Geotechnical engineering firm, S&ME, was awarded a 2019 Grand Conceptor award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for their Surcharge Program at the new Novo Nordisk Diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (DAPI) Project in Clayton, North Carolina. The original foundation design concept at the $2 billion (USD) facility included a combination of deep foundation elements and ground improvement. S&ME evaluated the previous geotechnical design and provided a new field and laboratory investigation program to design the surcharging program, which included an instrumented monitoring program. The program resulted in the elimination of 4,600 piles, saving the project over $14 million in construction costs.
The American Society of Civil Engineers announced their 2011 class of Distinguished Members back in October. This year’s class included three members of the Geo-Institute: Jacobo Bielak, Chandrakant S. Desai and Shamsher Prakash (pictured below). The ASCE Youtube channel has short biography video on each member, and you can watch the videos for these three gentlemen embedded in the full post. Their acceptance remarks are also online somehwere, but I can’t find the videos to embed. You can watch those videos here. Written biographies are also available on the Geo-Institute’s website.
ALPHARETTA, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In response to a Jan. 28th lawsuit filed by the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) in connection with the Indian River Inlet Bridge (IRIB) replacement project against bridge design firm Figg Bridge Engineers, Inc. (Figg), MACTEC, a sub-consultant to Figg, denies the allegations in the lawsuit and cites DelDOT’s actions, project management, and decision-making as the factors that led to increased costs for the bridge. MACTEC is confident that a truly objective, fact-based review of the chronology of events, DelDOT’s responsibilities, and DelDOT’s decisions, including withholding of key information from Figg and MACTEC with the approval from the highest level in DelDOT, will result in dismissal of the complaint.
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