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Issue 051 - In This Issue:

When I think back on my professional development as a geotechnical engineer, I am so grateful for the excellent mentors I have had, and still have for that matter. I remember learning so much in the first few years of my career but coming to the realization that I still knew so little about about the field I was working in.

I know some companies are better than others at fostering a good mentoring environment. But I think formal mentoring programs will only do so much. Ultimately it comes down to individuals making mentoring a priority. As a profession, I think we can do better at being mentors to junior engineers. Please be generous with your time!

And if you are a younger engineer serious about your career, don't wait for a mentor to "adopt" you. Seek out mentors who you want to emulate, and develop the relationships that will make you successful! Fortune favors the bold! 


Randy Post, PE, GIT
President, LLC

Hayward Baker will construct their Vibro Piers(TM) foundation system at the new stadium to house the Atlanta Falcons and a new MLS team. Their holes will be 2.5 feet in diameter and 27 feet deep and filled with vibro compacted No. 57 stone. The project is anticipated to take 5 weeks, operating 6 days a week to keep the project schedule on track. Hayward Baker is a sponsor of Read more about this article!

MIT Emeritus Professor Charles C. (Chuck) Ladd passed away on August 4 according to a post on the ASCE Geotechnical Engineering Group. Professor Ladd was a legend in the geotechnical engineering community, and among his many awards were the prestigious Croes Medal, the Norman Medal, and the Terzaghi Lecture Award. He was also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. You can find Professor Ladd's obituary at the Boston Globe. Read more about this article!
NCFI / Terra Thane

The giant straddle cranes that load and unload cargo from the container ships at the Port of Oakland apply a fairly concentrated load along their wheel path. Over time, the wheel path area has settled, creating a hazard to crane operators, cargo, and all port workers. URETEK ICR and their affiliate EagleLIFT were called in to use their patented geopolymer technology to stabilize and lift the subgrade, restoring the wheel path to it's original elevation. Check out the video! URETEK ICR is a sponsor of GeoPrac. Read more about this article!
Hayward Baker

In case you missed it, here are a list of some of the popular content posted recently on GeoPrac. 

  1. Hayward Baker to Provide Ground Improvement for New Atlanta Stadium Project - Published Sep 19, 2014 (45.5 hits/day, 2,053 page impressions total)
  2. Hayward Baker Breaks Ground on Recently Awarded K-10 South Lawrence Trafficway Ground Improvement Project in Lawrence, Kansas - Published Aug 28, 2014 (38.0 hits/day, 2,538 page impressions total)
  3. GEI Consultants Hires Dr. Jesus E. Gomez - Published Oct 27, 2014 (36.5 hits/day, 258 page impressions total)
  4. Shotcrete Made From Tailings Could Insulate Underground Mines - Published Oct 27, 2014 (29.4 hits/day, 208 page impressions total)
  5. Professor Chuck Ladd passed away on August 4th - Published Aug 10, 2014 (26.9 hits/day, 2,287 page impressions total)
  6. website revamped - Published Oct 27, 2014 (25.9 hits/day, 183 page impressions total)
  7. Alaskan megathrust fault more active under Kodiak - Published Oct 23, 2014 (25.7 hits/day, 284 page impressions total)
  8. Panama Canal Cover Story in Pile Buck Magazine - Published Oct 14, 2014 (25.2 hits/day, 505 page impressions total)
  9. LiDAR Applications in Landslides - Published Oct 8, 2014 (22.3 hits/day, 581 page impressions total)
  10. Happy Karl Terzaghi's Birthday 2014! - Published Oct 2, 2014 (20.6 hits/day, 656 page impressions total)
  11. Video: Construction Begins on Buttress for US 89 Landslide - Published Sep 11, 2014 (20.5 hits/day, 1,090 page impressions total)
  12. Recording Geotechnical Drill Rig Parameters - Published Sep 9, 2014 (20.4 hits/day, 1,124 page impressions total)
  13. Update on Access Pit for Repairing Bertha TBM - Published Aug 5, 2014 (18.8 hits/day, 1,691 page impressions total)
  14. Scot Litke Named 2014 DFI Distinguished Service Award Recipient - Published Aug 28, 2014 (18.7 hits/day, 1,246 page impressions total)
  15. Underwater landslide may have doubled 2011 Japanese tsunami - Published Sep 30, 2014 (18.6 hits/day, 633 page impressions total)
  16. New Version of RockWorks16 Available - Published Sep 30, 2014 (18.6 hits/day, 632 page impressions total)
  17. Catch-up Post for October 8, 2014 - Published Oct 8, 2014 (17.0 hits/day, 439 page impressions total)
  18. Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake in Napa, California - Published Aug 25, 2014 (16.8 hits/day, 1,176 page impressions total)
  19. USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer - Published Aug 4, 2014 (16.7 hits/day, 1,514 page impressions total)
  20. Dataforensics Rapid CPT Software Receives Major Update - Published Aug 28, 2014 (15.5 hits/day, 1,032 page impressions total)
  21. ENR Releases Top 200 Environmental Firms of 2014 - Published Sep 19, 2014 (15.3 hits/day, 688 page impressions total)
  22. NASA Radar System Surveys Napa Valley Quake Area - Published Sep 9, 2014 (15.0 hits/day, 824 page impressions total)
  23. Port of Oakland Soil Stabilization - Published Aug 26, 2014 (14.4 hits/day, 993 page impressions total)
  24. List of Top Geotechnical Engineering Schools - Published Aug 26, 2014 (13.1 hits/day, 907 page impressions total)
  25. Terracon CEO Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Published Sep 5, 2014 (11.6 hits/day, 688 page impressions total)
  26. Catch Up Post (CUP) for August 4, 2014 - Published Aug 5, 2014 (7.4 hits/day, 670 page impressions total)
gINT Software

A seismologist at the University of Tokyo believes that the monstrous tsunami that was responsible for so much damage and loss of life during the 2011 Fukushima earthquake may have been a result of a submarine landslide the size of Paris. The researchers reached their conclusion by back-analyzing the wave motion measurements from buoys on the day of the earthquake. After modeling the size and approximate location of the landslide, other team members were able to compare bathymetry data from before and after the earthquake to locate the slide. Read more about this article!

The cover story in a recent issue of LIDAR Magazine is titled Unearthing Landslides. It describes the work done by a company called Quantum Spatial in the immediate aftermath of the Oso Landslide. They were also involved in scanning the recent landslide in Grand Mesa, Colorado. Quantum Spatial has developed a landslide tool that identifies areas of landslide risk based on different aspects of the LiDAR based topography. Read more about this article!