Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Magnitude 5.9 shakes Virginia

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At 1:51 EST a Magnitude 5.9 rocked the mid-atlantic area.  Shockwaves were felt in DC, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and New York.  The epicenter was located about 4 miles SSE of Louisa Virginia.

Wall Street Journal Reported that the Capitol and Pentagon were evacuated.

Did you feel it?  Report any damage.  Thanks.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Ralph B. Peck 1912 – 2008

Ralph B. Peck, Professor Emeritus of Foundation Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign died of congestive heart failure on February 18, 2008, at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was born in Winnipeg, Canada, to his American parents, Orwin K and Ethel Huyck Peck on June 23, 1912.

Ralph Peck earned a Civil Engineering Degree in 1934 and Doctor of Civil Engineering Degree in 1937, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. In 1938-39 he attended the Soil Mechanics course at Harvard University and was a laboratory assistant to Arthur Casagrande. From 1939 to 1942 Peck was an assistant subway engineer for the City of Chicago, representing Karl Terzaghi who was a consultant on the Chicago Subway Project. He joined the University of Illinois in 1942, and was a Professor of Foundation Engineering from 1948 to 1974. Since 1974, Professor Peck was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, and a consultant in geotechnical engineering.

In 1948, together with Karl Terzaghi, Ralph Peck co-authored the most influential text book in geotechnical engineering, Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice. In 1953 with Walt Hanson and Tom Thornburn, Ralph Peck co-authored the widely used text book Foundation Engineering.

In 1942, Dr. Peck joined the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Illinois, where he remained as a teacher and mentor until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1974. After moving to Albuquerque, Dr. Peck continued his active consulting practice which included jobs in forty-four states in the USA and twenty-eight countries on five continents. His more than one thousand consulting projects include: the rapid transit systems in Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington; the Alaskan Pipeline System; the James Bay Project in Quebec; and the Dead Sea dikes. He authored over 250 technical publications, and served as the President of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering from 1969 to 1973. In 1974, he was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Ford. A few of his many honors include the Norman Medal, The Wellington Prize, and the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Education from the American Society of Engineers. His last project was the Rion-Antirion Bridge in Greece. It received the ASCE’s OPAL Outstanding Civil Engineering Award for 2005, and is the only project outside the United States to be so honored.

Ralph Peck married Marjorie E. Truby on June 14, 1937. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Peck (Allen) Young, and son and daughter-in-law, James (Laurie) Peck, and grandchildren, Michael Young and Maia Peck.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to:

Ralph B. Peck Geotechnical Engineering Fund
Univ. of Illinois Foundation
1305 West Green Street, MC-386
Urbana, Illinois, 61801.

See the detailed biography from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Ralph B. Peck, Engineer, Educator, Man of Judgement


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Pair of 6.5 Earthquakes Strike Indonesia

A pair of 6.5 magnitude earthquakes shook Indonesia on Sunday, followed by two 5.4 aftershocks Monday. Three deaths, 55 to hundreds of injuries, and hundrededs of damaged buildings have been reported.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Chinese Geosynthetics To See Strong Growth

Fu An, President of Guangdong Plastics Industry Association announces that the plastics volume output will double by 2015 at the Chinaplas 2008 press release. Increased demand for geosynthetics as well as construction, automotive, and medical applications are driving this strong growth momentum.

Chinaplas 2008 – the 22nd International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries is scheduled to be held in Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Pudong, Shanghai, PR China from April 17-20, 2008. It is expected to feature more than 1,700 exhibitors on an exhibition space of 120,000 square meters in total.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Carlson Software Forms Civil Engineering Division

Carlson Software has formally formed a Civil Engineering Division incorporating its civil software development team and a specialized sales force.

Carlson civil software solutions include:
- Carlson Civil,
- Carlson Hydrology,
- Carlson Roads and the
- Carlson Civil Suite, of Civil, Survey, Hydrology and GIS modules.
The company is also well known for its surveying, mining, construction and machine control software.

“Carlson is dedicated entirely to providing the tools that civil engineers need and offering the industry a choice,” says Harry Ward, Civil Division Director. “We believe in providing solutions that offer a complete toolset – one that allows civil engineers to move into 3D as needed with 3D intersection design, multi-baseline road networks, lot layout, and storm and utility analysis and design.”


Rebar Corrosion Blamed For Most Construction Failures

Two Greek Scientists have published a paper in Construction and Building Materials citing the corrosion of steel rebar in concrete as the number one cause of construction deterioration. They say that current models for corrosion may over predict the service life of structures especially in corrosive environments. They found good agreement of salt spray accelerated corrosion tests on bare steel bars with results from concrete embedded steel bars


Geosindex Is a One Stop Shop for Geosynthetics Data and Info

Geosindex.com offers free access to its database of geosynthetic products. This includes all major geosynthetic classes: geogrids, geomembranes, geotextiles, geocomposite drainage products, erosion control products, geosynthetic clay liners, geopipe, geofoam, and geocells. Interactive selection tools allow users to view only those fields relevant to their selection criteria and to sort product data by key values: tensile strength, flow rates, rolled erosion control product longevity, and more. Geosindex helps you locate the products, manufacturers and distributors with the proper site solutions.

Geosindex.com is a sister site of Geosynthetica.net, a free-access resource for geosynthetic design information and news. Geosynthetica focuses on proper practice, material selection, and the expansion of field knowledge through the sharing of information and cooperative agreements with relevant magazines, conferences and organizations.


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Autodesk Reports Record Revenues of $538 Million

I don't know how much of an economic indicator Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) is but I figure it might be some kind of leader. Companies probably don't buy design software when there are no buyers for the end product. Anyway, the title says, Autodesk broke their record for Q3 revenues. Model-based 3D products, Inventor, Revit, Civil 3D and newly acquired NavisWorks software increased 32 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2007 to $130 million and comprised 24 percent of total revenues. Happy Birthday!
[via americanmachinist.com]


Volvo turns out first US Made Excavator

The first Volvo excavator to be built at the Volvo Construction Equipment manufacturing facility in Asheville, North Carolina, rolled off the production line Friday, November 9, 2007. The model EC160C will be joined shortly by models Volvo EC210C, Volvo EC330C, and the Volvo EC360C. The company will continue to produce 5 models of the 10-model Volvo wheel loader product line.
[via construction equipment blog]


2 Reviews for Corecon Construction Estimating Software

Head on over to Helium.com for a pair of reviews on Corecon Construction estimating software by Saurabh Pal and Ethan Christ. Both reviews are favorable. Features include web based package, integration with RS Means Database, estimating, project management and billing software in one, mobile phone compatibility, and integrates well with MS Office, Quickbooks, SAP and SAGE products. Ethan mentions that its geared for medium size companies with dedicated estimators and there is a bit of a tight learning curve when getting started.


Monday, November 19, 2007

7.7 Chilean Earthquake

Wednesday, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit northern Chile. There are reports that 2 deaths were caused by the quake as wells as about 65 injuries, many damaged buildings, interruption of electricity and road blockages. According to the USGS, the earthquake resulted from the release of stresses generated by the subduction of the oceanic Nazca plate beneath the South American plate.

Here are the latest figures:
15,000 were injured
4,000 people were left homeless
4,000 structures damaged
1,200 buildings were completely demolished
8 aftershocks, magnitude 4.6 - 6.0 on Saturday
2 aftershocks, magnitude 5.5 - 5.6 on Sunday


Saturday, November 17, 2007

UPDATE: Australian Landslide

The landslide occurred yesterday along near a coal mine that supplies the Yallourn
, one of the largest in the state of Victoria. Heavy rainfall this month has increased pressure on the mines wall. Engineers assessed the mine walls last week for seepage but reported no indications of eminent failure.

The adjacent Latrobe River has been entering the mine since the slide. Remediation will probably include rerouting the river to supply downstream dams and lakes which are now only receiving minimal flows from urban runoff.

The powerplant which usually supplies 22% of Victoria's electricity has been running at a reduced capacity of 30% since the failure. The mine produces around 18 million tonnes of high moisture brown coal to the powerplant annually using gps guided CAT D11s like this:

[portions via news.com.au]


Massive Slope Failure in Australia

[via The Guardian]
This image from Victoria Australia was posted on The Guardian today. There is no information on the cause or possible casualties or the date of the event for that matter. Please let us know if you have any additional information on this incredible failure. We'll let you know when we find out more.


Holland Tunnel Turns 80

This week marked the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Holland Tunnel from Jersey City to Manhattan. The tunnel's two 20 foot diameter tubes are 8,558 ft and 8,371 ft long. Named after it's design engineer, Clifford Holland, it is situated in bedrock 93 feet below the mean water level of the Hudson River. The tunnel was the first twin tube, underwater vehicle tunnel in the U.S. and the world's first mechanically ventilated vehicular tunnel. The Holland Tunnel was declared a National Civil Engineering Landmark in 1984 by the ASCE.
[via newsok.com]