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Moretrench Announces New Senior Management Positions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Friday, 24 January 2014 06:25

Scott D. Dodds, new General Manager of Moretrench.

Specialty geotechnical contractor Moretrench is pleased to announce two new senior management positions.

Scott D. Dodds has joined the company as General Manager–Geotechnical Group, Mid-Atlantic & Midwest Regions. Mr. Dodds is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Scott brings more than 25 years of construction industry experience to his new position. His role constitutes day-to-day responsibilities for all facets of geotechnical projects within his region, including business development and design/planning insight and support and guidance to engineering, operations and administrative staff.

Greg Peitz, new Moretrench Operations ManagerGreg Peitz has joined the company as Operations Manager–Geotechnical Group, Mid-Atlantic & Midwest Regions. Mr. Peitz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Robert Morris College, Pittsburgh, PA, and more than 30 years of specialty geotechnical construction management experience. His particular expertise is in the area of large diameter drilled shafts. Along with his responsibility of overseeing the field operations in this region, Mr. Peitz will continue to actively pursue new opportunities in the drilled shaft marketplace.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 06:34
Nicholson Awarded Design-Build Contract for Miami-Dade’s Norris Cut Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 06:34

Pittsburgh, PA – January, 7, 2014 – Nicholson Construction was recently awarded a $72.1 million dollar Design-Build contract to replace an existing force main from the Virginia Key Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant (CDWWTP) under Biscayne Bay Norris Cut to Fisher Island.

The project, which involves changing out the current 54-inch sewer force main for a 60-inch replacement, is set to last approximately 26 months. The main scope includes the installation of a precast concrete segmental tunnel, which will stretch more than a mile from the treatment plant on Virginia Key to Fisher Island.

[Editor] Read on for the rest of the press release from sponsor Nicholson Construction! [/Editor]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 06:37
DFI Educational Trust Announces Three New Scholarship Funds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 02 December 2013 22:28

Hawthorne, NJ (December 2, 2013): The DFI Educational Trust announces the establishment of three new scholarship programs: the Manual Fine Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund, John O’Malley Scholarship Fund and Francis Gularte Scholarship Fund.

The Manuel Fine Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund was established through a $25,000 donation from the Heavy Construction Association of Ontario. The fund honors Manuel Fine, who served DFI for 24 years in many roles, including trustee, president, executive director, managing editor of Deep Foundations magazine, and in recent years, as publisher of the DFI Journal. The fund will provide scholarships for civil engineering students attending universities in Canada. Patrick Bermingham, of Bermingham Foundation Solutions and vice president of the DFI Board of Trustees, is chair of the fundraising drive.

[Editor] Click on for the rest of press release from the Deep Foundations Institute. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 22:36
Quenching the Thirst: Compelling New Book Reveals Sustainable Solutions to Water Supply and Climate Change PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 25 November 2013 23:34
Written by George Annandale, ‘Quenching the Thirst: Sustainable Water Supply and Climate Change’ informs readers of the inadequacy of global water supply. The book outlines plausible options to safeguard future fresh water supply in spite of the uncertainties associated with climate change. With its vital insight and concrete guidance, the book is sure to resonate with readers around the world.

Denver, Colorado – The flow of clean water from taps in the western world creates the illusion of abundance, while, in fact, the small amount of fresh water available on earth is dwindling. The amount of fresh water is so small that all the fresh groundwater on earth can fit in a sphere with a diameter of only 42 miles. Similarly, if one would place the fresh water that instantaneously flow in all rivers on earth in a sphere, it will have a diameter of only 10 miles. A distance of 10 miles is shorter than the daily commuting distance of most people on earth.

Globally humans use three and a half times more groundwater than what is naturally replenished. While many people are aware of pending water shortages and are concerned about climate change impacts, few have solutions. Renowned engineer and humanitarian George Annandale has prepared a ground-breaking new book that explains the threatening problem in plain terms and also proposes plausible remedies. Quenching the Thirst: Sustainable Water Supply and Climate Change puts aside long-winded explanations and scientific terminology to help the public recognize and accept the world’s growing fresh water shortage, and understand how it may be resolved.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release on this provocative new book by George Annandale. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 23:38
DFI Appoints New Technical Committee Chairs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 31 October 2013 06:23

Hawthorne, NJ (October 23, 2013): Four of the 15 DFI Technical Committees have new committee chairs. It is the role of the Technical Committees to focus on the unique issues of major methods and technologies within deep foundations and excavation, and to keep DFI members and the industry up to date with the state of practice through publications, guidance documents, peer-review of papers, educational events and committee reports in Deep Foundations magazine.

[Editor] Click through for the list of the new committee chairs. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 06:34
Dataforensics is focus of Panasonic business solution article: "Dataforensics maximizes field work uptime with fully rugged-tablet solution" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 10 October 2013 20:58

Dataforensics pLog Tablet Software running on ruggedized Panasonic Toughpad A1Norcross, GA - September, 2013 – Dataforensics is the focus of an article distributed by technology industry leader Panasonic Systems Communication Company. The article is the result of a case study performed by Panasonic re-seller, DataSource Mobility.

Dataforensics has invested more than a decade creating software that is flexible, customizable and improves the field data collection process. Software is only one piece of the puzzle, hardware that is capable of withstanding field conditions, but also captures photo/video data, GPS data all while having the battery life necessary for a full day’s work is the other.

With the release of the Toughpad line of rugged tablets, Panasonic has delivered a unit that fulfills exactly the needs of pLog users.

“We’ve been waiting for this device for 13 years. We are now able to offer our customers a complete solution to capture data from the field in real-time. The Toughpad FZ-A1 has allowed us to do more than we could ever do before” states Scott Deaton, President.


Full articles can be found here:

About Dataforensics

Dataforensics is a leader in deploying software applications that serve as core components for data and personnel management within geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. Our solutions enable efficient, timely and accurate assessments. The resulting assessments are used to support analysis and design activities by the engineering and construction industries, as well as federal, state and local government organizations. For more information, please visit

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 21:11
Layne Christensen announces $19 million geoconstruction contract PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 23 September 2013 06:12

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Sept. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq:LAYN) ("Layne") today announced that its Geoconstruction Division received a contract to provide specialized foundation work in connection with the construction of Transbay Tower in San Francisco. 

The contract has an estimated value to Layne of approximately $19 million. Work on the project is expected to commence in October 2013 and last approximately 6 months.

[Editor] Read on for more info about the foundations for this new 61 story high-rise in downtown San Francisco. [/Editor] 

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 06:14
Ressi di Cervia Named 2013 DFI Distinguished Service Award Recipient PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 06:59

Arturo L. Ressi di Cervia, recipient of the 2013 DFI Distinguished Service AwardHawthorne, NJ (August 1, 2013): Arturo L. Ressi di Cervia is the recipient of DFI’s highest award to an individual, the Distinguished Service Award. He is the 33rd recipient of the award, designated for individuals or companies chosen by their peers for exceptionally valuable contributions to the deep foundations industry. The award will be presented on September 27 during DFI’s 38th Annual Conference in Phoenix.

Ressi is currently special projects executive with the Eastern District of Kiewit and a foundation and geotechnical consultant. A DFI member since 1990, he joined the DFI Board of Trustees in 2010. He graduated from Bologna University, Italy in civil engineering, specializing in soil mechanics. After university, he joined ICOS, an international specialty foundation company. He became president and owner of ICOS' international operations, with companies in Hong Kong, Chile, Venezuela, Korea, Singapore and Canada.  When Treviicos was established the U.S., he served as president.

Ressi is well known for his slurry wall expertise. Early in his career he was involved in the design and construction of the innovative slurry wall foundation for the World Trade Center in New York City. That seminal structure withstood the 9/11 disaster and most likely prevented the Hudson River from flooding lower Manhattan. He has been involved in several other landmark projects including the deep cut-offs in Manicouagan, Wolf Creek, the New World Center in Hong Kong, and slurry wall projects for subways in the U.S., Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore.  He has written technical papers, frequently lectures at technical seminars and conferences, and holds six U.S. patents.

About the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)

DFI ( 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.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 August 2013 07:03
Announcing the GeoWorld Technical Forums: Connecting you with geoprofessionals who answer your technical questions! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Friday, 19 July 2013 08:03


July 10, 2013 - The GeoWorld professional network is pleased to announce the development of its latest innovative online tool: The Geo-Technical Forums!

The new forums were a request by a number of individuals and committees of ISSMGE and have some features that aim to satisfy professional needs for communication about technical topics within the geo-community.

This launch comes just a few weeks after the GeoWorld community voted the Technical Forums, as their most needed online tool for geoprofessionals.

The staff of has spent months working on the development of these new forums, which constitute at the same time a major upgrade of the forums previously available on They are now live and available for the 3,000 GeoWorld members! If you are not yet on GeoWorld- The Professional Online Networking Tool for Geoprofessionals, you can sign up for free in just a few minutes here:

There are a number of competitive advantages to the New GeoWorld Technical Forums, such as:


  1. Unique focus on technical issues and threads grouped per technical topic
  2. Exceptionally high visibility and participation by over 3,000 subscribed GeoWorld members- among which are renowned geo-experts, both academicians and practitioners
  3. Automatic tracking and indexing of content using tags, that help categorize your thread and make it reach the right people so that visitors in your particular field or area of interest will participate and answer your questions
  4. Easier search and more options for indexing. High visibility of the forums in search engines.
  5. Postings are tied to each individual’s or company’s/organization’s GeoWorld account. Members of GeoWorld can establish a reputation by actively participating in the forums and providing useful feedback to colleagues worldwide.
  6. Active participants are eligible to receive free books, conference registrations, and other professional geo-gifts.
  7. As opposed to forums available elsewhere, as well as social media groups, these forums are shared with all members (i.e., each group does not have its own forum) so that there is one central location where all questions are asked and answered!

So go ahead and check out the forums and post your questions! The GeoWorld team looks forward to receiving your feedback at

We hope you will share our enthusiasm for this ground-breaking forum board and that you will participate and get the most out of the GeoWorld Technical Forums!

Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 08:06
Keynetix Launch Ground Breaking Mapping Technology for Geotechnical Engineers at Geotechnica 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:31

Keynetix launched their latest build of HoleBASE SI Professional at Geotechnica 2013 and this release includes technology to enable geotechnical engineers to instantly preview their site investigation data alongside BGS data and aerial photography coverage.

The BGS OpenGeoscience mapping sets, including the 1:50,000 Bedrock and Superficial Deposits, are now available to turn on in the background of the HoleBASE SI project mapping window together with Microsoft’s Bing mapping and aerial photography. Maps are licenced for commercial use, including the supply of hard copy reports. Mapping data is streamed from the internet, so customers do not need the IT infrastructure to store and serve the large mapping sets.

[Editor] Read on for the rest of this press release from Keynetix! [/Editor]

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 06:59
NCFI Polyurethanes and the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Business PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 23 May 2013 06:28

Using TerraThane products for lifting concrete pavement of I-85 in Atlanta, a Hayward Baker project.

NCFI Polyurethanes’ TerraThane Product Line Quickly and Quietly Improving Bottom Line for North American Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Businesses

MOUNT AIRY, NC—The distinctly American company, NCFI Polyurethanes, is known for pioneering innovative, improved, and unique uses for one of their main product offerings: polyurethane foam. Since the company’s scientists and engineers began formulating polyurethane foam back in 1967, other chemical systems companies have been saying, “wonder what they’ll come up with next?” So, it was really more of a “holy cow” moment in the 1990s when NCFI began formulating foam systems for geotechnical uses: highway and roadway repair, bridge approach repair, concrete lifting, leveling and void fill. And it’s no surprise that like all NCFI product lines, TerraThane geotechnical foam is quietly changing the way entire industries work for the better.

[Editor] Read more about the many applications of sponsor NCFI’s TerraThane in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental projects! [/Editor]

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 06:33
International Collaboration Delivers Pioneering Geotechnical Carbon Calculator PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 02 May 2013 23:04

Foundation Industry Launches Standardized Open Source Tool to Compare the Sustainability of Different Foundation Techniques

Example sustainability report from EFFC and DFI's geotechnical carbon calculator toolHawthorne, NJ (May 1, 2013): The European Federation of Foundation Contractors (EFFC) and the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) are urging the geotechnical sector to make immediate use of their jointly-developed, pioneering carbon calculator tool, the Geotechnical Carbon Calculator.

Developed using internationally recognized standards, the Geotechnical Carbon Calculator is believed to be one of the construction industry’s first standardized and collaboratively produced carbon calculator tools at the European and international level.

Carbon measurement is at the core of the construction industry’s approach to sustainability. The Geotechnical Carbon Calculator uses a standardized emission factors database to make the analysis of the carbon footprint of a foundation project consistent and comparable across the foundation industry.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of this interesting press release from the Deep Foundations Institute! [/Editor]

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 23:12
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