At Birling Gap in Sussex, U.K., white chalk cliffs are perpetually eroding as a result of the frosts and months of heavy rain and high waves. Watch the occurrence of a significant collapse event, on March 4th, in the following video!
The ADSC - International Association of Foundation Drilling has recently elected directors and officers, presented scholarships as well as a variety of awards to member companies and individuals who have made a major contribution to the advancement of the drilled foundation industry.
The associations most coveted annual awards are the Loadtest Quality in Drilled Shaft Construction, the ADSC Quality Contractor Award, in acknowledgement of the overall company performance as it relates to quality construction, as well as the Associate Member of the Year, presented to a manufacturer and/or supplier of equipment, materials, or services. Also, the ADSC Contractor of the Year, is ADSC's top award, and it is presented to an individual of a contractor member company that embodies the very best in all categories of performance.
To view the association's press release including this year's award recipients click here!
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering held in Chicago, April 29 - May 4, 2013 are now available to order.
The proceedings contain two special sessions:
(i) Symposium in Honor of Clyde N. Baker
(ii) Special Session to Honor Legacy of Ralph B. Peck
and contain 315 papers from 58 countries, 11 State of the Art, 38 invited and 266 contributed papers from 49 countries.
The proceedings set includes a CD-ROM and abstract volume. Click here, to view the list of papers!
You may place your order for this and previous conference proceedings at http://7icchge.mst.edu/proceedings/
Over the last 18 months Peter Keeton has been heading up a team at Keynetix to write British Standard and ASTM Standard compliant test definitions, laboratory worksheets and reports for KeyLAB. This work has now been included free of charge with the latest installer of KeyLAB and enables new users of the software to be operational much quicker than ever before.
Italy's minister of culture called emergency meeting with archaeological experts, demanding explanations as heavy rains are causing collapses in the ancient city of Pompeii. At the same time, Italy is approving funding of up to €2m for maintenance works, citing the situation as an "utmost urgency".
It is often said a picture paints a 1,000 words and with today's technology, visualisation is being used more and more to portray and present complex information. This is one of the major reasons why Keynetix chose to stop development on KeyHole and move to the AutoCAD Civil 3D platform with the HoleBASE SI extension, this environment opens up as many opportunities.
Over the last three years Keynetix have redeveloped their software products to appeal to an international audience whilst increasing their visibility and sales outside of the UK. This strategy is working well and enquiries and interest are at an all-time high resulting in sales outside of the UK increasing by 300% over the last three years. This transformation was recognised by the UKTI when Keynetix reached the final of the UKTI Global Growth Awards in 2012.
Over the course of the past several years GRL Engineers, Inc. (GRL) has introduced a series of six "APPLE" drop hammers. The devices are used in dynamic load testing of any type of deep foundation (ASTM D4945 Standard Test Method for High-Strain Dynamic Testing of Piles), in cases when a pile driving hammer or another suitable drop weight is not readily available at a job site. GRL has now added two more APPLES to the lineup. The APPLE VII is designed specifically to test helical piles. The APPLE VIII is a modular system with a maximum ram weight of 80 tons. That is double the maximum weight of the APPLE IV, previously the largest of GRL's drop hammers. With this addition, the APPLE devices now cover a large range of test loads, up to 8000 tons under ideal conditions.
Consequences of the recent Colby fire in Southern California now become apparent, as storms along the entire length of California trigger dangerous mudslides and threaten many foothill communities.
GeoCongress 2014 has come to an end. This year's theme was "Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability". The team of Geoengineer.org was there the whole time, as an exhibitor and co-operating organization of ASCE's Geo-Institute. We were at the exhibit hall as well as lectures and technical sections, managing a live coverage through the Geo-Congress Live Coverage hub: geocongress2014.geoengineer.org. The Live Coverage hub was especially designed for the event and was constantly updated with posts, technical content, photos, videos and comments from the exhibition hall and technical sessions until the end of the event on the 26th of February!