Professor Petley, the author of the Landslide Blog, has an interesting discussion about a controversy in the geoengineering / geology community regarding the Oso landslide in Washington State. The Geotechnical Engineering Extreme Events Reconaissance (or GEER) report was recently issued for the OSO landslide. But USGS scientists have a different theory about the event. Both the GEER committee and the USGS agree that the Oso landslide was a two-fold failure event. But the difference in interpretation is the relative sizes of the two events and the mechanism they took. I won't try and explain the controversy here as the post at the Landslide Blog does a great job of that. [Source: The Landslide Blog. Image: Landslide Blog]
According to the Landslide Blog, this rockfall video was taken in Maoxian County in Sichuan Province of China on or around July 17, 2014. It shows a very dangerous rockfall event with people running from their cars. In one scene you can even see someone being struck by a rock and knocked over. The person is later able to walk away with assistance. Towards the end of the video, even the windshield of the videographer is struck by a smaller rock and cracked. Very dramatic and very scary video!
Equipment manufacturer Liebherr has created a new simulator to allow operators to train on foundation drilling equipment virtually. The simulator is based on other simulators created by Liebherr, and includes things like a real construction site with neighboring buildings and structures, uneven ground, varying soil conditions, etc. [Source: Read more at GE Innovation News | New Civil Engineer via @GE_magazine. Image: NCE / GE Innovation News]
Hayward Baker was among the contractors called in for emergency repairs to a failed retaining wall in Baltimore that destabilized a slope, causing a landslide that enveloped cars and threatened a railroad track below. The final episode of the slope failure was caught on video and showed several cars being swallowed. GeoPrac sponsor, Hayward Baker is currently on-site installing a temporary soldier pile lagging wall with tiebacks to facilitate the construction of a permanent wall. They are anticipating to have the temporary wall complete in August. [Source: Read more about the project at Haywardbaker.com. Image: Hayward Baker]
Congratulations to Crux Subsurface, Inc. on winning the Deep Foundation Institute's (DFI) 2014 Outstanding Project Award (OPA) and the 2014 C. William Bermingham Innovation Award for their Sunrise Powerlink Project in California. The project involved the installation of over 3,700 micropiles for the foundations of new steel lattice towers for a 117 mile transmission line running from Imperial Valley to San Diego. All of the micopiles were installed using rigs and equipment mobilized by helicopter in the difficult terrain. The project was the first to use Crux' patented steel micropile cap, which is what they were awarded the Bermingham Innovation Award for. Crux credits the steel cap design for reducing the on-site construction time by 64%. [Source: Read more about the awards from the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI). Image: Crux Subsurface, Inc.]
Geotechnical work has commenced for a project involving reconstructing the Historic Columbia River Highway in Hood River County as a segment of Oregon's Historic Highway State Trail. The geotechnical scope consists of 48 test pits, 58 boreholes, and constructing 4,000 linear feet of temporary access roads. [Source: Hood River News. Image: Hood River News]
Torrential rain in the World Cup city of Natal caused a landslide right around the time that the USA defeated Ghana. According to the Landslide Blog, the landslide destroyed 50 homes but there were no lives lost. A You-Tube Video showing the landslide as seen from a small UAV shows the devestation, and interestingly shows a storm drain that could have played a role in the failure, perhaps becoming overwhelmed after the 50 hours of rain that fell on Natal. [Source: The Landslide Blog. Image: NBC News]
Dr. Carlos Santamarina of Georgia Tech. presented the 2014 Terzaghi Lecture at Geo-Congress 2014 entititled 'Energy Geotechnology: Enabling New Insights Into Soil Behavior'. From the You-Tube summary:
Energy is critical to life, and the coming decades will see worldwide population growth and associated economic development that will result in a pronounced increase in energy demand. Historically, geotechnical engineering has been crucial to projects that have sustained societal transformations. Once again, geotechnical engineering has a central role to play in the evolving energy challenge, from resource recovery and infrastructure development, to energy storage and waste management. Examples during this lecture and details in the accompanying manuscript show that the emerging field of energy geotechnology drives us to reconsider the basic tenets of geotechnical engineering (such as soil formation, index properties, and classification), to extend our understanding of geomaterials (at high pressure and temperature, long time scales, and large number of repetitions), to recognize new phenomena (most often couplings between hydraulic, thermal, chemical, biological and mechanical processes, and various forms of localization), and to advance technological innovations for characterization (in situ, sampling, and laboratory) and monitoring.
Alliance Formed for the Commercialization of BioJet Technology to Solve the Challenges of Environmental Remediation in Low-Permeability Contaminated Soils
Hanover, MD (PRWEB) June 25, 2014
Hayward Baker Inc. (HBI) announces the formation of a strategic alliance with EOS Remediation, LLC (EOS, Raleigh, NC) and Chemical Grouting Co., Ltd. (CG Co., Tokyo, Japan) for the commercialization of the BioJet™ technology.
BioJet technology provides a solution for one of the most difficult challenges of environmental remediation in low-permeability (clays and silts) contaminated soils. The technology uses high velocity jetting tools and CG Co.’s geotechnical analysis to create intimate contact between the engineered remediation products by EOS and the contaminants by “cutting” circular slots in the soil and allowing effective distribution of the remediation products throughout the low-permeability soils.
[Editor] Read on for the rest of the press release from GeoPrac sponsor, Hayward Baker Inc. Scroll to the bottom of the press release for a video from Hayward Baker on the BioJet™ technology. [/Editor]