I came across this interesting product for structural/geotechnical monitoring of cracks in 3 dimensions. Most crack monitors are designed for monitoring in 2 dimensions, this one can measure movement out of the plane of monitoring. I like that the markings are laser-etched so the simple device should last for a long time. Price is $40/each from Quality Plus Engineering, LLC.
Amazing video of a rockslide as it happened yesterday along U.S. Highway 64 in the Ocoee River gorge in Tennessee. TDOT crews had almost finished removing rockslide debris from an event earlier in the day when a second slide occurred, blocking the road again. That looks like a pretty planar joint set dipping right into the roadway and everything was wet from the recent rains. Click through for the video.
Thank you to my old colleague at URS Corporation, Andy Messer for sending me a link to these videos. The are from an Austrian company, Trumer Schutzbauten, that provides products and research related to rockfall fences. The first video is presumably to show the hazards of camping next to hazardous rock slopes…good fun! Click through for the videos.