Our colleagues over at Geoengineer.org put together a great video compiling some of the more interesting stories of 2016 for all of us geotechnical nerds. Check it out! [Source: Geoengineer.org YouTube Channel. Image: YouTube]
RockWare, the makers of RockWorks and LogPlot geotechnical software, have released a free online tool to convert between different coordinate systems. You can convert to and from State Plane coordinates using a NAD27 datum, and geographic latitude and longitude with a NAD83 / WGS84 datum using a pretty simple interface. There are probably a few other coordinate systems built in there as well. You can visualize your points immediately on a Google Maps interface. You can also plot up an elevation profile if you like. [Source: Convert your coordinates using Rockware.com's free tool. Image: Wikipedia]
The U.S. has entered into the Trump era, so what does that mean for those in our profession? This blog post is an apolitical look at the economic outlook for infrastructure spending as it pertains to geotechnical engineers and the foundation drilling industry. Worth a quick read. [Source: Check out the post on National Driller. Image: Slate.com]
The ADSC/IAFD has produced a safety video on Micropile & Anchored Earth Retention. It's sure to be a great training video for contractors, but it is also a great resource for engineers and inspectors who will be working around the operations. [Source: ADSC IAFD YouTube Channel. Image: YouTube]
The Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) has announced a new course offering for its members, Geoprofessional Operational Leadership Development (GOLD) Course. This course is targeted at new and emerging leaders, group leaders, office managers, regional managers, and business unit leaders in the AE industry. It will contain specific instruction on operational aspects of the typical Geoprofessional business. The GBA has partnered with the McMahon|Siegel Group for the course, one of the instructors is former Kleinfelder CEO, Bill Siegel (see Bill's article on GeoPrac). [Source: Read more about the GOLD course from the GBA. Image: ffaalumni on Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)]
Impact pile driving of steel piles in aquatic environments produces extremely high underwater sound levels. To address this problem, a double-walled pile has been developed to decrease the total noise transmitted into the water and substrate. The double-walled pile consists of two concentric steel pipe piles flexibly connected by a special driving shoe, allowing for an air gap between the two tubes. The double-walled pile is driven into the sediment by using traditional equipment that strikes the inner pile only. The air gap between the inner and outer pile and the flexible coupling prevent the radial deformation wave produced by the pile hammer from interacting with the water and the sediment. A second full-scale test of the double-walled pile technology was performed at Vashon Island, Puget Sound, Washington. A potential reduction of the peak pressure in excess of 17dB was observed for the double pile and of 16 dB for the mandrel pile. Root mean square (RMS) levels and cumulative sound exposure levels (SEL) decreased by 13 dB and 12 dB, respectively. Use of the WSDOT Geotechnical Design Manual Pile Driving Formula showed that the pile capacity of the novel piles was comparable to that of a control pile with the same outer diameter. PDA (Pile Driving Analyzer) data were also collected from both the inner and outer piles of the mandrel and double piles and will be used to modify current software for predicting drivability and stresses in the piles (WEAP (Wave Analysis of Pile Driving) analysis) and for estimating load capacity after driving (CAPWAP (Case Pile Wave Analysis Program) analysis). [Source: Read more and download the publication from WSDOT. Image: Flexiboat.com]
The Rankine lecture is one of the most prestigious invited lectures in all of geotechnical engineering. The Institute of Civil Engineers has a list of all of the Rankine lecturers and links to most of their lecture papers which are published in Géotechnique. As far as I can tell, you still need to have access to Géotechnique's journals to view them, but at least this is a nice central list of all of the papers and past lecturers. [Source: List of Rankine Lecturers at the ICE Virtual Library]
The FHWA recently released 'GEC 12 - Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations' (FHWA-NHI-16-009 and FHWA-NHI-16-010). A companion publication 'Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations - Comprehensive Design Examples' (FHWA-NHI-16-064) is also available. This publication replaces the previous Reference Manual titled Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations, published in April 2006. The publications become the twelfth in the series of geotechnical engineering guidelines called 'Geotechnical Engineering Circulars.'
This webinar provides worked examples of CPT-based liquefaction analyses using the software CLiq v2. CLiq v2 has several new features that will be demonstrated during this webinar.
Dr. Peter K. Robertson, Technical Adviser at Gregg Drilling and Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, will be the presenter. The webinar will last approximately 1 hour. After the presentation, Dr. Robertson will answer any questions from participants for approximately 20 mins.
All attendees to the live webinar will receive an e-mail 24-hrs after attending to certify their attendance and provide proof of 1 PDH. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Significant destruction has occurred in New Zealand as a result of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the town of Kaikoura, about 2 hours drive north of Christchurch. Video footage shows significant surface rupture causing damage to homes and infrastructure. There have been numerous landslides as well. The town of Kaikoura had to be evacuated, including about 1,000 tourists, after it was left without power by the event. Only two casualties have been reported based on the information I have heard, and it's fortunate there was not more loss of life. [Source: CNN.com. Image: Mirror.co.uk]