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  • Deadly April 2024 Taiwan Earthquake
    Geologic Hazards
    An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 hit the island of Taiwan at 8am local time on April 3, 2024. At least 9 people were killed and 900 injured in early numbers, with some people still listed [...]
  • Charles Darwin - What's his connection to geotechnical engineering?
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    Everyone knows the name Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution by natural selection. But did you know he has a connection to the roots of geotechnical engineering? Charles Darwin had some talented children, among [...]
  • ADSC Foundation Drilling Magazine February-March 2024 - Women in Construction
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    The February/March issue of ADSC’s Foundation Drilling Magazine is a special edition focusing on women in construction. You NEED to read this magazine. There is a great article from ADSC’s executive director, Peggy Hagerty Duffy, [...]
  • Software Updates
    In the latest 2024 edition of the GEO5 geotechnical software suite, users can expect an array of enhancements designed to improve functionality, efficiency, and user experience. This package continues to be perhaps the most comprehensive [...]
  • Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual, 5th Edition
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    Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual 5th Edition

    Congratulations to my WSP colleagues in Canada for their role in the preparation of the latest version of the Canadian Foundation Engineering Manual. The 5th Edition was published in October of 2023. It is certainly [...]
  • Miscellaneous

    Foundations of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center

    The Twin Towers are known to the world for their tragic end on September 11, 2001. However geotechnical engineers also know that the foundation design and construction for these landmark structures was particularly complex and [...]
  • Subway penetration by drill rig in Istanbul, Turkey

    Foundation Rig Drills Into Subway Line in Turkey

    The video below from X user @githii shows a startling sight: what appears to be a foundation drill rig punched right through the crown of a subway tunnel in Istanbul, Turkey several days ago. Reportedly [...]
  • Jim K. Mitchell (1930-2023)
    In Memoriam

    In Memoriam: Jim Mitchell (1930-2023)

    We celebrate the life and mourn the passing of a geotechnical legend, Jim Mitchell, who died peacefully in his home in Massachusetts on December 17, 2023, at the age of 93. It is virtually impossible [...]
  • Software Updates

    Video: Rocscience’s Year in Review

    Rocscience had a busy 2023, with a new program RocSlope, and a plethora of new features for their other products. Check out this video summary that also includes a few teasers about 2024!
  • Failures

    Himalayan Highway Tunnel Collapses, Trapping 40

    The collapse of a Himalayan highway tunnel in Uttarakhand, India, trapped 40 workers, sparking a challenging rescue operation. The incident occurred on November 12, 2023, and the workers are reported to be in good health, [...]

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    Advanced Geotechnical Methods in Exploration (A-GaME) Webinars

    The FHWA’s Advanced Geotechnical Methods in Exploration (A-GaME) series of webinars is part of their Every Day Counts Initiative. For the past year and a half or so, they have been organizing these excellent webinars [...]
  • Screenshot of debris flow game MurGame by WSL
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    Debris Flow Game and New Design Manual

    Debris flows are a significant geologic hazard that affect communities around the world. Their destructive potential has been evident in North America in recent years, but the Swiss have been at the forefront of debris [...]
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    DFI Rumble: Foundation Designer vs. Foundation Installer

    The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) has a new video / podcast series called DFI’s Rumble where they pit two representatives from the foundation industry who are typically on the oposite side of a project contract [...]
  • Keller staffing changes June 2022

    Keller announces recent staffing changes in North America

    Hanover, MD, June 16, 2022 — Keller announces new branch and area managers in North America. Ray Franz was promoted to Area Manager of Northern California. With over 30 years of experience in geotechnical consulting and specialty [...]
  • Commercial plaza in Rybnik founded on DSM Columns
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    Deep Soil Mixing in Poland

    The March/April issue of Deep Foundation Magazine has an interesting article on deep soil mixing in Poland. The article is by Michał Topolnicki of Keller Polska, and is based on his keynote lecture presented at [...]
  • RSLog Web-Based Borehole Log Management

    RSLog, A New Cloud-Based Borehole Software

    Geotechnical software company Rocscience announced the launch of a new cloud-based borehole data management software called RSLog. This web application can process geotechnical field and lab data, and run engineering analyses online. Some of the [...]
  • Comings and Goings

    WSP Acquires Wood E&I Business

    WSP has entered into an agreement to acquire the Environment & Infrastructure business (“E&I”) of John Wood Group plc. (Wood). The Wood E&I group consists of approximately 6,000 experts in 10 countries, that originated from [...]