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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 GeoPrac.net [/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 GeoPrac.net 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. GeoPrac.net 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 GeotechTools.org – 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]

 
2014 Seed Lecture - Developments in the Assessment of Liquefaction Potential and Its Consequences PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Sunday, 28 December 2014 23:07

2014 Seed Lecture: Developments in the Assessment of Liquefaction Potential and its Consequences, presented by W.D. Liam Finn, Ph.D.,P.Eng., Life.M.ASCE, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia at the 2014 Geo-Congress in Atlanta, GA, USA.

[Source: Geo-Institute YouTube Channel. Image: YouTube]

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 06:12
 
Dataforensics and Keynetix Announce Major Partnership PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 06:24
Dataforensics and Keynetix Forge Partner Alliance to Revolutionize Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Data Management

Dataforensics and Keynetix Announce Major Partnership

Norcross, Georgia, December 2014 – Dataforensics and Keynetix announce a partnership that teams the strengths of each company to revolutionize geotechnical data collection and data management within the United States and Canada. Dataforensics is developing a specialized configuration of HoleBASE SI for the North American market, which when combined with pLog Tablet, provides greater alternatives for managing geotechnical data for users of pLog Tablet, which already integrates with gINT and LogPlot.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from Dataforensics and Keynetix, both sponsors of GeoPrac.net! [/Editor]

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 06:26
 
Alaskan Way Viaduct Settles after Bertha TBM Access Pit Dewatering PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:21
Contours of Settlement around the Bertha access pit de-watering as of December 10, 2014

Areas surrounding the access pit being excavated to rescue the stalled Bertha TBM have experienced settlement as much as 1 to almost 1.5 inches according to a draft figure released by WSDOT on December 11, 2014. The aging and seismically deficient Viaduct itself has experienced 1 inch of settlement as well. Structural engineers have inspected it as well as numerous buildings in the area and have not found structural damage. The settlement is thought to be related to the dewatering associated with the access pit construction. The excavation was within 3 feet of the bottom when the settlement issues were first announced on December 5, and WSDOT has since allowed the contractor to complete the excavation. [Source: Read more information in the update provided by the WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project team. Image: WSDOT]

 
Bentley's Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference Wrap-Up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 23:09
Greg Bentley gave a keynote on The Year in BIM Enhancements at the Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference

Bentley's annual infrastructure conference was again a tremendous success. Held in London in early November, the event provided infrastructure executives from around the world with valuable insights on business and technology drivers and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns. Among the many presentations and materials presented during this information-rich event were keynotes, Be Inspired Finalist presentations, and Advancement Insights—an annual reporting of innovative technology, best practices, and project strategies for advancing infrastructure design, delivery, and performance. For access to the keynotes, Be Inspired presentations and more, visit the virtual press kit page for the Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference. Bentley is a sponsor of GeoPrac.net. [Source: Bentley. Image: Bentley]

 
Harl Aldrich, Haley & Aldrich Co-founder, Dies at 91 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 15 December 2014 23:12

Harl Aldrich, founder of Geotechnical firm Haley & Aldrich, passed away on November 24, 2014 at the age of 91

Haley & Aldrich Founder and Chairman Emeritus Harl P. Aldrich, Jr. died on November 24, 2014 in Concord, MA at the age of 91. Dr. Aldrich was a leader in geotechnical and civil engineering, and his legacy is seen not just in his home city of Boston, but also across the country where his pioneering spirit has endured in the firm he co-founded. [Editor] Text modified from a Haley & Aldrich Press Release. [/Editor] [Source: View the rest of the press release from Haley & Aldrich via The GBA Newsletter. Image: Haley & Aldrich]

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:15
 
Deep Excavation Geotechnical Software Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 22:33

DeepEX 2015 Geotechnical Software for Shoring DesignDeep Excavation LLC is releasing the revamped 2015 version of their deep excavation software DeepEX 2015. DeepEX is used by more than 1000 engineers worldwide. The current version includes an improved wizard, reports, analysis capabilities. In DeepEX 2015 is the only software that allows you to estimate the cost of your actual 3D excavation, and prepares a quantity take off for you.

For more information and to download a 30 day free trial visit http://www.deepexcavation.com/en/deepxcav-2011

Check out a 10 min video that shows you how you can create a 2D braced excavation model, as well as a 3D model at the same time in DeepEx 2015.

They are offering a special promotion until Dec. 31st, 2014. Contact sales@deepexcavation.com for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 23:10
 
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