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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]

 
Grain Bin Settlement Problems Common to Concrete Foundations Solved with NCFI’s Geotechnical Polyurethane Foam Technology PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 21 July 2016 05:59

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.”

[Editor] Read on for the rest of this press release from GeoPrac sponsor NCFI Polyurethanes. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 July 2016 05:59
 
DFI Announces the 2016 Outstanding Project Award Winner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 05:52

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]

 
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