The drilled shaft foundations for the kcICON bridge over the Missouri River have been completed according to Dan Brown and Associates, LLC, the geotechnical engineers on the job. The 1700-ft long bridge conveys the I-29/35 over the River with the central spans being cable-stayed and supported by a single pylon in the river. The foundations for the central pylon consist of 8 10.5-ft diameter shafts socketed into bedrock. The land-based bents are supported on 6.5 to 8-ft diameter shafts and the abutments are on driven piles. Some of the drilled shafts were post-grouted as well. The project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2011. Find much more about the project at the DBA website. (Photo by Dan Brown and Associates)
Sports fans are eagerly awaiting the matchup between the Pittsburgh Steeler’s and the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV (That’s 45 for the roman numeral challenged). The venue for the Super Bowl is the new Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington and it is certainly a show piece and engineering marvel worthy of this world class sporting event. And it required some very interesting geotechnical engineering design as well… (Photo: NFLTouchdown.com)
Hawthorne, NJ (May 28, 2014): DFI announces the formation of a new, 16th technical committee focusing on site investigation for deep foundation design and construction.
The Subsurface Characterization for Deep Foundations Committee was formed to increase awareness of the importance of complete and competent site investigation in deep foundation practices. The specific goals of the committee will be defined by the committee members, however, initially the committee will discuss and define subsurface characterization needs from the point of view of the entire geotechnical/foundation industry. This will facilitate getting correct and comprehensive information to the end users (designers and contractors) and minimize change condition issues/debates. The committee will liaise with associated committees from other organizations and agencies to broaden the discussion within the engineering community. The objective is to find the common ground that allows the entire geotechnical industry and all project participants to minimize disagreement during construction, align expectations, and improve communication and understanding among related parties.
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