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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

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DFI Announces the 2016 Outstanding Project Award Winner [2016-07-13 14:52:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (51 visits) info
Hawthorne, NJ (July 7, 2016): The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) is proud to announce that Hayward Baker is the 2016 Outstanding Project Award (OPA) winner for the design and construction of foundations at the International Market Place in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii. The award will be presented at the DFI International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation (41st Annual Conference) in New York City, October 12-15, 2016. Opening in August 2016, the International [...]

Geotechnical Monitoring Technology Seminar [2016-07-13 14:34:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (46 visits) info
Hexagon Geosystems is offereing an inexpensive short course on geotechnical monitoring in Denver in on July 21.  Time is short, but it’s not too late to register. July 21 2016 - Hexagon Geosystems - Denver, Colorado (Oxford Hotel) This will be a high-level and engaging Short Course for Engineering and Geotechnical professionals that will cover recent advances in instrumentation and monitoring technology. Information and case studies will be presented from the following industries: civil, [...]

In-Situ Has New Sales and Rental Catalog [2016-07-13 07:53:52]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
In-Situ, the makers of a variety of pressure transducers, piezometers, and other water monitoring equipment, have released a new sales and rental catalog. Some times it can be frustrating to have to wait for a sales person to get back to you with a quote, so I appreciate that they have put prices for sales and rentals in the catalog, it makes life much easier. I know the hydrogeologists in our office use their products extensively, and if you need to monitor groundwater in your geotechnical [...]

TRB Webinar: Visualization of Geotechnical Data for Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Response, a Practical Update [2016-06-30 08:46:06]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that features research from National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 467: Visualization of Geotechnical Data for Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Response. This webinar will discuss the report, which provides an overview of the visualization tools and techniques used for mitigating geotechnical hazards and responding to geotechnical disasters. The webinar will also provide examples of the [...]

New Poll on Rockfall Funding in Colorado [2016-06-30 08:41:41]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

Roads and Bridges magazine has a new poll out regarding rockfall mitigation funding for the Colorado DOT. According to the magazine, limited funds are forcing the agency to prioritize and be creative when tending to these hazards. The poll asks if there should be dedicated funds for rockfall mitigation? What do you think? [Source: Please visit Roads and Bridges website and look for the poll on the right-hand side to voice your opinion. Image: Aspen

Create borehole logs in your browser, for free [2016-06-23 16:08:50]  recommend  recommend this post  (46 visits) info
Simple, fast and intuitive web based software. No Licence, No Setup, No cost, Start Immediately. If you've been producing borehole and well logs in traditional ways through desktop database applications, such as gINT and WinLog, or even Excel! we would recommend you try the latest version of ESlog: bore log presentation software. No installation or credit card are required. ESlog is simple, fast and intuitive web based software for the reporting of boring and well log data with no requirement [...]

Innovative Micropile Construction with DTH System [2016-06-23 09:07:56]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info

Our friends at Deep Excavation posted about an interesting micropile case study in Northern Baltimore County for a bridge replacement project. The project consisted of 38 Micro Piles; 7” OD X 38 ft. deep including a 7 ft. rock socket, installed on a 3/1 batter, load tested to 272,000 lbs. What caught my attention is the down the hole hammer system used for installing the micropiles. The system uses a ring bit to install the casing and allow the drill string to continue beneath the bedrock [...]

Video: MIC - Maccaferri Innovation Center [2016-06-23 08:57:20]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info

Maccaferri has a unique research facility, the Maccaferri Innovation Center (MIC), located in Bolzano, Italy. Maccaferri was founded based on their invention of the now ubiquitous gabions, but are now known worldwide as experts in and suppliers of all manner of erosion protection products, geosynthetics, rockfall fences and rockfall meshes, debris flow barriers, and much more. The objectives of the MIC are:Definition of new products and / or innovative solutions.Analysis of the implications [...]

A 1-Minute 'Rock Avalanche' 4,800 Years Ago In Zion National Park [2016-06-14 09:04:29]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

Imagine the scene 4,800 years ago when a rock avalanche nearly 2 km long buried much of the Zion Valley in a matter of 90 seconds, creating a dam on the Virgin River that flooded essentially the entire floor of the canyon that millions of visitors enjoy every year. The researchers that analyzed this event are in the Geohazards group of the University of Utah led by Dr. Jeff Moore. Dr. Moore happens to be an old classmate of mine from the geological engineering program at the University of [...]

Keynetix' Roger Chandler delivers Sowers Symposium State of the Practice Lecture [2016-06-14 09:03:32]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info

Roger Chandler of Keynetix was the State of the Practice lecturer at this year's Sowers Symposium at Georgia Tech to commemorate the life of George F. Sowers. Roger's lecture was titled 'Transforming Geotechnical Data' discussed the way different countries value geotechnical data. Keynetix is a sponsor of [Source: Read more about the evening on the Keynetix website. Image:

Gotthard tunnel, world's longest, opens in Switzerland [2016-06-06 09:41:45]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

The Swiss and many other European dignitaries celebrated the opening of the World's longest and deepest tunnel last week, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, after 17 years of construction. The tunnel beneath the Swiss Alps is 57-kilometers long (35-miles long) reaching a depth of 2,300 meters (7,545 feet, almost 1.5 miles). The tunnel will create a high-speed rail link between northern and southern Europe. Trains will travel the tunnel, which runs between the towns of Erstfeld in the north and Bodio in [...]

Nicholson Begins Chemical Grouting Work on Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach [2016-06-06 09:26:51]  recommend  recommend this post  (10 visits) info

GeoPrac sponsor Nicholson Construction has started a chemical grouting project in Los Angeles at the Woodrow Wilson Classical High School to treat potentially liquefiable soils beneath the building. This $2 million project is part of a larger $21.1 million project to upgrade the infrastructure in the auditorium and adjacent areas. Nicholson will drill vertical, horizontal and inclined holes at depths of 14 to 24 feet beneath the structure and inject the chemical grout using a Tube-a-Manchette [...]

Video: DeWind One-Pass Trenching Animation of a Collection Trench [2016-06-06 09:19:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (9 visits) info
,[Editor] From their video description: [/Editor]DeWind One-Pass Trenchers can install complete DEEP Groundwater Collection Trench Systems in a Single Pass Under the Groundwater Table! No Open Excavations-No Dewatering - No Pumping- No Treating discharge water- No Sheeting or Shoring- minimal spoils....Fast and Safe installs up to 50 below grade. [Source: YouTube. Image:

Keynetix Appoints PacifiCAD as a North American Specialist Partner [2016-06-01 16:43:13]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info

Redditch, UK 17th May 2016 - Keynetix, developers of geotechnical BIM software, have appointed PacifiCAD as a Specialist Partner in the USA covering the North West. PacifiCAD are a leading Autodesk reseller. They have a wide wealth of industry knowledge, including specialisms in civil infrastructure utilising a team of seasoned Autodesk Certified Technical Professionals. They supply their customers with unmatched technical support, implementation, data management and training to help them [...]

New Specialty Geotechnical Contractor in North America [2016-06-01 09:58:07]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

There is a new player in the ground engineering and specialty geotechnical construction market in North America...well, sort of. Quanta Subsurface is a collection of (at present) 9 specialty contractors all owned by Quanta Services, a publicly traded EPC company specializing in the Electric Power and Oil and Gas industries. Many of these companies have been around for some time in their various markets, firms like Crux Subsurface. With the formation of Quanta Subsurface, it appears that they [...]

Video: Moving 7 Million Cubic Yards - Calaveras Dam Replacement Project Timelapse [2016-05-20 07:05:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info

This is a pretty remarkable 4-year time-lapse video of the construction of a new spillway as part of the Calaveras Dam replacement project. [Source: SFWater Power and Sewer YouTube Channel via Hat tip to my buddy Wayne Harrison. Thanks, Wayne!. Image:

Geo-companies in ENR's 2016 Top 500 Design Firms [2016-05-17 07:52:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

ENR's annual top 500 design firms list is out. These rankings are based on revenue for design services in the previous calendar year. I was curious how the various firms that are strong in geotechnical / geological related services rank. I included firms that self-identified as geotechnical firms, as well as engineering firms that I know to have a strong geo emphasis. I'm sure there are some that I missed. I also included some of the major A&E firms that provide these types of services. I [...]

Webinar: gINT Geotechnical Data Management and Reporting [2016-05-11 09:10:19]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

Join Katie Aquilar, Bentley Systems Geotechnical Product Engineer, to learn how gINT can help you increase productivity with centralized data management and reporting for geotechnical subsurface reporting. Streamline processes, with accessible, inter-operable data, for subsurface reporting for soils, borelogs, lab tests, and more. Discover how gINT Logs, gINT Professional, and gINT Professional Plus can help with data management and reporting of your geotechnical and geoenvironmental data.In [...]

Video: Inside tunneling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct [2016-05-11 09:04:12]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

From WSDOT's video description:After nearly a week of tunneling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, crews are steadily continuing Bertha's underground drive towards downtown Seattle. This video gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how the new tunnel is being built, showcasing the complex operations involved in this project. Massive concrete ring segments are transported to Bertha's segment erector where they are lifted into place, allowing the machine to push forward while the excavated soil [...]

DFI Accepting Scholarship Applications for Students in Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering [2016-05-10 07:41:05]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

The Deep Foundations Institute is accepting scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in geotechnical engineering or foundation engineering at a U.S. college or university. The at-large scholarships range from 2,000 to 5,000. For more information and to apply, visit Hurry, the deadline is May 16! [Source: Deep Foundations Institute. Image: | Impressum