An engineering geologist is a
geologisttrained in the discipline of engineering geology. Many organizations and governments have programs for the qualification, testing and certification of engineering geologists as a protection to the public.
Engineering geologists commonly work with civil engineers, architects, developers and planners, to ensure that the geologic factors affecting the location, design, construction, operation and maintenance of engineering works are recognized and adequately provided for.
One of the earliest definitions of the "Engineering Geologist" or "Professional Engineering Geologist" was provided by The Executive Committee of the Division on Engineering Geology GSA in 1951, as follows:
A professional engineering geologist is a person who, by reason of his special knowledge of the geological sciences and the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design acquired by professional education or practical experience, is qualified to apply such special knowledge for the purpose of rendering professional services or accomplishing creative work such as consultation, investigation, planning, design or supervision of construction for the purpose of assuring that the geologic elements affecting the structures, works or projects are adequately treated by the responsible engineer.
* Bates and Jackson, 1980, Glossary of Geology: American Geological Institute.
* The Heritage of Engineering Geology: The First Hundred Years: GSA Centennial Special Volume 3, 1991
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