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New Version of RockWorks16 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 26 January 2015 23:22
New faulting options in RockWorks 16 software update

RockWare has released an update to their popular geological and geotechnical software package, RockWorks 16. It's pretty clear these folks are not sitting back on their heels but continuing to develop and push out new features. One thing that caught my eye was the ability to add faulting to many different gridding options. Check out the full list of updates on their blog at the link below. [Source: The RockWare Blog. Image: RockWare]

Free CPT Webinar on February 2 from ISSMGE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 26 January 2015 23:21
Prof. Peter Robertson to give Free CPT Webinar on February 2, 2015 through ISSMGE

The International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) is launching its first Webinar of the year on February 2. This upcoming webinar on Cone Penetration Testing will be given by CGS Member Prof. Peter Robertson (from Gregg Drilling - California USA). All ISSMGE webinars are offered free of charge in an effort to assist geotechnical engineers worldwide and to promote our profession. You are welcome to attend and highly encouraged to invite all geotechnical & civil engineers and students to participate. This Webinar will be launched on February 2 at 12 noon GMT (4:00 am PST and 7:00 am EST in Canada). lt will then be followed by a 2-day Q&A session that, like the webinar video, can also be viewed anytime later on the ISSMGE Website. Find more details about the webinar at the ISSMGE website. [Source: The Canadian Geotechnical Society. Image: ISSMGE]

Chip Holton Named NCFI Polyurethanes President PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 22:13

Chip Holton, President of NCFI Polyurethanes Former Dir. of Ops Says “Shift” New Word for 2015 and Beyond

MOUNT AIRY, NC—NCFI Polyurethanes, and its parent company, Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. (BMC), today announced the Board of Directors has named Chip Holton as the company’s president effective January 1, 2015. Holton joined NCFI as Dir. of Operations in 2012, and brings with him an extensive, and impressive operational leadership background.

Holton, 50, holds an engineering degree from The United States Military Academy at West Point and is a former serving US Army infantry officer. His work career began with Alcatel (now Alcatel-Lucent) fiber optics division where he served in multiple capacities from line supervisor to plant manager in Claremont, NC. Holton joined GE Plastics in 2003, where he served as Southeast Region Operations Manager, overseeing logistics, distribution, and manufacturing for up to 13 facilities. Most recently Holton served as Vice President of US Operations for Swiss company, Jacob Holm Industries, one of the world’s leading nonwoven roll good manufacturers. It was at Jacob Holm where he met the Barnhardt family.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from sponsor NCFI Polyurethanes! [/Editor]

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:04
2015-2016 Academic Scholarships from ADSC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:47
ADSC - International Association of Foundation Drilling

Scholarship Applications for the 2015-2016 school year are now available on the ADSC website. Applications are due March 23, 2015. These $3,000 scholarships also include a trip to ADSC's annual conference with travel expenses paid. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ABET or CEAB accredited engineering program or be a graduate from such a program, and must plan to enter or continue graduate school during the current academic year. [Source: Download the scholarship application form from ADSC - The International Association of Foundation Drilling. Image: ADSC]

40 Foot Sinkhole in Tenn. Stadium Endzone PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 23:30

A 40 foot by 40 foot sinkhole at Austin Peay State University Governor's Stadium in Tennessee

A large 40 foot wide by 40 foot deep sinkhole opened up just outside the endzone of Austin Peay State University's Governors Stadium in Tennessee. The stadium is currently undergoing upgrades for next year's football season. Sinkholes are not unexpected on Austin Peay campus, and the video below shows one example of how the University has actually incorporated the remediated sinkholes into the landscaping. Representatives from the University and the contractor expect the sinkhole will be filled without any problems.

[Updated 1/19/2015] Click through for the video since I can't figure out how to turn off the auto-play on this one. [/Updated]

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 06:18
Nicholson Continues Work for the University of Colorado's Athletic Facilities Expansion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 23:15

University of Colorado at Boulder Folsom Field

Nicholson Construction Company, a GeoPrac sponsor, has been working on 68,000 square feet of shoring and permanent retaining walls for an indoor practice football field and running track, as well as two levels of underground parking at the University of Colorado Boulder. The wall types include soil nail walls, cantilevered drilled shaft and shotcrete wall, and cantilevered soldier pile with wood lagging. The project has been running since this summer and is projected to be complete in February. [Source: Read the full press release from Nicholson Construction Company. Image: Nicholson Construction via the Colorado Daily]

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 06:36
Moretrench V.P. Paul C. Schmall Receives 2015 Wallace Hayward Baker Award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 06:13

Moretrench V.P. Paul C. Schmall, Recipient of the 2015 Wallace Hayward Baker Award

Specialty geotechnical contractor Moretrench is pleased to announce that Vice President and Chief Engineer Paul C. Schmall, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Wallace Hayward Baker Award. 

This prestigious award was established in 2000 by the Geo-Institute of the American Society for Civil Engineers in recognition of the creative and innovative contributions of the late Dr. Wallace Hayward Baker to the field of ground modification.  It is given annually in recognition of “ingenious innovation in the field of ground modification...resourceful development of a new technology or the creative application of existing technology to achieve field performance not previously demonstrated.”  

Dr. Schmall graduated from Bucknell University in 1988 and joined Moretrench shortly thereafter. He earned his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2013. He has dedicated his career with Moretrench to the advancement of the geotechnical industry, particularly in the field of grouting and groundwater control for underground structures, and is proactive in sharing his experience and advancing the state of the practice through frequent seminar and conference technical publications and presentations, and by serving on industry committees. Dr. Schmall is a co-author of Construction Dewatering and Groundwater Control (2007).

[Editor] Moretrench is a sponsor of [/Editor]

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 06:26
The Evolution of Sonic Drilling, from Inventor Ray Roussy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 11 January 2015 23:41

Ray Roussy, pioneer of the sonic drilling technique

Ray Roussy was a pioneer of the sonic drilling technique. In an interview with National Drilling Magazine, Roussy shares how the sonic drilling method began, what changes have occurred over time, and what some of the future challenges are for the method and how they will be faced by the drilling industry. [Source: National Driller Magazine . Image: National Driller]

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 06:43
Top Content of 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 06:13

 Here they are, the most popular posts from this year. Happy New Year everyone!

  1. Getting Under Your Feet – The Revolutionary Technology of Geogrids - Published Dec 5, 2014 (59.5 hits/day, 1,553 page impressions total)
  2. Hayward Baker to Provide Ground Improvement for New Atlanta Stadium Project - Published Sep 19, 2014 (56.1 hits/day, 5,780 page impressions total)
  3. Dataforensics and Keynetix Announce Major Partnership - Published Dec 18, 2014 (54.4 hits/day, 693 page impressions total)
  4. Dataforensics Releases pLog Tablet for Geotechnical and Environmental Field Data Collection - Published Jan 7, 2014 (49.6 hits/day, 17,743 page impressions total)
  5. Celebrates 7th Anniversary! - Published Feb 20, 2014 (48.6 hits/day, 15,251 page impressions total)
  6. Giant Boulder Smashes Through Italian Farm - Published Feb 3, 2014 (47.2 hits/day, 15,625 page impressions total)
  7. TerraThane Geotechnical Foam Maker, NCFI Polyurethanes, Turns Fifty - Published Jun 19, 2014 (42.0 hits/day, 8,199 page impressions total)
  8. Pond Embankment Stabilization with Geopolymer Injection - Published Dec 10, 2014 (41.4 hits/day, 857 page impressions total)
  9. Bachner Honored for 40+ Years of Service - Published Jan 30, 2014 (40.2 hits/day, 13,465 page impressions total)
  10. FHWA Geotechnical Team and NHI To Offer Virtual World Training - Published Nov 21, 2014 (38.7 hits/day, 1,533 page impressions total)
  11. Review of – Geo-Construction Information and Technology Selection Guidance - Published May 14, 2014 (37.1 hits/day, 8,582 page impressions total)
  12. Hayward Baker Constructs Temporary Emergency Earth Retention for Landslide Repairs Near Train Tracks in Baltimore - Published Jul 22, 2014 (34.0 hits/day, 5,510 page impressions total)
  13. Harl Aldrich, Haley & Aldrich Co-founder, Dies at 91 - Published Dec 16, 2014 (33.8 hits/day, 509 page impressions total)
  14. DFI Announces Seventh Annual SuperPile Conference June 18-20, Cambridge, MA - Published Jan 14, 2014 (32.2 hits/day, 11,284 page impressions total)
  15. Professor Chuck Ladd passed away on August 4th - Published Aug 10, 2014 (31.9 hits/day, 4,561 page impressions total)

 Click through for the rest of the top 50!

Catch-Up Post for December 29, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 29 December 2014 06:24

As the year is coming to a close, I'm cleaning out my list of interesting articles that I didn't have a chance to blog about.  Enjoy!

DFI Announces 2015 Osterberg Memorial Lecturer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:16

Frank Rausche of GRL Engineers, DFI's 2015 Osterberg Memorial Lecturer

November 28, 2014, Hawthorne NJ: Frank Rausche, Ph.D., P.E., of GRL Engineers, Inc., has been selected as the DFI 2015 Osterberg Lecturer. The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., during the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE) at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from the DFI. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 06:19
November - December 2014 Foundation Drilling Magazine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:15
ADSC Foundation Drilling Magazine - November/December 2014

The November/December issue of ADSC's excellent magazine is available online. Features in this issue include:

  • Texas Shafts Installs Deep, Battered Drilled Shafts for Dallas Bridges
  • Post Grouted Drilled Shaft Research Part II
  • ADSC's 2014 DROS Another Success
  • 2014 in Review
  • Focus on IFCEE 2015
[Source: Read the magazine online courtesy of ADSC. Image: ADSC]

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