Free Drill Seminar - Friday, February 25, 2022


Presents its Free Annual

"Drill Seminar"

Thank you!

After cancelling in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Drill Seminar returned in-person on a cool, clear late February day in 2022, continuing a long tradition of providing over 100 college students and emerging professionals a free day of hands-on learning of geotechnical drilling and subsurface exploration. The Taber Ranch Vineyard and Event Center in Capay Valley, the H. Ray Taber Foundation, Taber Drilling, and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists Sacramento Chapter welcomed engineering and geology students from CSU Sacramento, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis, as well as professionals from the public and private sectors. Drill Seminar would not be possible without the invaluable volunteers and volunteer organizations that donate their time and expertise. The generosity of our Drill Seminar corporate sponsors, many who donate year-after-year, directly funds engineering, geology, and agricultural scholarships within our local and regional communities. Thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors, and supporters for coming together once again to give back to the future of our industry and make Drill Seminar a success.


Thank you to all of our sponsors who make Drill Class possible. Your generous contributions support students by providing educational opportunities and scholarships.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation McMillen Jacobs Associates
AEG Sacramento Chapter Atlas Geotechnical
Continental Drilling Tools & Supply Armostrong and Associates Insurance Services
Lettis Consultants International Gannett Fleming
Allerion Consulting Group, Inc. Blackburn Consulting
HDR Reliable Tire Service
WSP Golder AGS
Cal Engineering and Geology GEI Consultants
Taber Ranch Taber Drilling
PM Truck Repair Towing and Transport

WHEN: Friday, February 25, 2022, 9 AM - 4 PM

WHERE: Taber Ranch Vineyard and Event Center, Rd 81, Capay, CA 95607

COVID Update

The Ray Taber Foundation is moving forward and getting geared-up to safely host the 2022 Free Drill Class Seminar on February 25th!

Due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns, we are making a few updates to our previous operating procedures. Initially, we had asked that those attending the seminar be either vaccinated or have a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the class. We have modified this to a more current standard - all attending will need to be fully vaccinated, or have an applicable exemption or have a negative test within 24 hours of the Class. Although this is primarily an outdoor seminar, we have a lot of folks attending (over 125 people), so we also ask that everyone wear masks throughout the day. During the seminar we will have masks, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and handwashing facilities available and the stations and facilities will be set up with social distancing in mind.

Additionally, to protect everyone involved, we are requiring that everyone in attendance complete the Release of Liability waiver. These waivers will be available at the Drill Class registration, to sign and return as part of that process or they can be returned beforehand (preferred) by email to myoung[at]

If you have any questions, concerns, or no longer with To attend (we understand), please let us know as soon as possible!


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The Ray Taber Foundation, a non-profit with the sole mission of providing scholarships to encourage and support students, is hosting its annual free Drilling Exploration Seminar at Taber Ranch in the beautiful Capay Valley. This educational event is a field seminar for graduate and undergraduate civil engineering and geology students. It is often called a "day of opportunity", providing the future leaders of our industry with a unique forum for asking questions, getting answers and having a "hands on" experience with the field equipment and testing and logging protocols that have become the fundamental data gathering tools of geoscience practices.

Drill Class

The Taber Ranch has generously donated its facilities and grounds to house the event and Taber Drilling has, as they have for 20+ years, committed to donating exploration/testing equipment AND field personnel For the day.


The Ray Taber Foundaiton is seeking organizational-level support For our annual Free Drilling Seminar. The three main avenues of participation are...

  • (1) Sponsorship: All donations go directly To student scholarships in the local and regional communities. Sponsors are honored for their support with their organization's logo displayed on event promotional materials and social media.
  • (2) Job Fair: Introduce your organization to 100+ students and prospective young professionals at the Job Fair station. Job Fair station exhibit sponsorships are $500.
  • (3) Volunteer: Share your expertise with students as a presenter at one of the three teaching and learning stations: Rotary Drill, Auger Drill, or CPT Rig.

If you have interest in volunteering your time as a presenter, having your firm become a sponsor or suggesting an industry vendor, or just have questions about the seminar, please contact the class registrar:

Meredith Young

Photos from Previous Drill Class Events

Drill Class 2019 Photos
Drill Class 2018 Photos
Drill Class 2017 Photos