Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering





The Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering (COGGE) was established in 2001 and is the focal point within the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources for scientific, technical, and public-policy issues pertaining to the engineering applications of Earth Sciences. The committee’s scope encompasses Earth processes and materials, including the mechanics of rock and soil, and focuses on safe and responsible human development, risk assessment, and mitigation of natural and anthropogenic hazards. The committee organizes and oversees studies:

  1. to identify, investigate, and report on questions related to geological and geotechnical engineering to government, industry, academia, and the public;
  2. to provide scientific and technical information to inform public policy on geological and geotechnical engineering issues;
  3. to identify new  technologies and potential applications; and
  4. to promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge.


In addition, the committee provides a forum for discussion among academic and professional groups, government agencies, and private industry to enhance national and international cooperation and exchange of information.




COGGE is supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Mining and Health Research Program.

Current studies are supported by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Federal Highway Adminstration, the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.