Geotechnical Engineering

Drones and Natural Disasters

Typically surveying natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, and landslides involves putting boots on the ground and using tools like measuring tape or GPS to take stock of how the area has been affected. As you might imagine this takes a significant amount of time, is potentially dangerous, and costs a lot to pursue.

Pile Driver Sensors

When piles are driven into soil to provide foundational support for structures, vibrations are caused that can create cracks in deep foundations for nearby structures, like bridges.

Traditionally, these vibrations are measured by ground surface sensors, but the length needed to travel from deep underground in order to reach the sensors is telling only part of the story.

Municipal Solid Waste Landfills and Seismic Risk Mitigation

Each year, 75 million tons of Municipal Solid Waste in the United States goes to landfills. This amount of waste would fill in just one year the entire Manhattan in New York City to a height of 70 m or 210 ft! Modern landfills are sophisticated facilities designed to protect public health and the environment by containing the municipal solid waste. Many of these landfills are so large that they exceed the size of the Hoover Dam!

Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos

Measuring Response and Performance for Levee Systems and Dams

Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos became interested in levee systems when her PhD advisor at UC Berkeley offered her the opportunity to join an investigation of New Orleans levees after Hurricane Katrina hit.

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