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Oil Well Pad Landslide Repair
Abstract: A wetter than usual spring season caused numerous landslides in the Badland Region of North Dakota, including the failure of the Mormon Butte oil well platform after thirty years of active service. This case study will detail the site investigation, design, and construction of a geologically sensitive site located on U.S. Forest Service land. The main concern was how much failed soil could be removed without compromising the well. Analyses were performed to determine a safe temporary slope to allow for the removal of some of the failed soils. To read more on how the platform was completed and...
May 14, 2018
[OnDemand Webinar] What Lies Beneath: Environmental Concerns In Construction
Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? While replacing municipal utilities the excavation contractor pulls up a greenish-gray bucket of soil smelling like diesel fuel. During construction of a new downtown office building on an existing parking lot, it was discovered that the previous building had simply been knocked-down and buried beneath the pavement. Redevelopment of a blighted property is all set to go, as soon as the abandoned buildings can be safely torn down and properly disposed of. Historical activities that occurred on or adjacent to a property often leave hidden contamination or buried debris in the subsurface. Sometimes...
October 26, 2017
Tips for Fire Safety: Using Fire Extinguishers
Each year in mid-October, the U.S. and Canada both observe National Fire Prevention Week with a goal of recognizing the dangers posed by fires and emphasizing the importance of fire prevention and preparation. Here’s some information on something we have seen in movies or on TV, but rarely talk about in our everyday lives: how and when to use a fire extinguisher. We all recognize the iconic red containers, fire extinguishers, hanging on the walls in various places around our offices, jobsites and other public buildings. But do you know how and when to use one? How do you decide...