JAMES B. BAKER, CEG
2768 Longford Drive
San Jose, CA 95132-2235
SUMMARY OF WORK EXPERIENCE:
I have conducted hundreds of site-specific geologic investigations involving subsurface exploration regarding active faulting, landsliding, soil creep, liquefaction, settlement, ground water contamination and other engineering problems. Many of the geologic studies I have conducted were done prior to design and construction of projects as well as during construction and after construction (performance problems) involving residential subdivisions, highways, bridges, dams, power-generation and transmission facilities, water treatment plants, landfills, pipelines, and other civil engineering projects.
I have been responsible for:
• coordinating and performing various types of field exploration,
• supervising technical staff,
• directing laboratory testing,
• interpreting results,
• formulating conclusions and recommendations,
• preparing illustrations, and
• writing reports.
• testifing as an expert in public hearings, depositions, and courtrooms, and
• addressing the public,
• technical reviews of hundreds of geologic and geotechnical reports prepared by private consultants for project applications being processed by local governmental agencies.
As County Geologist in the Santa Clara County Planning Office, I review applications and plans for building permits and land use applications, require submission of geologic reports, review geologic and geotechnical reports, determine compliance with State laws and local ordinances, and formulate Conditions of Approval. I compiled geologic map information and update the County Geologic Hazard Zones. I facilitate public internet access to County hazard maps and data. I review State Preliminary Seismic Hazard Zones Maps and suggested revisions. I use State Official Seismic Hazard Zones to revise County Landslide and Liquefaction Hazard Zones. I assists applicants and consultants by providing site-specific geologic information and access to reports on file in the County Planning Office.
PROFESSIONAL WORK HISTORY (tenure period, title, employer, location):
1994 – present County Geologist: Santa Clara County Planning Department,
San Jose, CA. (half-time position)
1992 – present Consulting Engineering Geologist: Parikh Consultants, Inc.,
San Jose, CA. (part-time since 5/1994: work only on projects not located within the unincorporated portion of Santa Clara County)
1990 – 1992 Chief Engineering Geologist: PSC Associates, Inc.,
Mountain View, CA.
1982 – 1990 Vice President – Chief Geoscientist: William F. Jones, Inc.,
San Mateo, CA.
1981 – 1982 Senior Engineering Geologist: Cooper & Clark,
Redwood City, CA.
1979 – 1981 County Geologist: Contra Costa County Planning Dept.,
1978 – 1979 Engineering Geologist: Terratech, Inc.,
San Jose, CA.
1977 – 1978 Staff Geologist: JCP – Geologists,
San Jose, CA.
1976 – 1977 Assistant Geologist: Santa Clara County Land Development,
San Jose, CA.
1976 Geologist: Applied Geophysics, Inc.,
San Jose, CA.
1975 Consulting Geologist: Association of Bay Area Governments,
1973 – 1975 Geophysical Data Technician: U.S. Geological Survey ,
Menlo Park, CA.
1974 Research Geologist: Stanford Remote Sensing Laboratory ,
ACADEMIC DEGREES :
Bachelor of Science, Geology, Stanford University , 1971.
Masters of Science, Engineering Geology, Stanford University, 1976.
California Registered Geologist, RG# 3512
California Certified Engineering Geologist, EG# 1021
California State Hospital Building Safety Board (Member: 1995 – 1999)
(Committees: Geotechnical, Instrumentation, Research, and Land Use)
Association of Engineering Geologists – San Francisco Section
(Member since 1974; Secretary in 1982; Vice Chairman in 1983)
Collection and interpretation of various types of data acquired by surface mapping, trenching, boring, geophysical surveying (seismic refraction, radar, resistivity, etc.), chemical sampling, geotechnical instrumentation (inclinometer, extensometer, settlement plates, etc.) and laboratory testing, aerial and on-site photography. Use of computer programs for data processing, analysis, and illustration (ArcMap, DIGIPRO, PC-SLIN, GEOSLOPE, Harvard Graphics, WordPerfect, Microsoft Word , FileMakerPro, PhotoPaint, etc.). Photography, image processing, photogrametry, and stereoscopic interpretation.