New AutoCAD Civils 3D Geotechnical Module boosts usability

Autodesk Geotechnical Module for AutoCAD Civil 3DAutodesk’s Geotechnical Module for AutoCAD Civils 3D 2017 makes it even easier to integrate and visualise geotechnical data within AutoCAD and enables improved collaboration between project teams working with BIM.

The module, developed for Autodesk by AEC Geotechnical Industry Partner Keynetix, has been completely updated for the 2017 version of AutoCAD Civils 3D. Free to download to existing users, it features a number of enhancements to improve usability.

“The module allows data to be viewed more rapidly, creating geotechnical sections in seconds, with standard Autodesk Civils 3D commands used to edit and manipulate geological surfaces,” explained Keynetix Technical Director Gary Morin. “It will also link to Keynetix geotechnical data management software HoleBASE SI, enabling teams to work on, and share, geotechnical data and drawings.”

“The update has a number of productivity improvements, for example, it now allows borehole locations to be selected for manipulation using the drawing filter; strata are now colour coded, so they can be identified more easily, and users only have to check one box to create the top and bottom strata surfaces.”

Production drawings were now also easier to manage, Morin said. “Annotative text to borehole plans and log strips has been mapped to AutoCAD styles and is automatically adjusted to match the drawing scales.”

Autodesk Geotechnical Module Training

Keynetix is offering free online training to support the launch of the updated Autodesk Geotechnical Module, covering the essentials of the software through short videos, demo datasets, webinars and technical papers.

“The course is an excellent way for users to learn how to get the most out of the updated module,” Morin said. “It is presented in ‘bite-size chunks’ that can be viewed over a few weeks. We can also tailor training for more advanced users.”

The online course can be accessed for free by registering at

Free Online Training AutoCAD Civil 3D Geotechnical Module

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Hayward Baker Expands its Regional Presence with New Office in New Orleans

Christopher Rogers will spearhead Hayward Baker's New Orleans OfficeNew Orleans, LA – Hayward Baker Inc., North America’s leader in geotechnical construction, announces the opening of a new office location in New Orleans, Louisiana. The new office will support customers and projects along the Gulf Coast. As an extension of the Houston office, the New Orleans office is spearheaded by recent hire Christopher Rogers, P.E., Project Manager with oversight from Tyson Deklavs, Area Manager.

Christopher Rogers, P.E. is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a registered engineer in Mississippi and Louisiana. Rogers has over ten years of diverse experience in quality control, design-build, and project management. Prior to joining Hayward Baker, Rogers worked for a general contractor in Louisiana as the Senior Quality Control Manager as well as a Field Project Manager. He also has spent part of his career as a Geotechnical Consultant.

According to Deklavs, the opening of the New Orleans office represents a commitment to closer collaboration with our public, commercial, and industrial Gulf Coast clients.  This market includes a diverse group of general contractors, geotechnical consultants,  developers, and industrial owners.

“The Gulf Coast is an exciting market for Hayward Baker.  The soils are well suited for our ground engineering techniques. By combining our experience and existing client base with Chris’ local presence and expertise, we are now situated to capitalize on the strong growth potential in this market.   We are excited to welcome Chris to the Hayward Baker team.” he stated.

Recent local projects illustrate the wide range of foundation design-build services Hayward Baker already performs in the region. These include numerous deep soil mixing and jet grouting projects for the United States Army Corps of Engineers and  industrial clients.

Hayward Baker used several ground modification techniques at the New Orleans Veterans Affairs Hospital. Prefabricated vertical wick drains were used to expedite consolidation settlement, reducing the down drag on foundation piles. The project also included three deep excavations using sheet piles and jet grouting. Micropiles were used to support a new pile cap and column inside the historic Dixie Brewery Building which is now the Veterans Affairs New Orleans Dixie Research Facility.

The New Orleans office of Hayward Baker is located at 839 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 100, New Orleans LA 70130.  For more information on the services offered by the office, contact Chris Rogers, P.E., at 504-321-420.  For a complete listing of Hayward Baker’s 33 regional and local offices in North America,

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Kleinfelder Names George J. Pierson CEO

Kleinfelder names George Pierson as new CEOSAN DIEGO, California – The Kleinfelder Group announced today that George J. Pierson has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the firm, effective September 6, 2016.

“We are excited to have George join the Kleinfelder team,” said Rodger Johnson, Chair of Kleinfelder’s Board of Directors. “George brings experience gained from years of leading a multi-billion-dollar, global infrastructure firm and we will benefit immensely from his leadership as we begin the next stage in our company’s development.”

George currently serves as President and CEO of The Pierson Advisory Group. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a 130-year-old global engineering and program management firm with 14,000 employees in 150 worldwide offices, and annual revenues of approximately $2.7 billion. He held this position from 2010 to 2014. During his five-year tenure as President and CEO, the firm added nearly $1.4 billion of shareholder value.

“I’m proud to be joining a firm with Kleinfelder’s long reputation of contributing to clients’ success, and I look forward to building on that legacy,” said Pierson. “Kleinfelder is at an inflection point in its development and with its broad platform, excellent reputation of client service and strong technical talent, it is well positioned to be a leading force in the A/E market.”

Kevin Pottmeyer, the company’s interim President and CEO, said “We’re delighted to welcome George to Kleinfelder. With his leadership, we are poised to take our business to the next level.”

About Kleinfelder

Kleinfelder is a leading engineering, construction management, design and environmental professional services firm, providing solutions to meet our world’s most complex infrastructure challenges. Leveraging our integrated, cross-disciplinary team of nearly 2,000 professionals in 70 offices across the U.S., Canada, and Australia, we partner with private and public sector clients to deliver leading-edge solutions on a variety of large-scale projects. Our reputation for expertise, innovation, and quality, earned since Kleinfelder’s inception in 1961, has solidified our position as a trusted consultant and industry leader.

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Grain Bin Settlement Problems Common to Concrete Foundations Solved with NCFI’s Geotechnical Polyurethane Foam Technology

Grain bin at a Williamsburg, Virgina poultry processing facility that had foundation settlement issuesNew Solution Saves Money and Time Preventing Loss of Grain and Equipment Damage

MOUNT AIRY, NC—Soil consolidation and settlement happens. It’s a fact of farm life. Secondary consolidation slowly forces water out of the spaces between soil particles. As this happens, soil particles move close together and settling occurs. Floors drop and become uneven. Newer grain silos and bins are using concrete floors instead of metal, and as secondary consolidation occurs beneath them, depressed or “settled” areas, form within the bin. Grain accumulates in the depressed areas, but cannot be retrieved by the bin sweeper. In fact, the sweeper, a kind of auger that transports grain up from the floor, can become damaged from prolonged exposure to the uneven floor.

This is exactly what Kirk Roberts of CJGeo, a Williamsburg, Virginia-based commercial foundation repair and geotechnical contractor, found when he got the job to repair the foundation of a massive 106-foot diameter grain bin at a poultry processing facility on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. “Once they removed the hundreds of thousands of bushels of grain, we found the floor had dropped some three inches in one section of the bin leaving a large pocket of grain out of reach of the bin sweeper.”

CJGeo injecting TerraThane(TM) polyurethane foam to stabilize foundation and lift concrete slabs

Roberts says CJGeo decided to use a newer void filling and concrete lifting technology called geotechnical polyurethane foam to solve the problem. “A concrete foundation is a concrete foundation,” says Roberts. “We use this geotechnical poly foam technology to repair warehouse foundations, apartment complexes, and concrete slab highways. Why not on a grain bin?” Roberts says his company uses a product called TerraThane™ by the US company, NCFI Polyurethanes. “They invented geotechnical poly foam and have perfected it, so we trust them. TerraThane™ is so simple, clean, and easy to use. The old way would require us, or someone, to jackhammer up and rip Look of the size of that grain bin and the complexity with the ventilation in place.out the concrete foundation then re-pour the damaged section. That would take heavy equipment, months of very dirty work, cost a small fortune, and be exceedingly difficult as the two doors are six feet off the ground and only 8 square feet.” Roberts adds that the degree of difficulty was also high because it wasn’t just a typical solid 4-inch thick slab. “There were lots of ventilation ducts and troughs to work around, so it took some delicate work to keep them in tact. That would have been near impossible using the old method of replacing the concrete section.

“With TerraThane™ Geotechnical Polyurethane Foam, we drilled some small, unobtrusive 5/8th inch holes then pumped in 5,000-6,000 pounds of TerraThane™ until the void was filled and the concrete lifted to a level position. We then capped the holes, did a bit of light cleaning up, and were out of there.”

According to Roberts the work took only two days and they refilled the grain bin on day three. “Saving time is the same as saving money. In this case, we saved the processor money by using TerraThane™ instead of concrete replacement, and more money by getting the job completed in only two days. TerraThane™ is ideal for repairing the concrete foundations of grain bins and silos.”


About NCFI

Celebrating 50 years of foam. NCFI, headquartered in Mt. Airy, NC since 1964, manufactures polyurethane foam chemical systems for spray foam-in-place insulation (SPF), geotechnical, agricultural, roofing, marine floatation, packaging, specialty molding, and many other uses. The company also offers a complete line of flexible foams for furniture seating, transportation seating, bedding, carpet underlay, and packaging. NCFI also has manufacturing plants in Hickory, N.C., Dalton, GA., and Salt Lake City, UT. NCFI is a Barnhardt Manufacturing Company, Inc. company. To learn more about NCFI please visit

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DFI Announces the 2016 Outstanding Project Award Winner

hir120-1Hawthorne, NJ (July 7, 2016): The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) is proud to announce that Hayward Baker is the 2016 Outstanding Project Award (OPA) winner for the design and construction of foundations at the International Market Place in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The award will be presented at the DFI International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation (41st Annual Conference) in New York City, October 12-15, 2016.

Opening in August 2016, the International Market Place, a well-known retail, dining and entertainment destination, has undergone a complete revitalization. Hayward Baker was the foundation contractor for the construction of a new 80,000 sq ft Saks Fifth Avenue anchor store, a 7-story parking garage and two 3-story retail structures located on a 6-acre site in a heavily congested area of Waikiki Beach. The company installed 544 micropiles to depths of up to 315 ft to support the structural loads. Difficult site geological conditions and cultural restrictions presented significant challenges for the design and construction of the foundations. The project site was located within the boundaries of an ancestral Hawaiian burial ground that required pre-excavation prior to any installation of below grade improvements. Additionally, two existing historic banyan trees on the site had to remain in place and not be trimmed for equipment access.

The OPA was established in 1997 to recognize the superior work of DFI members. The project was selected by a committee based on size, scope and challenges of the project; degree of innovation and ingenuity exercised; and the uniqueness of the solution to the difficulties of the job.

About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI ( is an international association of contractors, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, academics and owners in the deep foundations industry. Our multi-disciplinary membership creates a consensus voice and a common vision for continual improvement in the planning, design and construction of deep foundations and excavations. We bring together members for networking, education, communication and collaboration. With our members, we promote the advancement of the deep foundations industry through technical committees, educational programs and conferences, publications, research, government relations and outreach. DFI has more than 3,300 members worldwide.


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Keynetix Appoints PacifiCAD as a North American Specialist Partner

Pacificad_KeynetixRedditch, UK 17th May 2016 – Keynetix, developers of geotechnical BIM software, have appointed PacifiCAD as a Specialist Partner in the USA covering the North West. PacifiCAD are a leading Autodesk reseller. They have a wide wealth of industry knowledge, including specialisms in civil infrastructure utilising a team of seasoned Autodesk Certified Technical Professionals.

They supply their customers with unmatched technical support, implementation, data management and training to help them become more productive and competitive.

“PacifiCAD has been an Autodesk Gold Partner for 25 years, and is specialized in Infrastructure Solutions. We are very pleased to extend our solutions portfolio to include Keynetix’s HoleBASE SI for our geotechnical customers. This product provides a superior alternative to gINT and is fully integrated with AutoCAD Civil 3D” Bill Inman, President, PacifiCAD.

“We are delighted to be working with PacifiCAD, their experience in the Infrastructure and Civil sectors in the North West American region are second to none. This is extremely positive for any North American customers who are looking at PacifiCAD and Keynetix products, as this now allows for this best of breed Geotechnical solution to be delivered to their customer base. We look forward to working with them.” Gary Morin, Technical Director, Keynetix.

For further information, contact:

Sales Phone: 509-236-7789

Sales Phone: +44 1527 68888

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Fugro Releases FY 2015 Results

Fugro geophysical vessel used for UXO detection

Fugro released their 2015 Fiscal Year results, and the headline is ‘Strong cash flow in continuing challenging oil and gas market’. The Dutch company’s biggest market sector is oil and gas, and they are forecasting continued challenges this year with over-supply. The numbers show a drop in revenue of 17 percent from 2014 to 2015. Among the ways they managed the downturn is to sell or lease back two of their geotechnical drilling vessels, but they are also focusing on growing other market sectors and opportunities in all geographic regions. [Source: Read the rest of the Fugro press release. Image: Fugro]

Historic Pennsylvania Tunnel Reopens with Help From NCFI’s TerraThane Polyurethane Foam

Pinkerton TunnelMOUNT AIRY, NC—A $2 million tunnel construction project on the Great Alleghany Passage (GAP) is reopened to the public with help from a geotechnical polyurethane foam called TerraThane, by US company, NCFI Polyurethanes.

The GAP rail-trail is 150 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, Md, and Pittsburgh, Pa. created along the former railway line. In Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous 335-mile long trail experience all the way to Washington, DC. It’s become a favorite biking destination for people from around the Mid-Atlantic states. One of its main tunnels, the Pinkerton Tunnel, an 849-foot former Western Maryland Railway tunnel, has been closed since 1975 due to erosion and unstable conditions. The Allegheny Trail Alliance, the organization that built and now maintains the 150-mile GAP, and the Somerset County Rails-to-Trails Association (SCRTA), wanted the tunnel reopened and helped fund the project.

2015-08-18 16.27.26“This was not your typical job,” says Kirk Roberts, manager of CJGeo, the Williamsburg, Va. company chosen to help bring the tunnel back to safe use. “First off, it’s two miles from the nearest road, and the weight limit on the trail and some bridges is only 20,000 pounds, so bringing in traditional cement grouting equipment wasn’t feasible.”

Roberts says GeoBuild of Columbus, Ohio, and Gannett-Fleming, a Camp Hill, Pa.-based global design-build-construction firm, began the tunnel work on April 3, 2015 after extensive road and bridge stabilization. “They essentially created a new tunnel within the existing tunnel using a structural steel plate tunnel lining system. We pumped our geotechnical polyurethane foam into the gap between the two tunnels to create a single monolithic structure.”

2015-08-25 17.36.33Roberts says the special TerraThane system was the ideal choice because it’s a viscous, high-density liquid that can be easily and cleanly pumped into any space, fills that space then expands to adhere to both the concrete and the steel. Once cured, the hardened foam becomes part of both structures, which are, for all practical purposes, now a single support structure. “NCFI’s formulation is structurally sound and provides excellent waterproofing for the steel. We took two weeks pumping in more than 120,000 pounds of TerraThane, and to grout the annulus. This was by far the largest structural steel plate tunnel reline grouted with polyurethane the liner manufacturer has ever seen, and the TerraThane worked great. The Allegheny Trail Alliance is really happy with their new tunnel, and so are the bikers.”

According to Roberts his company chose NCFI’s geotech foam system because they trust the company with more than 50 years in the foam business. “We can go to them with any crazy problem or situation and they’ve either seen it before, or their engineers can quickly suggest the optimized foam formulation and application. Their experience really matters to us.”

About NCFI

NCFI Polyurethanes is a member of the Barnhardt Manufacturing Company family and a leader in flexible polyurethane foam. NCFI offers a complete line of flexible foams for furniture seating, transportation seating, bedding, carpet underlay, and packaging. In addition, it innovates polyurethane foam solutions for spray foam insulation, geotechnical, roofing, marine flotation, packaging, specialty molding, and many other uses.

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Kleinfelder CEO Resigns, Interim CEO Kevin Pottmeyer Takes Reigns as Company Looks to Accelerate 2020 Strategic Direction Initiatives

Kevin Pottmeyer, new interim CEO of KleinfelderSAN DIEGO, California – Kleinfelder announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Siegel has resigned, effective immediately, to pursue other interests. The Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Pottmeyer as interim CEO while the Board of Director’s conducts a search for a new Chief Executive Officer.

“Bill has accomplished a great deal for our company in his time with us,” says Rodger Johnson chair of Kleinfelder’s Board of Directors. “We thank him for his commitment, service and leadership.”

Siegel adds, “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in the last 7 years to transform our business. We are at a point in the lifecycle of the company to take our business to the next level and deliver on our 2020 objectives. I greatly value the relationships and experiences realized over my nearly 30 years with the firm and look forward to applying this experience to the next chapters in my professional career and life.”

In the interim, Kevin Pottmeyer, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, will lead the company during the transition. Pottmeyer says, “We are financially strong and leading the engineering consulting market in many areas of our business. As we work through this transition, I will continue our focus on meeting current year goals, work with the executive team to prepare our FY17 plan and help lead the search committee for our next Kleinfelder CEO. We will begin immediately to identify CEO candidates and expects to hire a new leader as soon as practically possible.

About Kleinfelder

Kleinfelder is a leading design firm with complimentary engineering and environmental capabilities, providing solutions to meet our world’s most complex infrastructure challenges. Leveraging our integrated, cross-disciplinary team of nearly 2,000 professionals in 70 offices across the U.S., Canada, and Australia, we partner with private and public sector clients to deliver leading-edge solutions on a variety of large-scale projects. Our reputation for expertise, innovation, and quality, earned since Kleinfelder’s inception in 1961, has solidified our position as a trusted consultant and industry leader.

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