The “disappearing” island of Sylt

January 1, 1970  |  Case Studies

Located 20km (13 miles) west of the German/Danish border lies the island of Sylt. The long, narrow island (pronounced Zoolt) is the northernmost point of Germany. Sylt lies in the North Sea off the coasts of Denmark and the German state Schleswig-Holstein. It is the largest island of the Frisian arc…
It was 1961 and I was in Wilmington, Delaware

January 1, 1970  |  Case Studies

A personal sidebar by Bob Koerner Introduction By 1961, I was 27, married to Paula, and we had two young sons, Michael and George. Academically, I had received my BSCE degree from Drexel in 1956, with one course in soil mechanics, and half of a master’s degree at Columbia with two courses in soil …
Geotextiles in unpaved roads: A 35-year case history

January 1, 1970  |  Case Studies

By William M. Hawkins Abstract This article presents current information on geotextiles installed experimentally in an unpaved road 35 years ago. In 1972, geotextiles were largely untested, and the site was set up as an accelerated field test to determine the comparative performances of several fabr…
Case study: Music City Center green roof

January 1, 1970  |  Case Studies

By Allan Wingfield Nashville’s new Music City Center convention facility features a unique sloped green roof design designed to mimic Tennessee’s rolling hills. There is a 65-ft difference in elevation from the northwest corner of the site to the southeast corner. Many challenges needed …
Using expanded polystyrene (EPS) geofoam in road and bridge projects

January 1, 1970  |  Case Studies

Problem: Highway capacity is insufficient to meet growing demand Traffic congestion on highways in the United States continues to be an area of concern to the traveling public, and to roadway managers. Every year, congestion continues to grow as vehicle travel increases and the nation’s bridges an…