- California’s Hudson Ranch geothermal gets financing – Source: Imperial Valley Press Online via ASCE SmartBrief
This proposed 49-MW plant will be located near the Salton Sea and Niland and will produce enough electricity to supply 35,000 individuals. The power will be purchased by Salt River Project for supplying electricity to Phoenix, AZ.
- URS to study alternatives for new Panama Canal vehicular crossing – Source: CE News
- Bridge-in-a-Backpack Tech ‘Blows Up’ Next-Gen Bridges – Source: ENR: Engineering News Record
- Series of Rock-Bursts Throws Peruvian Tunnel Job Offtrack – Source: ENR: Engineering News Record
This is the Los Olmos water supply tunnel project, a 20-km tunnel that will go as deep as 6,800-ft below the surface.
- DIGGS v1.1 Released (geotechnical and geoenvironmental data interchange framework based on XML and GML) – Source: DIGGSML.com
‘We are pleased to announce the release of DIGGS v1.1. This release includes a number of significant schema changes. The net result is a schema that is more robust and easier to use, far less complex in organization and file size, loads and validates much quicker, and is compliant with GML 3.2 standards.’
- South approach of Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct contract goes to Skansa USA for $114 million – Source: SeattlePI.com
This is the above ground portion on the south that will connect with the $1.9 billion bored tunnel and ultimately replace the aging roadway which has been determined to be unsafe in the event of a major earthquake. The project will include temporary ramps to connect to the existing viaduct until the tunnel is completed.
- Nyiragongo volcano landslide: 54 ‘dead’ in DR Congo – Source: BBC News
- Landslide repairs on I-70 complete – Source: Denver Business Journal
This is the landslide from back in March that dropped some 10-ft boulders into the westbound lanes of I-70 and punched a hole in the bridge.
- Contaminants in Groundwater Used for Public Supply – Source: USGS Release
More than 20 percent of untreated water samples from 932 public wells across the nation contained at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.