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Quenching the Thirst: Compelling New Book Reveals Sustainable Solutions to Water Supply and Climate Change PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 25 November 2013 23:34
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Written by George Annandale, ‘Quenching the Thirst: Sustainable Water Supply and Climate Change’ informs readers of the inadequacy of global water supply. The book outlines plausible options to safeguard future fresh water supply in spite of the uncertainties associated with climate change. With its vital insight and concrete guidance, the book is sure to resonate with readers around the world.

Denver, Colorado – The flow of clean water from taps in the western world creates the illusion of abundance, while, in fact, the small amount of fresh water available on earth is dwindling. The amount of fresh water is so small that all the fresh groundwater on earth can fit in a sphere with a diameter of only 42 miles. Similarly, if one would place the fresh water that instantaneously flow in all rivers on earth in a sphere, it will have a diameter of only 10 miles. A distance of 10 miles is shorter than the daily commuting distance of most people on earth.

Globally humans use three and a half times more groundwater than what is naturally replenished. While many people are aware of pending water shortages and are concerned about climate change impacts, few have solutions. Renowned engineer and humanitarian George Annandale has prepared a ground-breaking new book that explains the threatening problem in plain terms and also proposes plausible remedies. Quenching the Thirst: Sustainable Water Supply and Climate Change puts aside long-winded explanations and scientific terminology to help the public recognize and accept the world’s growing fresh water shortage, and understand how it may be resolved.

[Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release on this provocative new book by George Annandale. [/Editor]

Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 23:38
 
2012 Peck Lecture by Craig Benson on Geosynthetic Clay Liners PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 25 November 2013 23:23

2012PeckLectureThumbnailDr. Craig Benson of the University of Wisconsin delivered the 2012 Peck Lecture at the Geo-Institute’s Geo-Congress in Oakland. The GI just released a video of the lecture on their YouTube Channel. The title of his lecture was “Bentonite Barriers for Geoenvironmental Containment: Lessons Learned from Full-Scale Applications”. You can watch the lecture on the Geo-Institute YouTube channel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 06:06
 
2013 Terzaghi Lecture by Skip Hendron on Dam Safety PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Monday, 25 November 2013 23:19

2013TerzaghiLectureThumbnailThe Geo-Institute has released the 2013 Terzaghi Lecture onto their YouTube channel. “Skip” Hendron, Professor Emeritus at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented his lecture on “Improving Dam Safety with Lessons Learned from Case Histories of Dam Failures and Unacceptable Dam Performance”. Go check out the video on the Geo-Institute's YouTube Channel.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 06:06
 
Huge Florida sinkhole forces authorities to demolish two homes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Friday, 22 November 2013 00:25

Sinkhole in Dunedin, Florida swallowed two houses.

A large sinkhole near Dunedin, Florida destroyed two homes, but the occupants were not injured. The 90' diameter by 50' deep sinkhole opened up in an area of Florida that is prone to sinkhole activity. The portion of the homes not destroyed by the sinkhole was demolished by authorities. See the video below. [Source: NBC News. Image: Bay News 9]

Video: Florida Sinkhole Swallows Two Homes

 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 07:27
 
Rabbits causing landslides on tiny Scottish island PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 21 November 2013 23:28
Cute little bunny - not so cute on the Scottish island of Canna

Thousands of cute, cuddly rabbits like the one pictured here are having quite an impact on the Scottish Island of Canna. These critters, estimated to number around 16,000 (compared to the human population of 12 on Canna). The rabbit burrowing was blamed for a landslide that blocked a road on the island, and the rabbits have created other problems, such as digging up bones in the local cemetery. Officials say the critters will need to be culled, much as they did with a rat infestation that affected the island in 2006. [Source: Yahoo News via USGS Landslide Events. Image: Freepix]

 
California Contractor Hammers Home Jobs with 'Thor' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 23:30

Anderson Drilling's 'Thor' Cluster Drill being removed from the hole

Anderson Drilling has a unique tradition dating back to the founders of the compnay where they name most items in their fleet of foundation drilling equipment. They recently purchases a 48-inch Atlas Copco cluster drill for a bridge project in California, and appropriately named it 'Thor' after the Norse God of thunder (and the Marvel comic book hero by the same name that wields a magical hammer). The project is a bridge project near San Diego that required drilled shafts with 20 foot long rock sockets from 48 to 96 inches in diameter in 25,000 psi granite. [Source: Read more at the National Driller. Image: National Driller]

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 07:28
 
Video: Foundation drill rig topples and strikes neighboring building PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 01:28

Foundation drill rig laying on its side after toppling and striking adjacent building

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]

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 07:33
 
Bingham Canyon Mine Opens Access Road After Landslide PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 01:16
A new road has been cut through the landslide

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]

 
How Hundreds of "Significant Hazard" Dams Escape State Inspection in Texas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:43

A photo of a rusted out pipe taken during a TCEQ inspection of a dam. This picture is now used in dam safety workshops presented by TCEQ.

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]

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 23:45
 
New method for settlement-based helical pile design PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:36
Deep Excavation Helical Pile Settlement Approach

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]

 
DFI Appoints New Technical Committee Chairs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Thursday, 31 October 2013 06:23

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]

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 06:34
 
Tampa Bay Water votes to settle reservoir suit, pay engineers $21 million in legal fees PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 23:31
C.W. Bill Young Reservoir in Hillsborough, Florida. Tampa Bay Water sued HDR Engineering over the failure of this reservoir.

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]

 
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