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APE Pile Driving and Helical Pile Introduction Video PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 23:14

I met a gentleman from American Pile driving Equipment, or APE, on the plane on my way to the GeoCongress conference. We spent some time chatting, and we visited at the trade show at the conference too. I've mentioned APE on GeoPrac before, you might remember the 'Octakong' pile driving hammer, made of of 8 individual but synchronized hammers used to drive 72' diameter piles for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Seaway project. I was impressed with a helical pile system they have developed that can be installed using an excavator mounted system and even pressure grouted into place. They also have down the hole hammer attachments to help pre-drill the holes in hard soils. Check out the video below for more about APE and the helical pile system.

APE Intro and Helical Pile Video

[Source: YouTube. Image: YouTube]

 
DAT instruments Dataloggers for Geotechnical Construction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 20 January 2014 23:30

I came across this video that introduces DAT Instruments, an Italian Company that builds dataloggers for geotechnical construction such as grouting, jet grouting, soil mixing, diaphragm walls and more.

DAT Instruments Company Video

[Source: YouTube. Image: YouTube]

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 06:33
 
Video: Terra Insurance Discusses Top 5 Precursors to Claims PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 06 January 2014 23:29

Terra Insurance is a top provider of professional liability insurance to geoprofessional organizations. This 5 minute video features Terra Vice President of Claims and Risk Management Lisa Gamblin, Esq. The idea is that by understanding what the precursors are to claims, you and your firm will be better equipped to avoid them.

Video: Top 5 Signs of a Claim

[Source: YouTube via Terra Insurance]

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 06:31
 
Video: An introduction to drilling and sampling in geotechnical practice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 30 December 2013 05:56

Attention geotechnical engineering students hoping to get a job or an internship! If you haven't had any experience in the field, you NEED to watch this video before you go on any interviews! This video created by Dr. Jason DeJong and Dr. Ross Boulanger at UC Davis gives a great overview of the basics of geotechnical drilling and sampling. It was created in 2000, but it is still relevant today. My only comment is that the rope and cathead hammers are getting more and more rare in favor of the automatic trip hammers (or just auto-hammer if you prefer).

Now I'm not suggesting that you students try to pretend you have experience that you don't! Never lie in an interview! But at least if you have seen this video, you can ask intelligent questions and know what your prospective employer is talking about when they explain the field duties required for an entry-level geotechnical engineer or geotechnical engineering intern position. I know I knew virtually nothing about geotechnical drilling and sampling when I started my career.

Introduction to Geotechnical Drilling and Sampling Video

[Source: YouTube. Image: YouTube]

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 13:19
 
Balfour Beatty patents UK's first zero waste piling system PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 23:23

System by Junttan and Balfour Beatty that reduces pile waste with precast concrete piles

Normally when driven piles are used as deep foundation elements, there is a large amount of pile waste when the portion of the piles left sticking up out of the ground are cut off to the desired elevation. UK piling contractor, Balfour Beatty and Finnish company Junttan have created a system that attaches to piling rigs and cuts off precast concrete piles as low as about 4 inches from the ground surface. The cut pieces are then used as starter pieces for the next pile. Balfour Beatty calculates that each precast concrete pile delivered to the site represents approximately 90 to 130 pounds of CO2 released into the atmosphere. They estimate that implementing this system on two piling rigs to date will translate into 2,000 metric tons of reduced CO2 emissions per year. [Source: Construction Enquirer via ASCE SmartBrief. Image: Construction Enquirer]

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 06:34
 
Crux Featured in Micropile Technology for Transmission Line Foundations Photo Gallery PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 23:26
Crux subsurface drilling micropile casing for transmission line foundation

Crux Subsurface is a unique drilling company, getting their start with limited and difficult access geotechnical drilling, but in recent years, they have branched out into micropile foundation design and construction. They frequently work for the power sector installing transmission line foundations in locations that most other companies couldn't access. This photo gallery is on a Power industry publication website, and showcases some of Crux' work. [Source: Check out the photo gallery at TDWorld via Crux Subsurface. Image: T&D World]

 
RST Announces New Borehole Profile Sensor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 23:30
RST new borehole profile sensor

RST's new borehole profile sensor can measure the orientation of boreholes raked above horizontal, such as drain holes. Most other equipment is designed to use a wheeled probe and grooved casing. This sensor uses MEMS technology and rigid rods and is inserted into the hole. It can also be used to profile boreholes of different diameter or nominal plunge. Data is collected using RST's ultra rugged field PC which can connect via bluetooth. [Source: Read more and download a brochure at RST Instruments Ltd.. Image: RST Instruments]

 
2012 Peck Lecture by Craig Benson on Geosynthetic Clay Liners PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 25 November 2013 23:23

2012PeckLectureThumbnailDr. Craig Benson of the University of Wisconsin delivered the 2012 Peck Lecture at the Geo-Institute’s Geo-Congress in Oakland. The GI just released a video of the lecture on their YouTube Channel. The title of his lecture was “Bentonite Barriers for Geoenvironmental Containment: Lessons Learned from Full-Scale Applications”. You can watch the lecture on the Geo-Institute YouTube channel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 06:06
 
2013 Terzaghi Lecture by Skip Hendron on Dam Safety PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 25 November 2013 23:19

2013TerzaghiLectureThumbnailThe Geo-Institute has released the 2013 Terzaghi Lecture onto their YouTube channel. “Skip” Hendron, Professor Emeritus at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented his lecture on “Improving Dam Safety with Lessons Learned from Case Histories of Dam Failures and Unacceptable Dam Performance”. Go check out the video on the Geo-Institute's YouTube Channel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 06:06
 
New method for settlement-based helical pile design PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:36
Deep Excavation Helical Pile Settlement Approach

Dimitrios at Deep Excavation posted an article last month about a new settlement method for helical piles that he is developing with Michael Perlow. The method is already showing promising results according to the article. It will ultimately be built into Deep Excavation's HelixPile software for analysis and design of helical piles, maybe it's already in there. [Source: Check out more at Deep Excavation. Image: Deep Excavation]

 
Video: Stephen Wright gives 2013 H.B. Seed Lecture on Slope Stability Calculations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 21 October 2013 08:27

The 2013 H. Bolton Seed Lecture at Geo-Congress 2013 was given by Prof. Stephen Wright of UT Austin, a living geo-legend and one of the world's foremost experts on slope stability. His lecture is destined to be a classic, and was recently released on the Geo-Institute's YouTube channel. If you are a geotechnical engineer, make it a point to set aside the time to watch this lecture!

 
Geoengineer.org launches GeoSoftware Database PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 21 October 2013 01:25
Geoengineer.org GeoSoftware Database

Geoengineer.org has launched a new GeoSoftware directory, sure to be the go-to resource for our industry. The complete revamp of their previous directory will allow software vendors to provide news and video related to their products, and allow visitors to provide ratings and submit questions to the geotechnical software vendors. [Source: Check out the new GeoSoftware database at Geoengineer.org. Image: Geoengineer.org]

 
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