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Coleman Named 2012 DFI Distinguished Service Award Recipient PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 10 December 2012 04:00

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.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 07:42
AASHTO and ASTM International Agreement Benefits U.S. and Global Road Construction and Transportation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Friday, 09 November 2012 06:21

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.

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Last Updated on Friday, 09 November 2012 06:26
DBM Received Two Safety Awards from the International Association of Foundation Drilling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Friday, 02 November 2012 06:17

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.

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Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 06:24
Italian Court Action Likely to Harm Efforts to Mitigate Earthquake Losses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Saturday, 27 October 2012 15:09

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.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 October 2012 22:39
Troubled Eastern NC Riverfront Convention Center Gets Lifeline from Hayward Baker and TerraThaneā„¢ Geotech Foam by NCFI Polyurethanes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 22:29


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.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 22:32
Digital Map Products to Discuss the New Rules for Communicating with Residents at the 2012 ICMA Conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 01 October 2012 06:08

(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.

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Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 06:10
Posh Dallas Parking Center Saves Millions with TerraThane Geotechnical Polyurethane Foam by NCFI PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 22:06

Underground parking garage in 'Uptown' area of Dallas that needed TerraThane polyurethane foam

MOUNT AIRY, NC—In-ground parking garages in Dallas, TX experience the same thing: erosion of the soil beneath them, and silt infiltration that overwhelms and clogs the drainage system, thus causing more and worse erosion. The keys are catching it early enough, and choosing the right solution to keep it from happening again.

The three-story, in-ground parking garage at McKinney Ave. and Worthington St., the main thoroughfare of the Dallas’ “Uptown” area and home to some of the poshest apartments, business addresses, shopping, hotels, restaurants and bars, had silt and water infiltration, so the owners called in Edens Structural Solutions, Bixby, OK, with 30 years experience of structural lifting and repair. David Edens, company president, says they studied the problem and decided on geotechnical polyurethane foam. “Our solution was to use void-filling TerraThane geotech foam. It’s simple to apply, expands and cures in place, and is an excellent water and air barrier,” says Edens.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 22:08
Barry J. Meyer, P.E. joins Dan Brown and Associates PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 23 September 2012 20:41

Barry J. Meyer joins Dan Brown and AssociatesDan Brown and Associates, PC, is pleased to announce that Barry J. Meyer, P.E., has joined the firm as a Senior Principal. Mr. Meyer is a recognized expert in the design and construction of deep foundations. His over 30 years of geotechnical engineering experience includes time at McClelland Engineers in Houston where he designed large diameter high capacity driven piles for major offshore structures and developed subsea geotechnical instrumentation. Mr. Meyer applied that knowledge at Marathon Oil Company where he was part of the team that installed the Steelhead oil production platform in Cook Inlet, Alaska. This challenging project required the installation of driven and drilled pipe piles into dense glacial till.

After his time in Texas, Mr. Meyer served in various engineering roles at Leighton and Associates and at Law Engineering in California, before joining HDR in their Tampa, Florida office. During this time, his drilled shaft experience includes the H-3 Windward Viaduct on Oahu, Hawaii where drilled shafts were used for the first time to support a major bridge structure and are now the foundation of choice in Hawaii. Mr. Meyer was also innovative in the use of the Osterberg O-Cell as part of the repair of the Los Angeles Coliseum after the devastating Northridge earthquake.

Mr. Meyer has worked on numerous international projects in a variety of capacities including the Confederate Bridge connecting New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island over the ice filled Northumberland Straits; the 55 km elevated Bang Na Expressway Project in Bangkok, Thailand; and the Puente de la Unidad cable-stayed bridge over the Santa Catarina River, Monterey, Mexico. He also has considerable seismic engineering experience, and has designed and constructed flood protection levee systems and water storage reservoirs.

Mr. Meyer will be based in the Tampa, Florida area. He can be reached by e-mail at For more information on Dan Brown and Associates, visit our blog at

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 September 2012 21:23
Peter Keeton Joins the Keynetix KeyLAB Team PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 17 September 2012 21:42

Peter Keeton

Keynetix are pleased to announce that as a result of the recent success of the KeyLAB program, Peter Keeton has joined Keynetix to further strengthen the KeyLAB team. Peter has over 40 years of experience working in and managing geotechnical laboratories for Soil Mechanics and has been an influential member of the CEN European standards working group on geotechnical testing. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from Keynetix. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Monday, 17 September 2012 23:11
SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a Beta 3 Now Available PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Friday, 07 September 2012 06:13

The newest version of desktop GIS mapping software, SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a Beta 3 developed by SuperGeo, is available now.

Featuring plentiful GIS tools and user-friendly manipulation environment, SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a allows GIS experts to display, edit, manage, query, and analyze diverse spatial data effectively.

The newest SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a enhances the manipulation of attribute table and map query, which enables you to easily navigate maps and export them to diverse formats. The whole new Graph add-on provided by SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a improves the interaction between the graph and the map selection. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Friday, 07 September 2012 06:34
Tensar Corporation's Geopier Foundation Company Subsidiary Acquires Slope Reinforcement Technology PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 26 August 2012 23:00

ATLANTA-August 22, 2012- Tensar Corporation’s Geopier Foundation Company subsidiary (“Geopier”), a leader in ground improvement solutions, today announced its acquisition of Slope Reinforcement Technology, LLC (“SRT”).

The acquisition allows Geopier to offer slope stabilization solutions while boosting SRT’s market reach. Geopier has historically focused on providing vertical ground reinforcement in support of foundations and their structures. SRT has concentrated on slopes that have failed or are potentially unstable. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 August 2012 10:41
Layne Christensen Company to Celebrate 130 Year Anniversary by Ringing The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 26 August 2012 23:00

MISSION WOODS, Kan., Aug. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq:LAYN) ("Layne" or the "Company") announced today that Chief Executive Officer Rene Robichaud will commemorate Layne's 130th anniversary by ringing the Opening Bell at The NASDAQ Stock Market on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Mr. Robichaud will be joined by members of Layne's executive team and Board of Directors.

Mr. Robichaud commented, "Our NASDAQ listing has been an important part of Layne's growth, and we are honored to ring the Opening Bell. Since our founding in 1882 as a regional water resource provider, Layne has grown and evolved into a global water management, construction, and drilling company. As we move ahead under our One Layne operating philosophy, we will continue to invent, propose, and deliver responsible solutions to the world's water, mineral and energy challenges."   

In addition to being broadcast on national business television at 9:30 a.m. ET, the bell-ringing ceremony will be webcast live on NASDAQ's website and on the NASDAQ MarketSite® Tower in New York City's Times Square. Interested parties can go to beginning at 9:20 a.m. ET to view the closing ceremony. Viewers must have Windows Media Player to view the web cam.

Layne Christensen Company

Layne is a global solutions provider to the world of essential natural resources — water, mineral and energy. We offer innovative, sustainable products and services with an enduring commitment to safety, excellence, and integrity.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 August 2012 10:19
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