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Chip Holton Named NCFI Polyurethanes President [2015-01-22 06:13:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

Former Dir. of Ops Says “Shift” New Word for 2015 and Beyond MOUNT AIRY, NC—NCFI Polyurethanes, and its parent company, Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. (BMC), today announced the Board of Directors has named Chip Holton as the company’s president effective January 1, 2015. Holton joined NCFI as Dir. of Operations in 2012, and brings with him an extensive, and impressive operational leadership background. Holton, 50, holds an engineering degree from The United States [...]

2015-2016 Academic Scholarships from ADSC [2015-01-20 23:47:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info
Scholarship Applications for the 2015-2016 school year are now available on the ADSC website. Applications are due March 23, 2015. These $3,000 scholarships also include a trip to ADSC's annual conference with travel expenses paid. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ABET or CEAB accredited engineering program or be a graduate from such a program, and must plan to enter or continue graduate school during the current academic year. [Source: Download the scholarship application form [...]

40 Foot Sinkhole in Tenn. Stadium Endzone [2015-01-16 07:30:20]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

A large 40 foot wide by 40 foot deep sinkhole opened up just outside the endzone of Austin Peay State University’s Governors Stadium in Tennessee. The stadium is currently undergoing upgrades for next year's football season. Sinkholes are not unexpected on Austin Peay campus, and the video below shows one example of how the University has actually incorporated the remediated sinkholes into the landscaping. Representatives from the University and the contractor expect the [...]

Nicholson Continues Work for the University of Colorado's Athletic Facilities Expansion [2015-01-16 07:15:57]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

Nicholson Construction Company, a GeoPrac sponsor, has been working on 68,000 square feet of shoring and permanent retaining walls for an indoor practice football field and running track, as well as two levels of underground parking at the University of Colorado Boulder. The wall types include soil nail walls, cantilevered drilled shaft and shotcrete wall, and cantilevered soldier pile with wood lagging. The project has been running since this summer and is projected to be complete in [...]

Moretrench V.P. Paul C. Schmall Receives 2015 Wallace Hayward Baker Award [2015-01-14 14:13:04]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

Specialty geotechnical contractor Moretrench is pleased to announce that Vice President and Chief Engineer Paul C. Schmall, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Wallace Hayward Baker Award.  This prestigious award was established in 2000 by the Geo-Institute of the American Society for Civil Engineers in recognition of the creative and innovative contributions of the late Dr. Wallace Hayward Baker to the field of ground modification.  It is given [...]

The Evolution of Sonic Drilling, from Inventor Ray Roussy [2015-01-12 07:41:36]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
Ray Roussy was a pioneer of the sonic drilling technique. In an interview with National Drilling Magazine, Roussy shares how the sonic drilling method began, what changes have occurred over time, and what some of the future challenges are for the method and how they will be faced by the drilling industry. [Source: National Driller Magazine . Image: National

Top Content of 2014 [2014-12-31 14:13:27]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info

 Here they are, the most popular posts from this year. Happy New Year everyone! Getting Under Your Feet – The Revolutionary Technology of Geogrids - Published Dec 5, 2014 (59.5 hits/day, 1,553 page impressions total) Hayward Baker to Provide Ground Improvement for New Atlanta Stadium Project - Published Sep 19, 2014 (56.1 hits/day, 5,780 page impressions total) Dataforensics and Keynetix Announce Major Partnership - Published Dec 18, 2014 (54.4 hits/day, 693 page [...]

Catch-Up Post for December 29, 2014 [2014-12-29 14:24:47]  recommend  recommend this post  (10 visits) info

As the year is coming to a close, I'm cleaning out my list of interesting articles that I didn't have a chance to blog about.  Enjoy! Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns - Source: Yahoo News (AP) I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Design Concept Animation - Source: WSDOT YouTube Heavy lifting with some very big cranes - Source: WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct The District's Deepest Building - Source: Civil Engineering Magazine - September 2014 Nicholson Awarded [...]

DFI Announces 2015 Osterberg Memorial Lecturer [2014-12-29 07:16:47]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

November 28, 2014, Hawthorne NJ: Frank Rausche, Ph.D., P.E., of GRL Engineers, Inc., has been selected as the DFI 2015 Osterberg Lecturer. The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., during the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE) at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from the DFI.

November - December 2014 Foundation Drilling Magazine [2014-12-29 07:15:40]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

The November/December issue of ADSC's excellent magazine is available online. Features in this issue include:Texas Shafts Installs Deep, Battered Drilled Shafts for Dallas BridgesPost Grouted Drilled Shaft Research Part IIADSC's 2014 DROS Another Success2014 in ReviewFocus on IFCEE 2015 [Source: Read the magazine online courtesy of ADSC. Image:

2014 Seed Lecture - Developments in the Assessment of Liquefaction Potential and Its Consequences [2014-12-29 07:07:59]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

2014 Seed Lecture: Developments in the Assessment of Liquefaction Potential and its Consequences, presented by W.D. Liam Finn, Ph.D.,P.Eng., Life.M.ASCE, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia at the 2014 Geo-Congress in Atlanta, GA, USA. [Source: Geo-Institute YouTube Channel. Image:

Dataforensics and Keynetix Announce Major Partnership [2014-12-18 14:24:29]  recommend  recommend this post  (101 visits) info

Dataforensics and Keynetix Forge Partner Alliance to Revolutionize Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Data Management Norcross, Georgia, December 2014 – Dataforensics and Keynetix announce a partnership that teams the strengths of each company to revolutionize geotechnical data collection and data management within the United States and Canada. Dataforensics is developing a specialized configuration of HoleBASE SI for the North American market, which when combined with pLog Tablet, [...]

Alaskan Way Viaduct Settles after Bertha TBM Access Pit Dewatering [2014-12-18 07:21:08]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

Areas surrounding the access pit being excavated to rescue the stalled Bertha TBM have experienced settlement as much as 1 to almost 1.5 inches according to a draft figure released by WSDOT on December 11, 2014. The aging and seismically deficient Viaduct itself has experienced 1 inch of settlement as well. Structural engineers have inspected it as well as numerous buildings in the area and have not found structural damage. The settlement is thought to be related to the dewatering associated [...]

Bentley's Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference Wrap-Up [2014-12-18 07:09:41]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

Bentley's annual infrastructure conference was again a tremendous success. Held in London in early November, the event provided infrastructure executives from around the world with valuable insights on business and technology drivers and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns. Among the many presentations and materials presented during this information-rich event were keynotes, Be Inspired Finalist presentations, and Advancement Insights—an [...]

Harl Aldrich, Haley & Aldrich Co-founder, Dies at 91 [2014-12-16 07:12:11]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

Haley & Aldrich Founder and Chairman Emeritus Harl P. Aldrich, Jr. died on November 24, 2014 in Concord, MA at the age of 91. Dr. Aldrich was a leader in geotechnical and civil engineering, and his legacy is seen not just in his home city of Boston, but also across the country where his pioneering spirit has endured in the firm he co-founded. [Editor] Text modified from a Haley & Aldrich Press Release. [/Editor] [Source: View the rest of the press release from Haley & Aldrich via [...]

Pond Embankment Stabilization with Geopolymer Injection [2014-12-10 15:27:52]  recommend  recommend this post  (59 visits) info

  [Editor] An effluent pond in southeast Texas was suffering from years of erosion.  Recently, an escalation of subsurface water seepage through the pond’s embankment threatened the community’s main water source. URETEK used their versatile geopolymer product to inject beneath the embankment to seal off the seepage.  The project was a huge success! Read on for this contributed article from GeoPrac sponsor URETEK ICR.

Getting Under Your Feet – The Revolutionary Technology of Geogrids [2014-12-05 06:13:33]  recommend  recommend this post  (58 visits) info
Most people reading this will have driven along a highway recently. But did you ever stop to think about how it stays up? With all the trucks and cars that speed along the average highway every day, it’s a wonder they don’t collapse! Now how would you feel if you heard that the reason these highways and bridges and embankments manage to stay so stable is all thanks to the simple triangle? [Editor] Read on for this contributed article from Tensar International!

Deep Excavation Geotechnical Software Update [2014-12-04 06:33:14]  recommend  4 recommendations  (41 visits) info
Deep Excavation LLC is releasing the revamped 2015 version of their deep excavation software DeepEX 2015. DeepEX is used by more than 1000 engineers worldwide. The current version includes an improved wizard, reports, analysis capabilities. In DeepEX 2015 is the only software that allows you to estimate the cost of your actual 3D excavation, and prepares a quantity take off for you. For more information and to download a 30 day free trial visit [...]

Dataforensics Announces Major Update to pLog Tablet [2014-11-24 21:07:13]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info
Dataforensics, developer of geotechnical and geoenvironmental data management solutions, announces that a major update for pLog Tablet is now available for immediate download from the Google Play store. This latest update of pLog Tablet enhances usability by adding the following features: [Editor] Read on for the rest of the press release from GeoPrac sponsor

FHWA Geotechnical Team and NHI To Offer Virtual World Training [2014-11-21 16:15:52]  recommend  recommend this post  (43 visits) info

Economic times have been hard for federal, state and local transportation agencies as well as industry representatives since the recession started.  Getting approval to travel for conferences or training classes has been difficult if not impossible.  The Geotechnical Team at the FHWA and the National Highway Institute (NHI) has come up with a solution to that problem by offering training in an online virtual environment. In the near term they will be offering a tour of the virtual [...] | Impressum