A Watershed Moment: The Middlesex Canal
An early New England canal inspired the Erie Canal, fostered industrial development in this country, and was built by men who were not trained as engineers....

Capping a Lagoon
A novel approach was taken to cost-effectively close a 4.86 ha unlined industrial wastewater sludge lagoon in North Carolina and reduce leachate production. A floating geosynthetic cover system gave crews...

The History of the London Water Industry 1580–1820, By Leslie Tomory. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017

Tailings Impoundment Closure: It's All in the Eye of the Beholder
Since the early 1900s, the mining and power-generation industries have disposed of tailings and other waste products using impoundments. The term "tailings" typically refers to the fine-grained waste product...

What Does the Crystal Ball Say? Energy and Water Issues Are Too Great to Ignore!
Over the past 15 years, the Geoprofessional Business Association's (GBA) Emerging Issues and Trends Committee has held a series of Crystal Ball Workshops (Workshops) to identify long-term emerging issues...

Railroad Tunnel Clearance Improvement and Linear Replacement: What Happens with Unexpected Ground Conditions during Tunnel Construction?
To increase the capacity and efficiency of transporting waste by rail to an existing landfill, Enviro Solutions Inc., the landfill owner, and CSX Transportation (CSXT), the rail line owner, sought the...

Recommended Practices for Design Professionals Engaged as Experts in the Resolution of Construction Industry Disputes

What Does the Case Law Say? Geotechnical Risk on Design-Build Projects
The growth of design-build (DB) contracting, particularly on public-sector civil projects, has generated a great deal of industry discussion over the age-old question of who should bear the risk of unforeseen...

The Rise of UAVs Signals a New Era in Geotechnics
Big Data in Geotechnics is Coming from Above
If you have been following the news, browsing the internet, or even gazing up in the sky, it is likely that you have seen an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also commonly known as Unmanned Aircraft System...

What Will It Take To Transform Our Industry?

Millennials Hold Promise, Offer Challenges to Construction Industry, Report Says

The Industries of the Future, By Alec Ross. New York City: Simon & Schuster, 2016

The Joint Industry Development of a Recommended Practice for the Site Specific Assessment of Mobile Jackup Units
The mobile self-elevating (drilling) unit, or jack-up, has been central to the exploration and development of offshore oil and gas reserves. In recent years there has been an increased...

Permeable Pavement Research Needs
The implementation of permeable pavement installations and practices are expanding and becoming more commonplace. With this increased usage comes expanded and improved information on design,...

Findings From a Joint Industry Study on Foundation Fixity of Jackup Units
During the design storm conditions the soil supporting jack-up unit footings may be close to, or at plastic failure. Accordingly, the use of elastic solutions to the problems of foundation...

Introduction
Many institutions and private industry organizations have prepared guidance documents with the latest scientific and engineering information on proper design, installation, maintenance,...

Becoming Greener with Green Sand: An Iron Castings Company Devises an Environmentally Friendly Liner System Reusing Foundry Byproduct
Metalcasting is one of the oldest methods of recycling—humans have a few millennia worth of experience with the technique—but today's industry still battles public preconceptions...

Water Sector, Remediation Industry Show Meager to No Growth in 2014, Reports Say

The Power Brokers: The Struggle to Shape and Control the Electric Power Industry, By Jeremiah D. Lambert. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2015

Future Geo-Business Trends
As part of its mission to identify long-term emerging issues and trends and their impact on member firms, the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) assembled for its biennial Crystal...

 

 

 

 

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