Category Archives: Professional

Stories related to my careers

Jam, honey, bread, syncline

Browsing through the March pages in my 1986 diary, I found a tasty entry. I had just finished a horrible job at Bandar-e-Taheri,  on the Persian Gulf, in Iran. I was there to supervise drilling exploration for a proposed oil … Continue reading

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Engineering Geologists .NE. Geological Engineers

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

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Motley View: Engineering Geology as a Vital Phase in the GeoSpectrum

I have written and lectured often on the GeoSpectrum of professionals, spanning Engineering through Geology. Recently, I wrote an invited Editor’s Commentary (Engineering Geology- A Vital Phase of GeoEngineering) for the March/April 2009 Engineering Geology edition of the Geo-Strata magazine of the Geo-Institute of the … Continue reading

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The Motley View: On Geonudity and Some Benefits of Your GeoEngineering Education

 About the time that this issue of the Motley View will be published [April 2008]  the 2008 class of UC Berkeley GeoEngineers will be finishing the Spring Term, soon to graduate. They will work through the night to complete the CE270L … Continue reading

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The Motley View: On Seeking Dirty Work and the Value of Shoveling S–T*

*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

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Motley Views

I used to write The Motley View, a column of occasional pieces for the Newsletter of the now dormant Berkeley Geoengineering Alumni Association (BGAA) hosted by the GeoEngineer website. Why Motley View? I wrote the first article, so I named the … Continue reading

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Motley View: The Vitality of Good Contacts

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

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Reddening (Recommended)

I have just finished up my new Geopractitioner website and am now ready to go back to goofing off. But I finished up a little flushed with pride having written a Testimonials page with some sub pages to host the … Continue reading

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Geopractitioner

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?

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Alishan Adventure

The word “adventure” came up often the last few days: a friend wondered why I have so many more adventurous stories than she does; another so much wants adventures she takes leave of her career this week to work for … Continue reading

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