• What is it?

    In 2013 a small group of Cal Poly students formed the Cal Poly CalGeo club in an effort to get more students involved with the field of Geotechnical Engineering.


    The Geo Wall competition brings students associated with the American Society of Civil Engineers from across the country together for a competition which provides valuable and memorable experience.

  • The Competition

    GeoWall is a student competition held by ASCE/GeoInstitute, in which students design a scale paper retaining wall to hold back hundreds of pounds of backfill sand held within a self-built plywood box.  Competitors are expected to manufacture, install, and test their paper retaining wall designs within set time limits and standard measures of stability.

  • Get Involved

    If you're interested in being a part of the GeoWall team next year, it's time to apply! See the application in the weekly announcements. We recommend anyone and everyone apply; no experience necessary! Due date: Friday, May 4th. Send your completed applications to Project Manager Kristen McFarland at

    When: Friday, May 4th 11:59pm


    Open labs are now done for the year but we look forward to seeing everyone again next year!


    Every year CalGeo welcomes newcomers to be a part of the testing and designing process of the retaining wall and GeoWall competition.  Although our season starts during the first week of school, our doors are open to those whom are interested at any time.  We have a lot to do, and love hearing fresh perspectives and ideas that our new members bring to the table!

2018 Cal Poly Cal Geo Team

Pictured Left to Right:  Alex Limpert, Kristen McFarland, Jessie Morales, Jonathan Owen, Nathan Dryer, Micki Minsch