Press Releases

ADSC Joins with FHWA to Conduct Hollow Core Soil Nail Research

The ADSC [Editor] (Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors) [/Editor] will join the FHWA as co-sponsors of a research project to develop a database of the available grout-to-ground bond stress of Hollow Core Anchors (HCAs) and to determine if correlations exist with traditional solid bar, drill and grout soil nails. The FHWA and the ADSC are interested in documenting the performance of HCAs in soil nail wall type construction and identifying methods of quality assurance so that HCAs can be specified with confidence in appropriate applications, both temporary and permanent. [Editor] Photo of hollow core nail installation underneath an existing bridge abutment, courtesy of NCS Consultants, LLC. Read on for the rest of the release. [/Editor]

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Available Resources

Geomorphology from Space

Geomorphology from Space is an out of print 1986 NASA publication edited by Nicholas M. Short, Sr. and Robert W. Blair, Jr. designed for use by the remote sensing science and educational communities to study landforms and landscapes. The entire book, including 237 plates of landforms, photographs, locator maps and some geologic maps has been reproduced on the NASA Website. [more…]

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Miscellaneous

Tensar Plans Initial Public Offering

Tensar Corp., makers of geosynthetic products for the construction industry, including geotextiles, geogrid, and geocomposite drains, has filed the paperwork with the SEC for an initial public offering (IPO) of common stock that could have an offering price of over $200 million. [more…]

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Rockman's Ramblings

Server Problems

Last thursday-friday was not a very good one for me. Sometime between 10 and 11:30am on thursday, the server hosting GeoPrac and a number of my other websites and those of my clients went down. I was on my way up to Phoenix for meetings, so I didn’t know about it until I got a call from my office that the email was down at about 4pm.

I got online and couldn’t bring up the website of my hosting company. I did a blog/bulletin board search to try and find out what was going on since I figured there were a bunch of other people effected by this as well. The first page I found just had posts from other people like me, trying to figure out what was going on. But there was a link to another thread, and I knew i was in trouble when I saw that it was page 1 of 24! [more…]

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Figure 1 This cut slope in massive, unfractuired conglomerate was smooth blasted. Treatment consisted of only drill trace removal on the main slope, but ledges were cut in natural boulder lenses at the cut end where similar features are in the adjoining natural terrain.
Miscellaneous

FHWA State Geotechnical Workshops

The FHWA has recently updated its geotechnical engineering site related to their annual State Geotechnical Workshops. All regions with the exception of the Southwest have their Workships this September and October. The next Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference will be in April of 2008. The 2007 SGEC was on April 23 – 27, 2007 in Overland Park, Kansas. They have posted PDF versions of the presentations at the conference on their FTP site. Read on for the dates of the upcoming workshops, as well as a link to the FHWA site and the presentation downloads.

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Press Releases

New Costs for New Orleans 100-Year Hurrican Protection

Corps Releases New Risk Maps for the New Orleans Area;
Powell Releases New Costs for 100-Year Hurricane Protection

Administration to work with Congress for additional drainage measures beyond 100-year commitment

NEW ORLEANS (August 22, 2007) – Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding Donald E. Powell and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Director of Civil Works Maj. General Don T. Riley today detailed the improved hurricane protection that will be provided to New Orleans area residents once the city’s levees are built to the 100-year level. In addition, Powell announced $6.3 billion of further funding needed for improved protection for the New Orleans area and the Administration’s plan to secure necessary funds to complete the work by 2011.

[Editor] Photo by greenmannowar [/Editor]

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Press Releases

Panama Canal Awards Expansion Program Manager Contract to CH2M HILL

LEADING FULL-SERVICE GLOBAL FIRM WILL ASSIST ACP IN MANAGING EXPANSION PROGRAM


Photo copyright Panama Canal Authority

PANAMA CITY, Panama, August 17, 2007 – After a thorough evaluation of the received proposals, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) awarded the Program Manager contract to CH2M Hill last Wednesday. The leading full-service global firm and number one program management firm in the United States will assist the ACP in the management of numerous contracts including those for design and construction of the two post-Panamax lock structures under its Expansion Program.

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Miscellaneous

Engineering Geology in World War 1

People (including myself) tend to forget the origins of the term "Land Mine". Mines in medieval times referred to excavations for the purpose of undermining an enemy’s fortifications. In World War 1, before the age of aerial bombardment and cruise missiles, underground mines were used to plant explosives under enemy lines. In addition to British, German and American sappers that performed these tasks, the Australians had a contingent of miners and geologists who were involved in the Western Front of the War in France and Belgium and were responsible for what was then the largest man-made explosion in history. I hope you enjoy this interesting article. Thanks to Geology.com for the link.

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