June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6


Ergo Tamp: A New Beat in the Street (Work) Scene     

At Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in the Chicago northwest suburb of Des Plaines, IL, the ubiquitous task of cutting into street pavement to make various pipeline and utility repairs and then restoring the roadway is a complex effort that has spawned much attention and research over the years. Efforts by GTI researchers like Khalid Farag, a geophysicist, and Dennis Jarnecke, an engineer/project manager, have led to minimally invasive and more economical ways to get the job done. Besides a lot of added costs, field work crews’ time and environmental impacts, too much of the street-breaking work historically has resulted in long-term pavement failure. In a nation where deteriorating road infr

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