Field Notes
Yesterday's Infrastructure, Tomorrow's Technology: Thoughts from Ports 2016
By Lyle Stone, PE – Jun 17, 2016
I had the opportunity to present at the ASCE COPRI Ports ’16 conference earlier this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. I was presenting a paper on some work we did in the Port of Tacoma for a pier upgrade. “Existing Pile Foundation Evaluation for Pier Upgrade” was the official title, the sub-title...

Fingers in the Dam: Managing Risk in a Crumbling Dam Network
By Lindsay Flangas, PE – May 31, 2016
The United States relies on a vast network of dams to power our homes, fill our tubs, and protect our communities from flooding. Many of these dams were built during the infrastructure boom of the ‘50s and ‘60s, or even earlier, and are now in desperate need of modernization or replacement. It’s...

New USACE Permitting Standards for Boring Near Federally Regulated Levees
By Jamie Vincent, PE – May 13, 2016
If you have a project that will require drilling in earth embankment dams and levees, you may now face an additional layer of approval. In an effort to improve public safety and reduce potential risks to dam and levee systems, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) revised the...

Q/A With Greg Landau: APWA Oregon Focuses on Disaster Preparedness
By Greg Landau, PE, GE – Apr 29, 2016
A group of GeoEngineers staff from our Portland office, including Greg Landau, recently attended the American Public Works Association (APWA) Oregon Spring Conference 2016. We asked Greg to give his impressions on APWA Oregon and the trends and topics most on the mind of presenters and attendees...

Celebrate Science and Engineering this Earth Day through Dialogue
By Mike Hutchinson, LG, LHG – Apr 19, 2016
As people recognize Earth Day, I find myself reflecting on how much progress we have made and how optimistic I am for the future. In 1993, I was part of an Earth Day team that organized and planted dozens of trees in Tacoma and talked about our observations of the natural world as scientists. In...