California dam expansion using geosynthetic-strip reinforced MSE wall

August 1st, 2013

By Fransiscus S. Hardianto, Robert Lozano, John E. Sankey, and David K. Hughes Introduction The Los Vaqueros Dam was originally built in 1997, creating the Los Vaqueros Reservoir, to improve the quality and reliability of water available to the Contra Costa Water District (CCWD) in Northern California. In 2011, the CCWD expanded the reservoir from […]

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2013 State of the Industry

August 1st, 2013

By Jeff Rasmussen Cause for optimism In 2012, the overall business and sales environment improved for many industry participants. Many manufacturers, even in the traditional markets, did slightly better than in 2011. Residential construction increased 15%—with nonresidential construction increasing 6%—in 2012 compared with 2011. These increases in construction enhanced sales growth prospects for awnings, fabric […]

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Our expert answers a question on global warming

August 1st, 2013

Question: Dear Dr. Leshchinsky, In Item 2, “Apparent cohesion,” you state: “In some zones this redundancy becomes more important due to an increase in precipitation intensity caused by global warming.” I was wondering if you could identify the location of these “zones” and the relative or absolute increase in precipitation you are attributing to global […]

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