Sacramento Branch Meeting - "Holiday Mixer and Raffle"



 The Sacramento Branch along with Sacramento AEG is pleased to present:
Mike Hughes


In California, installation of cutoff walls to remediate seepage problems has traditionally been completed using conventional trench excavation techniques for walls as deep as 80 feet and deep mixed methods for walls deeper than 80 feet. These techniques require wide working platforms and require a certain amount of levee degrade in order to implement. Vertical chain mixing (VCM) is a mix-in-place installation technique that can operate from a much narrower working platform and has the potential to be used cost effectively for both shallow and deep applications. VCM has not been commonly used in California, but there is a strong desire locally in Sacramento to use this technique for levee remediation. VCM is also very applicable for environmental remediation and can be used to install seepage interceptor trenches, as well as impermeable barriers. An overview of the different cutoff wall installation techniques will be presented with a focus on VCM. The advantages and disadvantages of each technique relative to other methods will be presented along with examples of environmental and seepage projects where VCM has been used.

Mike Hughes has over 25 years of experience in the field of civil and geotechnical engineering.  He obtained his undergraduate from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom in 1988, after which he worked for a civil contractor on highway and infrastructure projects for 5 years before moving to a local highways agency where he started his career in geotechnical engineering.

All Proceeds to Benefit Science Students
GRA Sacramento Branch has a history of supporting university-level science students. Our Scholastic Sponsorship Program is an opportunity to publicize your business while contributing toward a good cause. The cost is minimal; if interested, please contact Scott Furnas at 916-638-7301 or you can email Scott at

Don’t forget that we are holding the traditional holiday RAFFLE!!  One ticket will be included with each registration.  Additional tickets are for sale at:

    • $1 each for up to 5 tickets;
    • $5 for 6 tickets;
    • 10 for 13 tickets

Please bring prizes that geology and engineer-types will love (rocks, minerals, books, beer, wine…).  All proceeds will benefit geology students in the local area, so be generous and help support our next generation of geologists.

Aviator's Restaurant within Sacramento Executive Airport
6151 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA
Aviator's Restaurant at Executive Airport is located within the aircraft Terminal Building.
Thomas Bros. Map Book page 317, grid C6.
Plenty of free parking

Social Hour (5:30-6:30 pm)
Announcements & Dinner (6:30-7:30 pm)
Speakers and Questions (7:30-8:30 pm)
Holiday Raffle (8:30-8:45 pm)

GRA is unable to assure food and room for you without an RSVP. Using GRA's automated RSVP process is quick and painless!

Usual great food, including two meat entrées, salad, rice, potatoes, vegetable and Iced Tea. A No-host beer and wine bar will be available.

If you RSVP by Noon on Monday, December 12, 2016 the meeting costs are:

Members: $30.00
Non-Members: $35.00
Students: $10.00

*Retired professionals receive a 10% (rounded to the nearest dollar) discount on any meal. 

If you RSVP After Noon on Monday, December 12, 2016, or walk-in, a $3.00 surcharge will be added to the meeting costs. Cancellations must be made by Noon on Monday, December 12, 2016

Questions about the meeting or to contact the Sacramento Branch in general, including submittal of your ideas and/or desires for future presentations, please telephone Scott Furnas at 916-638-7301 or email at


Wed, Dec. 14, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

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Aviator's Restaurant
6151 Freeport Bvd.
Sacramento, California 95822