On Friday October 17th, 25 years have passed from the devastating - magnitude 6.9 - Loma Prieta earthquake. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the earthquake, which killed 63 people and left thousands homeless, events were organized across the Bay Area.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that it has named Artur Krawczyk, Ph.D., lecturer at AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland, as the 2014 Educator of the Year. The award recognizes a member of the academic community who has an outstanding record of achievement and is committed to inspiring students to pursue careers in the infrastructure professions.
Three Slovakian hikers claim to have found an unexplored cave, while walking in the forest close to the village of Borka in Slovakia. One of them, photographer Robert Nemeti took pictures from inside the cave, which are presented in the photo gallery below!
This week marks a milestone in the Elizabeth River Tunnel project in Virginia. The project is one of the largest infrastructure projects occurring in the U.S. right now. It will place a two lane tunnel next to an existing tunnel connecting Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia and thus double the tunnels capacity and reduce commute times. SKW Contractors team, a joint venture between Skanska, Kiewit, and Weeks Marine, are overseeing the public-private partnership project and are responsible for submersing eleven 16,000-ton hollow concrete elements into a special trench at the bottom of the Elizabeth River.
The Transbay Transit Center, a $4.5 billion project in the Bay area, involves transportation and housing that creates a "Grand Central Station of the West". Once completed, the new hub will connect eight Bay Area counties and the State of California through 11 different transit systems. With the excavation, earthwork, and dewatering project for the Transbay Tower already in progress, Nicholson Construction was awarded a contract for the construction of critical foundation elements of the new bus ramp for the Center. Read more on this exciting project!
Geoengineer.org has a 15-year legacy on developing resources to support geotechnical engineering education. Thus, we are very proud to present the 2014 edition of our Geo-Educational Guide that aims to promote awareness of these resources! Read on for more details and follow the link to this special publication.
The Aral Sea, once the fourth largest lake in the world is today rapidly shrinking, as a result of the diversion of the two major rivers feeding it, back in the '60s. The effects of the Aral Sea desiccation are widely felt in the local population and the ecosystem, transforming the area in the borders between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan into a vast toxic desert. Watch the video below with NASA's satellite pictures of the area, showing the water level changes over the years!
Nicholson Construction was recently awarded a contract for the soil nail wall of the Stage 2 Slope Construction at McCook Reservoir in Willow Springs Illinois. The United States Army Corps of Engineers owned project involves the installation of a grout curtain around the reservoir's perimeter and previous soil nail wall work. Nicholson Construction has already performed extensive work on the Stage 2 Grout Curtain project.
A potentially illegal gold mine collapsed in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province, killing at least 18 people. Locals in the area cannot securely estimate how many people were trapped underground and reportedly up to 500 workers were on the site on Saturday, the day of the collapse.
A special report by BBC describes the territorial fight in the South China Sea between the neighboring countries of China, Vietnam and Philippines. The latest move from China's part is the creation of artificial islands upon submerged reefs in an attempt to claim more islands. Offshore construction works are in progress and captured by a video, while in the meantime Philippines are colonizing reefs with civilians trying to face the Chinese challenge.