I’ll be brief since I have already mentioned this in a previous post and in the July GeoPrac newsletter. But today was the 40th Anniversary of the first time humans set foot on the moon. I’m embarrassed to say, but I mistakenly noted this historic anniversary as the 20th instead of the 40th anniversary in both of the above links. I’m surprised nobody called me on this, but I guess you ridiculed me in private. If you haven’t already, check out the wonderful article by Ed Nowatzki on the geotechnical engineering aspects of the lunar lander…fascinating reading, even for non-geotech types.
London, United Kingdom (18 May 2011) – AMEC, the international engineering and project management company, announces today that it has agreed to buy MACTEC, a leading US engineering and environmental services company, from its private equity and other individual shareholders for a cash consideration of US$280 million. Completion is subject to regulatory approval and is expected by the end of June 2011. [Editor] Click through for the rest of the press release from AMEC. [/Editor]
The FHWA has recently updated its geotechnical engineering site related to their annual State Geotechnical Workshops. All regions with the exception of the Southwest have their Workships this September and October. The next Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference will be in April of 2008. The 2007 SGEC was on April 23 – 27, 2007 in Overland Park, Kansas. They have posted PDF versions of the presentations at the conference on their FTP site. Read on for the dates of the upcoming workshops, as well as a link to the FHWA site and the presentation downloads.
Most geotechs are familiar with the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (JGGE), one of the (if not the) premier journal in the industry. It’s published by the ASCE’s Geo-Institute (G-I) and accounts for about 20% of the revenue of the G-I organization.
The G-I’s President, Dr. Jean-Louis Briaud, convened a task force in early 2009 to investigate if the JGGE is “adequately serving as a venue for practice oriented papers.” According to the final report from the Proposed "Journal of Geotechnical Engineering Practice" Task Force, the reason for the task force is that: