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News Article | December 21, 2016

New Positioning, Logo, Tagline, Website differentiate this leader in geotechnical engineering -- NEW YORK, NY — BrandTuitive, the New York-based brand strategy and positioning agency, has rebranded Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, MRCE, a leading geotechnical engineering firm.  MRCE is known for its work on the foundation of the World Trade Center, which is credited with keeping lower Manhattan from flooding after 9/11 because of the "bathtub" they built that houses the building's foundation. The rebranding includes brand positioning, messaging, new logo, tagline, overall look and feel and website, The new tagline for MRCE is "built on firm foundations,"which reflects its long heritage of engineering expertise and important work today."MRCE has built a reputation for excellence in a high stakes business," said Jeanine Debar, President, BrandTuitive, "from building in areas with seismic activity to building close to water, some of the most complex projects in the world have been successfully tackled by this collaborative team of industry veterans and young talent."Through the discovery process, BrandTuitive revealed how MRCE's rich 100-year history provided an unequaled treasure trove of significant industry knowledge, including street maps of underground Manhattan dating back to the early 1900s, core samples of what lies beneath skyscrapers, an in-house instrumentation lab and a library of case studies of innovations developed within their own walls."It was thrilling to see these actual pieces of Manhattan's history," said Todd Brenard, Chief Strategy Officer, BrandTuitive. "We knew that highlighting these historical treasures could play an important role in telling the MRCE story."BrandTuitive's work included naming and trademarking the expansive collection of engineering innovation as MRCE's "Treasury of Knowledge." The agency is building an interactive display of the items as a new tab on MRCE's website devoted to sharing this history and innovation with the world. It will launch in the early part of 2017.About BrandTuitiveBrandTuitive is a full-service branding, marketing and advertising agency based in New York City. Since 2010, BrandTuitive has consistently delivered strategic insights, on-brand solutions and results-driven creative to clients. From global powerhouse brands to quickly emerging startups, BrandTuitive's clients range across a wide variety of industries. For more information on BrandTuitive, please visit ( )m.

News Article | December 21, 2016

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BrandTuitive, the New York-based brand strategy and positioning agency, has rebranded Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, MRCE, a leading geotechnical engineering firm. MRCE is known for its work on the foundation of the World Trade Center, which...

Nikolaou S.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers | Gilsanz R.,Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress 2016 - Proceedings of the Joint Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress 2016 | Year: 2016

This paper will discuss some benchmark, well documented extreme cases relating to earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, winds, floods, and terrorist attacks, and the impact they have had in modifying design standards. The authors will share their experience with responding to events including 9-11, Hurricane Sandy, and recent earthquakes that steered their focus on observing resilient structural performance, instead of failures, as is usually done. The new generation of design standards will incorporate performance targets as they relate to multi-hazard exposure, associated risks, and life cycle parameters. To this end, observation of successful cases despite them experiencing loads higher than their design is invaluable. The complexity of learning from the past and predicting and designing for the next extreme hazard, with its often counter-Active character of other associated multi-hazards, in an overall resilience framework will be discussed. © ASCE.

Malekmohammadi M.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers | Pezeshk S.,University of Memphis
Earthquake Spectra | Year: 2015

In this study, site amplification factors for the deep soil deposits of the Mississippi embayment are computed using a nonlinear site response analysis program first to develop a model for nonlinear soil response for possible use by ground motion developers and second to address site amplification estimation. The effects of geology, sediment depth, and average shear wave velocity at the upper 30 m of soil ranging 180-800m/s, as well as the effect of peak ground acceleration at the bedrock on nonlinear ground motion amplification for the upper embayment, are investigated. The site response computations cover various site conditions, sediment depth of 70-750 m, and peak acceleration of input rock motions of 0.01-0.90 g. The amplification (or de-amplification) at various frequencies implied by the sediment depth is greater than that implied just by site classification of the top 30 m of soil. © 2015, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Carr P.,Judy Company | Quasarano M.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Geotechnical Special Publication | Year: 2012

During replacement of the center bascule span of the Amtrak Thames River Bridge with a lift span structure, significant settlement occurred in the bascule pier. The pier was stabilized by solidifying the underlying soil by methodological injection of grout. This paper describes the construction aspects of an unusually large permeation grouting program which was undertaken to arrest settlement of a 92-year-old bridge pier. © 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Shelman A.,Iowa State University | Tantalla J.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers | Sritharan S.,Iowa State University | Nikolaou S.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers | Lacy H.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering | Year: 2014

An experimental investigation was performed on five widespread soil types common in the United States to characterize the effects of freezing temperatures on the unconfined compressive strength (qu), the modulus of elasticity (E), and strain at the unconfined compressive strength (εqu). Soil specimens were subjected to monotonic and cyclic loading with varying strain rates at temperatures ranging from 20 to -23°C (68 to-9:4°F). When compared with test results at 20°C (68°F), testing at-20°C (-4°F) showed an increase in qu by a factor of 100, an average increase in E by a factor of 300, and an average decrease in εqu by 5% strain. Increase in the soil compaction, moisture content, and applied strain rate amplified the cold temperature effects on qu. Additional testing at-20°C (-4°F) resulted in an increase in εqu with no change in E when the applied strain rate was increased. Cyclic experimentation produced data trends comparable to the monotonic experimentation for the mechanical properties but allowed residual deformation as a function of cold temperature to be identified. To assist with current seismic design practice, experimental trends were incorporated into a p-y curve development and the impact of observed soil response as a function of temperature is demonstrated using a series of pushover analyses on a column continued into the subsurface as a drilled shaft foundation. © 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Elmekati A.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers | Shamy U.E.,Southern Methodist University
Computers and Geotechnics | Year: 2010

The particulate nature of granular soils can be accurately simulated at a microscale level. However, due to the huge spatial extent of geotechnical systems, a model fully constructed at such a scale is almost impossible with current computing technologies. Hence, continuum-based approaches are considered as the practical scale for modeling the majority of problems. Combining both scales enables benefiting from the advantages of both techniques while trying to overcome their drawbacks. Although a significant number of publications have addressed coupling both scales, only a few provide information regarding implementing the proposed procedures. In this study, an efficient co-simulation framework for conducting multiscale analysis is introduced. The framework is based on integrating existing continuum and micromechanical modeling software packages and therefore benefitting from already existing codes. A computational simulation of a rigid pile in contact with granular soil demonstrating the capabilities of such technique is presented. The near-field zone surrounding the pile is modeled using DEM whereas FEM is utilized to model far-field zones that are not affected by the presence of the pile. Results of conducted simulations resemble those obtained from experimental results. The proposed approach appears to be a very effective and promising tool to model boundary value problems of geotechnical systems. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Kaeck W.E.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers | Rhyner F.C.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Geotechnical Special Publication | Year: 2012

This paper describes analysis and design for emergency repair of an unusual creep problem in the deep foundation soils under a railroad bridge and the grouting program undertaken to arrest it. © 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Brand A.H.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers | Trivedi K.H.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
Geotechnical Special Publication | Year: 2015

This paper will explore a series of design and construction issues which have been encountered while developing urban sites throughout the past 15 to 20 years. The sites are not identified by specific name, but rather by general area. The intent here is to provide insight into a design process that recognizes the subsurface conditions in the development environment and allows an engineer to envision strategies to solve problems.

Fantaye S.Y.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers | Johnson S.O.H.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers | Verastegui R.D.,Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
AEI 2015: Birth and Life of the Integrated Building - Proceedings of the AEI Conference 2015 | Year: 2015

Land is a scarce commodity, a fact evident in many of our densely populated cities. In highly urbanized centers of culture, efficient use of land is such a necessity that excavating deep below-grade and below the groundwater table to create multiple cellar levels is often considered in the development of many mid-to-high rise towers. In recent years, several buildings with deep subterranean space have been successfully developed even when located within challenging geologic conditions and adjacent to fragile and historic structures. The Marriott Marquis Convention Center in Washington, DC is an example of development using these excavation techniques. Such extensive excavations are made possible by the organization of an experienced design team who use knowledge, advanced analytical tools, and innovative building techniques to construct rigid and watertight excavation support systems and integrate them to act as permanent basement walls and load-carrying foundation elements. © 2015 ASCE.

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