The comic book superhero GeoGirl fights to protect the public from geohazard villains such as Dick Clay and Lance Lied! These entertaining geotechnical comic books are developed by San Francisco Bay Area geotechnical engineering firm Murray Engineers Inc. in collaboration with a local artist, Amelia Pendleton. Murray Engineers staff were kind enough to send me Issue 1 as well as the recently release Issue 2! Initially, I assumed they would be PDFs, but what a great surprise to find out that they actually mailed me both issues of a glossy, old-school comic book! The stories are entertaining, and the illustrations are fabulous! My kids even picked them up and read them. This is such a neat way to explain geotechnical engineering to people, particularly kids!
These are some really fantastic photos of the Devil’s Slide tunnel construction. For those who aren’t familiar, the tunnels will be bypassing a particularly landslide and rockslide-prone portion of the California Coast that is currently […]
A 20 to 30-ft high retaining wall in a subdivision in San Antonio Texas failed on Sunday causing an evacuation of 80 homes. After an initial inspection, some 55 home-owners were allowed to return. The massive tension cracks that opened along the wall and behind it were 12-15-ft deep and 6-8-ft wide. Reportedly, the wall had problems even before the subdivision was even constructed. More after the break. (Photo by Jerry Lara – San Antonio Express-News)