ENGINEERING GEOLOGY WITH THE NEW MEXICO STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION

A CONCENTRATED EFFORT TO UTILIZE ENGINEERING GEOLOGY IN NEW MEXICO'S ROAD BUILDING PROGRAM WAS INTRODUCED IN 1957. THE STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION EMPLOYS TWENTY-SEVEN GEOLOGISTS, OF WHOM TWENTY ARE ENGAGED IN FIELD LABORATORY TESTING OF CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS. FOUR SERVE ON A RESEARCH PROGRAM FINANCED BY THE U. S. BUREAU OF PUBLIC ROADS WHOSE FIELD WORK RESULTS IN GEOLOGICAL MAPS AND REPORTS PERTAINING TO THE STATE'S AGGREGATE RESOURCES. THE CENTRAL MATERIALS AND TESTING LABORATORY UTILIZES THE SERVICES OF ONE GEOLOGIST AS A CREW CHIEF IN CHARGE OF MATERIALS EXPLORATION AND SOIL PROFILES. THE VALUE OF GEOLOGY IN TECHNICAL SERVICES IS ALSO RECOGNIZED, AS ONE GEOLOGIST FUNCTIONS IN THE FIELD OF GROUNDWATER OBSERVATIONS AND BRIDGE STUDIES. IN ADDITION, THE DESIGN SECTION EMPLOYS A FULL-TIME GEOLOGIST AS A CONSULTANT ON BACK SLOPES, SHRINK AND SWELL FACTORS, EXCAVATION PROCEDURES, AND REALIGNMENT STUDIES. FURTHER DUTIES INCLUDE SOIL AND STRATIGRAPHIC EXAMINATIONS OF POTENTIAL PROBLEM AREAS, AND INVESTIGATION OF LANDSLIDES. /AUTHOR/

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  • Pagination: 217 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00229892
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Eng Geol & Soils Eng Symp Proc, Boise
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 26 1971 12:00AM