Field Notes
The Long-Term Value of Geotechnical Reports
By Ivy Harmon, PE – Aug 11, 2016
What is the value of a geotechnical investigation? Yes, our reports will provide bearing capacities for the structural design, soil settlement information for maintenance, and slope stability details. Perhaps you need deep foundations, a soil-nail wall or pavement design. These pieces of...

Killer Plastic: The Hidden Threat Destroying our Oceans
By Ken Fellows, PE – Aug 1, 2016
The health of our ocean ecosystems plays a vital role in the overall health of the planet and the human species. Right now, a silent threat is looming off our shores, out of sight and out of mind. Plastic debris is accumulating in our oceans in unprecedented amounts, killing wildlife and setting...

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...