GeoPrac.net sponsor Keynetix hosts the Keynetix User Conference each year, and one of the unique things about it is their Geotechnical Data Management Awards. They celebrate their users that solve challenging geotechnical problems through better management and utilization of their data. The entries are now open for nominations for the awards. More info can be found at the link below.
I stumbled across this video for the geotechnical engineering centrifuge at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Centrifuge testing is a popular way to economically test models at much higher loads and pressures than you would normally be able to in the laboratory. The goal is to more accurately represent the real world conditions. Click through for the video.