Funny geotechnical terms
After a series of serious newsletter items we thought of give everyone a small reason to smile. This limited list provides some of the funny geotechnical terms that we have encountered. Have fun :)
Abudment: An abutment meets Budweiser (beer)
Bed rock: Rock music that you listen when you go to bed
Cut-and-cover: Mafia style, cut soil, cover evidence.
Excavation: What support, just bring a back hoe?Dirt: What your non geotech spouse calls soil
Experience: Repeating the same mistake with increased confidence
Fountations: The combination of a foundation and a fountain.
Grading curve: Not it is not about your college grades!!!
Historical maximum stress: At the time of Julius Ceasar?
Inspector: Ok, he is for lunch, finish that pile quickly.....
King pile: A pile with a king's crown?
Observational approach: Sip coffee, observe wall fail.
Principal stress: The stress that your high school principal applied to your class.
Seapage force: The force of seepage from the sea
Soil investigation: What do you mean you need an investigation? I had a project 2 miles north...
Tietacks: Instead of tiebacks, tie tacks are commonly used to tie jewelry
Tolerance: What do you mean that the pile is off by 10 ft?
Whaler: When your tieback waler goes fishing (Boston Whaler boat)
And an oath:
I swear by NAVFAC DM7.2 to tell the truth and only but the truth!