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!
China has been getting pounded recently by heavy rains and flooding. Here are a few stories I’ve come across in this department. Three Gorges Dam flooding turns deadly; dozens missing in China – Source: CSMonitor.com […]
The Mt. Soledad Landslide in a La Jolla California neighborhood destroyed 3 houses and damaged others and it also shut down Mt. Soledad Road for an entire year after it occurred in October of 2007. Residents blamed the city of San Diego, and 65 homeowners filed suit, claiming that leaking pipes caused the landslide and the City should cover damages.
Last week, a superior court judge ruled in favor of the City of San Diego. So far I have not seen anything indicating if the residents plan to appeal the ruling.
One interesting note regarding the trial, the City released an 8-minute cell phone video taken by a geotechnical engineer or drilling contractor employed by the City that showed the road cracking and buckling just prior to failure. The homeowners used the video to try to make their own case. Click through for a portion of the video and a link to the full one.