The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released an Interim Policy that requires any rebuilding after an emergency to comply with a number of consensus-based codes and standards as a prerequisite for receiving emergency funds. […]
ASCE/SEI’s 7-16 publication, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, was published last year and contains some new seismic design standards. According to an analysis by one group of industry professionals […]
The 645-foot tall Millennium Tower in San Francisco settled an incredible 16 inches, and tilted at least 2 inches to the northwest. Recently the City and County Department of Building Inspection (DBI) issued interim guidelines […]
The Louisiana Transportation Research Center has released a report that presents the reliability-based analyses for the calibration of the resistance factor for load and resistance factor design of axially loaded drilled shafts. Here is the […]
FEMA has recently released a new document titled “Summary of Existing Guidelines for Hydrologic Safety of Dams”. I was pleased to hear about this report from one of it’s co-authors, Amanda Hess of Gannett Fleming. […]
I’ve collected a list of new, updated and otherwise updated ASTM standards that pertain to geotechnical engineering, construction and materials testing and laboratory testing of soil, rock, geosynthetics and related fields. This month’s updates contains a new standard for measuring hydraulic conductivity of recycled tire-derived aggregate, updates to leak detection standards and more. Click through for the list of updates to ASTM standards you can’t afford to ignore in your practice.