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Drilling in Southwest Indiana at a 15-year peak

Indiana State officials say Southwest Indiana is experiencing a boom in oil and gas exploration, with a peak number of wells drilled over the past 15 years.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas released a report earlier this week that says oil and gas wells are being drilled in Indiana “At a pace that hasn’t been seen for at least 15 years,” according to Herschel McDivitt, director of the DNR Division of Oil and Gas.

DNR officials say the division issued more than 450 drilling permits in 2006, a number that McDivitt expects to steadily increase during the next several years, due to the anticipated higher prices for crude oil and natural gas.

“This is an exciting time to be in the oil and gas business,” McDivitt said in a press release announcing the news.

“While much of the interest is in drilling for crude oil, a growing number of wells are being drilled for natural gas, especially in the southwestern part of Indiana where companies are actively developing wells.”

McDivitt acknowledged that along with the increase in drilling applications has come a significant number of questions from landowners who have been approached by companies seeking to obtain leases from the landowners allowing them to drill on their properties.

“Many landowners are unfamiliar with the process of leasing their land for oil and gas and are seeking more information about oil and gas operations and looking to find answers to their questions,” McDivitt said.

DNR has also made some changes in the Division of Oil and Gas’s organizational structure.

Jim AmRhein will be responsible for all inspections and compliance- related functions within the division’s program.

Previously, AmRhein was in charge of all permitting functions, as well as inspections […]

Upcoming Tunneling Projects – Tunnel

2/10/2016

Upcoming Tunneling Projects

CALIFORNIA
Laguna Beach
Tunnel   Stabilization   and   Sewer   Pipeline   Replacement
Approved by the South Coast Water District Board of Directors in 2010 and the City of Laguna Beach in late 2013, the Tunnel Stabilization & Sewer Pipeline Replacement Project (Tunnel Project) is a 100-year solution to protect the environment, local economies and neighboring communities. The project comprises two key components:

  • Tunnel Stabilization: The District will enlarge the size of the tunnel from an average of 6 to 9 ft. This will ensure safer working conditions and greater access for future pipeline maintenance and repair. Permanent shotcrete lining and steel supports will be installed at several locations where required, replacing rotten timber supports and removal of loose rock that currently exist.
  • Pipeline Replacement: The District will install a new 24-in. pipeline throughout the tunnel. The current pipeline – also 24 in. in diameter – will be encased in concrete, but preserved for redundancy and emergency use.

The cost to repair the tunnel is estimated at approximately $90 million and will be funded through low-interest state loans, grants and the District’s general fund. Shortlisted tunnel contractors announcement was anticipated for 2014-2015 with request for bids expected in 2015 and NTP in 2015-2016.

Los Angeles
The   North East   Interceptor   Sewer   (NEIS)   Phase   2A
The North East Interceptor Sewer (NEIS) Phase 2A project is currently the northern extension of the NEIS Phase 1 project. The project will construct approximately 3.03 miles of 8-ft diameter sewer in tunnel and associated structures. The sewer will be constructed from the Division St. Shaft site, near the intersection of San Fernando Road and Cazador Street and terminate at the northern overflow parking lot for the Pony and Train […]

World Tunnelling News

Jan 05, 2016 – Helsinki-Tallinn fixed link seems feasible Yle Uutiset
Jan 04, 2016 – India awards large $1.5 billion road link contract India Times
Jan 01, 2016 – Bangladesh to improve infrastructure BD News 24
Dec 30, 2015 – India’s longest road link to open in July NDTV
Dec 29, 2015 – India envisages first underwater link India Times – India Today
Dec 29, 2015 – China opens longest lake crossing GB Times
Dec 28, 2015 – Japanese court ruling on fatal ceiling collapse The Yomiuri Shimbun – Japan News
Dec 28, 2015 – Shanghai completes 13th river link Shanghai Daily
Dec 26, 2015 – Bids placed for Istanbul mega-project Daily Sabah
Dec 25, 2015 – Complex Singapore road link delayed Straits Times
Dec 25, 2015 – Ottawa LRT enters final phase Ottawa Sun
Dec 22, 2015 – Rio Metro Line 4 needs more funding The Rio Times
Dec 20, 2015 – Work starts on Auckland’s City Rail Link Stuff.co.nz
Dec 18, 2015 – Study looks at replacing old Baltimore rail link The Baltimore Sun
Dec 14, 2015 – US transportation bill boosts Hudson rail project New York Times
Dec 14, 2015 – Cost of Mumbai Metro Line 3 underestimated The Indian Express
Dec 14, 2015 – Cologne LRT […]

Geotechnical Engineering | Civil and Environmental Engineering at Illinois

 

Alumni of CEE’s Geotechnical Engineering program have made significant contributions to major projects like subway systems in the nation’s largest cities, the Hoover Dam and the World Trade Center. Today, geotechnical engineering faculty members have expertise in earthquake engineering, soil mechanics behavior, foundation engineering, rock mechanics and tunneling, and advanced numerical modeling techniques.

Research interests of the Geotechnical Engineering faculty include:

  • Deep excavations
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Numerical modeling
  • Static and dynamic Soil-structure interaction.
  • Engineering properties, construction problems, and ground modification technology in soft clays and silts, stiff clays and soft rocks, and granular materials
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Reliability-based design
  • Mechanically stabilized earth and earth support systems
  • Ground improvement methods and their effect on structures
  • Soil liquefaction during earthquakes
  • The static and seismic stability of natural and excavated slopes

 

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California highway landslide leaves vehicles buried – video

Aerial footage shows work crews clearing mud and debris following flash floods that left nearly 200 vehicles stuck in up to 5ft (1.5 metres) of mud. The Leona Valley, about 20 miles north of Los Angeles, saw extensive downpours on Thursday, with 3.58 inches (9 cm) of rainfall during a 30 minute period. Elsewhere in southern California, several roads were washed out and there were reports of motorists having to be rescued from torrential flooding

 

Interstate 10 in California closed east of Coachella after bridge collapse

A 30-foot section of a bridge on the 10 Freeway in Desert Center east of Coachella co

A 30-foot section of a bridge on the 10 Freeway in Desert Center east of Coachella collapsed Sunday, closing Interstate 10 indefinitely.

The 10 Freeway was shut down from Desert Center to the Arizona state line as a result of the bridge collapse and heavy flooding, authorities said.
llapsed Sunday, closing Interstate 10 indefinitely.

Source: Interstate 10 closed east of Coachella after bridge collapse