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Monday, 10 March 2014
A radar survey of Egypt's Valley of the Kings hopes to find some of the missing tombs of Egyptian Queens and Pharaohs that have so far eluded archaeologists. Distinguishing natural faults and other geologic features from potential tombs is one challenge. The article also describes how some other interesting discoveries have been made, including an ancient flood control system that prevented the tombs from being flooded, but rapidly fell into disrepair. [Source: Livescience. Image:
I met a gentleman from American Pile driving Equipment, or APE, on the plane on my way to the GeoCongress conference. We spent some time chatting, and we visited at the trade show at the conference too. I've mentioned APE on GeoPrac before, you might remember the 'Octakong' pile driving hammer, made of of 8 individual but synchronized hammers used to drive 72' diameter piles for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Seaway project. I was impressed with a helical pile system they have developed that can be [...]
Ok, this video has so many safety issues going on, you can't even count them all. But it is darn funny! Just know that this public video on Facebook lets anyone comment on it, so be warned. [Source: Facebook. Image:
Over the last 18 months Peter Keeton has been heading up a team at Keynetix to write British Standard and ASTM Standard compliant test definitions, laboratory worksheets and reports for KeyLAB. This work has now been included free of charge with the latest installer of KeyLAB and enables new users of the software to be operational much quicker than ever before.
Peter Keeton has over 40 years of experience working in and managing geotechnical laboratories for Soil Mechanics and was an [...]
When your gypsum plant is capable of producing 900 million square feet of wall board every year, you can't afford to see your process shut down by settlement or problems with groundwater infiltrating or soil erosion beneath slabs and footings supporting your facilities. GeoPrac sponsor URETEK ICR responded to these problems at a LaFarge Gypsum Plant in Florida and stabilized the subgrade and sealed up joints using their geopolymer injection technique. Did I pique your curiosity? Watch the [...]
Over the last three years Keynetix have redeveloped their software products to appeal to an international audience whilst increasing their visibility and sales outside of the UK. This strategy is working well and enquiries and interest are at an all-time high resulting in sales outside of the UK increasing by 300% over the last three years. This transformation was recognised by the UKTI when Keynetix reached the final of the UKTI Global Growth Awards in 2012.
[Editor] Read on for additional [...]
Hawthorne, NJ (February 24, 2014) DFI announces a call for entries for its major 2014 Awards. Submissions for the 2014 Awards are due by April 15, 2014. Information and nomination forms are available at www.dfi.org/awardslectures.asp.
The first three awards are presented at DFI’s Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, this year in Atlanta, GA, October 21-24, 2014.
[Editor] Read more for the full list of awards and more about the DFI.
GeoWall is a competition for geotechnical engineering students where they build model mechanically stabilized earth retaining walls (MSE walls). The walls are then tested with a series of design loads and their score is a function of how well the wall performs under loading and how efficient their design was. The competition was held at the 2014 Geo-Congress in Atlanta which is put on by the Geo-Institute of ASCE. Students from universities all around the U.S. participated in this fantastic [...]
7 years ago today, I wrote my first post for GeoPrac.net! It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this for that long. I am grateful for all of the visitors, twitter followers, supporters, and of course sponsors that have made it possible for me to share high-quality news and articles for geoprofessionals. I look forward to another great 7 years.
Last year I highlighted a few of my favorite articles and blog posts. This year, I thought I would just go by the numbers to see what the [...]
WSDOT announced on Valentine's Day that the plan to repair the damaged Bertha TBM was not ready yet, as engineers from Hitachi Zosen, the machine's manufacturer, would need until the end of the month to have the plan ready. They did say maintenance would need to be done in front of the face, requiring the construction of a vertical shaft. It sounds like more work for STP JV team member Malcolm Drilling, and they may already have started on it. We'll keep you posted. [Source: WSDOT. Image: [...]
The remarkable story of the bus-sized boulders that rolled through an Italian farm at the beginning of February now has some amazing aerial video footage to go with it. Check it out.
[Source: YouTube via AEG Insider. Image:
U.S. Forestry Service Saves Thousands with Use of TerraThane Geotechnical Foam by NCFI Polyurethanes at Seneca Rocks Discovery Center
MOUNT AIRY, NC— Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, the visitor's center for the eastern U.S.'s most popular rock-climbing destination located in Pendleton County, WV, had a growing problem common to concrete slab foundations: erosion of the soil beneath the slabs created voids that left areas of the center with uneven spots and settled anywhere from one-to [...]
This retaining wall failure occurred in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2009. The failure was caught on video, albeit with a crappy camera phone. But it's well worth a look! Dave Petley of the Landslide Blog also tracked down an article on the original failure. It's the usual case of chicken or the egg. Did the water pipe failure cause the wall to fail, or did the wall fail and then cause the pipe to fail. Thanks to my colleague Bob Cummings of Saguaro Geoservices for sending this my way.
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A 40 foot diameter sinkhole 30 feet deep opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and swallowed 8 of the Corvettes on display. The museum's security company alerted the staff members that the motion sensors had gone off at about 5:40 am on February 12 in the 'SkyDome' portion of the museum, separate from the main building. The museum called in a structural engineer and some Karst sinkhole experts who used a remote controlled helicopter to get photos and video [...]
WSDOT released an update on February 7 with some conclusions regarding the blockage that has stopped the Alaska Way Viaduct Tunnel Boring Machine, Bertha's progress since December 6. Now they don't think it was necessarily the well casing after all.
They cite two factors that contributed to the blockage. First, the cutterhead was clogged with material. You can see an cool short video of a worker unclogging the cutterhead. Not terribly dramatic, but still cool. The second factor was [...]
It's been a while since I've posted one of my catch-up-posts or CUPs. The pipes were getting a bit clogged, so here are some articles that folks might find interesting. Sorry I didn't get a chance to blog about them in more detail.
10 Leaning Towers of the World - Source: weather.com via ASCE SmartBrief
Bertha’s nemesis: 119-foot steel pipe - Source: The Seattle Times
Landslide engulfs car in China - video - Source: theguardian.com
Pennsylvania to deploy drones to [...]
An Italian farmer and his family had an unbelievably close call with some house-sized boulders. You have to see the pictures to believe it. The boulders were dislodged during a landslide on January 21 in Northern Italy. One of the boulders smashed through the barn and courtyard of the farm and cut a swath through their vineyard before stopping near a boulder from some previous rockfall / landslide event. That older boulder is even bigger, about the same size as the entire farmhouse and big [...]
I had never heard of this town before seeing the post on Geoengineer.org. Setenil de las Bodegas is a small town of about 3,000 people in the Spanish province of Cadiz. The town is built within the narrow gorge cut by the Rio Trejo. Some of the buildings in the town are built into caves and beneath rock overhangs making this a very dramatic, and exotic European town! [Source: More info at Geoengineer.org. Image: La Pantera via
John Bachner celebrated his 40th anniversary with ASFE: The Geoprofessional Business Association. He has worked tirelessly during that time to help geoprofessionals with the softer side of our business, including improving our writing, understanding contracts and liability, and improving business development skills. Bachner was honored at the fall 2013 ASFE/GBA meeting and presented with a mock ENR Magazine Cover by President Kurt R. Fraese, L.G. The reaction is priceless, but I wonder what was [...]
Specialty geotechnical contractor Moretrench is pleased to announce two new senior management positions.
Scott D. Dodds has joined the company as General Manager–Geotechnical Group, Mid-Atlantic & Midwest Regions. Mr. Dodds is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Scott brings more than 25 years of construction industry experience to his [...]