A foundation drill rig toppled over at a condo site in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida and struck an adjacent building. No immediate cause of the accident has been reported, but the region had been experiencing high winds at the time with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. [Source: WSVN-TV. Image: @TrentAricTV]
Video Report of Toppled Foundation Drill Rig [Updated]
Access into the Bingham Canyon Mine pit has been restored for the first time since the mega landslide moved 165 million tons of material. Rio Tinto has moved 14 million tons of that material to restore access into the pit so that they can continue their efforts to stabilize, clean up and recover buried equipment. [Source: UPR Utah Public Radio. Image: Utah Public Radio]
Nearly 3,000 dams in Texas will be exempt from inspection, including 216 that are rated as high hazard. This is thanks to a Texas State law passed earlier this year meant to lessen the burden on private dam owners in rural parts of the state. [Source: More at StateImpact Texas on NPR.org via AEG Insider. Image: TCEQ via NPR.org]
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]
Hawthorne, NJ (October 23, 2013): Four of the 15 DFI Technical Committees have new committee chairs. It is the role of the Technical Committees to focus on the unique issues of major methods and technologies within deep foundations and excavation, and to keep DFI members and the industry up to date with the state of practice through publications, guidance documents, peer-review of papers, educational events and committee reports in Deep Foundations magazine.
[Editor] Click through for the list of the new committee chairs. [/Editor]
A five year legal battle between Tampa Bay Water and HDR Engineering over a cracked and damaged reservoir is finally over. Tampa Bay Water filed suit against HDR over the failure in 2008. After a second defeat in the courts, the Water District voted to end pursuit of the lawsuit and pay $21 Million in HDR's legal fees. [Source: Read more about the case at Tampa Bay Times via ASCE SmartBrief. Image: Tampa Bay Times]
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 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]
Work has begun to construct temporary piers to support the I-43 Leo Frigo Bridge. Pier 22 of the bridge settled approximately 2.5 feet in late September/early October. The new piers are being constructed by Lunda Construction. The goal of the structures is to prevent any additional settlement of the deck. The bridge will remain closed pending a permanent solution. The ENR article did not list what the piers will be founded on, but the conceptual drawings available from WisDOT seem to show drilled shaft foundations. [Source: ENR: Engineering News Record. Image: WisDOT via ENR]
The Great Recession has been felt by geoprofessionals, just like everyone else. Sometimes it feels like the news about the business outlook for our profession is always so gloomy. So it's nice to hear some optimism from ASFE President Kurt Fraese in his remarks at the ASFE/GBA Fall Conference. He sees much potential for us:
And what does the future hold in store? Opportunity for geoprofessionals, in the form of infrastructure repair, replacement, and expansion; creation of protective barriers for major coastal cities; energy production, transmission, distribution, and conversion; alternative energy development; and the new smart electrical grid.
Norcross, GA - September, 2013 – Dataforensics is the focus of an article distributed by technology industry leader Panasonic Systems Communication Company. The article is the result of a case study performed by Panasonic re-seller, DataSource Mobility.
Dataforensics has invested more than a decade creating software that is flexible, customizable and improves the field data collection process. Software is only one piece of the puzzle, hardware that is capable of withstanding field conditions, but also captures photo/video data, GPS data all while having the battery life necessary for a full day’s work is the other.
With the release of the Toughpad line of rugged tablets, Panasonic has delivered a unit that fulfills exactly the needs of pLog users.
“We’ve been waiting for this device for 13 years. We are now able to offer our customers a complete solution to capture data from the field in real-time. The Toughpad FZ-A1 has allowed us to do more than we could ever do before” states Scott Deaton, President.
Dataforensics is a leader in deploying software applications that serve as core components for data and personnel management within geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. Our solutions enable efficient, timely and accurate assessments. The resulting assessments are used to support analysis and design activities by the engineering and construction industries, as well as federal, state and local government organizations. For more information, please visit www.dataforensics.net.