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New Member Benefit – The GOLD Course [2017-01-06 01:20:02]  recommend  recommend this post  (1 visit) info
The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) has announced a new course offering for its members, Geoprofessional Operational Leadership Development (GOLD) Course. This course is targeted at new and emerging leaders, group leaders, office managers, regional managers, and business unit leaders in the AE industry. It will contain specific instruction on operational aspects of the typical Geoprofessional business. The GBA has partnered with the McMahon|Siegel Group for the course, one of the [...]

Paper on Underwater Noise Reduction of Marine Pile Driving [2017-01-06 01:19:18]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info
Impact pile driving of steel piles in aquatic environments produces extremely high underwater sound levels. To address this problem, a double-walled pile has been developed to decrease the total noise transmitted into the water and substrate. The double-walled pile consists of two concentric steel pipe piles flexibly connected by a special driving shoe, allowing for an air gap between the two tubes. The double-walled pile is driven into the sediment by using traditional equipment that strikes [...]

Gèotechnique Rankine-lecture papers [2017-01-06 01:18:36]  recommend  recommend this post  (1 visit) info
The Rankine lecture is one of the most prestigious invited lectures in all of geotechnical engineering. The Institute of Civil Engineers has a list of all of the Rankine lecturers and links to most of their lecture papers which are published in Gèotechnique. As far as I can tell, you still need to have access to Gèotechnique's journals to view them, but at least this is a nice central list of all of the papers and past lecturers. [Source: List of Rankine Lecturers at the ICE Virtual [...]

SNAP-2 Soil Nail Wall Software Update [2016-12-20 05:37:13]  recommend  recommend this post  (3 visits) info
Version 3 of the Soil Nail Analysis Program (SNAP-2) has recently been released by the FHWA. It addresses the following issues identified in previous versions: The resolution of the search area when working at different scaling factors Corrects the safety factor for nail pullout Allows more user options for selecting colors within the software Fixes some other identified bugs in the software [Source: Download SNAP-2 from the Federal Highway Administration. Image:

Tunnel Collapse Caught on Video [2016-12-20 05:29:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (4 visits) info
According to the site Geotechpedia, this tunnel failure occurred on November 29, 2016 around 9am (local time?). The tunnel is located in Yusufeli district of Erzurum in northeastern Turkey. It is somehow related to the Yusufeli dam. There were no reports of fatalities. [Source: YouTube via Geotechpedia. Image: YouTube]

Gèotechnique Top 5 Papers of 2016 [2016-12-20 05:28:35]  recommend  recommend this post  (3 visits) info
As part of their Best of Research and Practice initiative, Gèotechnique has made their top five papers FREE to download until 22nd December. A constitutive modelling framework predicting critical state in sand undergoing crushing and dilation Evaluation of the viscosity of tropical soils for debris flow analysis: a new approach Time-lapse monitoring of internal erosion in earthen dams and levees using ambient seismic noise Shear band propagation analysis of submarine slope stability [...]

Large Boulder Causes Issues on SR 77 in Arizona [2016-12-01 23:54:18]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info
Arizona DOT is undertaking a project to remove hazardous rock formations above Highway 77 between the towns of Globe and Winkelman, AZ (east of Phoenix). On November 29/30, The blasting work inadvertently dislodged an 18 foot boulder from about 150 feet above the roadway. The highway was closed at the time for the blasting operation, but it did take crews longer than planned to clear the road as a result of having to break up the massive boulder. [Source: Read more in the ADOT Press Release. [...]

RockWare Launches New Customer Portal [2016-12-01 23:53:56]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info
RockWare recently launched a new Customer Portal. It's designed for registered users of RockWorks, LogPlot, RockWare GIS Link, and AqQA software licenses, where you can: view all of the licenses in your organization see upgrade options purchase upgrades view maintenance status renew maintenance access software download links and more to come! [Source: Check out the new portal from RockWare. Image:

Terracon Acquires GC&T [2016-12-01 23:49:56]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info
Terracon is expanding into the Virgina market through the acquisition of Geotechnical Consulting & Testing Inc. (GC&T), headquartered in Woodbridge, with a laboratory in Dulles. This is Terracon's 4th acquisition of 2016. Formed in 1990, GC&T is a privately owned firm primarily dedicated to providing geotechnical and materials testing services. GC&T provides services for transportation and infrastructure, commercial, industrial, retail, residential, office, medical, and [...]

FHWA Releases GEC 12 - Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations [2016-11-21 14:06:05]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 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  (12 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  (18 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  (23 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  (45 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  (18 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  (42 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  (38 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  (32 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  (30 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  (3 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 [...] | Impressum