Peacekeeping - MINUSTAH
Geologic Hazards

Haiti Earthquake

Peacekeeping - MINUSTAH The magnitude 7.0 earthquake in the impoverished nation of Haiti has clearly had devastating consequences. I don’t know what I can add in terms of useful information except perhaps to point interested readers to these additional sources of information. This is truly a heart-breaking situation. Click through for the links. (Photo by UNDP Global)


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Weekend CUP

Mega CUP January 13, 2010

Finally getting caught up. Brazil nuclear plants may close as floods kill 66 – France24 Brazil landslides ‘may close nuclear plants’ – BBC News Deforestation of the Amazon is uncovering Geoglyphs – Google Earth Blog […]

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Weekend CUP

Mega CUP – Mid Dec to 2009 Year End

Almost caught up now. Pacifica apartment complex losing ground – Inside Bay Area Getting Ready To Take a Beating | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction Requires ENR login for full article. Low Bid […]

Foundations for the Burj Dubai - The raft slab on top of 192 pile foundations
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Foundations and Geotechnical Engineering for the Burj Dubai – World’s Tallest Building

Foundations for the Burj Dubai - The raft slab on top of 192 pile foundations The Burj Dubai Tower has recently reached it’s final height of 818m (2,684-ft or almost exactly 1/2 a mile!). The foundation system for the Burj Dubai is comprised of 192 bored piles (drilled shafts in my practice) 1.5-m (approximately 5-ft) in diameter and approximately 50-m deep (164-ft). A 3.7-m (12-ft) thick raft foundation sits on top of the piles under the full footprint of the structure. (Image from

The geotechnical investigation for the Burj Dubai (now to be known as Burj Khalifa after the UAE President) is described in detail in a paper by the geotechnical engineer of record, Grahame Bunce of Hyder Consulting (UK) and the independent technical reviewer for the geotechnical design, Harry G. Poulos of Coffey Geotechnics. Click through for the link to the paper and more details. […]