Practical Aspects Of Routine Geotechnical Site Investigations — They Should Be Anything But Boring!
It’s likely that on any given day there are hundreds of geotechnical site investigations in progress in North America alone. While many of these investigations are carried out in support of large projects,...

When AI Meets DIGGS — The Birth of a New Site Characterization Paradigm?
Drilling and sampling to obtain borehole logs, together with various in-situ testing, are usually performed to determine subsurface soil and rock profiles and their associated engineering properties. However,...

Bring Your A-GaME! and Dominate the Field [Investigation] — As Newer Technologies Mature and Are Adopted More Widely — It’s A Whole New Ball Game Out There
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in collaboration with industry partners, is helping state DOTs take their existing geotechnical site characterization programs to the next level. Technologies...

Pay Now, Or Pay Later — Using A Risk-Informed Mindset for Site Investigation Decisions
How much subsurface investigation is adequate to aid in the planning and design of a construction project? It’s a question every geo-professional must grapple with, particularly in an era where cost efficiency...

West Virginia’s Airport In The Clouds: Response to a Massive Slope Failure at Runway’s End
Although the small and scenic Mountain State ranked 40 out of 50 in population according to a July 2017 U.S. Census Bureau estimate, it boasts seven airports. Yeager Airport (CRW), billed as "West Virginia’s...

In the Wake of the Mount Polley Mine Tailings Breach: Tailings Dam Design, Innovation, and Practice Changes
The Mount Polley tailings dam in British Columbia (BC), Canada, failed in 2014, spilling approximately 21 million m3 of water and tailings (estimated as approximately 50/50 water and tailings) into Hazeltine...

Adaptive Infrastructure To Mitigate Future Climate Risk: Building Upon Our Geotechnical Engineering Heritage
It’s time to recognize that past extreme events may no longer serve as reliable proxies for the future. Current infrastructure design concepts rely on historical events, assuming temporal stationarity...

Evaluating the Energy and Carbon of Geotechnical Works: An Important Step in Developing Sustainable Designs
Engineering for sustainable development requires considering the triple-bottom-line of social, economic, and environmental factors associated with a project when developing the final design. Within geotechnical...

Tsunami Loads and Effects
Guide to the Tsunami Design Provisions of ASCE 7-16
The devastating tsunamis that struck Chile and Japan in 2010 and 2011 underscored the critical need for new structural design criteria to improve building resilience and safeguard human life. They also...

Risk in Geotechnical Practice: Geotechnical Judgment
People use judgment in every aspect of their lives. We rely on our judgments to make decisions that can have consequences from small to large on ourselves and on others, sometimes with life-threatening...

Risk in Geotechnical Practice: Are Design Professionals Liable for Failing to Anticipate the Effects of Climate Change?…
Climate change is the result of rising greenhouse gasses from a century and a half of development and industrialization around the world. The inability of the global community to reduce greenhouse gas...

Risk in Geotechnical Practice: Whose Risk Is It Anyway?
The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico was once the fifth-largest region in the world for manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, including many of the top global producers. In 2016, the pharmaceutical exports...

Risk in Geotechnical Practice: Unraveling Foundation Uncertainty
Statistical Analysis Offers a Rational Approach for Controlling Foundation Risk in Design-Build Projects. For the past 20 years, design-build (DB) procurement has become the default for many transportation...

Risk in Geotechnical Practice: Dealing With Uncertain Ground
Tools for identifying and managing risk in geotechnical engineering projects. Risk is an inherent component of all types of projects, no matter the size or discipline. Geotechnical engineering projects...

Did You Know? Geostrata Is 20
Spring 2000 was the first issue of Geo-Strata (now GEOSTRATA). That issue included articles on academic-industry partnerships, implementing innovative technology, marketing advice from "The Old Rainmaker,"...

Creating Art AND Reducing Project Risk WITH 3D Modeling: Digital Insights Unearth Hidden Landscapes
Humans have always lived in threedimensional space, with senses that evolved for a 3D environment. So, it’s perfectly natural that people can more quickly, easily, and fully understand something when it’s...

The Best Places For Civil Engineers 2020
ASCE’s Civil Engineering magazine researched and wrote this feature article before the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequently declared pandemic in the United States. Since then, the health...

Innovation At The Heights
Population growth in metropolitan Washington, D.C., has been on an upward trajectory in recent years, and this is especially true for Arlington County, in Northern Virginia. This increase in population...

Detecting Evidence Of COVID-19 In Wastewater
Even before a community begins to show symptoms of COVID-19, evidence can be detected in what may be an unexpected place: the wastewater stream. So civil engineers, scientists, and health professionals...

What Does Diggs Do For Me? Better, Faster, Cheaper Is the Goal!
For the past decade, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been at the forefront of advancing geotechnical data management associated with its investment and leadership related to DIGGS (Data...

 

 

 

 

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