Tag: Geotechnical

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Can engineering save nature?

Author Elizabeth Kolbert looks at whether humans — after doing so much damage to nature through the development of the built environment — can now reengineer nature to save it.

Researchers test sand-silt mixtures to predict liquefaction resistance

A paper in the March issue of "Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering" focuses on granular soils containing nonplastic fines (silt), investigating the combined effect of the void ratio, effective vertical stress, and fines content on the liquefaction resistance of sands.

Verbal acknowledgments are not always reliable

An owner's officer thought a contractor's differing site condition claim would be recoverable. A court saw it differently.

Performance-based seismic design succeeds in Turkey

The design of the Başakşehir Pine and Sakura City Hospital in Istanbul, the largest base-isolated structure in the world, is the result of creative, blue-sky thinking.

University of California, San Diego shake table to be upgraded

The world’s largest high-performance outdoor shake table, a backbone of seismic studies, will be upgraded to move in six directions by October.

Pioneering geotechnical engineer Woods dies at 85

Richard D. Woods, pioneering researcher, beloved academic, and a driving force behind ASCE’s Geo-Institute, has died. He was 85.

Hawaii civil engineering professor active in advancing CE education dies

Horst G. Brandes, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Hawaii and former president of the ASCE Hawaii Section, has died.

Florida aeronautical university flies high with new student union

Birds in flight inspired the design of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s new student union.

Louisville combined sewer tunnel achieves major milestone

Excavation ends on the 4 mi long tunnel that will hold up to 55 million gal. of overflows.

Chase Center arena in San Francisco excels above and below ground

The opening of the Chase Center arena in San Francisco is the capstone in the transformation of the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Located on reclaimed ground with weak soils and a high water table, the project works were innovative above and below grade.