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2018/2019 Meetings

The AEG Souhern Nevada Chapter holds dinner meetings eight times per year.  Meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Embassy Suites Convention Center located at 3600 Paradise Road (just north of Twain/Sands) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Each meeting features a presentation regarding a pertinent geological, environmental, or other relevant science-based issue.


Free hors d'oeures in the bar on the 3rd floor: 5:30 to 6:00 pm

Check-in and social: 6:00 6:30 pm

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Presentation: 7:00 pm


Members:  $25.00

Non-members:  $30.00

Walk-ins:  $35.00

Student Members:  $15.00

Student Non-members:  $20.00

Student Walk-ins:  $25.00


Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.  Just let us know when you register!

November Meeting
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Why is Applied Geology Important for Critical Facility Siting?

By: Dave Fenster, AEG 2019-2020 Immediate Past President

Bio: Dave retired as a general consulting engineering geologist in January 2018 after a 44-year career working primarily for large consulting firms.  After starting at the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY) as an engineering major, he was graduated with a BA in History in 1967.  He received an MA in history from the University of Illinois in 1968.  Dave started taking geology courses at Queens College of CUNY while teaching in the South Bronx.  He was awarded a teaching assistantship (Lecturer Part-time) and received a Masters in Geology in 1975.  He is a Licensed Professional Geologist (PG) in California; Certified Professional Geologist in Virginia and was previously certified in Indiana and Missouri.


As an engineering geologist, Dave applied geologic principals to investigate sites for:  geologic and seismic hazards assessments; critical facility site selection; radioactive and hazardous waste management; nuclear facility licensing, LNG facility permitting and certification; and NEPA compliance.  His project experience includes: site investigations; report preparation; project management; and business development.  Many projects have included Federal, state, and local regulatory compliance; permit acquisition and nuclear facility licensing.  Prior to retiring, he had been a Principal Geologist and the Engineering Geology Supervisor and was recognized as an Elite Technical Specialist for Bechtel Power Corporation in Fredrick, MD and Reston, VA. (2006-2018).  Most of his work for Bechtel included site investigations and report preparation for the current generation of commercial nuclear power plants.  Dave began his career as a geologist with Dames & Moore in 1974 investigating sites for nuclear power plants, working on foundation and groundwater investigations and other aspects of applied geology.  His experience with geologic field mapping led to interpretations of surface and subsurface data to develop the regional and site geology sections of Safety Analysis Reports filed with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission in support of nuclear power plant licensing.  As this work declined, Dave conducted environmental geologic investigations to characterize site groundwater and soil conditions and to determine whether clients were in compliance with environmental regulations.  After leaving Dames Moore, Dave worked on the geologic isolation of high-level radioactive wastes while with Argonne National Laboratory (1982-1985), Roy F. Weston Inc. (1985-1991) and with Woodward Clyde/URS (1991-2006).  At URS he supported FEMA while working on the Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Program and other geology-related programs.


Dave joined the North-Central Section of AEG in 1982.  He served as North-Central Section Program Chairman (1982-1984) and Secretary (1984-1985). He was appointed as Chairman of the Committee on Rock Mechanics and AEG’s representative to the U.S. National Committee on Rock Mechanics (1984-1989).  He was Chairman of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (1989-1991) and Chairman of the Committee on High-Level Radioactive Waste Management (1991-1994). Dave served as Chairman of the Baltimore-Washington-Harrisburg Section (current DC-Maryland-Virginia Chapter) (2002-2004).  He was an initial member of the Section Chapter Support Committee.  He served on the Board of Directors of the AEG Foundation from 2006-2016 as Secretary for two years and as President for 2015.  Dave was appointed as interim Vice President of AEG in 2017 and was elected as Vice President/President-elect for 2017-2018.


Dave has served as a peer reviewer for AEG’s Environmental & Engineering Geology Journal. His term as Overseas Reviewer of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (Geological Society of London) expired in 2018.

Abstract: Critical facilities can be defined as those important to health, safety and the environment.  The failure of a critical facility can be disastrous in terms of loss of life, injuries, property destruction and the cost of recovery.  Applied geology plays an important role in the site characterization, design and construction of many critical facilities.  As Geologists we leave school with a basic geological toolkit.  We need to supplement that education with experience and continuous learning.  Detailed site investigations are necessary to provide the data, and interpretations based on those data, that form the basis for our understanding of site suitability.  These data and interpretations should provide input to design. This presentation will be discussing the siting and licensing of nuclear facilities, a federal courthouse and a high hazard dam. We’ll also discuss investigations of karst terrain and the implications for failing to consider site geology in the design and construction of critical facilities.

January 14, 2020
Case histories of application of drones to environmental projects, by Jim Oliver, Datasight
February 11, 2020
The effect of wildfires in the Sierra Nevada on hydrology, by Gabriella Boisrame, DRI
March 10, 2020
Crossing the San Andreas Fault: Improving the Resilience of the Los Angeles Aqueduct System, by Scott Lindvall,
Jahns Lecturer
April 14, 2020
Geological future of Nevada and update on state of geology in Nevada (lithium exploration, geothermal, etc),
by Jim Faulds, Nevada State Geologist
May 12, 2020
Hazardous waste management and the status of AEG, Cynthia Palomares, President of AEG
May 30 or June 6, 2020
Annual Field Trip, TBD