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Friday, 23 September 2016

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Timelapse of Maccaferri 5000kJ rockfall protection barrier [2016-09-23 08:41:05]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info
This kind of thing is like geo-porn for some of us! You might want to turn down or mute your speakers though, the background music is a little jarring at first. [Source: Maccaferri YouTube Channel. Image:

New Website for Geoprofessional Business Association [2016-09-23 08:38:37]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info
Joel Carson, the Executive Director of the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), recently announced the association's new website. It's a great tool to deliver the excellent resources and information that the GBA makes available to member firms and the industry in general. Did you know that membership is at a firm-level? If your firm is a member, you are a member. You just need to register for an account on the website using your company email address, and you will have access to all [...]

Webinar Friday: Geotechnical Aspects of Polyurethane Grouting [2016-09-13 19:57:53]  recommend  recommend this post  (22 visits) info
I will be the guest speaker at an EagleLIFT, Inc. webinar this Friday, September 16, 2016, from 11am-12pm MST titled: "Geotechnical Aspects of Polyurethane Grout".  I spoke on this topic about a year ago, but if you missed it then, I hope you can attend! Register at: I am not affiliated with EagleLIFT or URETEK (although, full disclosure, URETEK ICR is a sponsor), but I do consider myself a fan and evangelist of their geotechnical polyurethane [...]

Fugro HY 2016: Ongoing decline oil & gas market continues to impact results [2016-08-29 07:06:43]  recommend  recommend this post  info
Fugro released their financial results for HY 2016. I'm going to guess that's the Dutch equivalent of FY 2016. It's been a tough year for them it looks like, thanks largely to the depressed oil and gas market. Their sales revenues were down over 25 percent from 2015. [Source: Read the full press release from Image:

Moretrench CEO Corwin Talks about his Career Path [2016-08-29 07:04:25]  recommend  recommend this post  info
There is a nice little article at the Big Ideas Blog that gives you some insight into the CEO of Moretrench, Art Corwin. Art is unique in this industry from what I can tell in that he wasn't hired from outside to run the company, he came up from the ground floor as a staff engineer with Moretrench, the only company he has worked for in his engineering career. I love his little anecdote about how he aced three exams in an architecture class. The professor asked him if he wanted to be an [...]

Nicholson Awarded Secant Pile Contract for St. Louis CSO Facility [2016-08-29 07:02:03]  recommend  recommend this post  info
Nicholson Construction was recently awarded a secant pile wall contract for the Maline Creek combined sewer overflow (CSO) project in St Louis, Missouri. Their scope of work will include 78 880-mm (~3-ft) piles to depths of 40 to 50 feet, 114 880-mm secant piles to approximately the same depth that will form a braced excavation. They will also install 4 seven foot diameter jet grout columns beneath an existing sewer to support it during excavation. [Source: More about the project at [...]

New AutoCAD Civils 3D Geotechnical Module boosts usability [2016-08-26 07:41:53]  recommend  recommend this post  info
Autodesk’s Geotechnical Module for AutoCAD Civils 3D 2017 makes it even easier to integrate and visualise geotechnical data within AutoCAD and enables improved collaboration between project teams working with BIM. The module, developed for Autodesk by AEC Geotechnical Industry Partner Keynetix, has been completely updated for the 2017 version of AutoCAD Civils 3D. Free to download to existing users, it features a number of enhancements to improve usability. [Editor] Click through for the [...]

Terracon acquires Mayes Testing Engineers [2016-08-18 06:23:41]  recommend  recommend this post  (56 visits) info
Terracon has acquired Mayes Testing Engineers based in Lynnwood (Seattle) Washington. Mayes is a 115 person firm specializing in welding, concrete, soils, masonry, asphalt, and non-destructive testing in the Pacific Northwest. From the Terracon Press Release:Terracon's expansion brings together the acquired resources of Mayes, RGA Environmental, and Argus Pacific all in the Pacific Northwest. Terracon companies now combine to include six Seattle/Tacoma and two Portland, Ore., locations. The [...]

Video: Changing cutting tools on Bertha TBM [2016-08-18 06:19:36]  recommend  recommend this post  (51 visits) info
This is an interesting video of crews changing cutterhead teeth on the Bertha TBM beneath downtown Seattle. [Source: WSDOT YouTube Channel. Image:

Hayward Baker Expands its Regional Presence with New Office in New Orleans [2016-08-16 21:46:47]  recommend  recommend this post  (8 visits) info
New Orleans, LA – Hayward Baker Inc., North America’s leader in geotechnical construction, announces the opening of a new office location in New Orleans, Louisiana. The new office will support customers and projects along the Gulf Coast. As an extension of the Houston office, the New Orleans office is spearheaded by recent hire Christopher Rogers, P.E., Project Manager with oversight from Tyson Deklavs, Area Manager. Christopher Rogers, P.E. is a graduate of Mississippi State University [...]

Kleinfelder Names George J. Pierson CEO [2016-08-16 21:24:08]  recommend  recommend this post  (9 visits) info
SAN DIEGO, California – The Kleinfelder Group announced today that George J. Pierson has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the firm, effective September 6, 2016. "We are excited to have George join the Kleinfelder team," said Rodger Johnson, Chair of Kleinfelder’s Board of Directors. "George brings experience gained from years of leading a multi-billion-dollar, global infrastructure firm and we will benefit immensely from his leadership as we begin the next stage in our [...]

San Francisco Millennium Tower Has Settled 16 Inches [2016-08-04 15:06:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (3 visits) info
The residential high-rise Millennium Tower in San Francisco has settled a total of 16 inches since opening, 2 inches deferentially.  A spokesman for the tower owner blames the settlement on the excavation next door for the Transbay Transit Center, a  $2.4 billion dollar project being constructed 60 feet underground. However, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (Transbay) hired geotechnical firm Arup in 2010.  Their initial report indicated that the tower had already settled 10 inches by [...]

Good Intro Video on Drilled Shaft Construction [2016-08-04 08:04:59]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info
This is a really nice video for folks new to the industry who want to learn about drilled shafts. It has some great photos and hits the high points of what the advantages of drilled shafts are, a bit about how they are designed, construction methods and considerations, etc. [Source: Pier Research YouTube Channel via PileBuck Magazine. Image:

GeoNews Collection for July 21, 2016 [2016-07-21 15:09:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (1 visit) info
Here's a catch-up-post with a list of articles I didn't get a chance to blog about. Enjoy! PortMiami Tunnel Project Wins Grand Prize in America’s Transportation Awards Competition - Source: Tunnel Business Magazine Kleinfelder Wins Merit Award for the California Department of Water Resources Levee Evaluations Program - Source: Kleinfelder Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress 2016: Selected Papers (ASCE) - Source: ASCE Library Boone Dam Project - Source: TVA [...]

Grain Bin Settlement Problems Common to Concrete Foundations Solved with NCFI’s Geotechnical Polyurethane Foam Technology [2016-07-21 14:59:53]  recommend  recommend this post  (1 visit) info
New Solution Saves Money and Time Preventing Loss of Grain and Equipment Damage MOUNT AIRY, NC—Soil consolidation and settlement happens. It’s a fact of farm life. Secondary consolidation slowly forces water out of the spaces between soil particles. As this happens, soil particles move close together and settling occurs. Floors drop and become uneven. Newer grain silos and bins are using concrete floors instead of metal, and as secondary consolidation occurs beneath them, depressed or [...]

Video: DeWind One-Pass MGP Remediation Project [2016-07-21 08:38:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (1 visit) info
This is a cool time-lapse video of a DeWind one-pass trencher installing 350 linear feet of 25' foot deep Groundwater Collection (HDPE slotted 4" pipe backfilled to grade with pea stone) in a single pass under the water table in a single pass. Their method and technology did not require any dewatering, shoring, or open excavations. [Source: YouTube via Read more about this interesting technology and company at DeWind's website. Image:

DFI Announces the 2016 Outstanding Project Award Winner [2016-07-13 14:52:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (98 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  (82 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  (18 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 [...] | Impressum