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Corps releases Center Hill Dam Consensus Report

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today released the Center Hill Dam Consensus Report, an external independent peer review that validates the USACE high-risk classification of the dam and the interim risk reduction measures currently in effect.

This is the second peer review report on a high-risk USACE dam, and it provides important input regarding current USACE efforts to investigate, monitor and modify Center Hill Dam. [Editor] (Photo by drainhook) [/Editor]

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Layne Christensen Files Registration Statement for Proposed Offering of Common Stock

MISSION WOODS, Kan., Sep 20, 2007 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) — Layne Christensen Company (Nasdaq:LAYN) today announced that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed underwritten public offering of shares of its common stock with a proposed maximum aggregate offering amount of $172.5 million (including shares that may be issued at the underwriters’ option to cover over-allotments, if any). Layne intends to use the net proceeds from the proposed offering to reduce the outstanding balance on its credit facility and for general corporate purposes, as well as funding for possible acquisitions.

[Editor] Layne Christensen is the parent company of Layne GeoConstruction – a specialty foundation construction company offering services such as jet grouting, drilled micropiles, vibratory ground improvement, and construction drilling, grouting and anchor technologies. They are also the parent company of COLOG Borehole Geophysics, which does nondestructive testing, borehole geophysics and downhole camera logging of boreholes. Click through for the rest of the press release. [/Editor]

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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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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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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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USACE Blasts Time Magazine Article

USACE responds to TIME magazine’s August 13, 2007, cover story, "The Threatening Storm"

WASHINGTON (August 13, 2007) – TIME magazine’s August 13, 2007, cover story, "The Threatening Storm," contains many errors and misrepresentations of facts with respect to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hurricane Katrina, and ongoing efforts to improve hurricane and storm damage reduction for southeast Louisiana.

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Researchers examine carbon capture and storage to combat global warming

While solar power and hybrid cars have become popular symbols of green technology, Stanford researchers are exploring another path for cutting emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas that causes global warming.

Carbon capture and storage, also called carbon sequestration, traps carbon dioxide after it is produced and injects it underground. The gas never enters the atmosphere. The practice could transform heavy carbon spewers, such as coal power plants, into relatively clean machines with regard to global warming. [Image Credit: Statoil]

 

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UW to develop specifications for large ocean observatory off coast of Washington

The University of Washington has been allocated $2.2 million for a planning phase to develop detailed engineering specifications for a cabled underwater research facility to be built off the coast of Washington and Oregon, and associated with the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. The facility will extend continuous high-bandwidth (tens of Gigabits/second) and power (tens of kilowatts) to a network of instruments widely distributed across, above and below the seafloor. (Image by University of Washington)

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Vibro Piersâ„¢ From Hayward Baker: A More Cost-Effective Shallow Foundation System

Hayward Baker, Inc. is providing a more cost-effective foundation system in the form of Vibro Piersâ„¢. Well-suited for light-to-heavy loads on large or small projects, Hayward Baker’s Vibro Piers are quick to install and highly effective at reinforcing the surrounding soils. [Editor: Read on for the rest of the press release]

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