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Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia

Stop and see Moretrench at the Geohazards Impacting Transportation in Appalachia event in the Exhibit Hall at The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center on August 15-17, 2017. Talk to me about how we can help solve geotechnical construction and stability challenges on your site!

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3rd North American Symposium on Landslides

Stop and see Moretrench at the 3rd North American Symposium on Landslides (NASL) 2017 in the Exhibit Hall at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center on June 4-6, 2017. Talk to me about how we can help solve geotechnical construction and stability challenges on your site!

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29th Annual Central Pennsylvania Geotechnical Conference

Thank you for stopping by the Moretrench booth at the 29th Central PA Geotechnical Conference in Hershey, PA last week! This was the most successful year to date, with more than 450 attendees. We look forward to being there again next year and hope to see you then. Meanwhile, if we can be of assistance in any way, please contact Jon Bennett at jbennett@moretrench.com or (304) 707-4840 for help in solving your Deep Foundations and Geotechnical Construction challenges.

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Moretrench Welcomes Jonathan Bennett, PE, D.GE

(November 3, 2016) Moretrench is pleased to welcome Jonathan Bennett, P.E., as Business Development Manager for the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Jon has 25 years of experience focused primarily on deep foundations, earth retention and other geotechnical construction specialties, as well as extensive business development experience.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, Masters degrees from George Washington University and West Virginia University, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Jon regularly shares his knowledge and expertise with the engineering community at large through professional organization committees and boards. A consummate professional, he brings the highest levels of dedication and service to each client, making it his mission to provide the optimal solution for the site-specific geotechnical challenges.

“We are extremely pleased to have Jon on board.  He brings a tremendous amount of experience, expertise, and relationships to Moretrench.  He can handle any responsibility, from design to estimating to project management. He is also a fantastic cultural fit: he is a team player, a real collaborator, and a pleasure to work with.  He is always concerned about doing the right thing, both for the client and the company.  With Jon’s capabilities, we can all look forward to tackling some really challenging work!”

Paul C. Schmall, Ph.D, PE
Vice President, Chief Engineer

Visit our website at: www.moretrench.com for additional information.

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Are Ductile Iron Pipe Piles Micropiles?

I saw a post recently where a company was advertising Ductile Iron Pipe Piles as “Micropiles”. I don’t consider ductile iron piles to be micropiles for the simple reason that they don’t fit the definition of a micropile. If you look back to our post on micropile definitions, you will see that micropiles are drilled and grouted “replacement piles”. Ductile iron piles are not replacement piles. They are driven, grouted “displacement” piles.

A friend of mine from north of the border told me once that “the Americans get all bent out of shape when somebody calls a helical pile (or ductile iron pile) a micropile.” Does it matter? I think it does. You would probably look at me funny if I called a car a truck. But thats just me.

Anyway, don’t get me wrong, I love ductile iron piles. I just don’t consider them micropiles. If you need to get into rock, you wont be able to do it with a ductile iron pile but you can with a good old Micropile. They are great in soil though…

Happy New Year 2013 from www.micropile.org!

Wishing a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all! May God bless you, your families, and your companies in 2013! Lets turn this ship around!

I echo my challenge from last year that we look at the situations that we face through the lens of truth and that our decisions will be based on right concepts as opposed to self interest. Let us press forward fearlessly guided by right action and truth that we might forge a better future for ourselves and those around us. Happy New Year!

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DFI Super Pile 2013 Conference – Invitation to Speakers

Wednesday, May 15 – Thursday, May 16, 2013
Hilton Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Seven of DFI’s technical committees have joined forces to organize this year’s Super Pile Conference. This two-day conference will consist of presentations on the latest developments in: Driven Piles, Augercast Cast-In-Place / Drilled Displacement Piles, Micropiles, Marine Construction, Testing and Evaluation of Foundation Systems, Seismic Design and Drilled Shafts. Day One will be a plenary (combined) session and Day Two will have two concurrent sessions giving attendees the option to choose which presentations are of interest to them.

Presentations will focus on local and out-of-state case studies, historical development, theory and design with emphasis on practical application, new technologies and ides for future development. There is particular interest in presentations addressing challenges for deep foundation construction in cold weather environments. Equipment, material and instrumentation suppliers, contractors and other vendors will present their services in our Exhibit Hall. Visit www.dfi.org for for up-to-date details on this conference.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
SuperPile 2013 is soliciting presentations in the following areas:

  • Augered Cast-In-Place and Drilled Displacement Piles
  • Drilled Shafts
  • Driven Piles
  • Marine Foundations
  • Micropiles
  • Seismic Design
  • Testing & Evaluation

Potential Speakers for SuperPile 2013 should submit a brief abstract (no more than 300 words) describing the subject matter of their proposed presentation. In addition, include the committee which should review your abstract, the presentation title and the speaker name within the abstract document. The due date for abstract submissions is Friday, December 21, 2012. Please email proposals to Erin Groenewal at events@dfi.org.

Notification of acceptance or declination will be returned to all authors no later than Monday, January 28, 2013. Guidelines for presentation development will be provided to all accepted speakers at that time. They will be required to commit to presenting their topic on Wednesday, May 15th or Thursday, May 16th and to submit a PowerPoint presentation to be included in the conference publication by Friday, April 5, 2013. Also, all accepted authors should consider developing their abstract into a technical paper for consideration by the editors of the DFI Journal for inclusion in a future volume.

Should you have questions, please contact:

DEEP FOUNDATIONS INSTITUTE
Attn.: Events Department
326 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506 USA
Tel: 973-423-4030, FAX: 973-423-4031
Email: events@dfi.org