Engineering Geology Is...

Engineering geologists matter to society. Everything in our built environment touches soil, rock, or water. Engineering geology is the delicate balance of charcterizing the earth materials, and ensuring development is compatible with those materials and the safety and welfare of the public is not put in jeopardy by that development. It is an exciting and active profession.


About The Engineering Geology Committee

Our Mission

This committee is concerned with the application of geological sciences and engineering principles to the assessment/management of geologic features/geomaterials and the mitigation of natural/human-induced geologic hazards.


Any opinions, findings, or conclusions expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Transportation Research Board or the National Academies.

More about TRB
Ty Ortiz - Chair Geohazards Program Manager Colorado Department of Transportation
Peter Ingraham - Vice Chair Principal Golder
Ben Arndt - Chair of Rockfall Subcommittee Principal RJ Engineering and Consulting
Brent Black - Research Coordinator Sr. Associate Engineering Geologist Landslide Technology
Mark Vessely - Communications Coordinator Principal Geotechnical Engineer BGC Engineering Inc.

The TRB Conference Experience

The Engineering Geology Committee is always looking for new perspective members and friends.  We would love to see you in Washington D.C. in January.  The conference is an extraordinary experience, and many of us on the committee have made life-long friends there.

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    Rockfall Subcommittee

    The Rockfall subcommittee of AKG10 focuses on issues pertaining to rockfall hazard assessment, scaling practices, rockfall attenuator technologies, and related topics.  The group meeds annually at the TRB meeting and is currently chaired by Ben Arndt.

    Visit the TRB AKG10 Rockfall Subcommittee Web-page

    Transportation Asset Management (TAM) is a “strategic and systematic process of operating, maintaining, upgrading and expanding physical assets effectively throughout their life cycle. It focuses on business and engineering practices for resource allocation and utilization, with the objective of better decision making based on quality information and well defined objectives.”

    Geotechnical Asset Management (GAM) applies these principles to geotechnical assets such as rock and soil slopes, embankments, retaining walls, rockfall mitigation installations, etc. TRB’s Geotechnical Asset Management Subcommittee AKG10(2) was formed to “encourage research on GAM topics and to facilitate a free flow of information” related to GAM. The GAM Subcommittee provides a forum for sharing and developing research needs and providing information about GAM and its role in the broader aspects of TAM.

    Visit the TRB AKG10 GAM Subcommittee Website
    Virtually every structure is supported by soil or rock. Those that aren't either fly, float, or fall over.Richard L. Handy