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New Downloads, an online wave equation program, and a Marine Section
We have added so much to the site, it’s hard to know where to start:
- We have another excellent book by Arnold Verruijt available, Soil Dynamics. This covers a variety of topics on theoretical and practical soil dynamics that are not featured elsewhere. Click here to go to the download.
- The Florida DOT Soils and Foundations Handbook is now available, replacing the 2000 edition. Click here to download.
- We have available the classic document Lateral Earth Support Systems and Underpinning by Goldberg, Jaworski and Gordon. This is a comprehensive study of the subject, both from a design and construction standpoint. Click here to go to the download.
- We have an entirely new section on Marine Construction and Coastal Engineering. Our first offering is the new (2002) Coastal Engineering Manual. Click here to take a look at this valuable addition to our offerings.
- We have our first Transportation Research Board document, NCHRP Report 507 – Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) for Deep Foundations. This work covers an important topic that is becoming very important yet it is not treated very extensively in most texts on foundation design. Click on the title to go to the download.
- Other Documents include the following:
- Drilled Shafts: Construction Procedures and Design Methods
- Theoretical Manual for Pile Foundations
- Ground Anchors and Anchored Systems
- The Seismic Design of Waterfront Retaining Structures, which is also an excellent reference for lateral earth pressure theory as well.
- Investigation of Wall Friction, Surcharge Loads, and Moment Reduction Curves for Anchored Sheet-Pile Walls.
Online Wave Equation Program
We have an online, academic version of the wave equation for piles. To our knowledge, this is the first time this has been presented on the Internet. We have offered DOS wave equation programs for free download for many years, but DOS becomes more problematic all the time so we now present this. Click here to take a look.
Vulcan Vibratory Hammers Now Featured
An Anniversary–and a word about our new ads
We now have a section on Vulcan vibratory hammers, complete with a field service manual. Click here for more information.
July is the seventh anniversary of The Wave Equation for Piling, which has morphed over the years into this page. When we started, we were hosted by GeoCities, and those of you who remember those days remember the banner ads, our disclaimers, our impossible URL, etc. You also probably remember how slow the page was; part of that was all of the bandwidth it took to load the ads!
Most of these ads had nothing to do with our mission. Two years after its inaguration, we moved the site to paid, virtual hosting and financed the expenses of site maintenance ourselves.
Today vulcanhammer.net is a leading site for information on deep foundations and geotechnical engineering. In the meanwhile, the technology for providing appropriate advertisements to sites such as ours has improved to the point where we feel we can help to defray the costs of this site with them. Our mission is and will continue to be to offer free software and other geotechnical information to help you in your role in the design and construction of deep foundations, one made harder all the time by the increasing scarcity of new free software. Our hope is that these advertisements will help us make this possible, as they did in the beginning.
New Geotechnical Books to be Released
While we’ve been adding features to this page, we have also been working on more books for you. Two titles are coming up soon:
- Pile Driving by Pile Buck, a complete reference on pile driving and driven piles.
- Sheet Pile Design by Pile Buck, the comprehensive guide to the design of sheet pile walls.
Click on the titles for more information.
Also, we noticed that the Pile Driving Contractors Association is now putting out Acrobat presentations on driven piles. Visitors to vulcanhammer.net have been seeing this kind of material on driven piles and virtually anything else geotechnical for the last two years! Click here to see what we have to offer.
WinTopo Raster-to-Vector Conversion Program
Google Searches Now Available
It has been a long time since we have added a “general purpose” engineering program, but WinTopo is one of the best of any kind we have seen. Converting archives of hand drawings to CAD is a major challenge for many engineers and this program is a big help. It may even be what your commercial service is using! Click here to visit its download page.
We have also done something else–our site search capability, always popular, is now handled by Google. This will improve its flexibility and accuracy. Look at the bottom of every page.
FHWA Driven Pile Manual Available
We have updated our driven pile material in a major way with the inclusion of FHWA HI 97-013, Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations. Click here to download this.
We also now have available the COM624P program for the analysis of laterally loaded piles. Click here to go there and obtain this program.
Finally! Vulcan: The Offshore Experience
It took long enough, but we finally have the chronicle in pictures and words of Vulcan’s offshore adventure. Click here to see what we have. This is the first major original project relating to Vulcan we have done in a long time; we believe it’s worth the wait.
We also have a new article by our regular contributor, Mark Svinkin, entitled “Drawbacks of Blast Vibration Regulations.” Click here to download it. Thanks to Dr. Svinkin, we have a very complete resource of information on ground vibrations with few peers online; click here to look at abstracts of all of these articles.
Retaining Walls and Lateral Earth Pressures–and a Tribute
We have an entirely new section of downloads on retaining walls and lateral earth pressures. Click here to see what we have to offer.
We were also saddened by the recent death of Dr. Michael O’Neill of the University of Houston, who was one of the giants of geotechnical engineering and a great person as well. Click here for tributes by many in the geotechnical community to Dr. O’Neill, including those of this webmaster and our regular contributor, Mark Svinkin.
Soils in Construction
The textbook Soils in Construction — co-authored by this webmaster — is going to press. This is a basic work, aimed at construction technology specialists, teaching soil mechanics and how they apply to construction processes. Click here for our new page on this exciting product.
A New Download and Other Things
We have a new download for you — LLP99, which analyzes the lateral loading of piles. This is our first new program in some time — click here to download it.
Also, we have completely redesigned the website of the Church of God Chaplains Commission, a long time friend. With the recent events in Iraq and elsewhere, chaplaincy has found itself in the center of the news. Click here to see what’s going on.
Soil Mechanics — A Free Textbook at Last
We are pleased to have as our latest offering the soil mechanics textbook Soil Mechanics by Arnold Verruijt of the University of Delft in the Netherlands. Don’t be deceived by the price though — this is a world class textbook with materials not found in many other published paper books. Click here to download.
We are also pleased to announce that one of our long term clients, the Church of God Evangelism and Home Missions Department, has a newly revised site at www.cogevangelism.com. Take a look.
New Year, New Things at vulcanhammer.net
The new year brings a new and updated look to our site. We hope you like what you see. We plan to have new downloads and information on the history and product of Vulcan Iron Works in 2003.
November – December 2002
A Companion Site Relaunched
Our companion site since 1997, The Pentecostal Layman’s Page, is now relaunched as Positive Infinity. Stop by and take a look.
Also, this site is now authored by Adobe GoLive, as our most of the sites we maintain. If in the transition things get a little “messy” let us know and we’ll try to take care of it as soon as possible.
May God richly bless you all during this holiday season and in the new year 2003.
September – October 2002
Soils and Foundations Courses Complete
Our materials for soil mechanics and foundations courses online are complete. You can click here to view these materials. We believe that these resources will be helpful to you.
July – August 2002
Vulcan’s Centennial Celebration
It took long enough but we now have the Centennial Celebration banquet in photos and words. Click here to see it.
We also have a new paper from Dr. Mark Svinkin, “Engineering Judgment in Determination of Pile Capacity by Dynamic Methods.” The lack of proper judgment in the application of dynamic methods has been a source of difficulty for these methods, but that’s no reason to discard them.
Vulcan at OTC
Relive the nearly thirty years of Vulcan representation at the offshore oil industry’s premier trade show — and cultural event — the Offshore Technology Conference. Click here to see the show.
Also, we launch a page where we feature the services that we offer. Click here to take a look.
“Online Soils and Foundations Course”
Ever wonder what an academic course would look like if an equipment person taught it? You can find out for yourself. The webmaster has completed teaching Soil Mechanics and Foundations at a major university and slide show presentations from his classes are available for viewing. Click here to view this material.
Vulcan Vibratory Hammer Items to be Sold
As a result of a debt collection judgment, products related to the Vulcan vibratory hammer line are being sold to the highest bidder. The legal notice for this is as follows:
On the 25th day of February 2002 (10:00 a.m.), I will sell for cash to the highest bidder, within the legal hours of sale, at Atco Machine Company, Inc., 1800 Market Street, in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, the following described property:
- 1 Power Pack, 1400 3208 Cat Engine, HH-2960, HH-2945
- 1 Power Pack, 1150 471 Detroit Engine, IB-3525, IB-3596
- 1 Power Pack, 4600-A, 8 Cyl. Detroit Engine, ID-3895, IC-3966
- 1 Detroit Diesel, 471 Engine, 04A0287610
Levied on the property of Vulcan Iron Works Inc. (Defendant) to satisfy a judgment which Atco Machine Co., Inc., obtained against said defendant before Chancery Court on the 27th day of August 2001.
This 28th day of January 2002.
B.H. Mumpower, #1885, Deputy Sheriff, Hamilton County Tennessee
This is the entire legal notice. We’d like to note the following:
150 Years of Vulcan
It’s true — Henry Warrington established Vulcan in 1852. Although the corporation has gone through many changes over the years, the pile driving equipment — which was introduced “only” in 1887 — is still going strong. This year we plan several features on the history of the company and the product.
We also welcome a new addition to the vulcanhammer.net family of websites: Church of God Cross-Cultural Ministries. Stop by and see their site. This is our first site using Adobe GoLive, and we hope the first of many.
We are excited to have two new pages on our site for you:
|Vulcan at War: a look at Vulcan’s contribution (on the propaganda front at least) during World War II.|
|Florida Executive Office: a look at Vulcan’s West Palm Beach office. Vulcan was directed from there from 1966 to 1978.|
We also now have two new downloads:
|Florida DOT’s Soils and Foundations Handbook, which is a practical and thorough guide to geotechnical planning and construction.|
|Slope-W Student Edition, an excellent program for the analysis of unsupported slopes.|
Like most people, the events of 11 September 2001 at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have left us speechless. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those who were directly touched by these tragedies. Our prayers also go to the leaders of the U.S. and its allies that they will have wisdom in the response.
One of our sites has an eyewitness account by someone who was in the Pentagon when the plane struck. Click here to read this account; it is found at the Church of God Chaplain’s Commission website. These times have been a challenge for chaplains of all kinds and this site features many stores relating to these tragedies.
It’s Official: We maintain the official Vulcan site too
It’s finally a done deal: the vulcanhammer.com domain name is now owned by Vulcan Foundation Equipment, the IHC subsidiary which acquired the Vulcan air/steam hammer line earlier this year. Come and check out their new site by clicking here.
We have two other news items of interest this month:
|We now feature the Academic Resource Page, where students and teachers of soil mechanics and foundations can access information on these subjects.|
|The Pentecostal Layman’s Page celebrated it’s fourth anniversary in August. This page is the first ministry page in our family.|
Four Years of the Wave Equation Page
This month we are celebrating four years of the Wave Equation Page for Piling, the informational forum for wave propagation in piles during installation. We have more to offer than ever; click here to see what’s new.
Also Church of God East Flatbush has joined the family of web sites maintained by the webmaster. Let us know if we can help you with your web design requirements.
Looking for Something? Now You Can Search!
Our purpose at vulcanhammer.net is to furnish information. Our site and the Wave Equation Page are so large that they really begged for a search engine. Now we have one; click here to visit our search engine.
Like What You See? We Can Help Your Site Too!
Although vulcanhammer.net is not a manufacturer, we can help you with your Internet web site needs. Our goal is to build practical sites that look good without doing permanent damage to your bottom line. Click here to contact us about this. If you like, you can view some of the other sites we have developed by clicking on them below:
vulcanhammer.com is now vulcanhammer.net
In keeping with our position as an information site about Vulcan products, we are changing our primary domain name from vulcanhammer.com to vulcanhammer.net. You can visit us using either one in the immediate future.
Wave Equation Page and GeoCities:
Enough is Enough
Since its beginning, the Wave Equation Page for Piling has been on the GeoCities (now Yahoo! GeoCities) free web hosting service. For most of that time the purposes of the Page have been well served there. Unfortunately, there are drawbacks to any free hosting service, including generally slower server speeds, limited web space, and of course the ads. We have stuck with GeoCities, however, because many people are linked to the URL.
Parts of the Wave Equation Page site have been with this site for some time; however, the need for additional space, and the recent problems with downloads from GeoCities, have forced a change. Therefore, the entire site is being relocated here and the GeoCities site will eventually be phased out.
Our New Host: WinHost
If you’re viewing this page, you’ve received it from our new hosting service, WinHost. We are excited too as we plan to add a great deal more material to this site to make it useful for you.
Vulcan Air-Steam Line Acquired
The Vulcan air/steam line, the mainstay of the Vulcan product line since its inception in the late 1880’s, has been sold to the Vulcan Foundation Equipment, an organization formed to both manufacture and market the product along with other construction equipment.
The product line had been carried previously by Vulcan Iron Works Inc., a part of the Cari family of companies based in New Orleans, LA. This corporation was the successor to the Vulcan Iron Works that was owned by the Warrington family from 1852 to 1996. The fate of the vibratory product line is uncertain at this point.
How does this impact vulcanhammer.com? This site — vulcanhammer.com — is dedicated to the dissemination of information on Vulcan hammers and the company — or in reality the companies, now the third — that manufactured them in the past or does so now. It has never been nor is now the objective of this site to deal in equipment or parts, although if we can help a Vulcan user to find either or both we will.
However, for the first time an “owner” of the Vulcan hammer line is neither the corporation my family owned nor its successor. To our mind this puts our role in a new light. In the coming days we plan to expand our historical emphasis on both the product and the company, since information here may be available nowhere else. We also plan to include more information on Vulcan’s vibratory hammers since future support of this product line is unknown.
We want to thank all of you who visit our site and look forward to seeing you again soon.