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(WAFB Baton Rouge)   When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp   (wafb.com) divider line 113
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2012-06-15 10:41:21 AM  
I got stuck in Morgan City once with a boat problem for a week. Other than rig workers and strippers there is no reason to ever go down to Morgan City, they do not even rent cars that are allowed out of the area. Who were they expecting to attract, almost everything below Morgan City got wash away.
 
2012-06-15 12:17:17 PM  
Well they need to form a partnership with a more prosperous community -- one that has huge tracts of land.
 
2012-06-15 12:44:47 PM  
That one burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp....
 
2012-06-15 12:51:12 PM  
i96.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-15 01:34:48 PM  
*twang* "Message for you sir!"
 
2012-06-15 01:42:04 PM  
what about the curtains?
 
2012-06-15 01:42:21 PM  

elvisaintdead:


Wot, the curtains?
 
2012-06-15 01:43:22 PM  
Good to see news from my home state. . . Even if it does further the stereotype that Louisiana is a giant swamp
 
2012-06-15 01:45:29 PM  
Like Hiesatai, I'm from Louisiana. Good to be reminded of the two things that state has aplenty: 1) swamps, and 2) morons.
 
2012-06-15 01:45:50 PM  
NO SINGING!!!
 
2012-06-15 01:45:58 PM  

Hiesatai: Good to see news from my home state. . . Even if it does further the stereotype that Louisiana is a giant swamp


Are you saying it's not? Why is there a bridge all the way across it?
 
2012-06-15 01:47:35 PM  
Yeah, an excuse for a "huge tracts of land" thread!

/at work, can't post
 
2012-06-15 01:49:10 PM  
I'm curious if they used a floating foundation, a pile foundation or tried to excavate down to bedrock and then backfill. If the answer was none of the above, was the fault with the geo-technical engineering report or with the architectural firm?
 
2012-06-15 01:49:10 PM  
One way to get Morgan City prosperous would be to blow up the Old River control structures and let the Atchafalaya do her thing.
 
2012-06-15 01:49:19 PM  
*sigh* Listen, Alice...
 
2012-06-15 01:49:36 PM  

baronvonzipper: Hiesatai: Good to see news from my home state. . . Even if it does further the stereotype that Louisiana is a giant swamp

Are you saying it's not? Why is there a bridge all the way across it?


Because it's more convenient than building a million little bridges to cross all of the lakes and rivers we have.
 
2012-06-15 01:50:59 PM  
Aegis is in trouble, especially if they took the soil samples.
 
2012-06-15 01:51:29 PM  
he's going to tell
 
2012-06-15 01:51:30 PM  
"It's very devastating. It's like a death in the family," said Stansbury. "This is an anomaly. They have no idea what could have happened."

it sank.
 
2012-06-15 01:51:33 PM  
Most of DC was built on swampland, yet it wont sink. I think the Army corps of engineers released a report about how the Jefferson memorial is sinking.
 
2012-06-15 01:52:00 PM  
FTA: "They gave no idea what happened."

FTA (two sentences earlier): "- they were very much aware they were building on a swamp."
 
2012-06-15 01:52:13 PM  
Posted by Charisma Thrash

I just found the name for my 80s hair-metal cover band.
 
2012-06-15 01:52:58 PM  
I got this.

i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-15 01:53:37 PM  
These folks appear to have been working on the problem: http://floodproofhousing.com/
 
2012-06-15 01:53:51 PM  
She said the building was engineered according to soil samples taken at the site, but at the end of the day, they built on a swamp. Stansbury said they were very much aware they were building on a swamp.

"It's very devastating. It's like a death in the family," said Stansbury. "This is an anomaly. They have no idea what could have happened."


How can you admit you were building a swamp and then say you building collapse was an anomaly?

That's like building your home on Air Force bombing range and then saying it's an anomaly when your house gets blown to all hell.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-15 01:55:17 PM  

gopher321: *twang* "Message for you sir!"


That would in fact be my cell phone text notification sound.
 
2012-06-15 01:55:26 PM  
In Washington state, you have to put the equivalent weight of the building (in dirt) on top of the area you plan to build. You then let this sit for one year, scrape, and then start building. I could not for the life of me figure out why so many opened areas had these perfect 1, 2, 5, etc... feet of dirt piled on them until someone told me.


//Very smart idea
 
2012-06-15 01:56:13 PM  
Sounds like they need a couple of guards standing at the door ...
 
2012-06-15 01:57:11 PM  
they should get lots of visitors to see the building sinking in the swamp and to see the stupid people who thought that this was a good idea.
 
2012-06-15 01:57:34 PM  
Very good pig country...
 
2012-06-15 01:58:20 PM  
img.youtube.com

*shoots engineer in the head*
Tear it down. Rebuild it like she said.
 
2012-06-15 01:58:37 PM  

chuckufarlie: they should get lots of visitors to see the building sinking in the swamp and to see the stupid people who thought that this was a good idea.


Yea but without some hydraulics you can only sell tickets to that show once. It also helps if people care about the structure that's sinking.
 
2012-06-15 01:58:51 PM  

Dinjiin: I'm curious if they used a floating foundation, a pile foundation or tried to excavate down to bedrock and then backfill. If the answer was none of the above, was the fault with the geo-technical engineering report or with the architectural firm?


Think they went with the lowest bid contractors?
 
2012-06-15 01:59:53 PM  

JackieRabbit: Aegis is in trouble, especially if they took the soil samples.



Aegis Engineer: "The entire foundation has to be torn down and repoured. If not, there will be at least a subsidence at the southern end of the barracks. Subsidence and then collapse."

Carrie Stansbury: Shoot her.
 
2012-06-15 02:00:24 PM  
This headline made me happy.

+20 internets to you for the monty python reference.
 
2012-06-15 02:01:36 PM  

stonicus: [img.youtube.com image 480x360]

*shoots engineer in the head*
Tear it down. Rebuild it like she said.



Damn it!!
 
2012-06-15 02:01:39 PM  

FriarReb98: gopher321: *twang* "Message for you sir!"

That would in fact be my cell phone text notification sound.


How do I get one of those?

So when I do get a message I can do it in my own..........my own..........
 
2012-06-15 02:01:39 PM  

Mose: *sigh* Listen, Alice...


It's Herbert.
 
2012-06-15 02:01:58 PM  
Please, please, this is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who.
 
2012-06-15 02:03:00 PM  

Crewmannumber6: FriarReb98: gopher321: *twang* "Message for you sir!"

That would in fact be my cell phone text notification sound.

How do I get one of those?

So when I do get a message I can do it in my own..........my own..........


Idiom, sir?

/The googles are your friend
 
2012-06-15 02:05:33 PM  

FriarReb98: gopher321: *twang* "Message for you sir!"

That would in fact be my cell phone text notification sound.


Link to where you found it?
 
2012-06-15 02:06:22 PM  
Can I just come in here to say

Ha HAAAAA!

/Hey...
//You got my note!
 
2012-06-15 02:06:49 PM  

Dinjiin: I'm curious if they used a floating foundation, a pile foundation or tried to excavate down to bedrock and then backfill. If the answer was none of the above, was the fault with the geo-technical engineering report or with the architectural firm?


There is no bedrock. Okay maybe there is, but it's a hundred feet down in places. Most of south Louisiana, where I'm from, BTW, is built up silt from the Mississippi and other waterways. In fact if the Mississippi river was allowed to follow it's natural course (without levees), it would probably end up exiting the state right about where Morgan City is.

New Orleans as a port is the reason they built the levees to begin with. That and it would naturally flood the whole area every couple years. Without the silt buildup that the river would naturally provide, the whole area is sinking. It's a constant battle down here. some estimates are that we lose the area of a square mile every day down there. If an invading army was taking that much land, we'd be in a total war against it.
 
2012-06-15 02:08:00 PM  

bucket_pup: In Washington state, you have to put the equivalent weight of the building (in dirt) on top of the area you plan to build. You then let this sit for one year, scrape, and then start building. I could not for the life of me figure out why so many opened areas had these perfect 1, 2, 5, etc... feet of dirt piled on them until someone told me.


//Very smart idea


I have a hard time believing that because it's such a stupid idea. They're throwing away a year of time for every single building and a century of engineering because... why?
 
2012-06-15 02:09:09 PM  
Sweet Concord!
 
2012-06-15 02:10:48 PM  

PainfulItching: Dinjiin: I'm curious if they used a floating foundation, a pile foundation or tried to excavate down to bedrock and then backfill. If the answer was none of the above, was the fault with the geo-technical engineering report or with the architectural firm?

There is no bedrock. Okay maybe there is, but it's a hundred feet down in places. Most of south Louisiana, where I'm from, BTW, is built up silt from the Mississippi and other waterways. In fact if the Mississippi river was allowed to follow it's natural course (without levees), it would probably end up exiting the state right about where Morgan City is.

New Orleans as a port is the reason they built the levees to begin with. That and it would naturally flood the whole area every couple years. Without the silt buildup that the river would naturally provide, the whole area is sinking. It's a constant battle down here. some estimates are that we lose the area of a square mile every day down there. If an invading army was taking that much land, we'd be in a total war against it.


The whole of Louisiana sinking into the Gulf of Mexico?

I'm okay with that.
 
2012-06-15 02:11:45 PM  
img201.imageshack.us

Ahhh, a moldy oldy.

/I'm sorry, I'll go back to the politics tab quietly, no reason to involve the authorities
 
2012-06-15 02:14:38 PM  

beta_plus: Yeah, an excuse for a "huge tracts of land" thread!

/at work, can't post


Link
 
2012-06-15 02:14:56 PM  

chuckufarlie: they should get lots of visitors to see the building sinking in the swamp and to see the stupid people who thought that this was a good idea.


Leaning Tower of Pisa meet Sinking Convention Center of Morgan City. Book early.
 
2012-06-15 02:15:50 PM  

Dinjiin: I'm curious if they used a floating foundation, a pile foundation or tried to excavate down to bedrock and then backfill. If the answer was none of the above, was the fault with the geo-technical engineering report or with the architectural firm?


they just need to read the recommendations in the geo-tech report. if they didn't recommend a special swamp-proof foundation, then it's on them. if they did recommend a special foundation and the contractor used something different, then they just bought a broke building.
 
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