URS purchase unlimited usage ESdat Licence

URS will use ESdat to manage laboratory and field data related to groundwater, contaminated site, and other environmental projects.

URS (Australia/New Zealand) and EarthScience Information Systems (EScIS) are pleased to announce the purchase of an unlimited usage ESdat Licence by URS for its Australian and New Zealand Offices.

URS will use ESdat to manage laboratory and field data related to groundwater, contaminated site, and other environmental projects.

URS is a leading provider of engineering, construction, technical and environmental services for public agencies and private sector companies. URS offers fully integrated project and construction management; planning, design and engineering; business advisory and international development services.

The decision by URS to adopt ESdat follows an extensive cost-benefit analysis and fitness for use assessment and will complement an existing base of data management tools, many of which interact directly with ESdat.

The move to ESdat for environmental data has been based on ESdat’s ease of use, extensive functionality, and low corporate per-user cost. URS anticipates having ESdat up and operational, and staff using it within 2 months of purchase.

Warwick Wood, director of EScIS said:
“The move to ESdat by URS after trying other systems is a great endorsement of the ease of use and the powerful functionality found in ESdat.”
Nick Tumney, Environmental Information Manager at URS said

“The adoption of ESdat will give project teams confidence in their field and analytical data, while reducing the time, effort and cost of delivering quality information to our clients.”

ESdat Environmental data management software is developed by EarthScience Information Systems (EScIS) and distributed globally a network of resellers: see www.esdat.net/Purchase.aspx. URS joins many other major International Consultants who now hold corporate level ESdat licenses, including: AECOM, PB, Golder Associates, ERM, Tetra-Tech and many more.

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DFI Presents Inaugural Bermingham Innovation Award

Patrick Bermingham presents the Bermingham Innovation Award to Michael Justason of Bermingham Foundation Solutions and Luca Barison of Nicholson Construction CompanyHawthorne, NJ (December 1, 2012): The Deep Foundation Institute (DFI) presented the inaugural C. William Bermingham Innovation Award to the team of Nicholson Construction Company and Bermingham Foundation Solutions Ltd, at DFI’s 37th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Houston, TX.

The team – Luca Barison, Larry Goff and Laurent Lefebvre, of Nicholson Construction, and Michael Justason, Stefano Gabaldo, and Steven England of Bermingham Foundation Solutions – was recognized for the development of the “One Pass Drilling & Grouting” method that accelerated work by as much as a factor of three at the challenging Port of Miami Tunnel Project in Miami, FL. The winning team will donate the $5,000 prize money to the DFI Educational Trust.

Named for C. William Bermingham, DFI’s president from 1986-87, the award criteria were “contributing to the advancement of the deep foundations industry by introducing a new and unique practice including means and methods, design procedures, equipment and materials by an individual, a team or a company. The winner had also to exhibit sustainability.

 

About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, 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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DFI Presents Young Professor and Student Paper Competition Awards

DFI 2012 Young Professor Paper Competition Award

Hawthorne, NJ (December 1, 2012): Co-authors Dr. John McCartney and Kyle Murphy, professors at the University of Colorado Boulder, shared honors as winners of the DFI Young Professor Paper Competition award presented at the DFI 37th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in October in Houston. The paper, “Seasonal Strain Distributions in Full-Scale Energy Foundations,” focuses on the seasonal thermo-mechanical response of two energy foundations installed at the new Denver Housing Authority Senior Living Facility.

McCartney received a B.S. CE and M.S. CE degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a recipient of the NSF Faculty Early Development Award in 2011.  He also received several research awards including the Croes Medal from ASCE in 2012, the Richard S. Ladd D18 Standards Development Award from ASTM in 2011, and the Young IGS Award from the International Geosynthetics Society in 2008.

Murphy is pursuing a M.S. CE at the University, where his research involves thermally active deep foundations under the supervision of Dr. John McCartney. Murphy is a project engineer with Hayward Baker Inc. His B.S. CE is from the University of Missouri. Murphy is a 2011-2012 recipient of the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors Industry Advancement Fund Scholarship.

The Student Paper Competition winner was Haijian Fan, who has a B.E. degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the civil engineering department at the University of Akron, Ohio. His paper is “Performance-based Reliability Design for Deep Foundations Using Monte Carlo Statistical Methods.”

The runner up of the Student Paper Competition was Lin Li, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at the University of Akron. Li has an M.S. in structural engineering, Tianjin University, China, and a B.S. in civil engineering, Shandong Jianzhu University, China. Li’s paper, “Reliability Analysis of a Drilled Shaft Stabilized Slope System,” presents a reliability based analysis method for a drilled shaft stabilized slope system.

The awards are funded by the DFI Educational Trust. The Young Professor Paper Competition began in 2005, and the Student Paper Competition in 2003. The papers will be published in the DFI Journal.

About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, 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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DFI Announces the 2012 Outstanding Project Award Winner – The Route 9A Pedestrian Tunnel at the World Trade Center

DFI 2012 Outstanding Project Award presented to Robert Yin of NY NJ Port Authority for the Route 9A Pedestrian Tunnel at the World Trade Center

Hawthorne, NJ (December 1, 2012): The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) presented the 2012 Outstanding Project Award (OPA) to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the design and construction of the Route 9A Pedestrian Tunnel at the World Trade Center in New York City. The award was presented to Robert Yin of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at the Awards Banquet during DFI’s 37th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Houston.

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.

The Route 9A Pedestrian Tunnel is a long sought underground connection between all of Lower Manhattan’s transit lines, the World Trade Center and the World Financial Center (WFC). The previous connection was a bridge that required pedestrians to make significant level and directional changes to navigate the crossing. The positioning and elevation of the Route 9A pedestrian tunnel was established to provide pedestrians with a clear, single level, climate controlled corridor from the new WTC Transit HUB to escalators leading into the WFC Winter Garden. Creating this connection was a challenge because the WFC lies west of the heavily trafficked Route 9A, also known as West Street. Other challenges included coordinating the phasing of this project with adjacent construction activities at the WTC, the reconstruction of Route 9A, and the WFC’s redevelopment program. The limited access to the excavation areas and confined site logistics were further complicated by having to maintain six lanes of traffic on Route 9A at all times.

About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, 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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Coleman Named 2012 DFI Distinguished Service Award Recipient

DFI President Jim Morrison presents the DFI Distinguished Service Award to David B. Coleman

Hawthorne, NJ (December 1, 2012): David B. Coleman received one of the Deep Foundations Institute’s (DFI) highest honors, the Distinguished Service Award, in October during the DFI’s 37th Annual Conference in Houston. He was the 32nd recipient of the award, designated for individuals or companies chosen by their peers for exceptionally valuable contributions to the deep foundations industry.

Coleman served as president of DFI in 1999-2000 and has been a member of the Board of Trustees. He is one of the founding members of the DFI Educational Trust and currently serves as the chairman of the Educational Trust. Among his many accomplishments so far was the donor drive for the Stanley Merjan CCNY (City College of New York) Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund.

Coleman is drilling operations manager with Underpinning & Foundations Skanska, New York. He has been actively involved in specialty foundation construction involving deep foundation construction throughout the U.S. for more than 30 years, and has worked in over 35 states involving deep foundation projects for both land and marine works. He holds a B.S. in urban studies from Michigan State University and completed his graduate studies at Harvard University and the Conway School. Coleman has co-authored several papers on the subject of deep foundation design and construction and has been a speaker and presenter for numerous ADSC and DFI conferences and seminars.

About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI (www.dfi.org) is an international association of contractors, engineers, 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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AASHTO and ASTM International Agreement Benefits U.S. and Global Road Construction and Transportation

November 6, 2012, WASHINGTON – Today’s signing of an Agreement on Standards between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and ASTM International solidifies coordination between two organizations working in the common interest of highway construction, safety, maintenance, and sustainability in the United States and around the world.

AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley and ASTM President James A. Thomas today signed an agreement which serves as the basis for continued mutual cooperation on the development and publication of highway construction standards.

Through AASHTO, the nation’s preeminent transportation experts provide an unparalleled resource for the development of more than 125 volumes of standards and guidelines that are used worldwide in the design, construction, maintenance, operation, and administration of highways, bridges, and other transportation facilities.

"A top priority at AASHTO is to find faster and smarter ways to build the transportation systems that the economy and communities depend on," said AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley." This agreement will help our organizations to avoid duplication of effort and streamline the process, saving both time and precious resources."

"ASTM International is pleased to enter into this agreement with AASHTO," said ASTM’s Jim Thomas. "We hope it will foster better coordination in mutual areas of interest, reduce unnecessary duplication of effort, and be responsive to industry needs in an efficient and collaborative manner."

By supporting the science and technology of highway construction, road safety, maintenance, and sustainability, ASTM standards help to ensure that roadways are reliable, safe, and built to last. In the transportation field, several ASTM technical committees develop the standards relied upon by the industry, such as ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, D04 on Road and Paving Materials, D18 on Soil and Rock, D35 on Geosynthetics, and others. For over 100 years, ASTM has developed more than 1,000 standards that address the needs of road construction and transportation.

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About AASHTO

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is the “Voice of Transportation” representing State Departments of Transportation in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association serving as a catalyst for excellence in transportation. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/aashtospeaks.

About ASTM

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

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DBM Received Two Safety Awards from the International Association of Foundation Drilling

SEATTLE.,October 15, 2012—DBM Contractors, Inc. received two safety awards from The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC). DBM was one of only four contractors to receive the award in the U.S. for contractors who perform single projects in excess of $750k and one of only two contractors to receive the Rick Marshall Commitment to Excellence in Safety Award.

DBM Contractors, Inc. was honored for its safety practices with two safety awards from the International Association of Drilling Contractors (ADSC). Pictured with the Rick Marshall Commitment to Excellence in Safety Award are from left to right: Tom Tuozzolo, current Pres of ADSC; DBM representatives; Robert Carnevale, Bryce Niekamp, Jeff Wharton, Ryan Thody and Rick Walsh; and Mike Moore-ADSC Executive Director/CEO.

 

The Rick Marshall Commitment to Excellence in Safety Award is given only when deserved for members whose proactive commitment to providing a safe workplace is of superior quality, demonstrates a comprehensive and consistent safety program beginning at the highest level and filtering down through the entire company culture. The award was named in recognition of the special contribution made by ADSC Safety Committee Chairman, and in-house volunteer Safety Consultant, Rick Marshall. ADSC awards are presented to recognize outstanding achievement in combined field and shop safety efforts of ADSC Contractor and Associate Member companies.

"At DBM we are more than dedicated to safety, safety is an integral part of our company culture," said Tom Armour, DBM president and CEO. The company’s EMR rating has dropped 30 percent since 2009 and is currently .679. The company has not had a time loss accident in more than 450,000 man-hours worked.

About DBM

Founded in 1949, DBM Contractors, Inc. concentrates in specialty geotechnical construction and design/build heavy civil construction, emphasizing drilled foundation support, earth retention, slope stabilization, ground improvement, and dewatering. DBM is headquartered in Federal Way, Wash. with a regional office in Escondido, California. The company works on projects throughout the western United States including Hawaii and Alaska.

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Italian Court Action Likely to Harm Efforts to Mitigate Earthquake Losses

On 22 October, 2012, an Italian court convicted six internationally respected scientists of manslaughter. The scientists Enzo Boschi, Giulio Selvaggi, Franco Barberi, Claudio Eva, Mauro Dolce, and Gian Michele Calvi have been sentenced to prison terms, barred from public office, and ordered to pay court costs and damages.

Their offense could have been avoided by precisely predicting the timing and nature of the tragic 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila. However, such precise, short-term earthquake prediction of the type evidently sought by L’Aquila is currently impossible. Because of the ungainly complexity of earthquake systems, knowledge of physical details is incomplete; the diverse expressions of earthquake processes deliver contradictory messages; and measurements of earthquake phenomena can be inaccurate. Glaringly, the indictment accused the scientists of having provided “incomplete”, “contradictory”, and “inaccurate” information.

The Geological Society of America objects in the strongest terms to bringing scientists to court for doing their job and decries this judgment as detrimental to future positive public communication and discourse. Even if an appeal to a higher court reverses the judgment, damage has been done. The very fact of the trial, and now the verdict rendered, has had a chilling effect on the geoscience community.

The actions of this court will harm interdisciplinary efforts to mitigate loss of life and property from earthquakes or any other natural phenomena. There is now NO incentive for Italian geoscientists to participate in national efforts to ‘forecast and prevent’ major risks. The task before us now is mitigating, in Italy and other nations and regions, the impact of this ‘court-rendered seismic shock.’ Through concerted repairing of institutional and professional damage, scientists must continue to engage in efforts to better understand potential damage from natural hazards and to better communicate the uncertainties associated with “prediction.”

Contact

George H. Davis
President, Geological Society of America

About the GSA

The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 25,000 members from academia, government, and industry in 103 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.

www.geosociety.org

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Troubled Eastern NC Riverfront Convention Center Gets Lifeline from Hayward Baker and TerraThane™ Geotech Foam by NCFI Polyurethanes

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MOUNT AIRY, NC—The 12-year-old riverfront Convention Center in New Bern, NC was in trouble. The building’s exterior is supported by pilings driven deep in the ground, but the floors sit directly on the earth and silt of the old riverbed. The land was in-filled by old docks and building debris in the 1970s and settling, erosion, and construction mistakes were taking their toll on the building.

Parts of the floor and patio sunk up to seven inches, cracks and uneven joints in the concrete slab floors were causing walking/tripping hazards, and gaps beneath walls were allowing sound to pass between what were designed as soundproof rooms.

Craven County chose Hayward Baker, a leading national geotechnical construction firm headquartered in Odenton, Maryland, to help repair the building. “One door was so off level it looked like a fun-house,” says Terry Phillips, superintendent with Hayward Baker’s Greensboro NC office. “We got to work on the office areas, kitchens, stairwells, and rooms using TerraThane™ polyurethane foam to raise and level the interior walls.”

new-bern-convention-centerPhillips says they drilled 5/8th inch holes in a 5 foot-by-five-foot grid and pumped in over 10,000 lbs. of TerraThane™ to fill the voids beneath and raise the concrete slabs to their original position. “TerraThane™ is the way to go. It’s clean—there’s really no mess—it’s much quicker than traditional products, strong, and lasts the life of the building.”

Gene Hodges, Assistant County Manager, says Craven County is more than pleased with Hayward Baker and TerraThane™. “They really exceeded our expectations. We thought there would be lots of clean up after the process, but other than some spackling and a little painting there was very little to do. The polyurethane foam was extremely cost effective and downtime was so minimal. We’re very pleased.”

Phillips says TerraThane™ is made by NCFI Polyurethanes, Mount Airy, NC, and is the kind of company Hayward Baker likes to work with. “We have a unique process for choosing companies we work with and it all centers around what is best for our clients and who will help us deliver excellent services. NCFI does that. On this New Bern job, if we needed something it was there. I called with a need for more packers after four o’clock one day, and they delivered them across the state the next morning. That’s the kind of service that helps us succeed. And their people know building science, and they know their products inside and out—they’ve been doing it since the 60s. TerraThane™ really helped us supersede the convention center client’s expectations. We finished the job three weeks ahead of schedule. Now, we’re talking with them about two more buildings. I can’t wait to use TerraThane™ again.”

New Bern was the colonial capital of North Carolina, the first State capital, and is the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.

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For more information or to arrange an interview on this subject contact Dale McGlothlin, (202) 341-8615

[Editor] Disclosure: Hayward Baker is a sponsor of GeoPrac.net. [/Editor]

About NCFI

NCFI, headquartered in Mt. Airy, NC since 1964, manufactures polyurethane foam chemical systems for spray foam-in-place insulation (SPF), geotechnical, 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

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Digital Map Products to Discuss the New Rules for Communicating with Residents at the 2012 ICMA Conference

(Irvine, CA – September 28, 2012) Digital Map Products (DMP) is excited to announce that it will be participating as both an exhibitor and presenter at the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) 98th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ. This industry leading conference, which brings together local government decision makers who serve cities, counties, and regional entities of all sizes, will take place October 7th – 10th.

Digital Map Products, a leading innovator of cloud-based spatial solutions for business, government, and consumers will be presenting at the conference on Monday, October 8th from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Their Solutions Track session, titled “Information Rules: Communicating with Residents in the ‘Google Era’," will discuss how local governments can leverage Web 2.0 and mapping technologies to simultaneously improve citizen engagement and agency efficiency. The presentation will include case studies of municipalities who have succeeded in bridging their citizen communication gap by sharing information with residents through online interactive maps.

In addition to the Solutions Track session, Digital Map Products will also be at booth #240 where company representatives will be demonstrating and answering questions about the company’s government solutions including their online citizen mapping platform, CommunityView™. CommunityView™ helps municipalities publish property, agency and community information to interactive maps on their website to enhance citizen awareness and engagement.

To learn more about Digital Map Products’ Solution Track session, “Information Rules: Communicating with Residents in the ‘Google Era’,” or to schedule a meeting with Digital Map Products at the ICMA conference visit http://digmap.com/campaigns/DMPatICMA2012.html

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About Digital Map Products

 

Digital Map Products is a leading provider of web-enabled mapping solutions that bring the power of spatial technology to mainstream business, government and consumer applications. SpatialStream™, the company’s SaaS spatial development platform, enables the rapid development of spatial applications. Its ParcelStream™ web service is powering national real estate websites with millions of hits per hour. LandVision™ and CommunityView™ are embedded mapping solutions for real estate and local government. To learn more, visit http://www.digmap.com.

 

For more Information

 

Digital Map Products Contact:
Mary Jo Draper
Draper Communications
office: 816.753.4429 | mobile: 816.516.2446

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