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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...
August 8, 2018
Combating Jobsite Complacency with Safe Behaviors
Imagine there is a crane operator who goes to climb a cab ladder, a task he’s done hundreds of times. But this time, he forgot to maintain three points of contact and slips on the second rung. The operator falls and breaks his leg, and now can’t work for eight weeks. Sound familiar? Most injuries are rarely caused by the tasks typically associated with danger. In reality, most accidents are the result of common hazards workers face on a daily basis. Frequently, it boils down to what the injured party would call a thoughtless mistake, such as forgetting to wear...