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“Foamjacking” Solution for Seneca Rocks USFS Visitor’s Center PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Friday, 14 February 2014 06:26

Seneca Rocks Visitor's Center was experiencing geotechnical foundation problemsU.S. Forestry Service Saves Thousands with Use of TerraThane Geotechnical Foam by NCFI Polyurethanes at Seneca Rocks Discovery Center

MOUNT AIRY, NC— Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, the visitor's center for the eastern U.S.'s most popular rock-climbing destination located in Pendleton County, WV, had a growing problem common to concrete slab foundations: erosion of the soil beneath the slabs created voids that left areas of the center with uneven spots and settled anywhere from one-to three inches. That led to cracks in interior walls, uneven floors, and trip hazards for the thousands of visitors to the area's most popular scenic attraction. Seneca Rocks is a striking 900 ft peak that features over 375 mapped climbing routes varying in degree of difficulty from easier 5.0 to the hardest 5.13, and attracts climbers from around the world.

[Editor] Click through to find out how geotechnical foam manufactured by GeoPrac.net’s sponsor, NCFI Polyurethanes, was used to repair this important structure! [/Editor]

Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 09:59
 
Retaining Wall failure at Ho Ching Yuen, Malaysia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:38

This retaining wall failure occurred in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2009. The failure was caught on video, albeit with a crappy camera phone. But it's well worth a look! Dave Petley of the Landslide Blog also tracked down an article on the original failure. It's the usual case of chicken or the egg. Did the water pipe failure cause the wall to fail, or did the wall fail and then cause the pipe to fail. Thanks to my colleague Bob Cummings of Saguaro Geoservices for sending this my way.

Video of Retaining Wall Failure

[Source: YouTube via The Landslide Blog. Image: YouTube]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:43
 
Sinkhole Beneath National Corvette Museum Devours 8 Cars PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:24

Sinkhole swallows Corvettes in Bowling Green, Kentucky

A 40 foot diameter sinkhole 30 feet deep opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and swallowed 8 of the Corvettes on display. The museum's security company alerted the staff members that the motion sensors had gone off at about 5:40 am on February 12 in the 'SkyDome' portion of the museum, separate from the main building. The museum called in a structural engineer and some Karst sinkhole experts who used a remote controlled helicopter to get photos and video inside the sinkhole. See those videos below. The main museum will be open as usual tomorrow, but the SkyDome will be closed indefinitely. [Source: NYTimes.com. Image: National Corvette Museum via NYTimes.com]

Videos of Corvette Munching Sinkhole

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:43
 
Feb. 7 Bertha update: Two factors contributed to tunnel stoppage PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:40

WSDOT released an update on February 7 with some conclusions regarding the blockage that has stopped the Alaska Way Viaduct Tunnel Boring Machine, Bertha's progress since December 6. Now they don't think it was necessarily the well casing after all.

They cite two factors that contributed to the blockage. First, the cutterhead was clogged with material. You can see an cool short video of a worker unclogging the cutterhead. Not terribly dramatic, but still cool. The second factor was increased temperatures inside the equipment. STP discovered damage to a seal that protects the machine's main bearing. They are still determining how the repairs will be done.

If you want to follow the chronology of this issue, read below for summaries and links to previous updates from WSDOT. And Check out the videos too! [Source: WSDOT]

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 07:58
 
Weekend CUP for February 3, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 03 February 2014 20:01

It's been a while since I've posted one of my catch-up-posts or CUPs. The pipes were getting a bit clogged, so here are some articles that folks might find interesting. Sorry I didn't get a chance to blog about them in more detail.

Read on for the rest of this list!

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 06:33
 
Giant Boulder Smashes Through Italian Farm PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 23:27

A giant boulder smashes through a barn of an Italian farmhouse

An Italian farmer and his family had an unbelievably close call with some house-sized boulders. You have to see the pictures to believe it. The boulders were dislodged during a landslide on January 21 in Northern Italy. One of the boulders smashed through the barn and courtyard of the farm and cut a swath through their vineyard before stopping near a boulder from some previous rockfall / landslide event. That older boulder is even bigger, about the same size as the entire farmhouse and big enough to be seen on Google Earth! See below or download the KMZ file.

More Photos

[Editor] See more after the break. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 February 2014 08:35
 
Spanish City is One With the Rocks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 02 February 2014 22:36

Buildings are one with the rock in the Spanish town of Setenil De Las Bodegas

I had never heard of this town before seeing the post on Geoengineer.org. Setenil de las Bodegas is a small town of about 3,000 people in the Spanish province of Cadiz. The town is built within the narrow gorge cut by the Rio Trejo. Some of the buildings in the town are built into caves and beneath rock overhangs making this a very dramatic, and exotic European town! [Source: More info at Geoengineer.org. Image: La Pantera via Wikimedia]

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 February 2014 08:37
 
Bachner Honored for 40+ Years of Service PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 23:36
John Bachner celebrates his 40th anniversary with ASFE/GBA

John Bachner celebrated his 40th anniversary with ASFE: The Geoprofessional Business Association. He has worked tirelessly during that time to help geoprofessionals with the softer side of our business, including improving our writing, understanding contracts and liability, and improving business development skills. Bachner was honored at the fall 2013 ASFE/GBA meeting and presented with a mock ENR Magazine Cover by President Kurt R. Fraese, L.G. The reaction is priceless, but I wonder what was on the cover! [Source: ASFE: The Geoprofessional Business Association. Image: ASFE: The Geoprofessional Business Association (David Fox, photographer)]

 
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
 
LIDAR Helps Locate New England Archaeological Sites PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 23:33
LIDAR imagery from New England archaeological sites

One of the advantages of LIDAR topography data is the ability to "see through" vegetation so to speak. The light beams aren't actually seeing through physical objects, but because of the high density of LIDAR pixels, some of the beams in a vegetated area see through the canopy to the ground surface. The vegetation can then be screened out of the data using post-processing. This kind of "bare earth" imagery was recently used by archaeologists in New England to locate "lost" settlements that dated back to the 18th century. [Source: Read more about this discovery and application of LIDAR imagery at National Geographic via ASCE SmartBrief. Image: National Geographic]

 
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
 
Beer's secret ingredient: geology PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 20 January 2014 23:29

Beer!

Similar in the way that people who know wine understand terroir, or how the earth and geology influences the nature of wine, Beer is influenced by the geology as well! This is a really neat little article that I saw mentioned in the AEG Insider. Did you know that areas with softer water typically produce lagers and darker ales, and those with harder, more mineral-rich water are more conducive to paler, hoppier ales? I'll drink to that. Cheers! [Source: Check out this important Beer article in EARTH Magazine! via AEG Insider]

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 06:33
 
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