Schnabel Engineering has opened a new office in the Pacific Northwest to service their dam engineering clients. Two dam engineers from their Greensboro, N.C. office relocated there to get it established. They have been working for utility clients in Alaska, Seattle, and around the Pacific Northwest, so establishing a lasting presence there made sense.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Seattle’s "Sound Transit" board members have approved an additional $1 Million in funds for "unanticipated" geotechnical engineering related to the Beacon Hill light-rail tunnel. The project geotechnical firm is Shannon […]
In keeping with our theme of rising costs on tunnel projects, the Brightwater sewage-treatment plant and treated waste pipeline project in King County Washington (Seattle area) is now up to at least $1.84 billion according to the lead consultant on the project. The treated waste pipeline is 13 to 14-miles long and at depths of 40 to 440-ft! It is being constructed nearly entirely by TBM. One source of delay was due to a tunneling subcontractor not being able to get parts (ball bearings?) because they were all being requisitioned by the US War Department for use in military equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan. Click through for information sources and links.