USA: Army Corps Galveston Awards Contract for Geotechnical Services

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District awarded a contract in the amount of $370,250.81 to Baton Rouge, La.-based Quaternary Resources Investigations LLC for core drilling, soil sampling and laboratory testing at the Sabine Neches Waterway’s Placement Area 8.

The geotechnical investigation will explore existing containment dike foundation and borrow source soil conditions at the placement area located in Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas.

“The contractor will provide labor and equipment to obtain subsurface soil samples and perform laboratory testing on selected samples to characterize the physical and engineering properties of the soils,” said David B. Boothby Jr., a civil engineer in the USACE Galveston District’s Geotechnical and Structures Section. “Data from the field and laboratory programs will be used to analyze existing containment dike foundation soils for stability as well as identify potential borrow soils within the placement area.”

According to Boothby, the results of the analysis will be used to develop containment dike designs for future dike elevation raising (as required) to increase capacity of the placement area.

“The study provides critical technical data used for design of containment dikes at Placement Area 8 so that it will continue to have capacity to receive dredged maintenance materials from nearby federal navigation channels,” said Boothby. “This work is a small part of the overall effort by USACE to maintain safe navigation in the Sabine Neches Waterway which serves the ports of Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange.”

Geotechnical work at the placement area is in preparation for planned levee raising efforts in fiscal year 2015.

Work is scheduled to begin October 2013 with an estimated completion date of April 2014.

Press Release, September 9, 2013

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews ( holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

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