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FHWA Releases GEC 12 - Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations [2016-11-21 14:06:05]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info
The FHWA recently released 'GEC 12 - Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations' (FHWA-NHI-16-009 and FHWA-NHI-16-010). A companion publication 'Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations - Comprehensive Design Examples' (FHWA-NHI-16-064) is also available. This publication replaces the previous Reference Manual titled Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations, published in April 2006. The publications become the twelfth in the series of geotechnical engineering [...]

Free CPT Webinar on December 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM PST [2016-11-21 13:54:57]  recommend  recommend this post  (10 visits) info
Gregg Drilling is pleased to announce our next free CPT webinar! Please register for CPT worked examples using CLiq version 2 on Dec 2, 2016 12:00 PM PST at: This webinar provides worked examples of CPT-based liquefaction analyses using the software CLiq v2. CLiq v2 has several new features that will be demonstrated during this webinar. Dr. Peter K. Robertson, Technical Adviser at Gregg Drilling and Professor Emeritus at the [...]

7.8 Magnitude Earthquake in New Zealand [2016-11-16 22:57:04]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info
Significant destruction has occurred in New Zealand as a result of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the town of Kaikoura, about 2 hours drive north of Christchurch. Video footage shows significant surface rupture causing damage to homes and infrastructure. There have been numerous landslides as well. The town of Kaikoura had to be evacuated, including about 1,000 tourists, after it was left without power by the event. Only two casualties have been reported based on the information I have [...]

SOLDATA becomes SIXENSE [2016-11-16 22:56:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info
Geotechnical and structural monitoring company Soldata has changed names to SIXENSE. SIXENSE is a group of world-class companies offering excellence in digital services and solutions specializing in infrastructure, soil and the environment in order to understand, analyze, anticipate and optimize their clients' investments. SIXENSE brings together 10 companies some having over 20 years of experience in engineering and monitoring technologies. Their mission is to provide support to designers, [...]

Streamlining Landfill Environmental Monitoring [2016-10-20 15:37:55]  recommend  recommend this post  (36 visits) info
Eurofins Case Study: ESdat Online and ESdat Lab Portal The Eurofins Field Services Groundwater team conducts compliance monitoring on behalf of various Victorian Landfill operators. New analytical results from the Eurofins lab and secondary labs were combined into spreadsheets containing ongoing and historical data on behalf of the landfill operators. This was a time consuming, labour intensive process. Uncontrolled, 'hand-me-down' spreadsheets can also introduce or hide critical errors. [...]

Jonathan Bennett, P.E., Joins Moretrench [2016-10-20 07:55:51]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
Specialty geotechnical contractor Moretrench is pleased to welcome Jonathan Bennett, P.E., as Business Development Manager for the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Jon has 25 years of experience focused primarily on deep foundations, earth retention and other geotechnical construction specialties, as well as extensive business development experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, Masters degrees from George Washington University and West [...]

Today (October 14th) is Geoprofessionals' Day in Seattle [2016-10-14 07:29:43]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info
In honor of the GBA holding their Fall Meeting in Seattle, the City's mayor, Edward B. Murray, has named October 14th Geoprofessionals' Day. Pretty cool! [Source: The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA). Image:

GDCTV Episode 1 - John Yen Interview at Regional Connector [2016-10-14 07:28:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info
Group Delta Consultants is a California geotechnical engineering firm that has quite a resume of mega projects under their belt, from dams to bridges to subway stations and lines. Their CEO, Mike Reader (a University of Arizona alumnus from my old department, Mining and Geological Engineering, go Cats!) is hosting a series of videos highlighting some of their projects. They call it GDCTV. Their first episode on the Metro Regional Transit Connector Corridor Project in Downtown Los Angeles is [...]

Ohio DOT Retaining Wall Approval Process [2016-10-14 07:27:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info
The Ohio DOT Division of Engineering, Office of Geotechnical Engineering, has a new procedure for pre-approval of prefabricated retaining wall systems (PWRS). In an announcement from back in April, they indicate that all wall system vendors will need to provide a detailed submittal for review and approval by ODOT. Those systems that are successful at getting on the approved products list will have to re-apply every 5 years. And all of the existing systems on the list that were approved prior [...]

Video: DeWind One-Pass Trenching Soil Bentonite Wall Animation [2016-10-14 07:26:18]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info
DeWind One-Pass Trenchers can install Mixed in Place Soil Bentonite, or Soil Cement Bentonite Walls up to 125' deep. Their powerful trenchers can homogenize all of the native soils with various additives. The mixing paddles rotate at 14 feet per second hyper-mixing everything in the column from top to bottom in a continuous evenly mixed wall. [Source: YouTube. Image:

Exciting New Deep Foundation Design Software [2016-10-03 14:28:52]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info
Geotechnical software company, Deep Excavation, LLC has just announced a new software product for design of deep foundations. The product page for DeepFND notes that it brings together geotechnical design and structural design of deep foundations in one complete package. It includes both axial and lateral analysis of a variety of deep foundations, including drilled shafts, driven piles of various types, continuous flight auger piles (CFA Piles), micropiles, and even helical piles (if you opt [...]

Happy Karl Terzaghi’s Birthday, 2016 [2016-10-03 07:46:54]  recommend  recommend this post  (38 visits) info
Every second of October, geotechnical engineers around the world remember Karl Terzaghi on his birthday! Terzaghi is the father of soil mechanics, and I don't think it is cliche to say he is also the father of our profession. So happy KTB 2016! I always like to celebrate by reading some of his quotes, many of which seem like they could have been written to us today…like this one: The one thing an engineer should be afraid of is the development of conditions on the job which he has not [...]

Peter Zeeb Elected New President & CEO of Geosyntec Consultants [2016-10-03 07:00:19]  recommend  recommend this post  (42 visits) info
The Board of Directors for Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. has elected Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., P.G., LSP, as President & CEO of the firm. Zeeb succeeds Rudolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, NAE, who has served in that role for the last 20 years. "Healthy succession planning and implementation are vital to the long-term multi-generational success of our firm. Our CEO transition is part of a continuous process designed to maintain the vitality, competitiveness, and independence of our firm for many [...]

Video: RockWorks17 - New Features [2016-10-03 00:17:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (42 visits) info
RockWare Software recentl released an updated to their RockWorks software package popular with geotechnical and geological professionals. There are a host of new features. You can read about them on their new features page, or check out the video below. [Source: RockWare YouTube Channel. Image:

The Building Blocks of the SR 99 Tunnel [2016-10-03 00:16:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (36 visits) info
The tunnel liner that is being placed by the Bertha tunnel boring machine consists of precast concrete segments. This video by the WSDOT shows how they are made at the casting yard, and what Bertha does with them once they get delivered to her where the action is happening. The finished tunnel will consist of over 14,000 of these precast segments! [Source: WSDOT YouTube Channel. Image:

Timelapse of Maccaferri 5000kJ rockfall protection barrier [2016-09-23 08:41:05]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 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  (16 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  (41 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  (1 visit) 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  (1 visit) 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 [...] | Impressum