of the CalGeo Student Chapter at UCLA have a simple goal, to build
lasting connections between the academic and industrial faces in
the field of Geotechnical Earthquake engineering. We present opportunities
for students to interact with professionals of the field, those
men and women who belong to the California Geoprofessionals Association.
Engineering is the ground level facet of Civil Engineering. Before
buildings go up, geotechnical engineers are responsible for investigating
sites of proposed construction. We examine soils, rocks and fault
distribution, and determine their engineering properties including
the soils' responses to seismic stresses.
student chapter has grown significantly since it was founded in
2008. The chapter organizes multiple events throughout the academic
year. These typically include: an annual Fall BBQ, a field trip to see Cone Penetration Testing and Standard Penetration Testing,
participation in a Mechanically Stabilized Earth Wall competition
with Geo-Institute and ASCE at UCLA, and info sessions from various industries.
Every year, UCLA chapter of CalGeo invites students to attend a field trip to see CPT and SPT testing close up and personal. The destination is most frequently located at
the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation site (NEES), located
under the intersection of the 405 and 105 freeways. In the past, countless students
partook and enjoyed this excellent opportunity.
Within the seemingly short span of two hours, students are exposed
to an array of field related operations and equipment. Divided into stations, students are given up-close demonstrations with:
a cone penetration testing truck, the examination of soil behavior
behind freeway abutments during earthquakes, a truck-mounted drill
demonstration, and the final station was in depth analysis of SPT
samples. Students gave two thumbs way up.