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Technological Advances in Geotechnical Engineering

According to James Miller of GeoEngineers, Inc., the most significant recent technological advances in geotechnical engineering are LiDAR, GIS-based data management, and advanced analysis of soil-structure interaction. Read his article at DJC.com. Thanks to iCivilEngineer […]

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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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Rockfall Protection Installation Video

Geovert, a specialty design-build geotechnical contractor in New Zealand and Australia has released a video showing the construction of a challenging rockfall protection project. From their YouTube description:

Stockton Coal Mine is situated on the rugged west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, near Westport. Geovert, a design-build contractor specializing in difficult access rockfall mitigation projects, were retained to provide a turnkey solution combining slope protection and stabilisation measures, to manage the rockfall hazard and protect the surrounding environment with a world class design build rockfall protection solution. The barrier was 1.7 kilometres long and follows a ridgeline escarpment, making this the longest rockfall protection barrier in the southern hemisphere. This was one of the largest and most challenging rockfall construction projects completed to date anywhere in the world.

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Geomorphology from Space

Geomorphology from Space is an out of print 1986 NASA publication edited by Nicholas M. Short, Sr. and Robert W. Blair, Jr. designed for use by the remote sensing science and educational communities to study landforms and landscapes. The entire book, including 237 plates of landforms, photographs, locator maps and some geologic maps has been reproduced on the NASA Website. [more…]

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Geosynthetics Manufacturer Posts Product Videos

Gundle/SLT Environmental, Inc. (GSE) is a manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic lining products and services in the following markets: agriculture, aquaculture, canals, civil, golf courses, mining, power, sportsfields, stormwater retention, waste containment, wastewater, and other industrial applications. They have recently released a series of product videos on YouTube. But you don’t have to search for them yourself, you can watch them right here on GeoPrac, just read on! Thanks to Geosynthetica.net for the heads up.

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Google Earth for Geotechnical Engineers and Geologists

Google Earth - Logo copyright Google Inc.Google Earth is a software application that uses satellite and aerial photo imagery, terrain, maps, 3D buildings and Google Search data to view information in our world in two and three dimensions in real time. I’m curious how other geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists are using Google Earth in their practice. Read on for some GE related resources I’ve found useful or interesting, and then post a comment on how you use Google Earth in your practice and for fun! (Logo copyright Google Inc.)
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New Publications in Geosynthetics

GeoSynthetica.net has a nice index of technical articles related to geosynthetics. Most recently, they have linked to some articles by Dr. John S. Horvath at Manhattan College on the topics of geosynthetics for ground improvement, geofoam, and cellular geosynthetics. Also included in this list is a Spencer J. Buchanan Lecture by Robert D. Holtz on Geosynthetics for Soil Reinforcement. Read on for links to these PDF articles.
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TRB: 30 Years of MSE Walls

The Transportation Research Board has released a publication titled "Research Pays Off – Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls on the Interstate Highway System: Thirty Years of Experience". Check out the link after the break.

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GeoComp

Geocomp Corporation is a unique company in our field offering consulting services, lab services of extremely hi caliber, field services such as instrumentation and remote monitoring, and other testing services. Here is a portion of […]

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ASTM Updates – 5/7/07

GeoPrac.net continues to try to keep everyone up to date on new changes to ASTM standards in soil, rock, construction and related areas. Read on for a list of newly approved standards as well as new work items. 

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