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GeoDiligence- Is it Due?

GeoDiligence – What is it? Purchasers of real estate are frequently looking at a property with a specific plan in mind. All too frequently, due diligence is only considered for environmental liabilities (the evaluation of known or potential contamination from prior industrial uses, underground tanks, spills etc.). The pre-purchase assessment of soil, groundwater and bedrock…

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Use of Drilled Shafts for Railroad Embankment Stabilization Adjacent to Hudson River

The railroad embankment for the Hudson Line tracks just north of Peekskill, New York was identified by Metro North as a location requiring slope stability improvement. The embankment had historically experienced localized slope failures and slides. Slide detectors at that location were tripped several times a year, necessitating the closure of both tracks while an…

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GEODesign Uses Geofoam to Reduce Roadway Load—the First in Vermont

The natural engineering tendency when posed with a loading problem is to find a way to support it. We have learned, however, that it is equally good question to ask is: Can the load be reduced? This applies to both seismic analyses and static analyses. The James Road project in Weybridge, Vermont is an excellent…

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Wick Drains Expedite Learning at Goodwin College’s Connecticut River Academy

Construction is underway on the $57M, 103K square-foot Connecticut River Academy that will serve as a science and environmental magnet high school in East Hartford, Connecticut. GEODesign served as the project’s geotechnical engineer for design and construction of the foundations for the four-story academic building and precast concrete parking garage on Goodwin College’s campus. Wick drains…

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Perspective on Mold—Hype and Corrective Action

Mold continues to be a big headache for property owners, managers, architects, engineers, and builders. The media blitz has created a very serious “perceived epidemic” to the general public. Before you jump into the sea of hysteria, you should educate yourself with the facts. Mold is not a new public health or property damage issue.…

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