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Rains, exceeding all historical records since 1976, have caused massive landslides last week in the outskirts of Hiroshima, urging the evacuation of residential areas and rising the death toll to 50 people so far, with many more reported missing. About 600 emergency personnel were already in the area, however forecasts of more rain made rescue efforts even more difficult. The video below shows the extent of the damage. 

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An enormous crack emerged between the Costa de Hermosillo and the coast, in Sonora, northwest Mexico, baffling the locals and initiating geological investigations to explain what caused the fissure. A drone, which flew over the area, captured the spectacular fissure measuring eight meters in depth and approximately 1 kilometer in length in a video which can be viewed below!

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For more than 20 years, Pile Dynamics' instruments, the Pile Integrity Tester (PIT), offers an ideal means of ensuring that piles and/or shafts are free of cracks and voids before construction of the superstructure. PIT may be used on most deep foundation systems, including concrete and wood foundations, as well as on piles supporting bridges or towers, also assessing their length. It performs wave equation-based non-destructive foundation investigations known as Low Strain Impact Integrity Tests or Low Strain Dynamic Tests.

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Monday, 25 August 2014 09:28

Hayward Baker receives PCI Plant Certification Featured

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North America's leader in geotechnical construction, Hayward Baker, recently announced that the New England office in the Providence Metro area received the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute's (PCI) Plant Certification Program. PCI certification program started in 1967 and it is awarded to facilities demonstrating production of quality precast and prestressed concrete products. Up to this day it includes over 280 certified plants.

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Vertek CPT, a Geoengineer.org Corporate Sponsor, published the following glossary of terms for those who want to learn more about the Cone Penetration Testing Technology.

This brief glossary contains some of the most frequently used terms related to CPT/CPTU. These are presented in alphabetical order.

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Keynetix has recently developed a new Geotechnical module, which is incorporated into AutoCAD Civil 3D, providing more flexibility to the user. Learn more on this new feature and the future work currently in progress!

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Thursday, 07 August 2014 11:10

AutoTriax 2: New product launched from Controls Inc. Featured

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Controls Inc. has recently announced the launch of AUTOTRIAX 2; an advanced triaxial testing system, able to perform up to 6 independent tests, from start to finish, without any human intervention! Learn more on the features and capabilities of this unique automatic triaxial system below!

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Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:43

Measurand's SAA equipment used in slope stability monitoring Featured

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An active 0.5 Mm3 coastal rockslide affecting the Gascons region of the Gaspe Peninsula was threatening a local railroad which traverses the region. Due to the economic importance of this site, a Measurand monitoring system was put in place, in order to better understand the developing types of movement and set warning criteria as well as risk assessment scenarios as part of the risk management plan for the site. Read more on the details of the monitoring system below!

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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:01

What is a CPT DataPack? Featured

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Even though the average Cone Penetration Testing Rig is a fairly complex machine, it cannot do its job without a data acquisition and analysis package (DAS), or DataPack, which allows you to properly measure and document soil information gathered from digital CPT cones and other sensors. Learn about Vertek's package and its unique features, including the automated data collection, by reading the article below!

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The Second International Conference on Information Technology in Geo-Engineering took place this July and attendees from as far away as United States, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Japan and elsewhere arrived in Durham University to learn about the latest news on the application of information technology in the field of geotechnical engineering. Keynetix participated in the conference with a trade stand at the event, as well as with two submitted papers, which were well received by the audience!

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