December / 2009 - Monthly Newsletter
A Geotech's Christmas List
Dear Santa,

I've been a very, very good geoengineer this year! I have a few items on my list that I just know you'll have room for in your sack! Thanks!
  • A Trimble Yuma ruggedized tablet PC, great for field data collection. With bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, 2 digital cameras and solid state hard drive, it will put up with my most punishing field jobs.
  • gINT Professional software to manage my borehole, lab testing and other data and reporting. I bet it would run great on the Yuma!
  • RockWorks 15 software, the brand new version with the slick new interface.
  • The new FHWA geotech manuals for Drilled Shaft Design and MSE Wall Design...when are those going to be released to the geotech community?
  • A Space Navigator by 3D Connexicon. I gave one away in my one and only giveaway contest, but It would be cool to use it to fly through Google Earth.
  • A Garmin Oregon 550T handheld GPS, for those times when I don't want to fire up the Yuma or I just want to go geocaching or snap some geotagged photos on the trail. I'm psyched you can upload your own maps to the device now too.
  • A cool geotechnical engineer hoodie...gotta represent!
  • Pokescope and Pokescope software for viewing stereo images on the computer and for making them (I've always wanted one of these)
  • A GigaPan system for making ultra high resolution panoramas. Comes in point and click or SLR size, your pick Santa!
Thanks Santa, you're the best!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! 

Randy Post, Owner/Editor -
Video: Rockslide on HWY 64 in Tennessee
US 64 Landslide VideoIn case you missed it, this was amazing video of a rockslide as it happened early in November along U.S. Highway 64 in the Ocoee River gorge in Tennessee. TDOT crews had almost finished removing rockslide debris from an event earlier in the day when a second slide occurred, blocking the road again.
Popular Content for November 2009 
  1. Video: Rockslide on U.S. Highway 64 in Tennessee - Published Nov 11, 2009 (42.5 hits/day, 816 page impressions total)
  2. Highway 64 Rock Slide Aerial Photos - Published Nov 25, 2009 (25.8 hits/day, 149 page impressions total)
  3. Rockslide Closes I-40 in Western North Carolina - Published Nov 6, 2009 (15.4 hits/day, 380 page impressions total)
  4. Video: Drilled Pier Retaining Wall or Soldier Pile Wall - Published Nov 4, 2009 (12.9 hits/day, 344 page impressions total)
  5. RockWorks 15 Geological and Geotechnical Software Released - Published Nov 4, 2009 (11.7 hits/day, 312 page impressions total)
  6. Weekend CUP November 25, 2009 - Published Nov 25, 2009 (11.3 hits/day, 65 page impressions total)
  7. NASSPA Website Has New FAQ on Steel Sheet Piles - Published Nov 25, 2009 (10.7 hits/day, 62 page impressions total)
  8. Rockfall Mitigation at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland - Published Nov 5, 2009 (10.5 hits/day, 270 page impressions total)
  9. Londons Victorian Era Corinthia Hotel Underpinning Job - Published Nov 9, 2009 (10.4 hits/day, 220 page impressions total)
  10. Had to Share This - Dilbert's Take on GeoPrac! - Published Nov 20, 2009 (9.4 hits/day, 101 page impressions total)
  11. Paper on Foundations for the Impressive kcICON Bridge - Published Nov 18, 2009 (9.0 hits/day, 115 page impressions total)
  12. Single Borehole P-Wave and S-Wave Geophysics with PS-suspension Probe - Published Nov 20, 2009 (8.3 hits/day, 89 page impressions total)
  13. Obayashi Corp Making It's Mark on US Tunneling Jobs - Published Nov 20, 2009 (8.2 hits/day, 88 page impressions total)
  14. Weekend CUP November 18, 2009 - Published Nov 18, 2009 (6.4 hits/day, 82 page impressions total)
  15. GeoPrac Site Problems - Working on It - Published Nov 16, 2009 (6.4 hits/day, 91 page impressions total)
  16. ADSC Wants to Know What Concerns You the Most? - Published Nov 18, 2009 (6.2 hits/day, 79 page impressions total)
  17. Weekend CUP November 4, 2009 - Published Nov 4, 2009 (5.4 hits/day, 143 page impressions total)
Rig Drills Into Subway Tunnel and Train!
A geothermal drill rig in Sweden drilled a hole into a tunnel in the Stockholm subway system, damaging the side of a parked train. Nobody was injured, but I'm sure there is a lot of commotion as a result of that snafu!
Night Drilling
In This Issue
Rockslide caught on Video
Popular for November 2009
Rig Drills Into Subway Tunnel
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Randy Post