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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.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the DFI Press Release. I’m proud to say that Hayward Baker is one of the sponsors of GeoPrac! Congrats to them on the award! [/Editor]


Keynetix Appoints PacifiCAD as a North American Specialist Partner
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Keynetix Appoints PacifiCAD as a North American Specialist Partner

Keynetix Appoints PacifiCAD as a North American Specialist PartnerRedditch, 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.

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Fugro geophysical vessel used for UXO detection
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Fugro Releases FY 2015 Results

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 […]

Pinkerton Tunnel
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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.

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Kevin Pottmeyer, new interim CEO of Kleinfelder
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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.

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Terracon acquires NORCAL Geophysical Consultants
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Terracon Acquires NORCAL, Strengthens West Coast Presence

Terracon acquires NORCAL Geophysical ConsultantsOLATHE, Kan. – Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials engineering services, is pleased to announce the acquisition of NORCAL Geophysical Consultants, Inc. of Sonoma County, Calif. Terracon is retaining NORCAL’s 11 employees.

Founded in 1983, NORCAL offers geophysical technologies in support of geologic, groundwater, environmental, and engineering investigations. NORCAL’s capabilities, including their unique geophysical expertise, complement Terracon’s existing services and broaden the service offerings for clients across the country.

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Nicholson Construction stabilizes pier on I-65 using micropiles and low-mobility grouting
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Nicholson Completes Emergency Work on Indiana’s I-65

Nicholson Construction stabilizes pier on I-65 using micropiles and low-mobility groutingPITTSBURGH, PA – Nicholson Construction recently completed emergency repair work to an unstable pier supporting a bridge on INDOT’s Interstate 65. These repairs enabled a 37-mile section of the highway’s northbound lanes to be reopened after a four-week closure.

The highway was in the process of being rehabilitated and widened when the pier was damaged by steel piles driven into the water tight ground below it. The pier began to settle and eventually rotated ten inches.

Nicholson developed a design-build solution that used micropiles to transfer the loads to more stable soils and low-mobility grouting to fill voids and densify the upper subsurface layer.

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United States of America Department of Transportation
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Federal Highway Administration Launches New National Tunnel Inspection Program

United States of America Department of Transportation New Initiative Modeled After Longstanding Bridge Program

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today published the final rule for national tunnel inspection standards that will serve as the foundation of the nation’s first standardized tunnel inspection program. It will be modeled after the FHWA’s successful bridge program established nearly a half-century ago to ensure the safety of the nation’s bridges.

“This important step to keep our nation’s tunnels safe for the traveling public is unprecedented,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Establishing national standards will help us maintain a high level of quality and uniformity in tunnel inspections nationwide.”

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Terracon Acquires AQS Environmental of Omaha

AQS Environmental acquired by Terracon

Familiar Team Enhances Air Quality Service Capabilities

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon is pleased to announce the acquisition of AQS Environmental Inc. of Omaha, Neb. Founded in 1965, Terracon offers environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices across the United States.

AQS is an air quality consulting firm with extensive experience solving mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, indoor air quality, and radon issues. AQS’s complementary service offerings will transition seamlessly into Terracon.

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