Remembering Derek Maishman, P.E.

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Derek Maishman, P.EThe Moretrench family regrets to announce the passing of ground freezing specialist Derek Maishman, P.E., on September 17, 2017.  He was 88 years old. Derek  came to  Moretrench  in  1976  following  a  distinguished  career  with UK-based Forakay, Ltd, where he ultimately served as  Chief  Engineer with responsibility  for  all  of  the  company’s  ground  freezing  operations in  the UK,  USA  and  Canada.  At Moretrench, he was instrumental in establishing the company’s  freezeWall  subsidiary,  since merged  with the parent organization, and providing the technical expertise and experienced-based insight that formed  the  cornerstone  of  our  present day operations.

Over the course of his career with Moretrench, Derek  was responsible for the design and implementation  of many notable projects in challenging subsurface conditions and shared his experience with the underground construction community through published papers, conference and seminar presentations, and as a contributing author to authoritative books.  Although he retired from full-time employment in 1997, he continued  to serve as a consultant to Moretrench into his 80s.

 “Derek’s wealth of knowledge was critical to Moretrench’s early success in the ground freezing arena. He essentially laid the foundation for our work.  It is a tribute to his considerable early contributions that we continue to be a leader in this field.  Our condolences go out to his wife Enid at this difficult time.” 

Art Corwin
Moretrench President & CEO

Moretrench’s Schmall and Landry to present at the In Depth Coal Ash Impoundment Closure

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Moretrench’s Vice President and Chief Engineer Paul Schmall, Ph.D., P.E. and Chief Dewatering Engineer Gregory M. Landry, P.E. will present at EUCI’s In-Depth Coal Ash Impoundment Closure Course.

During this 2-day workshop, industry leaders from multiple closure service providers will share their experience with industry attendees to  provide them with a more comprehensive understanding of the processes and steps involved in impoundment closure. The program includes a range of related aspects including geotechnical work, dewatering, stability issues, civil design, groundwater monitoring. construction processes and contractor selection.

Referencing the extensive dewatering, soil stabilization and water treatment experience earned through the closure of over a dozen ash ponds, Schmall and Landry will discuss the behavior and responsiveness of ash to drainage methods, the wide range of techniques that can be used, associated water treatment methods, the geotechnical investigations necessary, geotechnical verification and monitoring, and new advances in the technologies.

Moretrench Safety – It’s in Our Hands

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“It’s in Our Hands” was the theme for this year’s annual Safety Day at Moretrench. Under the overall direction of Corporate Safety Director, Gregory Lewis, the focus was to have employees recognize that practicing good hand safety procedures in the workplace is crucial for their careers as well as for their overall quality of life. More than a dozen different jobsites were visited by company executives to help promote this themed event.  “A special thank you goes to everyone who has helped make this happen,” said Lewis. “Participation by our entire work force, despite hectic schedules, made it a very successful undertaking.”

Moretrench Proudly Makes a Commitment to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey Relief. Morris County, Donations

Working with local area organizations is very much a part of Moretrench’s corporate culture, especially during a time of crisis, and the very reason why they have made a commitment to help Hurricane Harvey victims. The devastation that continues down in Texas is heart wrenching and tragic. Many people will continue needing support to get back on their feet in the days to come.

Moretrench is combining their efforts with trucking vendor, Anty Trucking and Rigging, and launching a weeklong campaign to fill a 53ft truck with the appropriate items needed. The truck is ready to go, sitting outside their headquarters (pictured above) at 100 Stickle Avenue, Rockaway, NJ 07866. Collection will begin on Monday, September 11, 2017 and continue through Friday, September 15, 2017, between the hours of 7am and 6pm.

Moretrench continues to partner with local communities, churches and other houses of worship to support their quest to “Fill the Truck!”. If you are interested in donating, you can find a list of needed items here.

Once the truck is filled, Moretrench will be trucking the items down to Texas themselves, along with Anty Trucking and Rigging, and delivering them directly to local food banks and churches in the affected areas of Houston.

For more information, please contact Moretrench directly.

ASDSO’s Dam Safety 2017

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Dam Safety 2017 LogoVisit Moretrench at Booth# 1114 during ASDSO’s Dam Safety 2017
September 10-14 | J.W. Marriott San Antonio Hill Country

Dam Safety 2017 is the leading conference in the United States dedicated to dam and levee safety engineering and technology transfer. The conference will once again bring together nearly 1,000 individuals dedicated to advancing the dam and levee safety community and offers three full days of educational programming, networking, specialty workshops, field trips, an exhibit hall with over 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and so much more.

Our experts will be on hand to show how our dewatering, pressure relief, and grouting expertise and experience can assist you in your next dam remediation project.

Make sure to ask about our rapid response capability in case of emergencies.

Moretrench Chief Dewatering Engineer Reveals the Secret to Dewatering

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While the tunneling industry has done a good job of embracing the concept of the geotechnical baseline report (GBR), this positive development is undermined to a certain extent by a general misunderstanding of what constitutes a challenging vs. easy dewatering condition.  Written by Chief Dewatering Engineer Greg Landry, P.E., this informative article describes how a deeper understanding of the interaction between the dewatering system and the site geology can lead to improved geotechnical baseline parameters relating to dewatering.

You can read the full article here.

Moretrench’s Six Bridges Micropile Project Featured on the Cover of Foundation Drilling Magazine

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Micropile foundation systems were installed to replace existing abutments and piers for roadbed upgrade at three bridges along the Saw Mill Parkway in Westchester County, NY. The project was completed under the $40M Region 8 Bundles Bridges Design-Build Contract, part of an overall New York State  Scour Critical/Flood Prone Bridge Program. Where the Parkway runs beneath two low overhead historic stone arch river bridges supporting local traffic routes, a 2-lane span of the 4-lane roadbed sits atop columns founded in the water, effectively creating a bridge beneath a bridge scenario. The complexities involved in installing the micropiles under the restrictive site conditions and within a limited timeframe is discussed by Frank DiSalvo, Project Manager for specialty geotechnical contractor Moretrench, and Stephen Mascia of General Contractor ECCO III Enterprises.

You can read the full article here.

Moretrench Vice President and Chief Engineer Paul Schmall to Speak at Breakthroughs in Tunneling 2017

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10th Breakthroughs in Tunneling Logo_OLGain insight into your next tunneling project by attending the:

10th ANNUAL BREAKTHROUGHS
IN TUNNELING 
SHORT COURSE
August 14-16, 2017 | Embassy Suites, Chicago Illinois

Real-world solutions for real-world tunneling problems presented by leading tunneling industry practitioners from around the globe, including Moretrench’s Paul, Schmall, Ph.D., P.E. who will present on Tunnel Dewatering and Ground Freezing.

A  visit to the Chicago TARP McCook Reservoir Project Site is scheduled on the day following the short course, Thursday, August 17th. Visitors will be able to see and access to 33-ft diameter McCook Tunnel and the 10-ft diameter inflow/outflow daylighting into the reservoir. The tour will last about 2.5 hours. Space is limited so sign up when you register for the course.

For registration and more information, visit here.

 

DFI’s Stabilize, Support and Improve

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DEEP FOUNDATION INSTITUTE’S SSI:
STABILIZE, SUPPORT & IMPROVE
Omni Shoreham Hotel | Washington D.C.
August 28th – 30th, 2017

This 2-day technical seminar is focused on the effective application of deep foundations, ground improvement and soil mixing for stabilization of slopes and excavation support. Presentations will cover current technologies, design concepts, research and case histories.

 
Stop by and see us at Booth 114 , and make sure you don’t miss the following informative presentations by Business Development Manager Jonathan Bennett, P.E., D.GE.

  • Tuesday, August 29th, 11:00-11:30 am – Old Croton Railway Slope Stabilization
  • Wednesday August 30th, 4:15-4:45 pm – Stabilization of SR 28: Emlenton Hill Improvements

For more information on the seminar, please visit www.dfi.org/ssi2017.

Moretrench President Arthur B. Corwin Participates in the 2017 US P3 Forum

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Moretrench President and CEO Art Corwin (far right) during the “State of the States” panel discussion.

Moretrench President and CEO Art Corwin (far right) during the “State of the States” panel discussion.

 

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) are the sole focus of The Association for the Improvement of America’s Infrastructure (AIAI).  P3s essentially change the way that states conduct the business of public infrastructure procurement and offer key advantages in helping to rebuild America’s infrastructure.

InfraAmericas’ US P3 Forum is the P3 industry’s premier gathering of infrastructure developers, investors, financiers, state and federal public officials and regional transportation authorities to discuss what is happening across the country and the issues that are shaping the industry’s future. This year’s forum was held on June 13-14, 2017 in New York City and Moretrench President and CEO  Arthur B. Corwin, P. E., was invited to participate in the “State of the States” panel discussion.

Mr. Corwin is active in both the AIAI and the Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey (ACCNJ), which has been working for the past two years to have P3 legislation approved in the State of New Jersey.  “This would allow New Jersey agencies, municipalities, etc. to take advantage of this type of contracting method,” says Corwin.  “It has already been approved by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Geothals Bridge is being built under this arrangement.”

“In New Jersey, an educational effort is underway, working in conjunction with AIAI member The Associated Construction Contractors of NJ (ACC-NJ), New Jersey’s state-level chapter of AGC (buildings),” notes Corwin.  “The goal is to provide education in anticipation of companion bills being reintroduced in the 2018 session, when notably there will be a newly inaugurated Governor. The stakeholder groups to whom ACC-NJ has been reaching out should benefit directly from the workforce development and job creation opportunities associated with P3s across a range of sectors.”

For more information, please visit the AIAI website at aiai-infra.info.