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Monday, 01 September 2014 12:07

Fluorescence detection technology in Cone Penetration Testing Featured

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CPT technology may have additional advantages and capabilities to offer, when combined with the fluorescence detection method! Find out how Vertek is already combining these two technologies and the resulting advantages! 

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Monday, 01 September 2014 11:43

New Canadian division for Gregg Drilling! Featured

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Gregg Drilling is pleased to announce its new Canadian division: Gregg Drilling & Testing Canada Ltd. (Gregg Canada). Gregg Canada already has a corporate office based in Calgary, AB and a field office in Fort McMurray, serving the oil sands industry.

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Monday, 01 September 2014 07:04

Turmoil in Sweden & Denmark due to flash floods

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 Flash floods in Sweden and Denmark have mainly caused traffic problems, trapping cars and regional buses under water and threatening drivers' lives. Electricity was cut in Swedish residential areas, while police and emergency services remained alert throughout the weekend, as some additional rain was forecasted. 

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The August issue #114 of our monthly e-newsletter has been sent out today !

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Areas burnt from wildfires, in north central Washington, are now buried under rocks, mud and water as a result of the heavy rain which fell in the area the last days. There were no reports of injuries however communications through radio and phone are difficult as communication towers were damaged by the fires a few months back. Watch the extent of damage in the video below!

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The recent magnitude 6.0 earthquake that jolted Napa Valley has caused extensive damage to wineries and properties and has particularly highlighted the need for an early warning system in the state of California. Reportedly, even a few seconds warning before the occurrence of a seismic event could have a significant impact on lowering the devasting consequences of a temblor.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:33

iNovoLIQ: Novo Tech now on iTunes! Featured

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NovoLIQ, Novo Tech's Soil Liquefaction Analysis Software, is now on iTunes with a new application! Log in on iTunes, buy and download an easy-to-use application, developed both for iPhone and iPad.

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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, the Pile Dynamic instrument, Pile Integrity Tester (PIT), has offered 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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