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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Hayward Baker Constructs Temporary Emergency Earth Retention for Landslide Repairs Near Train Tracks in Baltimore [2014-07-22 09:28:59]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

Hayward Baker was among the contractors called in for emergency repairs to a failed retaining wall in Baltimore that destabilized a slope, causing a landslide that enveloped cars and threatened a railroad track below. The final episode of the slope failure was caught on video and showed several cars being swallowed. GeoPrac sponsor, Hayward Baker is currently on-site installing a temporary soldier pile lagging wall with tiebacks to facilitate the construction of a permanent wall. They are [...]

ASFE Changes Its Name to Geoprofessional Business Association [2014-07-22 09:21:11]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info
ASFE has been a fixture in the geoprofession since its inception in 1969. They are officially changing their name to the Geoprofessional Business Association to more accurately reflect what their role and mission is. [Source: Read more about the name change on the Geoprofessional Business Association

Crux Subsurface Wins Two 2014 DFI Awards [2014-07-11 09:38:53]  recommend  recommend this post  (74 visits) info

Congratulations to Crux Subsurface, Inc. on winning the Deep Foundation Institute's (DFI) 2014 Outstanding Project Award (OPA) and the 2014 C. William Bermingham Innovation Award for their Sunrise Powerlink Project in California. The project involved the installation of over 3,700 micropiles for the foundations of new steel lattice towers for a 117 mile transmission line running from Imperial Valley to San Diego. All of the micopiles were installed using rigs and equipment mobilized by [...]

Time Lapse Video of Foundation Drilling for Dubai Residential High-Rise [2014-07-11 09:33:52]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

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Geotechnical work underway on ‘new’ section of Historic Highway [2014-07-11 09:22:01]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info

Geotechnical work has commenced for a project involving reconstructing the Historic Columbia River Highway in Hood River County as a segment of Oregon's Historic Highway State Trail. The geotechnical scope consists of 48 test pits, 58 boreholes, and constructing 4,000 linear feet of temporary access roads. [Source: Hood River News. Image: Hood River

World Cup 2014: a landslide affects the city of Natal in Brazil [2014-07-01 09:27:45]  recommend  recommend this post  (9 visits) info

Torrential rain in the World Cup city of Natal caused a landslide right around the time that the USA defeated Ghana. According to the Landslide Blog, the landslide destroyed 50 homes but there were no lives lost. A You-Tube Video showing the landslide as seen from a small UAV shows the devestation, and interestingly shows a storm drain that could have played a role in the failure, perhaps becoming overwhelmed after the 50 hours of rain that fell on Natal. [Source: The Landslide Blog. Image: NBC [...]

2014 Terzaghi Lecture - Carlos Santamarina [2014-07-01 09:14:21]  recommend  recommend this post  (8 visits) info

Dr. Carlos Santamarina of Georgia Tech. presented the 2014 Terzaghi Lecture at Geo-Congress 2014 entititled 'Energy Geotechnology: Enabling New Insights Into Soil Behavior'. From the You-Tube summary: Energy is critical to life, and the coming decades will see worldwide population growth and associated economic development that will result in a pronounced increase in energy demand. Historically, geotechnical engineering has been crucial to projects that have sustained societal [...]

Hayward Baker Forms Strategic Alliance with EOS Remediation and Chemical Grouting Company [2014-06-30 08:06:11]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info

Alliance Formed for the Commercialization of BioJet Technology to Solve the Challenges of Environmental Remediation in Low-Permeability Contaminated Soils Hanover, MD (PRWEB) June 25, 2014 Hayward Baker Inc. (HBI) announces the formation of a strategic alliance with EOS Remediation, LLC (EOS, Raleigh, NC) and Chemical Grouting Co., Ltd. (CG Co., Tokyo, Japan) for the commercialization of the BioJet™ technology. BioJet technology provides a solution for one of the most difficult [...]

VA Company Uses NCFI's TerraThane Geotech Foam System to Save Parking Lot, Time, and Money for NC Municipality [2014-06-30 01:16:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

MOUNT AIRY, NC—Concrete Jack, Inc. of Williamsburg, VA, a company specializing in concrete leveling and foundation repair along the Eastern Seaboard and the South, used TerraThane Geotechnical Foam system to help save the parking lot of a Wake Forest, NC auto repair business. "Parking lots are notorious for sinking from failed storm water structures," says Kirk Roberts, division manager for Concrete Jack. "Water causes erosion around the structures, voids form, voids [...]

DBM Contractors, Inc. Announces Management Succession Plan [2014-06-26 22:06:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (1 visit) info
SEATTLE — Michael Murphy, chairman of the DBM Contractors, Inc. board and managing director, announced DBM’s management succession plan. “It is important to note that the succession plan is designed to foster our commitment to our family of employees, our mission statement, and our clients. Maybe it gets a little touchy feely but it also honors the legacy of Don and Helen Murphy’s view of a successful family oriented company, rewarding the growing talent within the [...]

TerraThane Geotechnical Foam Maker, NCFI Polyurethanes, Turns Fifty [2014-06-19 09:02:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info

Founders Included Chemist from Manhattan Project, Pioneer of Urethanes, and Charlotte-Based Cotton Company MOUNT AIRY, NC—NCFI Polyurethanes, an international manufacturer of rigid and flexible polyurethane foams turns 50 this year. The Mount Airy-based company got its start in 1964 as North Carolina Foam Industries through a partnership between Dr. Harris W. "Ace" Bradley, who had worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII and with Dupont in discovering and pioneering [...]

DFI Forms New DFI Technical Committee: Subsurface Characterization for Deep Foundations [2014-06-06 06:50:53]  recommend  recommend this post  (51 visits) info
Hawthorne, NJ (May 28, 2014): DFI announces the formation of a new, 16th technical committee focusing on site investigation for deep foundation design and construction. The Subsurface Characterization for Deep Foundations Committee was formed to increase awareness of the importance of complete and competent site investigation in deep foundation practices. The specific goals of the committee will be defined by the committee members, however, initially the committee will discuss and define [...]

Video: Low-Tech Pile Driving Option [2014-06-06 00:10:51]  recommend  recommend this post  (22 visits) info
I know this video made the rounds by email and on Geoengineer a while back, but I haven't posted it here. It shows a novel way of installing piles in softer soil. Those guys have some nice rhythm! Happy Friday. [Source: YouTube. Image:

NovoLAB Introduction Video [2014-06-06 00:02:58]  recommend  recommend this post  (7 visits) info
NovoLAB is a geotechnical data management software designed for processing soil laboratory test data and preparation of boring logs. NovoLAB generates the boring logs and tests summary automatically. By GeoPrac sponsor Novotech Software. [Source: YouTube. Image:

Keynetix to Support the Geotechnical Academy [2014-06-05 16:24:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info
Keynetix are delighted to have been offered the opportunity to be a regular contributor to the Geotechnical Academy starting in June 2014. The Geotechnical Academy is a collaboration between Equipe Group and Geotechnical Engineering Ltd, providing fundamental technical and commercial training to aspiring geo-professionals, helping them to apply their theoretical and technical understanding in the practical and commercial world. The training experience is different from other more traditional [...]

Massive Mudslide In Western Colorado, 3 Missing [2014-05-28 09:17:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (10 visits) info
A massive mudslide approximately 1 mile by 3 miles by 250 feet deep has occured in Western Colorado over the Memorial Day weekend. There are reports that 3 men from the nearby Collbran/Mesa area are missing. According to the Forbes article, the estimates of the size would make it three times the size of the catastrophic Oso landslide in Washington. [Source: Forbes via @CanGeotechJournal. Image: Forbes / Twitter / Denver Post - Photographer AAron

Baltimore landslide: Is it covered? [2014-05-28 09:04:11]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info

This is a different perspective on landslides than what I usually blog about on GeoPrac. This banking and insurance website blog post discusses what should and shouldn't be covered on a car owner's insurance policy. Several cars parked along the road were damaged after a retaining wall / slope failure in Baltimore last month. [Source: Read the blog post at Bankrate, Inc.. Image: CBS

RockWorks: Geotechnical Applications (RockWorks16 Webinar) [2014-05-28 08:56:06]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info
This 17 minute webinar by Rockware introduces you to the various geotechnical-related features of RockWorks 16. RockWorks Geotechnical Webinar Video [Source: YouTube. Image:

Weekend CUP for May 19, 2014 [2014-05-19 14:56:08]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

It was time to clear the queue a bit and get rid of some old links I didn't get around to posting about. I hope you enjoy. 1001 Papers on Geotechnical Case Histories Made Available by Missouri S&T - Source: What is Geotechnical Engineering? Outreach website to society-at-large, developed by ISSMGE, answers this question - Source: WATERFRONT SEAWALL - Source: Deep Excavation's Slurry Wall Case [...]

Magnitude 9.2: The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake [2014-05-19 08:37:47]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

It's been 50 years since the Magnitude 9.2 Great Alaskan Earthquake so dramatically altered people's perceptions of the power of earthquakes. Check out this short video from the USGS: [Source: YouTube via AEG Insider. Image: | Impressum