There is a nice little article at the Big Ideas Blog that gives you some insight into the CEO of Moretrench, Art Corwin. Art is unique in this industry from what I can tell in that he wasn't hired from outside to run the company, he came up from the ground floor as a staff engineer with Moretrench, the only company he has worked for in his engineering career. I love his little anecdote about how he aced three exams in an architecture class. The professor asked him if he wanted to be an architect, and said he did. The prof then told him that since he aced the exams, and couldn't draw to save his life, he should become an engineer! I am also impressed by how generous Art is with his time, volunteering for a homeless charity among other things. And that generosity is evident in the Moretrench culture that he helped shape as well. Definitely worth the time to read! [Source: Read the article on the Big Ideas Blog (State University of New York). Image: Big Ideas Blog]
This is a really nice video for folks new to the industry who want to learn about drilled shafts. It has some great photos and hits the high points of what the advantages of drilled shafts are, a bit about how they are designed, construction methods and considerations, etc. [Source: Pier Research YouTube Channel via PileBuck Magazine. Image: YouTube]
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In-Situ, the makers of a variety of pressure transducers, piezometers, and other water monitoring equipment, have released a new sales and rental catalog. Some times it can be frustrating to have to wait for a sales person to get back to you with a quote, so I appreciate that they have put prices for sales and rentals in the catalog, it makes life much easier. I know the hydrogeologists in our office use their products extensively, and if you need to monitor groundwater in your geotechnical boreholes, or groundwater quality is an issue, you should definitely check out their products. [Source: Go Download the Catalog from In-Situ. Image: In-Situ]
TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that features research from National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 467: Visualization of Geotechnical Data for Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Response. This webinar will discuss the report, which provides an overview of the visualization tools and techniques used for mitigating geotechnical hazards and responding to geotechnical disasters. The webinar will also provide examples of the technology available to practitioners.rnrnParticipants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor or non-TRB Sustaining Affiliate employees. A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual. The webinar presenter is Hollie Ellis with Shannon and Wilson, Inc. and it is moderated by Ty Ortiz, Colorado Department of Transportation.rn [Source: Read more and Register by visiting the Transportation Research Board. Image: TRB]
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Maccaferri has a unique research facility, the Maccaferri Innovation Center (MIC), located in Bolzano, Italy. Maccaferri was founded based on their invention of the now ubiquitous gabions, but are now known worldwide as experts in and suppliers of all manner of erosion protection products, geosynthetics, rockfall fences and rockfall meshes, debris flow barriers, and much more. The objectives of the MIC are:
Definition of new products and / or innovative solutions.
Analysis of the implications on material production in their factories.
Analysis of new applications and defining the technical and promotional tools (calculation methods and documentation.
,[Editor] From their video description: [/Editor] DeWind One-Pass Trenchers can install complete DEEP Groundwater Collection Trench Systems in a Single Pass Under the Groundwater Table! No Open Excavations-No Dewatering - No Pumping- No Treating discharge water- No Sheeting or Shoring- minimal spoils....Fast and Safe installs up to 50 below grade. [Source: YouTube. Image: YouTube]
This is a pretty remarkable 4-year time-lapse video of the construction of a new spillway as part of the Calaveras Dam replacement project. [Source: SFWater Power and Sewer YouTube Channel via Hat tip to my buddy Wayne Harrison. Thanks, Wayne!. Image: YouTube]
ENR's annual top 500 design firms list is out. These rankings are based on revenue for design services in the previous calendar year. I was curious how the various firms that are strong in geotechnical / geological related services rank. I included firms that self-identified as geotechnical firms, as well as engineering firms that I know to have a strong geo emphasis. I'm sure there are some that I missed. I also included some of the major A&E firms that provide these types of services. I even included a few environmental firms. So in summary, it's still a bit subjective on who is included. Without further ado, here is the list (along with their change in ranking relative to 2015):
1 - AECOM, Los Angeles, Calif. (No change from 2015)
3 - CH2M, Englewood, Colo. (+1)
5 - AMEC FOSTER WHEELER, Tucker, Ga. (+1)
7 - TETRA TECH INC., Pasadena, Calif. (No change from 2015)
9 - HDR, Omaha, Neb. (No change from 2015)
11 - WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF, New York, N.Y. (+5)
12 - ARCADIS NORTH AMERICA/CALLISONRTKL, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (+1)
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