Category Archives: Geopractice
This post title includes the Fortran Boolean logical operation .NE. , computer programming parlance that I used to be more familiar with than I am now. It means “ Engineering Geologists Not Equal to Geological Engineers. The title and this piece are prompted by an interesting recent thread … Continue reading
Some road blocks will stall your career for a while… (Kipahulu Lava Flow, Hawaii, 1987: E Medley) You are driving along your well-planned career track en route to the next success. You are being considerate of others, following the Rules … Continue reading
*A dirty mind would read this as SILT I started work in 1959, delivering groceries by bike in West London. By the time I left my teens, I had worked part-time as a sales clerk in grocery, food and book … Continue reading
My career evolved because of my vital network of contacts. By “vital” I mean both life-sustaining and necessary. Over the 40-year random walk of my adult life, the suggestions, encouragements, ideas, insults, challenges, job leads and personal introductions from other people … Continue reading
In 1978 and 1979 I worked at the Syncrude oil sands mine at Fort McMurray, Alberta. I was part of a Dames & Moore team mapping the characteristics of the overburden, the non- or poorly-bituminous near-surface soils above the economic … Continue reading
I am a practising Geological Engineer with specializations in Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology. But I choose to call myself and my new website Geopractitioner. Why?
I was based in Hawaii between 1979 and 1989. At the time there was a popular car bumper sticker showing a rainbow and the wacky observation: Ho Hum, Another Shitty Day in Paradise. That bumper phrase cracked me up then, … Continue reading