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The city of Austin invited members of the news media to visit Waller Creek Tunnel, which is being constructed to reduce flooding of the Waller Creek.Joe Pantalion, Deputy Director of the Watershed Protection Department, told KUT News in September that "the Austin chalk limestone that’s 60 to 70 feet below Austin is some of the best material to tunnel through… It has enough hardness to tunnel through without requiring a significant stabilization system. But at the same time, the excavation is not like cutting through butter, but pretty close.”

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 08:42

118th Northwest Mining Association Meeting

The 118th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Mining Association has become a high point for mining engineering in the United States with strong keynotes, networking, sessions, short courses, and a busy exhibition space.

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Pile Dynamics, Inc. (PDI) commemorated its 40th anniversary on October 12, 2012, with a series of events that showcased its past achievements and cheerfully welcomed the future.

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The New York Times have a nice article about the potential of using inflatable balloons to seal of tunnel portals and protect them from flooding. Of course the challenge is the amount of water pressure that the balloons will need to resist while plugging the tunnel. 

As a consequence of Sandy’s disaster, flood protection of New York City seems to be an important part of the dialog towards the city elections next year. 

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Early-bird registration deadline for the Seventh International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering and Symposium in Honor of Clyde Baker is January 31, 2013!

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The November 10th 2012 Magnitude 4.3 Kentucky earthquake was too deep to be caused by human activities, such as underground mining, the Kentucky Geological Survey announced.

 

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The Terratest 300GPS is the most advanced Light Weight Deflectometer available today. The Terratest unit is constructed to stand up to daily use at construction sites. The control unit sports a huge inspection window and external conrol buttons, which allows the electronics to remain in the sealed control box during use.

Residents in Everett, Washington (USA) are devastated by progressive landsliding that slowly damages their houses. A geotechnical investigation is ongoing with the residents accusing a city drain.

Source: KIRO via CNN

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The Geosynthetics 2013 conference and trade show, co-locating with the Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference and featuring the Geosynthetic Research Institute’s GRI-25 Conference, will be held April 1-4, 2013, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA.

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