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Rockman's Ramblings

Landslide Video But Not What You Think

There is nothing funny about landslides, particularly when you consider the tremendous loss of life that happens all the time around the world, most recently in Taiwan, China, Sierra Leone and elsewhere. But the well known humor site, the Onion has taken a pretty good crack at this usually unfunny subject in their video “news” clip Reporter In Helicopter Pretty Sure Landslide Down There Somewhere. Its a very amusing video that’s really about journalists and their attempts to get the scoop about a story, not really about landslides at all. Click through for the embedded video. Happy weekend. […]


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Press Releases

Moore New CEO of ADSC After Litke Retires

Michael D. Moore will be the new CEO of the International Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors or ADSC as S. Scot Litke “retires” as Executive Director. More info from Dan Brown and Associates or directly […]


gINT Software, Inc.
Press Releases

GEO5 Geotechnical Software Now in Pay-Per-Use Modules on Cetrus.com

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On-Demand Geotechnical Analysis Applications Quickly Solve Problems, Control Costs

Cetrus is now offering an on-demand, metered-usage version of the popular GEO5 geotechnical analysis software suite by FINE Software to users in North America.  Cetrus (www.cetrus.com) specializes in hosting licensing for on-demand versions of myriad software applications. Global access to the service is available via the Internet, and the software runs locally on an individual’s computer. [Editor] Read on for the rest of the press release. [/Editor]

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Water infrastructure tunnel - Copyright Black and Veatch
Press Releases

Black & Veatch to design Chicago’s McCook Reservoir tunnel connection for USACE

Water infrastructure tunnel - Copyright Black and Veatch

Kansas City, Mo. (Aug. 5, 2009) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has selected Black & Veatch as the design engineer for the McCook Reservoir Main Tunnel. The new tunnel will connect the future McCook Reservoir to Chicago’s Deep Tunnel system, which is aimed at improving water quality in area rivers and Lake Michigan and reducing flood risk for the city of Chicago and suburban communities. [Editor] Read on for the rest of the press release. Photo copyright Black and Veatch[/Editor] […]


Cannon Place office building in London
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Innovative Foundation System for London Office Building

Cannon Place office building in London This has to be one of the most complex geotechnical engineering problems I’ve heard of for a building, if not for any kind of project. For starters, beneath the proposed 10-story office building referred to as Cannon Place lies the Cannon Street Train Station built in 1868. Also beneath the site are walls and foundations of a Roman Governor’s palace. In order to accommodate these features, the building has 21-m cantilevers at each end, with the load bearing happening over two groupings of columns at the 1/3 points. In section it looks quite like a 3-span bridge…without the abutments and stacked 10-stories tall! More after the break. (Images by New Civil Engineer) […]