Tibble Fork Dam Rehabilitation, Utah County, Utah

Young, David                       Impacts of Design Characterization and Geological Characteristics on Remedial Strategy Optimization


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