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LA Metro Crenshaw Tunnel

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Curtis High School Addition and Renovation Project Employee Corner

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Upcoming Events

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4TH QUARTER / 2016

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A major project milestone was reached last quarter when the tunnel boring machine (TBM), Harriet, completed the one mile long Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) southbound tunnel from Expo/Crenshaw Station to Vernon Station. This project links Metro’s Blue Line with the Green Line at LAX through Baldwin Hills and Inglewood. It includes the construction of three underground stations and two cut and cover excavations. Walsh Shea Corridor Constructors, the project contractor, retained Geocomp to design, install, and monitor an extensive array of geotechnical and structural instruments to monitor the effects of the work on existing facilities and the performance of the excavation support systems. The monitoring system includes automated instrumentation reading of more than 3,000 sensing points, including multiple point borehole extensometers, strain gages, vertical inclinometers, tiltmeters, piezometers, settlement points, and building monitoring points. Email alerts are provided to the project team as soon as any sensor detects a reading above the yellow or red alert states. Key data on ground movement

around the TBM are fed to a TBM operator so they know immediately how surrounding ground is responding to the TBM. This feedback helps the contractor to keep surface settlements to mostly less than a ¼ inch. Lateral movements of the excavation support systems for 60-ft deep excavations are being maintained to less than 0.6 inches in most cases. Now that Harriet has completed the first tunnel, the TBM has been dismantled and trucked back to the starting point, reassembled, and redeployed to mine the adjacent northbound tunnel. Excavation work for the three stations is almost complete and the waterproofing membranes and permanent lining are being constructed. This line is expected to be ready for service in 2019.

Photos courtesy of LA Metro Website

TECHNOLOGIES TO MANAGE RISK FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

Curtis High School Addition and Renovation Project Instrumentation and Monitoring AMCC Corp. was retained by the New York City School Construc on Authority (SCA) to provide the renova on of the exis ng school building and construc on of a new addi on adjacent to the exis ng gymnasium. The exis ng school is located in a residen al sec on of Staten Island, between Hamilton Avenue and St. Marks Place. There are five historic residen al homes located along St. Marks Place, adjacent to the exis ng gymnasium and the new addi on.

monitored vibra on con nuously, sending out alerts if predetermined limits were exceeded.

Tilt Meters Six lt meters were installed along the wall adjacent to the field house. The lt meters provided data on the rota on of the exi ng wall, sending out alerts if predetermined limits were exceeded. The project is on-going and, to-date, all monitoring has func oned according to design and specifica ons.

Since the new addi on has a basement level, approximately 11 feet below exis ng grade, the project requires instrumenta on and monitoring (I/M) to help ensure the integrity of the historic homes. AMCC Corp. contracted Geocomp Engineering to provide these services. Shee ng was required within the zone of influence of the historic homes, exis ng school gymnasium, and field house to place the founda ons below grade. We prepared the Geotechnical Instrumenta on Plan, approved by the SCA, to monitor vibra ons and se lement due to construc on ac vi es and excava on adjacent to exis ng structures. The plan consisted of:

Precondition Inspections Geocomp performed precondi on inspec ons for the exis ng school structure and the adjacent historic residen al homes to document the exis ng condi on of the structures so that any adverse effect of construc on ac vi es could be determined.

Seismographs Eleven seismographs were installed: three in the basement of the exis ng gymnasium, five in the basements of the historic homes along St. Marks Place, and three in the homes adjacent to the field house. The seismographs

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EMPLOYEE CORNER Shaun Dustin Senior Engineer for Monitoring Products Shaun Dustin joined Geocomp as a Senior Engineer for instrumentation programs. He comes to us after four years running the Geotechnical and Structural Instrumentation Group at Campbell Scientific. He worked on heavy civil instrumentation ranging from Three Mile Island waste cleanup to structural design of the Space Mountain load unload platform. Most of his experience has been in the startup of civil engineering consulting and technology firms. Shaun earned his Doctorate from Utah State University (USU) in 2010 in biological engineering and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Civil Engineering department at USU. He lives in Nibley, Utah with his wife, 5 of their six kids, 8 chickens, three goats, two ornery cats, and a greyhound. He also is the Mayor of Nibley for reasons too complicated to get into.

Anna Kotas Geotechnical Engineer Anna M. Kotas, P.E. joined GeoTesting Express (GTX) as a Geotechnical Engineer. She will be based in Central Virginia and responsible for business development and the expansion of sales of GTX’s laboratory testing services. She worked as a Geotechnical Engineer for more than 16 years and will use that background to provide a unique and rewarding experience for GTX’s clients. Anna is multilingual, reads up to 5 novels in a week, and loves to travel the world with her 3 boys and structural engineer husband.

Sheila Warren Senior Product Sales Associate Sheila Warren joined Geocomp’s Products group as a Senior Product Sales Associate. She is responsible for developing business and maintaining client satisfaction for our Products Division. Sheila brings more than 20 years of technical sales experience within the geotechnical and environmental marketplace. Her extensive knowledge of field exploration, sampling, and testing will provide Geocomp Products clients with a well-rounded approach to their testing needs. Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of New Hampshire.

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UPCOMING EVENTS Look for Geocomp and GeoTesting Express at the following upcoming trade shows: •

TRB 96th Annual Meeting January 8-12, Washington, DC, Booth #633

• USSD Annual Meeting & Conference April 3-7, Anaheim, CA, Exhibition • ASCE SEI Structures Congress April 6-8, Denver, CO, Presentations

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• Geotechnical Frontiers March 12-15, Orlando, FL, Exhibition and Presentations

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