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DFI announces keynote speakers for annual conference

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announced three keynote speakers for the International Conference on Deep Foundations, Seepage Control and Remediation. The conference introduces a new technical track featuring seepage control and remediation for dam and levee projects worldwide, in addition to the technical program on deep foundations and earth retention.

GEER team to document Ecuador earthquake impacts

A team from the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and with partial support from the Applied Technology Council (ATC) has been mobilized to investigate the potential impacts of the widespread earthquake-induced geotechnical and subsurface infrastructure failures as a result of the April 16, 2016 M7.8 earthquake, offshore of the west coast of northern Ecuador.

Wichita bridge rehab wins national ACEC award

A project to rehabilitate a concrete bridge in Wichita, Kan., was the recipient of a national recognition award in the 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards competition of the American Council of Engineering Companies. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff was the prime engineering design consultant for the project on behalf of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Timber skyscrapers could transform London’s skyline

London’s first timber skyscraper could be a step closer to reality after researchers from Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture presented Mayor of London Boris Johnson with conceptual plans for an 80-story, 300-meter-high wooden building.

Pitt to host ‘Bamboo in the Urban Environment’ symposium

The University of Pittsburgh will soon be the epicenter of a global discussion in novel and groundbreaking analysis of bamboo as a safe and sustainable construction resource in urban areas. “Bamboo in the Urban Environment” will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in bamboo and sustainable design at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, May 4-6, 2016.

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