Rockman's Ramblings

Happy 6th Anniversary GeoPrac!

Six years ago today I officially launched the GeoPrac.net website! It’s been my honor to try to serve my fellow geoprofessionals over that time, providing news and articles in a format unlike any other site on the internet.  I want to take this opportunity to thank all the folks who have contributed content, provided feedback or otherwise helped over the years.  I would also like to thank all of my sponsors.  Their support compensates me for the considerable time and energy I pour into the site.  And of course, thank you to all of my readers and subscribers!

I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favorite posts and articles over the years.  Some of them are contributed and some I wrote. So join me on a trip down memory lane and read on!

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Work-life Balance
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EDITORIAL: Work/Life Balance

This editorial from well-known ASFE founder John Bachner struck a cord with me. He is passionate about geoprofessionals getting involved in their communities and giving back to the profession and sees that as one of […]

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Most Popular GeoPrac.net Content of 2012

Sorry for the delay, I found some problems with my script that generates these statistics.  Here are the most popular GeoPrac.net articles that were published during 2012.  I have pro-rated the total number of hits based on how long they have been published.  That might give a bit of an edge to articles published more recently, but the alternative would bias towards those articles published earlier in the year.  At any rate, enjoy!  P.S. – Sign up for the free GeoPrac.net monthly email newsletter in the next few days, and you’ll get the latest list of the top GeoPrac.net content of all time!

Top 100 Articles Published in 2012:

  1. DFI Announces the 2012 Outstanding Project Award Winner – The Route 9A Pedestrian Tunnel at the World Trade Center – Published Dec 10, 2012 (40.1 hits/day, 883 page impressions total)
  2. Sample Guide Specifications for Construction of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS) – Published Nov 21, 2012 (35.8 hits/day, 1,476 page impressions total)
  3. Troubled Eastern NC Riverfront Convention Center Gets Lifeline from Hayward Baker and TerraThane™ Geotech Foam by NCFI Polyurethanes – Published Oct 4, 2012 (28.7 hits/day, 2,559 page impressions total)
  4. Study: Port of Anchorage replacement vulnerable to liquefaction in earthquake – Published Dec 19, 2012 (28.0 hits/day, 370 page impressions total)
  5. New Subsea Robotic Geotechnical Site Investigation Company Formed – Published Aug 17, 2012 (27.0 hits/day, 3,704 page impressions total)
  6. Solid Foundation for Grain Storage – Published Dec 13, 2012 (26.9 hits/day, 508 page impressions total)
  7. Nicholson and SolData Working on Six of the Ten Largest Tunneling Projects in North America – Published May 1, 2012 (22.9 hits/day, 5,608 page impressions total)
  8. ASTM Updates for August 2012 – Published Sep 18, 2012 (21.2 hits/day, 2,232 page impressions total)
  9. Huge struts used to prop London excavation – Published Nov 25, 2012 (20.5 hits/day, 754 page impressions total)
  10. 180 Miles of California Levees Declared Ineligible for Federal Rebuild Funds – Published Oct 18, 2012 (20.1 hits/day, 1,511 page impressions total)

Click through for the rest of the top 100 of 2012!

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URETEK ICR
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GeoPrac.net welcomes new sponsor URETEK ICR

I am pleased to welcome our latest sponsor, URETEK ICR, which specializes in concrete lifting and soil stabilization in the industrial, commercial and residential markets with their patened Polymer technology. Thank you to Ty and the […]

Geotechnical sustainability framework
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Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical sustainability framework

As the authors of the above-titled report note, the ecosystem and the built environment are inextricably linked, and understanding the interdependence of the two is the key to sustainability in geotechnical engineering, and all civil engineering. Although I am curious how they came to this conclusion, they state that geotechnical engineering is "the most resource intensive of all the civil engineering disciplines." Assuming they are correct, this is a sobering thought for all of us as designers. [Editor] Click through for more on sustainability in geotechnical engineering. [/Editor]

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