CalGeo's is excited to announce our first VIRTUAL conference! We are calling it CONNECTIONS 2021

For a quick overview - watch our conference slideshow HERE >>

Want a more in depth look at the virtual conference platform? We've put together an 8-minute introduction demo video available on YouTube:

Watch the Virtual Platform Demo

Now more than ever we need to reconnect with others in our industry to share our experiences from the good, the bad and the ugly. Plan for the future and learn from each other's triumphs and tribulations.

We are excited to bring you some great speakers, networking/video chat opportunities and some fun events this year.

Another ZOOM call or webinar? NO WAY!

Our conference platform, Pheedloop, allows for a lot of great features we think you'll love:

Lobby: Add interesting sessions right to your calendar and catch up on conference announcements or chat with other attendees before the next session.

Sessions: We have a fantastic program of key-note lectures and panels sessions for you this year you don't want to miss. From Prevailing Wage to Design-Build and Technical issues of post-fire debris flow we have all the content you need.

Group Discussion Sessions: Join one of our session rooms for group discussions (up to 25 people) on topics affecting geotechnical engineers in California. Sessions will be attended by a CalGeo board member to gather info and share to the group.

Pro-Tip: Attendees can also create their own discussion groups for up to 5 attendees. Look for fellow sports fans, or emerging professionals - you can name your group whatever you like!

Networking: Start a one-on-one chat with any other attendee or long-lost friend and click to switch to a fun video-chat visit.

Expo: Visit our Affiliate member booths to gather materials, watch videos or live-chat with the reps. Get up to speed on new technology and products and watch live demos.

We miss seeing you all at our fun events and have created a number of optional social events to re-create our conference atmosphere in the safety of our own homes.

Only the Wine Tasting and Happy Hour Mixology will require an extra charge at registration to cover the shipping and drink cost.

Trivia Night

Wednesday April 28th, 6pm - Hosted by CalGeo's Emerging Professional group, Prizes sponsored by:

Our Emerging Professional group is a trivia power-house and have held numerous trivia themed events in the past. Everyone is welcome to join in on Trivia night to face off against others on general trivia topics ranging from geography to history and pop-culture. Keep an eye out for special theme categories to help you keep your answers on track.

Wine Tasting with Brown Estate Vinyards, Napa

Thursday April 29th, 6pm - Hosted by Marco Ortega, Lead Wine Educator, Sponsored by California Nevada Cement Association

During registration you will be prompted to opt-in or out for our wine tasting night with Brown Estates Winery. Join Marco Ortega, Brown Estate's Tasting Room Lead Wine Educator for a presentation about the history of Brown Estates, the first African American owned winery in Napa Valley. Marco will lead us through the tasting of two red wines from their 2019 vintage, a Red Blend and their Zinfandel. Wines will be shipped to the mailing address specified in registration ahead of the event.

Registration for this event will be cut-off on April 5th to provide the winery with enough time to package and ship the wines directly to your home.

Happy Hour Cocktail Mixology Tasting with BTL SVC Cocktails

Friday April 30th, 5:00pm - Hosted by Nathan Oliver, Master of Cocktails. Sponsored by Pavement Recycling Systems

If you've made it to Friday afternoon you'll be wanting that cocktail to wrap up the week. Kick back with a craft cocktail from Los Angeles based BTL SVC shipped directly to your door. The choice is yours! Choose two 100mL pre-mixed cocktails delivered to your door with a glass and coaster in a delightful gift box.

Meet the lead bartender who crafted these popular cocktails and get a quick tutorial on some tips and tricks for making your own mixes at home.

This presentation will finish off with a roasting of our Past Presidents, David Hamilton (2020) and Chris Diaz (2021) as they leave CalGeo's board for bigger and better (?) things...

Stick around and jump on one of those small 5-person chat rooms to visit with your new friends before kicking off the weekend.


Important Dates:

Deadline for registering and receiving swag bag in the mail: April 1st

Deadline for registering and receiving wine & happy hour shipments: April 7th

Deadline for conference registration: April 27th

Download printable PDF Program

Color Coded Legend

Technical Focus GREEN
Management Focus ORANGE
Optional networking/engagement GREY
Just for fun YELLOW

 *Past President Lunch by invitation only

Wednesday April 28th Session Speakers Sponsor
9:00 - 10:00am

General Membership Meeting & Election Results

DOWNLOAD 2020 Meeting Minutes

KEY CONTACTS: Vote in Board Elections

Kelly Cabal, Executive Director & CalGeo Board Geopier
11:30am - 12:30pm Past President Lunch Meeting* Exclusively invitation only to CalGeo's Past Presidents  
1:00 - 2:00pm Forecasting the frequency and magnitude of post-fire debris flows across California: Initial results for SoCal and planning for beyond Dennis Stanley & Jason Kean, USGS Colorado Griffin Soil Group
2:00 - 2:30pm Session Q&A discussion group (max. 25ppl) Dennis Stanely & Jason Kean, USGS Colorado  
6:00 - 7:00pm TRIVIA NIGHT Hosted by Lindsey Angell & Augie Smarkel  Middle Earth Geo Testing
Thursday April 29th      
9:00 - 10:30am Design-Build Panel Presentation

Moderator: Eric Swenson, Geo-Engineering Solutions

Contractor Experts: Tom Farrell, Farrell-Design Build & Danny Cohen, Morris Shea Bridge Co.

Engineering Expert: Bob Mitchell, Shannon & Wilson

Farrell Design-Build
10:30 - 11:30am Session Q&A Discussion group (max. 25ppl) Moderator: Eric Swenson, Geo-Engineering Solutions & Lindsey Angell, Golder  
12:30 - 2:00pm The 2021 California Prevailing Wage and Apprenticeship Update: From Inception And Beyond Van Allyn Goodwin & Sean Piers, Littler Densification, Inc.
2:00 - 2:30pm Prevailing Wage Session Q&A (max. 25ppl) Van Allyn Goodwin, Littler  
2:00 - 3:00pm Various Discussion Sessions (max. 25ppl each)

Engineer of Record

Open Forum

Emerging Professionals

Resume Tips

6:00 - 7:00pm WINE TASTING EVENT Hosted by Brown Estate Vinyards, Napa  CNCA
Friday April 30th      
9:00 - 10:30am Risk & Liability Panel Presentation

Moderator: Dave Gius, Wallace-Kuhl & Assoc.

Insurance Expert: Norah Smalls, Dealy-Renton

Legal Expert: Gary Jacobsen, Weil & Drage

Technical Expert: Greg Silver, GMU Geotechnical
10:30 - 11:30am Session Q&A Discussion group (max. 25ppl) Moderator: Martin McIlroy, MGE Engineering  
12:00 - 1:00pm Project Awards Presentations Project award winners Pavement Recycling Systems
2:30 - 3:30pm Economic Outlook Robert Eyler, Economic Forensics Rocscience
3:30 - 4:00pm Session Q&A Discussion group (max 25ppl) Robert Eyler, Economic Forensics  
Pavement Recycling Systems
5:30 - 6:00pm Conference closing & Past President roast Martin McIlroy, CalGeo President & Kelly Cabal, Executive Director. Featuring: David Hamilton & Chris Diaz
6:00 - closing Free-time/Networking Stay and chat with friends as long as you like!  



$150/CalGeo Members, $250/Non-members.

Optional shipments of alcohol are separate (2-bottles of wine from Brown Estates Winery $90, 2-craft cocktails from BTL SVC with tumbler and coaster set $50 Discounted to $40 thanks to Pavement Recycling!)

Bring two colleagues and save $150! Use the discount code: 3ORMORE to save $50/pp if registering 3 or more people from the same member firm.

CalGeo Student members are free!

Register Now

Want a more in depth look at the virtual conference platform? We've put together an 8-minute introduction demo video available on YouTube:

Watch the Virtual Platform Demo

Affiliate Members & Exhibits:

Interested in how this whole virtual booth thing works? Check out this quick tutorial from PheedLoop, our virtual conference platform. It will show you how you can set-up your "booth" and all the functionality provided.

Watch Exhibitor Tutorial Video

 In the tutorial video,  learn more about:

  • Lead retrieval and lead capture at exhibit booths
  • Accessing and using the exhibitor portal
  • Logo, video, links, and other design and content settings
  • Hosting PheedLoop Meet via the "Join Live" function for live video meetings at exhibit booths
  • Tracking booth traffic in real-time
  • Participating in one-on-one video calls with booth visitors using PheedLoop Meet

Sponsorship: Help us raise $10k for our student scholarships and chapters!

Any member firm or Affiliate can sponsor and help us raise money for our students. We have numerous options and tiers plus the option to sponsor one of our social events or the swag bag at various amounts.

Please download our sponsor information deck HERE >>

Support CalGeo's Students with Sponsorship

Thank you to our Gold Level Sponsors:



Thank you to our Silver Level Sponsor: