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Celebrating the legacy of George G. Goble, Ph.D., P.E.

In loving memory of George G. Goble, Ph.D., P.E. There are some giants in the world of engineering – some more recognized than others. For those of us in the Deep Foundation Engineering World, Dr. Goble was a giant. He had the intellect, knowledge and – most importantly – the drive to change our world….

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2017 USACE Northwest River Projects

It was a busy spring in the northwest this year. Roughly every seven years, the US Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla and Portland Districts perform major maintenance on the Columbia River and Snake River navigational locks. BDI performed instrumentation and technical engineering during several of the maintenance projects: • Cable tensioning and counterweight balancing…

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NEW LOOK, NEW SERVICES, NEW NAME (SORT OF)…

Background For those of you who know us and our services, we want you to know how much we have changed since incorporating in 1989. We started as a small engineering firm that sprouted from a research project conducted at the University of Colorado in the late 1980’s funded by PennDOT and FHWA. Developing methods…

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SAVE THAT BRIDGE!

As budgets tighten, the pressure on state and municipal engineers to get the most out of their existing inventory goes up. Some tools that can often help with this decision are live load testing and structural monitoring.For 24 years, BDI has been providing critical structural response information to bridge engineers who will often go on…

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Structural Monitoring Services for Hydraulic Structures

BDI offers structural testing and monitoring services for all types of hydraulic structures such as tainter gates, nav-lock gates, and fish conveyance structures. We use a very efficient testing system to record strains, rotations, displacements, cable forces, and many other parameters to gain an understanding of the structure’s overall response. Typical applications include measuring trunnion…

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BDI in the news…

The media was out and about interviewing our crew in Rhode Island last week as they worked testing a bridge in Nanaquaket. Read all about it here: Nanaquaket Bridge Receives Structure Test

Vehicle Axle Weight Scales Used for Verifying Permit & Overloaded Vehicles

BDI has integrated a set of specialized portable scales into our STS-WiFi system, allowing us to weigh permit loads axle by axle. Several DOT’s have found it extremely helpful to have both the axle and gross weights verified prior to allowing the specialized loads to cross bridges along the haul route. BDI typically mobilizes either…

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