One man’s trash

How geotechs can save used clothing from landfills. Fast fashion and the increasing quantity of low-quality textile manufacturing has seen a dramatic rise in clothing items ending up in landfill. In fact, the global textile sector is now the world’s second-largest economic contaminant, responsible for 10 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and 20 percent of worldwide wastewater. Each stage of the textile production and processing cycle produces a vast…

Coastal Road Australia

Coastal roads take me home

A new manufacturing research collaboration is aiming to develop geotechnical sensors that will monitor the conditions of Australia’s coastal roadways. The project, which has secured A$420,000 (£235,000) in funding, is being led by geotechnical engineering consultancy Geoinventions Consulting Services, in collaboration with Griffith University. It is also being supported by an Australia-based independent cooperative research centre, the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC). The project is looking to create a…

Turning up the heat

New heat records are increasing subsidence around the world. With global temperature records getting smashed every year around the world (thanks climate change), the amount of subsidence occurring is also on the rise. LV=General Insurance (LV=GI) – one of the UK’s largest home insurers – has warned about the impact of record temperatures, saying the climate crisis has already contributed to a rise in fire and subsidence cases this year.…

New research highlights geotechnical issues when decommissioning coalmines

With international policies pushing for the reduction of carbon emissions around the world, large-scale exploitation of surface lignite (brown coal) mines is gradually becoming uneconomical. As a result, many countries around the world are requiring coal mining companies to plan for the entirety of a mining operation’s life cycle, which includes developing a plan to decommission and close mines when they are no longer profitable. Surface coal mining poses a…

Oreo’s twisted truth

Mechanical engineers have put an Oreo’s cream filling through a number of tests to better understand rheology and determine what happens when two wafers are twisted apart. Over the last year or so, MIT engineers decided to object the sandwich cookie through rigorous materials tests to get to the centre of a tantalising question: Why does the cookie’s cream stick to just one wafer when twisted apart? When you twist…

Check out these exciting new software updates

We have been hard at work implementing your valued feedback and are excited to share the following new features with you! Log preferences menu Want complete flexibility on how descriptions are shown on your logs? With Log Preferences, you got it! Build your ideal phrasing of soil and rock descriptions by choosing: • which parameters are compulsory. • parameter order. • capitalisation & punctuation. Log charts Choose to display anything…

Did you know?

Here at TabLogs we always aim to educate— providing you with information about our borehole logging software and enhancements within the geotechnical engineering scene. Check out some history below about the industry we work in! 1.Geotechnical engineering is an ancient science. Examples of early geotechnical engineering and slope erosion control can be found as far back as 2000 BC, when ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt started employing construction practices to irrigate…

Million-dollar flag

The South African Government is facing criticism after earlier this year proposing to spend $1.3 million US to construct a 100-metre tall ‘monumental flag’ – with US$300,000 proposed for geotechnical studies alone. The government’s plans have been met with outrage and criticism from citizens, political parties, and other groups following the department’s budget vote speech in May where the costs were revealed. The department was criticised for spending exorbitant amounts…

News that is out of this world

NASA’s InSight Mars lander has detected the strongest quake ever detected, not only on Mars but on any planet besides Earth. The temblor had an estimated magnitude 5 and on 4 May 2022. This adds to the catalog of more than 1,313 quakes InSight has detected since landing on Mars in November 2018. The largest previously recorded quake had an estimated magnitude 4.2 and was detected on August 25, 2021.…

Ready for the Geotech boom?

The global geotechnical engineering market is expected to double in the coming years, thanks to a rapid rise in the demand for geotechnical services. A market research report released last year found that the global geotechnical engineering market is expected to grow to $10.6 trillion (USD) in 2030, up from $5 trillion in 2018. While other reports don’t anticipate quite the same level of growth — there is one very…