As part of an ongoing ADSC research project on axial capacity of drilled shaft rock sockets in the Southeastern US, several test shafts were constructed this past week and the load test portion will commence later in August. Dan Brown and Associates are hosting a contest to predict the results of the O-Cell testing. Feeling lucky? Go read more about the project and the contest. Photos and other info should be posted this week to help with the predictions that are due by COB August 12. [Source: Dan Brown and Associates, PC]
An excavator mounted drill rig drilling shafts as part of a project to pass utilities under I-35 near 51st Street toppled over while trying to move in soft, rain soaked soil. The Austin Fire Department was able to extract the operator from the cab and he was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, a minor miracle. I’m not sure what the purpose of the drilled shafts were for. Since the project was for some kind of utility pipe jacking under the freeway, I’m speculating it was drilling holes for temporary shoring for the jacking pit or something along those lines. I’m sure OSHA will be looking into the incident. Video news story after the break. (Photo from Austin KXAN.com).