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Autodesk Geotechnical Module 2018 Released - Webinar PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 07:16
Fence Diagrams add a new perspective to 3D geotechnical Visualization

The latest version of Autodesk’s Geotechnical Module will help engineering companies streamline the production of geotechnical drawings and models.

Licensed by Keynetix to Autodesk, the update of the free add-on to AutoCAD Civil 3D includes a new Fence Diagram command, enabling users to create two-dimensional cross-sections and add them to 3D models quickly and easily.

'Along with the new Geotechnical Property feature and Geotechnical Export command, the module makes it simple to produce and share 3D geotechnical models with other packages, such as Infraworks,' explained Keynetix Technical Director Gary Morin.

Drawing production was also more efficient, he said. 'The new Layer Manager ensures geotechnical objects are drawn on the correct layers and users can now also edit profiles and define profile bands, making it much faster to produce cross-sections.'

The module is a cut down version of HoleBASE SI Extension for AutoCAD Civil 3D and can connect to HoleBASE SI to give CAD and BIM teams instant access to centrally-held geotechnical data. It can also be used as a standalone product.

Autodesk Civil 3D Product Manager Dave Simeone said the module was one of the most downloaded tools and the most frequently updated, as it filled 'a critical gap within Autodesk Civil 3D'.

To see what is new, watch the latest YouTube video (also embedded below).

Keynetix is offering a free webinar on 28 June 2017 from 5-6pm BST explaining the new features and capabilities of the Geotechnical Module for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2018. Register here.

[Source: To find out more about the module's new features, visit Keynetix' website!. Image: Keynetix]

 
Unique workshop helps you handle complex soil sequences PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 20:54

Managing the Complexities and Uncertainties of Soil Sequences CourseAsk anyone about what lies beneath their feet and they’ll say it’s a mystery.  Understanding how ancient sediments were deposited are challenging enough, but taking the mystery out of the subsurface for environmental and engineering work can be daunting….even for professionals.

On Sept 12 & 13, geologists, engineers and environmental scientists will be traveling to Exton, PA for an interactive, educational workshop to learn how take the mystery out of the surface.

Bentley Systems and Midwest GeoSciences Group are combing technology and best practices to help professionals apply the geologic principles to ground water and engineering projects during this first-of-its kind workshop.

[Editor] Please read on for the rest of the press release on this practical workshop from GeoPrac.net sponsor, Bentley Systems, the makers of gINT Software. [/Editor]

 
Martin McDermott, P.G. Joins Moretrench PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 06:40

Martin McDermott, P.G., recent hire at MoretrenchSpecialty geotechnical contractor Moretrench is pleased to welcome Martin McDermott, P.G., who joins us as a Division Manager for our Geotechnical Group. Mr. McDermott has more than 30 years of geotechnical construction experience, with a particular area of expertise in the field of drilled shaft construction. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering Geology from Drexel, a B.A in Geology from LaSalle, and is a licensed Pennsylvania Professional Geologist. He is a seasoned, goal-oriented and proactive professional and brings a wealth of underground construction knowledge to his new position, particularly in the area of deep foundations. He is also actively involved in several professional organizations, formerly serving as Vice President and Treasurer of the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors (ADSC) and as a member of its National Board. He is a member of The Moles, the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA).

Mr. McDermott’s primary focus will be the company’s drilled shaft/secant pile wall operations in the Northeast and New England regions. He will be based in the company’s Philadelphia area office which will also offer the full range of Moretrench’s services.

[Editor] Moretrench is a sponsor of GeoPrac.net. [/Editor]

 
Kansas City Company Uses US Product, TerraThane, to Keep Natural Gas Flowing in Nation’s Ninth Largest Gas Reserve PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Friday, 14 April 2017 08:21

TerraThane geotechnical polyurethane saves slab at hydraulic fracturing stationFORT LUPTON, CO—An unfortunate inlet line break at one of Anadarko Petroleum's hydraulic fracturing stations in Weld County, Colorado just north of Denver, allowed injection fluid to wash out the end of the pumping station and get beneath the concrete slab foundation causing erosion. The voids created beneath the slabs were from three inches to five inches and left the slab floor uneven. The general contractor for the station, Open Range Services, initially thought to use the legacy method of mudjacking, or pressure grouting: pouring a thick grout of mixed concrete and other aggregates into the void, or backfill, but the "mud" is heavy which can affect the surrounding soil, time consuming, and difficult to apply and clean, and backfilling would have required the costly process of ripping out the slab and replacing it. Instead, they contacted Pro Foundation Technology, based in Kansas City, MO, to learn more about a contemporary technology called "foamjacking" or "polyjacking," which uses lighter weightgeotechnical polyurethane foam instead of grout.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from GeoPrac.net sponsor, NCFI Polyurethanes! [/Editor]

 
Moretrench’s Wayne Fjotland Promoted to Vice President PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:53

Mortrench's Wayn Fjotland promoted to Vice PresidentMoretrench is very pleased to announce that Wayne Fjotland has been promoted to the position of Vice President.  Wayne has more than 36 years of focused geotechnical construction management experience.  He joined Moretrench as Manager of Field Operations in 2001 and became Northeast Geotec Regional Manager in 2015.  In addition to serving Moretrench in a corporate capacity, Wayne will continue oversee the company’s geotechnical operations in the greater New York Metro area, New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania.

 
Streamlining Landfill Environmental Monitoring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:37

Eurofins Case Study: ESdat Online and ESdat Lab Portal

ESdat OnlineThe Eurofins Field Services Groundwater team conducts compliance monitoring on behalf of various Victorian Landfill operators.

New analytical results from the Eurofins lab and secondary labs were combined into spreadsheets containing ongoing and historical data on behalf of the landfill operators. This was a time consuming, labour intensive process. Uncontrolled, 'hand-me-down' spreadsheets can also introduce or hide critical errors.

Eurofins has adopted ESdat Online and the ESdat Lab Portal to replace the historic spreadsheets in order to increase efficiency and accuracy, and provide the landfill operators with direct access to their consolidated historical results through a web interface.

[Editor] Click through for more from GeoPrac.net sponsor, Esdat.net [/Editor]

 
Jonathan Bennett, P.E., Joins Moretrench PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 22:55

Jonathan Bennett, P.E., Joins MoretrenchSpecialty geotechnical contractor Moretrench is pleased to welcome Jonathan Bennett, P.E., as Business Development Manager for the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Jon has 25 years of experience focused primarily on deep foundations, earth retention and other geotechnical construction specialties, as well as extensive business development experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, Masters degrees from George Washington University and West Virginia University, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Jon regularly shares his knowledge and expertise with the engineering community at large through professional organization committees and boards. A consummate professional, Jon brings the highest levels of dedication and service to each client, making it his mission to provide the optimal solution for the site-specific geotechnical challenges.

 
Peter Zeeb Elected New President & CEO of Geosyntec Consultants PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 02 October 2016 22:00
(L-R) Rudy Bonaparte, Peter Zeeb of Geosyntec

The Board of Directors for Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. has elected Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., P.G., LSP, as President & CEO of the firm. Zeeb succeeds Rudolph Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE, NAE, who has served in that role for the last 20 years.

"Healthy succession planning and implementation are vital to the long-term multi-generational success of our firm. Our CEO transition is part of a continuous process designed to maintain the vitality, competitiveness, and independence of our firm for many years to come. Peter has demonstrated his passionate and complete commitment to the success and well-being of our firm and its employees in his 17 years with Geosyntec," said Bonaparte. "The Board elected Peter because his personal values and ethics are superb and consistent with the firm's mission and vision. An expert practitioner, his personal career also embodies our sell-manage-do culture, and he is a role model that motivates and inspires those around him. Peter's ability to think in an analytical, thoughtful, and clear-minded way and to logically and decisively evaluate and address opportunities and challenges gives the Board confidence he will continue Geosyntec's tradition of technical and client service excellence."

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from Atlanta-based Geosyntec [/Editor]

 
Fugro HY 2016: Ongoing decline oil & gas market continues to impact results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 28 August 2016 22:06
Fugro revenues were down over 25 percent in HY 2016

Fugro released their financial results for HY 2016. I'm going to guess that's the Dutch equivalent of FY 2016. It's been a tough year for them it looks like, thanks largely to the depressed oil and gas market. Their sales revenues were down over 25 percent from 2015. [Source: Read the full press release from Fugro.com. Image: Fugro]

 
New AutoCAD Civils 3D Geotechnical Module boosts usability PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 25 August 2016 22:41

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.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from GeoPrac.net sponsor Keynetix [/Editor]

 
Hayward Baker Expands its Regional Presence with New Office in New Orleans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 12:46

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.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of this press release from GeoPrac.net sponsor, Hayward Baker [/Editor]

 
Kleinfelder Names George J. Pierson CEO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 12:24

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."

[Editor] Which multi- billion- dollar, global infrastructure firm? Click through for the rest of the press release from Kleinfelder. [/Editor]

 
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