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GeoPrac sponsor Keynetix has released a video tutorial on how to create geology solids in AutoCAD using Civil 3D. This is a new and improved technique using the Civil 3D productivity pack 1. [Source: Keynetix YouTube Channel. Image: YouTube]
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]
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]
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.
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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]
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.
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]
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).
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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]