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It’s Black Friday for Our Books

It’s Black Friday here in the US and our publisher LuLu is offering 25% off on all the books.  If you’ve been thinking about our titles such as NAVFAC DM 7.01, DM 7.02, Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations, Geotechnical Site Characterizations, or any of our great geotechnical titles, now is the time to save on them.

This sale is only for today, but usually they offer a good one on Cyber Monday, too.

And, for you Pile Buck fans: their publications on LuLu (like Sheet Pile Design by Pile Buck and Pile Driving by Pile Buck) are also on 25% discount!


To commit to modeling software is a big decision for many firms, because it involves an investment of both money to purchase the program and time for employees to learn it. The decisions depends on the priorities of the office and its clients (or the clients they’d like to attract). In abbreviated form, the following […]

via Computer guidelines and Standards – MODELING PROGRAMS — Construction and architecture

Computer guidelines and Standards – MODELING PROGRAMS — Construction and architecture

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Jean-Louis Briaud Elected President of ASCE

Congratulations are in order to Jean-Louis Briaud, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, and Spencer Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, for his election as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers for 2019-20.

Jean-Louis is an old friend and a great person.  Our association goes back to the 1980’s when I was principal at Vulcan Iron Works and active in the Deep Foundations Institute.  He has been an encouragement to me through the years, especially with this effort.

On this site he was featured for his “pet peeve” regarding consolidation a few months ago.  He posed an interesting problem that needs some discussion.  I believe he will challenge us to tackle other interesting and important problems during his term as President.

The Esplanade Bridge is a 261-metre-long (850 ft.) road bridge that spans across the mouth of the Singapore River in Singapore with the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay on its northern abutment and the Merlion on the southern. The 70 metre-wide (230 ft.) low-level concrete arched bridge has seven spans and supports two four-lane carriageways and walkways along both sides. The bridge was built to provide faster vehicular access between Marina Centre and the […]

via Esplanade Bridge over Marina Bay, Singapore — Construction and architecture

Esplanade Bridge over Marina Bay, Singapore — Construction and architecture

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The Zubizuri Bridge, Bilbao, Spain

Construction and architecture

TheZubizuri(Basquefor “white bridge“), also called theCampo Volantin BridgeorPuente del Campo Volantin, is atied archfootbridgeacross theNervion RiverinBilbao, Spain. Designed by architectSantiago Calatrava, the bridge links theCampo Volantinright bank andUribitarteleft bank of the river.

Opened in 1997, the bridge’s unusual design consists of a curved walkway which is supported by steel suspension cables from an overhead arch. The structure of the bridge is painted white and the bridge deck consists of translucent glass bricks. Access ramps and stairways are located on both banks.

The Zubizuri offers pedestrians a convenient route from hotels to the nearbyBilbao Guggenheim Museum.

Since its opening, it has been subjected to praise as a symbol of the new Bilbao and as a draw for tourism. Architectural professor Alexander Tzonis wrote:[

“The intelligence, vitality, and originality of the bridge’s…

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