Geotechnical monitoring specialists, GroundProbe, have recently celebrated the relocation of their facilities and Geotechnical Support Service (GSS) center in Balikpapan, Indonesia. The center, which originally opened in 2012, provides 24/7 remote monitoring of radar and lidar devices for mining clients around the world. The center has grown to house over 60 geotechnical engineers, one-third of them being women. This represents about half of GroundProbe’s global GSS team. The other monitoring centers are located in Santiago, Chile, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Check out more info from International Mining, or GroundProbe directly.
The residential high-rise Millennium Tower in San Francisco has settled a total of 16 inches since opening, 2 inches deferentially. A spokesman for the tower owner blames the settlement on the excavation next door for the Transbay Transit Center, a $2.4 billion dollar project being constructed 60 feet underground.
However, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (Transbay) hired geotechnical firm Arup in 2010. Their initial report indicated that the tower had already settled 10 inches by the time excavation began for the Transit center. Arup seems to have been tasked with design, installation, and perhaps monitoring of a geotechnical monitoring program, some information on the scope is available in a 2012 presentation given by Arup available on the Transbay website.
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