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)
(Irvine, CA – December 29, 2010) As Digital Map Products (DMP) concludes its 10th year, CEO Jim Skurzynski predicts 2011 will be the year spatial technology goes mainstream. DMP, a leading provider of software-as-a-service spatial technology solutions, is experiencing record sales as mapping and cloud computing converge. Skurzynski expects the melding of these two powerful technologies to continue and for additional markets to open up as more sectors continue to discover uses for advanced spatial display and analysis.
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Last month there were several updates to standards involving texting the flexural strength of concrete as well as updates to some masonry and dimension stone standards. ASTM D6926 – Standard Practice for Preparation of Bituminous Specimens Using Marshall Apparatus has been updated, so if you are involved in asphalt pavement testing, make sure you go and find out what the changes are. There are also a whole slew of groundwater and site investigation standards that were reapproved.