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SAN DIEGO, California – The Kleinfelder Group announced today that George J. Pierson has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the firm, effective September 6, 2016.
"We are excited to have George join the Kleinfelder team," said Rodger Johnson, Chair of Kleinfelder’s Board of Directors. "George brings experience gained from years of leading a multi-billion-dollar, global infrastructure firm and we will benefit immensely from his leadership as we begin the next stage in our company’s development."
[Editor] Which multi- billion- dollar, global infrastructure firm? Click through for the rest of the press release from Kleinfelder. [/Editor]
The residential high-rise Millennium Tower in San Francisco has settled a total of 16 inches since opening, 2 inches deferentially. A spokesman for the tower owner blames the settlement on the excavation next door for the Transbay Transit Center, a $2.4 billion dollar project being constructed 60 feet underground.
However, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (Transbay) hired geotechnical firm Arup in 2010. Their initial report indicated that the tower had already settled 10 inches by the time excavation began for the Transit center. Arup seems to have been tasked with design, installation, and perhaps monitoring of a geotechnical monitoring program, some information on the scope is available in a 2012 presentation given by Arup available on the Transbay website.
This is a really nice video for folks new to the industry who want to learn about drilled shafts. It has some great photos and hits the high points of what the advantages of drilled shafts are, a bit about how they are designed, construction methods and considerations, etc. [Source: Pier Research YouTube Channel via PileBuck Magazine. Image: YouTube]
New Solution Saves Money and Time Preventing Loss of Grain and Equipment Damage
MOUNT AIRY, NC—Soil consolidation and settlement happens. It’s a fact of farm life. Secondary consolidation slowly forces water out of the spaces between soil particles. As this happens, soil particles move close together and settling occurs. Floors drop and become uneven. Newer grain silos and bins are using concrete floors instead of metal, and as secondary consolidation occurs beneath them, depressed or “settled” areas, form within the bin. Grain accumulates in the depressed areas, but cannot be retrieved by the bin sweeper. In fact, the sweeper, a kind of auger that transports grain up from the floor, can become damaged from prolonged exposure to the uneven floor.
This is exactly what Kirk Roberts of CJGeo, a Williamsburg, Virginia-based commercial foundation repair and geotechnical contractor, found when he got the job to repair the foundation of a massive 106-foot diameter grain bin at a poultry processing facility on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. “Once they removed the hundreds of thousands of bushels of grain, we found the floor had dropped some three inches in one section of the bin leaving a large pocket of grain out of reach of the bin sweeper.”
[Editor] Read on for the rest of this press release from GeoPrac sponsor NCFI Polyurethanes. [/Editor]
This is a cool time-lapse video of a DeWind one-pass trencher installing 350 linear feet of 25' foot deep Groundwater Collection (HDPE slotted 4" pipe backfilled to grade with pea stone) in a single pass under the water table in a single pass. Their method and technology did not require any dewatering, shoring, or open excavations. [Source: YouTube via Read more about this interesting technology and company at DeWind's website. Image: YouTube]
Hawthorne, NJ (July 7, 2016): The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) is proud to announce that Hayward Baker is the 2016 Outstanding Project Award (OPA) winner for the design and construction of foundations at the International Market Place in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.
The award will be presented at the DFI International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation (41st Annual Conference) in New York City, October 12-15, 2016.
Opening in August 2016, the International Market Place, a well-known retail, dining and entertainment destination, has undergone a complete revitalization. Hayward Baker was the foundation contractor for the construction of a new 80,000 sq ft Saks Fifth Avenue anchor store, a 7-story parking garage and two 3-story retail structures located on a 6-acre site in a heavily congested area of Waikiki Beach. The company installed 544 micropiles to depths of up to 315 ft to support the structural loads. Difficult site geological conditions and cultural restrictions presented significant challenges for the design and construction of the foundations. The project site was located within the boundaries of an ancestral Hawaiian burial ground that required pre-excavation prior to any installation of below grade improvements. Additionally, two existing historic banyan trees on the site had to remain in place and not be trimmed for equipment access.
[Editor] Click through for the rest of the DFI Press Release. I’m proud to say that Hayward Baker is one of the sponsors of GeoPrac! Congrats to them on the award! [/Editor]
This will be a high-level and engaging Short Course for Engineering and Geotechnical professionals that will cover recent advances in instrumentation and monitoring technology. Information and case studies will be presented from the following industries: civil, mining, transportation, water quality, and oil and gas. A cross section of industry leading experts will be presenting on exciting topics within our field. A question and answer panel discussion will complete the day, followed by libations.
The Short Course Fee is $95. Space is limited, so please register as soon as you can.
In-Situ, the makers of a variety of pressure transducers, piezometers, and other water monitoring equipment, have released a new sales and rental catalog. Some times it can be frustrating to have to wait for a sales person to get back to you with a quote, so I appreciate that they have put prices for sales and rentals in the catalog, it makes life much easier. I know the hydrogeologists in our office use their products extensively, and if you need to monitor groundwater in your geotechnical boreholes, or groundwater quality is an issue, you should definitely check out their products. [Source: Go Download the Catalog from In-Situ. Image: In-Situ]
TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that features research from National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 467: Visualization of Geotechnical Data for Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Response. This webinar will discuss the report, which provides an overview of the visualization tools and techniques used for mitigating geotechnical hazards and responding to geotechnical disasters. The webinar will also provide examples of the technology available to practitioners.rnrnParticipants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor or non-TRB Sustaining Affiliate employees. A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual. The webinar presenter is Hollie Ellis with Shannon and Wilson, Inc. and it is moderated by Ty Ortiz, Colorado Department of Transportation.rn [Source: Read more and Register by visiting the Transportation Research Board. Image: TRB]
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