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GeoPrac.net is a news blog and community site for practitioners of geotechnical engineering, geological engineering, engineering geology, geophysics, hydrogeology and related disciplines. Our mission is to educate, inform, and empower geoprofessionals so they can better serve our communities.

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The wider benefits of geotechnical BIM

Using BIM can save geotechnical specialists tens of thousands of dollars a year but these savings can pale into insignificance, when compared with the additional costs that can arise if a ground-related problem is discovered during construction.

This is just one of the wider benefits of using geotechnical BIM. While these can be difficult to quantify, they are certainly significant:

  • Desk studies and site investigations are more focused
  • Engineers can react faster to potential issues on site
  • A more complete picture of the ground can be built
  • Understanding of ground behavior is improved, leading to better design
  • Communications with the team, clients and stakeholders are improved
  • Rapid delivery of 3D visualizations of the ground, from a variety of angles, can reduce project risk and costs during construction.

A fully-integrated, multidisciplinary BIM, including a ground model, can deliver significant value to both geotechnical engineers and the wider design team. Site investigations are more focused and offer better value for money, the understanding of what is going on in the ground is improved and communication of complex problems to non-geotechnical professionals is far easier.

Ultimately, geotechnical BIM is an important aid for geotechnical professionals and should increase the value of geotechnical engineering among the project team and in the eyes of the client.

View this interesting article from GeoPrac sponsor Keynetix!

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Randy’s 333 Charity Water Campaign to celebrate GeoPrac.net’s 10th Anniversary

Most of us have no idea what it’s like to be thirsty. We have plenty of water to drink — even the water in our toilets is clean!

But many people around the world don’t have that luxury. Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. I find that unacceptable! There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to people who are forced to drink water that most of us would find repulsive.

In honor of my 40th birthday, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of GeoPrac.net, I decided to start a charity: water campaign to build these types of projects around the world, and I’m hoping my colleagues, GeoPrac.net visitors, sponsors, and others will rally around me to help.

I have set a goal of raising $10,000 which will provide clean drinking water to 333 people…hence the name of my campaign.  At the end of the day, this is really not about me, GeoPrac, or anything else except helping change the lives of 333 people in a developing country.

100% of the money we donate will be used to build clean water projects (that’s right, they cover their overhead through separate private fundraising).  When the projects are complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped.

Please consider a charitable donation to this campaign. Thank you!

–Randy Post
President and Founder, GeoPrac.net
https://my.charitywater.org/randy-post-geoprac/randys-333-clean-water-campaign

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GeoPrac.net Launches New Website

I am pleased to announce the re-launch of GeoPrac.net, with a new layout and faster load times, all optimized for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices!

This has been a major undertaking, migrating from one content management system to another, importing all of the old content, and setting up the new framework and template.  I don’t plan to spend a great deal of time going back to clean up old content, but if you see anything funny, by all means, reach out to me.

Visitors will probably see more tinkering in the coming weeks as I dial in the settings and test new features.  But the bottom line is that this system will be much easier to maintain and more secure, and all of that translates to me having more time to keep fresh content on the site and explore new possibilities.

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Terracon Expands New York Resources with Dente Acquisition

OLATHE, Kan.July 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Terracon is excited to announce its acquisition of Dente Engineering, located in the Albany, N.Y., area. Dente is a privately owned firm founded in 1993 providing geotechnical, geohydrologic, and construction materials engineering and testing services, including special inspection and drilling capabilities.

Dente’s team of 21 employees has built a strong reputation for technical expertise, experience, and quality service delivery. Dente engineers, geologists, and technical experts have completed more than 4,000 projects throughout the Northeast including the Hudson Valley, southern and western New York, southern Vermont, and western Massachusetts.

“The expansion allows us to further strengthen our service offerings and geographic presence in New York and across the Northeast,” said Swaminathan Srinivasan, P.E., president of Terracon. “Gaining these additional resources helps us to demonstrate our commitment to bring even greater resources to clients locally and nationally.”

The company and its employees will continue to serve clients locally as Dente Group, A Terracon Company. Dente’s affiliate organizations, Evergreen Testing & Environmental Services, which provides construction materials testing and inspection services through its accredited laboratory, and Acme Boring Company, which provides geotechnical and environmental test borings, also join Terracon.

Services typically include planning, managing and performing exploratory site investigation, laboratory testing programs, preparing geotechnical reports, and managing and performing construction inspection and testing services for clients in construction, education, health care, and other engineering companies.

“We have an excellent group of experienced professionals and a 25-year history which has helped build our reputation as a go-to consultant in the region,” said Fred Dente, P.E., president of Dente Engineering. “As we move into this exciting new phase, we are proud this same team will continue to support our clients and now offer them access to even greater resources.”

Terracon also expanded its New York presence in 2016 with the purchase of ROC Geotechnical Engineers of Rochester. This acquisition is supported by Terracon locations in RochesterHartford, Conn., and South Plainfield, N.J. Dente is Terracon’s seventh acquisition in the past two years.

Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 30th on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.

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The May/June issue of Deep Foundations Magazine is now available online

Well points on what appears to be a temporary shoring job

The May/June issue of Deep Foundations Magazine by the DFI features a special look at Dewatering and Groundwater Control. One of the articles is by Gregory Landry, the Chief Dewatering Engineer at GeoPrac sponsor, Moretrench. I love the anecdote at the beginning of the article, that Moretrench defined dewatering as that aspect of the project that when left out produced the lowest bidder! These kinds of free resources are a great way to keep up to date on what’s going on in the industry without breaking the bank. [Source: Read Deep Foundations Magazine via DFI LinkedIn Page. Image: Moretrench]

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Massive Landslide in Xinmo, Sichuan Province

Deadly landslide buries Xinmo village in Sichuan Province, China

There was a huge rockslide in Sichuan Province of China on June 24th that buried the town of Xinmo early in the morning. Early figures were that 118 people were missing and 15 victims had already been recovered. It’s hard to believe there is a village somewhere under all of that debris. The local geological survey indicated that the volume of rock was estimated at 8 million cubic meters. [Source: The Landslide Blog. Image: Xinhua/Xue Yubin]

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Bentley launches a gINT Special Interest Group

Bentley gINTBentley Systems is pleased to announce that earlier this year, they began a gINT Special Interest Group (SIG). What is a SIG you ask? It is a Bentley-hosted, one-hour virtual meeting that enables users with similar interests to learn and connect on-line. Meetings are structured to inform and engage users on current topics of importance through technical presentations and interactive Q&A via a chat window.

Participants will learn new skills, productivity-enhancing best practices, and time-saving tips and tricks in gINT.

The first gINT SIG occurred April 5, and covered data transfer. The recording is available from the Bentley Learn site here.

The next SIG is scheduled for July 5, 2017, and is all about gINT Civil Tools and how gINT Civil Tools is an essential tool for subsurface evaluation. gINT Civil Tools is our latest enhancement to gINT.

If you need to load geotechnical data into MicroStation or OpenRoads, require advanced tools for preliminary studies, or want to generate 3D subsurface models, then this session is a must-see. The technology presentation and discussion will focus on importing geotechnical project data into MicroStation and OpenRoads as well as workflows for BIM. You will learn how to:

  • Connect to a gINT project in MicroStation and OpenRoads
  • Create 2D preliminary study maps and drilling plans
  • Load data in 3D for modeling boreholes, lithology, water levels, and more

You can register for the July 5 SIG by clicking here. Select gINT as the brand and you will see two presentations for July 5. The presentations are the same. Please enroll for the one that best fits your schedule.

One Professional Development Hour (PDH) will be applied to each user’s Bentley Transcript for self-reporting.

Future SIGS are scheduled for October 4, November 1, and December 6. Keep an eye out for these exciting and informative ways to touch up and advance your gINT skills.

[Editor] Bentley is a sponsor of GeoPrac.net. [/Editor]

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