Field Notes
SH-16 Bridge Construction Driving On!
By – Sep 19, 2012
  Two cranes with pile-driving hammers installing piling for bridge pier foundations. Driving of the foundation piling for the State Highway 16 (SH-16) Boise River Bridge is proceeding. The bridge is approximately 1,800 feet long and will be the newest crossing of the Boise River. It...

Geoprofessional Services Are Not Commodities
By – Aug 3, 2012
Geoprofessionals are recognizing that our services are increasingly under threat of commoditization. More and more private sector projects are awarded on price alone. Minimizing cost is understandable, given the state of the economy; however, it is important that clients and practitioners not lose...

Creating Remarkable Neighborhoods
By Dana Carlisle, PE – Jul 26, 2012
At GeoEngineers, I have been very fortunate to be involved with a tremendous partnership of firms who have collaborated over the past ten years on two redevelopment projects that have significantly transformed the look and feel of the White Center area of Seattle. The projects are King County...

U.S. Geological Survey News: More Than Just Rocks
By – Jul 24, 2012
As the lone geologist in my family, I receive regular harassment from my two younger brothers about being a geologist. A typical rib is, “rocks, what are they good for?” I typically respond that they are lucky to know someone who understands earth processes and systems.  I’ve been a subscriber...

Achieving Net Zero Energy Buildings
By – Jul 12, 2012
Net zero is a term used to describe buildings with zero net energy consumption and zero annual carbon emissions. As a practitioner in sustainability, I’m a fan of net zero energy and subscribe to the mindset that you must start with conservation. This mindset also applies to another passion of mine...