A Community of Practitioners
The etymology of GeoPrac.net is really quite simple…Geo for geotechnical, geological, geohydrology, geoenvironmental and geophysics and Prac for in Practice.
The mission of GeoPrac.net is to:
- Create a community website where engineers, geoscientists, geophysicists and hydrologists from all of our target disciplines come together to collect valuable information and knowledge to apply in their practice.
- Encourage and provide a forum for our members to share their knowledge and expertise with the rest of the GeoPrac.net community.
- Keep our members and visitors informed of news, policy changes, software updates, and new sources of information pertinent to their areas of practice.
This online community is only as good as it’s members are willing to make it. So I encourage you to become a member and contribute. There are several opportunities for you to do that.
- Post comments on Articles and Geonews content. If you are registered, your name and "avatar" picture will be displayed next to your comment. Plus, registered users don’t need to type in the security code every time they comment.
- Registered member can also contribute links to your favorite industry related websites in the GeoLinks section.
- Once you register, you can request author privileges to post content items to the Articles or GeoNews sections. To request author privileges, just contact Randy.
- Registered users can view a list of other registered users, and send them a "Personal Message" or email. Your email address is kept totally private unless you choose to respond to a message.
Recognizing Other Sites
It would be sheer vanity to claim that we are the first website to cater to geo-professionals. Here are several other excellent websites that have goals or missions similar to GeoPrac. Do you think we’re missing someone here? Let us know, or submit the links in our GeoLinks section (open to all users).
- Geoengineer.org – An entire network of sites related to geotechnical and geological engineering. We also highly recommend their forums.
- Geotechnical Engineering Directory – A very good website directory for the profession.
- The Electronic Journal of Geotechnical Engineering – A very well done, professional publication with a review process every bit as good as a regular print publication.
- Geology.com – Excellent source of news about general geology topics.
- Geosynthetica.net – A very active and tremendously useful site related to the geosynthetics industry.
About the Founder
Randy Post (aka Rockman) started this site as both a labor of love and as a business venture. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Geological Engineering in 1999 and a M.S. in Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering in 2001. After graduation, he joined the Tucson, Arizona office of URS Corporation in their small geotechnical group. In 2004 he joined NCS Consultants, LLC, rejoining Naresh Samtani who hired him at URS. In addition to his day job as a geotechnical engineer, he also dabbles in website consulting. This site represents a merging of two of his strongest passions. If you are curious, "Rockman" was the nickname lovingly given to him by his brother in law after graduating college. A more appropriate nickname would probably have been "Soilman", but that’s decidedly less cool! Randy is also the webmaster of namedrawing.net.