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The Chicago Chapter typically meets the third Tuesday of every month September through May in the Chicago area.

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Over the weekend the SB1821 amendment 003 was revised - to remove reference to the Professional Geologist Act and work done by Licensed Professional Geologists. 

The bill sponsor, Senator Pamela Althoff sent the following email to Patty Bryan - see following. Senator Scott Bennett also sent an email. 

It seems likely that this matter is resolved - for this session. So far as we know at this time. 



The Quaternary Geology of the Southern Chicago Metropolitan Area Field Trip













Chris Stohr



Vice Chair:

Glenn Wittman



Treasurer: Cornelia Marin
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Stephanie Scilingo

Other Chapter Positions

Newsletter Editor:

Jeff Wawczak



Membership Chair:

Fernando Monterey



Program Chair:
Chris Stohr email
Past Chair:

Christy Barry

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Please contact one of the Chapter Officers to arrange for a presentation to students at any level. AEG Members are prepared to present case histories on Civil and Environmental Engineering Projects for college and high school students, as well as, presentations toward Scouting Educational Badges.

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PAST CHAPTER FIELD TRIPS 2006 - Geology of National Parks

Rita Keefe co-taught a course titled Geology of National Parks in August 2006, through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). Rita described it as follows: The course was organized so that if a student couldn't go on the field trip to Yellowstone , they could research, present and write a paper on a pre-approved choice of national parks. The field trip was 10 days long. We left from NEIU in a rented RV and headed west. The first stop was viewing prairie dogs and the Badlands of South Dakota. Then it was on to majestic Mt. Rushmore and the granite works of Crazy Horse. Next we visited a surface mine in Custer where two feldspar crystals ( one 2.5 ton and one .5ton ) were freed by NEIU students the year before. Then, we were off to Hot Springs , S.D. to view a 26,000 year old sink hole that trapped mammoths, bears, lions and wolves. We drove through Hill City and Deadwood bypassing Sturges and the Harley bikers. This brought us to Devils Tower , Wyoming , where we walked its perimeter and contemplated how it was formed. Next was a scenic drive through the Big Horn Mts. and on to Yellowstone . We spent 3 days exploring the caldera called Yellowstone and its many geysers and waterfalls. Old Faithful was right on time. The local bison (not buffalo) gave us a grand send off as we left Yellowstone and drove through the Grand Tetons on our way home. After a short stop at Thermopolis , Wyoming to view the dinosaur dig it was off to Custer to pick up the two crystals which were donated to the university. In other words, we got them in a U-haul and drove non-stop (except for gas) back to NEIU.


2007 - 2008 MEETINGS

2006 - 2007 MEETINGS

2005 - 2006 MEETINGS

2004 - 2005 MEETINGS

2003 - 2004 MEETINGS


2007 - 2008 MEETINGS

SEPTEMBER 2007 - Geologic and Hydrogeologic Considerations In Developing An Alternative Energy Source For A Gas-Fired Chemical Plant”

OCTOBER 2007 - GPS & Geodesy: Major Changes in Foundation Technologies

NOVEMBER 2007 - Geologic Effects on the Design and Performance of Permeable Reactive Barriers

JANUARY 2008 - Constructing an Underground Freezer and Storage Facility in a Stone Mine

SEPTEMBER 2007 - Geologic and Hydrogeologic Considerations In Developing An Alternative Energy Source For A Gas-Fired Chemical Plant

The Chicago Chapter held their September dinner meeting at Greek Islands Restaurant in Lombard , Illinois . At the meeting, Patty Bryan, of URS Corporation discussed how market and environmental pressures are increasing the viability of alternative energy sources to fuel typically petroleum fed manufacturing plants. With natural gas prices climbing, new coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology is being looked at as a possible solution to economic and environmental concerns related to petroleum-based energy sources. The economics of CTL may initially indicate lower costs and greater efficiency, however, what are the geologic, engineering and environmental consequences of using CTL technology?

The project site is currently an 830-ton per day natural gas-fed nitrogen fertilizer plant in rural Illinois . The facility is in the first stage of a conversion from a natural gas fed fertilizer plant into a coal fed poly-generation CTL facility producing "ultra clean" fuels, nitrogen fertilizers and power. After the phase 1 conversion to Illinois coal, the project is scheduled to produce approximately: 920 tons of ammonia fertilizer products; 1,800 barrels of ultra clean, ultra low sulfur fuels Fischer Tropsh (FT) fuels; and, 76 megawatts of electric power for the local grid on a daily basis. It is expected that in addition to the clean fuels produced at the facility, which will double in its overall product output, the plant will produce an estimated 33% fewer overall emissions than the current plant.

Of particular interest are the geologic, hydrogeologic, and environmental considerations of the plant conversion. The project design is based on (1) geologic setting (2) hydrogeologic characteristics (water supply), and (3) potential environmental impact to groundwater and surface water resources. Specifically, the geologic setting influenced the design of containment areas for both raw coal and slag storage on site and for the design of wastewater facilities. The volume of water needed for the CTL conversion is three times greater than the current plant requires. With a projected 6,000 gallon per minute water requirement, a major design consideration involved water supply to the plant. A detailed hydrogeologic investigation evaluated potential water sources including bedrock and overburden aquifers and adjacent surface water, and the potential impact of the increased water usage on water supplies of nearby residents and other industrial and agricultural users.

OCTOBER 2007 - GPS & Geodesy: Major Changes in Foundation Technologies

National Geodetic Survey, Illinois State Advisor, Christopher Pearson Ph.D. spoke of the recent geodetic (datum and adjustment) systems and changes affecting surveying and GIS. He also discussed the forthcoming GPS modernization addition of L2C and L5 signals, Russian GLONASS, European Union Galileo and Chinese Beidou. The future of national datums and adjustments will likely be the adoption of the ITRF 2005 and subsequent adjustments. Chris also described the difficulty of using NAD83 without an adjustment date confounding sensitive survey measurements.

NOVEMBER 2007 - Geologic Effects on the Design and Performance of Permeable Reactive Barriers

About twenty members attended the meeting at Athena Restaurant . John E. Moylan, the 2007 Jahns Distinguished Lecturer, gave a presentation of five case studies of Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRBs), explaining the causes of performance problems at three of the sites and reasons why construction was not recommended at two of the sites. The following afternoon, Mr. Moylan also gave an AEG/GSA sponsored lecture at the University of Illinois , Chicago campus. His lecture was about site characterization for environmental remediation. He presented a number of interesting case histories and stressed the importance of performing a separate site characterization study prior to design of permeable reactive barriers. Approximately 50 students and professors attended from the Civil and Materials Engineering and the Earth and Environmental Sciences Departments.

JANUARY 2008 - Constructing an Underground Freezer and Storage Facility in a Stone Mine

Frank Kendorski of Agapito Associates, Inc., in Lombard , Illinois and Tom Boutaugh with Penta Engineering in St. Louis , Missouri spoke to this joint meeting with the ASCE.


2006 - 2007 MEETINGS

MAY 2007 - Assessing Groundwater Movement and Contaminant Migration Through Aquitards

MAY 2007 - Assessing Groundwater Movement and Contaminant Migration Through Aquitards

The Chicago Chapter of AEG cosponsored a short course with the Midwest GeoSciences Group on May 8, 9, and 10, 2007, at the Northern Illinois University Naperville campus. The course, "Assessing Groundwater Movement and Contaminant Migration Through Aquitards," examined how to better characterize aquitards for environmental and water resource projects for assessing well yields, protecting underlying aquifers and understanding potential contaminant pathways. A total of 65 registrants were in attendance from around the nation, including 10 AEG members, three of which were Chicago Chapter Members. Classroom sessions were conducted each day and a field component at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) was held on May 9. Attendees, arriving early the morning of Day One were greeted with baked goods, juice, coffee, and geology jargon. Classroom sessions began soon after and included:

Background, purpose and motivation,
Hydraulics of aquitards and evaluating hydraulic properties of aquitards,
Strategy for field investigations and instrumentation for monitoring aquitards, and
Transport through aquitards.

On Day Two, participants enjoyed classroom sessions describing:
Midwestern glaciogenic aquitards,
Characterization of aquitards, identifying unexpected field conditions, and
Stratigraphic sequence at Fermilab.

Attendees then traveled a short distance to Fermilab to begin the field session. Field exercises provided practical application of classroom principles, focusing on characterizing aquitards and their physical properties. The field demonstrations were made possible with continuously sampled rotasonic cores from Boart Longyear Company, direct push sampling from Geoprobe Systems and slug testing equipment and methodology from In-situ, Inc. Participants also observed techniques and field instrumentation for monitoring aquitards including piezometer nests and single borehole multi-level systems.


2005 - 2006 MEETINGS

SEPTEMBER 2005 - Risk Analysis in Structural Design

OCTOBER 2005 - Use of Sulfate Amendments in Biodegredation

NOVEMBER 2005 - 3-D Groundwater Flow Model in Buried Karst Topography

DECEMBER 2005 - The Search for Life on Mars

JANUARY 2006 - Calculating Strain in Soils

FEBRUARY 2006 - In-Situ Chemical Oxidation

MARCH 2006 - Hurricane Katrina: Geologic Disaster and Personal Perspectives

APRIL 2006 - McCook Grouting Program as part of the Deep Tunnel Project

MAY 2006 - A Sensor for Monitoring Large Cable Systems for Ground and Slope Anchors


SEPTEMBER 2005 - Risk Analysis in Structural Design

The Chicago Chapter held their Septe

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