Geosynthetics and the government marketplace

April 1, 2007

A report commissioned by the Geosynthetic Materials Assciation has opened up a government relations program and the first organized lobbying effort for the geosynthetics industry. By Andrew Aho Introduction In January 2006, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), contracted with a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., to produce a report on the opportunities available to GMA …

GRI-20 conference: A retrospective

All previous GRI conferences have focused on either a single or double theme. As such, they are meant to be a tutorial on: advancing an established area in geosynthetics trying to make inroads into a new and/or emerging area GRI-20 was of the latter type and it is clearly the more difficult. This is due …

Coming: 3rd edition of SRW design manual

The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) Design Manual Task Group for Segmental Retaining Walls (SRW) has decided to create a third edition of its manual, which combines the SRW Drainage Design’s second edition and the Seismic Design manuals into one complete text. The task force will re-examine the NCMA seismic design methodology to provide a …

Abstracts due for IECA-’08

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is currently accepting proposals for technical programming at Environmental Connection ‘08, IECA’s annual conference and expo Feb. 18-21, 2008, in Orlando, Fla. Abstracts for presentations relating to the following categories are now welcomed: slope technology; stream restoration; vegetative establishment; stormwater management; wetlands; erosion and sediment control; beach and shoreline …

English seaside resort to get Europe’s first artificial surf reef

A project has started to create Europe’s first artificial surf reef on the south coast of England. Sand-filled geotextile bags will be submerged east of the Boscombe pier, intended to create waves up to 13 ft. high and double the number of good surfing days to more than 150 each year. The £1.4 million ($2.75 …

Point State Park renovation to preserve Fort Pitt ‘bastion’

Following a plan supported by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the state’s Department of Natural Resources is resuming renovation work at the Fort Pitt tracery in Pittsburgh’s Point State Park as part of a $7.1 million improvement project. In the area known as the “Music Bastion,” all trench and wall dimensions and depths will …

New geogrid aiding ancient monument

Nearly 5,000 years old, a monument known today as the Shunet el-Zebib is the only surviving example of a series of monumental cultic buildings built by Egypt’s earliest kings. Over the centuries, it has been ravaged by the elements, attacked by animals and insects, and structurally compromised by human interventions. Its current-day survival seems almost …

Textiles, grids help build Seattle park

Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park is a visionary architectural achievement that blends building and site design, including a strollable park on Seattle’s steep waterfront. A visitor’s journey proceeds down a continuously sloping, 2,200-ft.-long Z-path, revealing artwork along the way. For the architect’s Z-path vision to be successful, a 50-ft. elevation change had to feel effortless, and …

Richardson company now has new name

Richardson Smith Gardner and Associates is the new name for the former G.N.Richardson and Associates, based in Raleigh, N.C. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Gregory Richardson, the company has served a variety of municipal, private, and industrial clients across the country. The new officers include Stacey Smith, P.E., president and senior engineer, and John Gardner, …

ASTM committee developing drain test

ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics is currently developing a proposed new standard that covers the test procedure for evaluating the effectiveness of prefabricated vertical drains to enhance the consolidation of soils under specified conditions. The proposed standard, WK13402-Test Method for Large Scale Consolidation Test for Prefabricated Vertical Drains, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee …