Software Updates

Rockscience Releases Settle3D Software

Rockscience, Inc. of Toronto CA is perhaps best known (as their name implies) for their software related to rock slopes and tunneling, such as Dips, Slide, Swedge, Examine3D and others. However their latest software product, Settle3D is for settlement analysis in soils. Read on for some features and screen shots. 

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Geologic Hazards

Utah Geologic Hazards Group Finishes Report

As we mentioned in a previous post, the State of Utah had experienced several slope failures in approved, permitted subdivisions. Those failures prompted the governor to form the Geologic Hazards Working Group (GHWG) to evaluate […]


Embankment Dams in Earth Fissure Risk Zones - A Regulator's Dilemma
Articles

Embankment Dams in Fissure Risk Zones

Embankment Dams in Earth Fissure Risk Zones - A Regulator's Dilemma

Is it possible to safely rehabilitate dams in earth fissure risk zones to continue to provide economical flood protection to the public, or does the risk of dam failure due to an undetected fissure present too great a threat to the public? Read the article to find out the view of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

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Press Releases

Corps releases Center Hill Dam Consensus Report

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today released the Center Hill Dam Consensus Report, an external independent peer review that validates the USACE high-risk classification of the dam and the interim risk reduction measures currently in effect.

This is the second peer review report on a high-risk USACE dam, and it provides important input regarding current USACE efforts to investigate, monitor and modify Center Hill Dam. [Editor] (Photo by drainhook) [/Editor]

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Available Resources

Several New Geofoam Papers Available

Geosynthetica has added several new publications to their online library. They are all papers authored or co-authored by Professor John Horvath of Manhattan College and made available through his website. They are all on the topic of geofoam, a subject on which Professor Horvath is a recognized expert. Read on for a list of the newly listed publications. (Image courtesy of NCS Consultants, LLC)

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Press Releases

Layne Christensen Files Registration Statement for Proposed Offering of Common Stock

MISSION WOODS, Kan., Sep 20, 2007 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) — Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq:LAYN) today announced that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed underwritten public offering of shares of its common stock with a proposed maximum aggregate offering amount of $172.5 million (including shares that may be issued at the underwriters’ option to cover over-allotments, if any). Layne intends to use the net proceeds from the proposed offering to reduce the outstanding balance on its credit facility and for general corporate purposes, as well as funding for possible acquisitions.

[Editor] Layne Christensen is the parent company of Layne GeoConstruction – a specialty foundation construction company offering services such as jet grouting, drilled micropiles, vibratory ground improvement, and construction drilling, grouting and anchor technologies. They are also the parent company of COLOG Borehole Geophysics, which does nondestructive testing, borehole geophysics and downhole camera logging of boreholes. Click through for the rest of the press release. [/Editor]

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Geologic Hazards

Devil’s Slide Tunnel Construction Kicks Off

On September 17, CALTRANS and Kiewit Pacific held a "tunnel excavation celebration" to kick off the start of tunnel construction on The Devil’s Slide Tunnels project on California State Route 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway) in San Mateo County between the town of Montara to the south and the city of Pacifica to the north. The project involves the creation of a separated two-lane road, one lane in each direction. This road will pass through twin tunnels, over twin bridges and connect with an existing non-separated two-lane road at each end. The new road will be approximately 6,500 feet long, made up of the roughly 4,000-foot twin tunnels, the 1,500-foot north approach road (which includes the 1000-foot parallel bridges), and the 1,000-foot south approach road. Upon completion, the new road will bypass geologically unstable portions of existing Route 1, sections of roadway subject to lengthy closures, high maintenance costs over the years, and risk of permanent failure. Thanks Geology.com for the heads up. [Read on for more background, photos, maps, and movies!] (Images by CALTRANS)

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Geologic Hazards

DBM Completes Landslide Repair in Oceanside

Oceanside, Calif.— DBM Contractors, Inc. performed emergency landslide repair for the Sprinter Mainline in the city of Oceanside. The slide occurred during earth moving to build a retaining wall at the base of a steep […]