Highways for LIFE: Changing the way today’s infrastructure is built

August 1, 2007

Mission The purpose of Highways for LIFE is to advance Long-lasting highways using Innovative technologies and practices to accomplish Fast construction of Efficient and safe pavements and bridges, with the overall goal of improving the driving experience for America. HfL goals It’s a new way of doing business. Just as the construction of the U.S. …

Background and most recent GRI standards

By Bob Koerner In the 1980s, while supervising graduate research students in their geosynthetics theses topics, the issue of writing generic and standardized procedures arose in this (quite new at the time) geosynthetics field. Rob Swan generated our first formalized test methods with what became GRI-GG1: “Geogrid Rib Tensile Strength” (now ASTM D6637) and GRI-GG2: …

Armtec CFO resigns

John Slattery, senior vice president-finance and chief financial officer at Guelph, Ont.-based Armtec, has resigned to pursue a new opportunity, according to a press release from the company. Carrie Boutcher, vice president-finance, was appointed interim CFO. Armtec is a manufacturer and marketer of drainage products and engineered solutions for infrastructure applications, and is also a …

GZA opens new office

GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., an environmental and geotechnical consulting firm based in Massachusetts, has named Gary R. McAllister, P.E., head of its new office in Portsmouth, N.H. McAllister is a senior project manager for GZA and is a registered professional engineer with more than 17 years of experience in engineering, field inspection, project management, logistics, and …

Zenker appointed technical director at Fleissner

Dieter Zenker has assumed the position of technical director at Fleissner GmbH. In his new function, Dr. Zenker oversees the engineering and production divisions as well as product development. Fleissner GmbH, manufacturer of a multitude of equipment for specialty fabrics and fabric applications, is based in Egelsbach, Germany.

Waterproofing job for Dubai tunnel

The $3.3 million(U.S.) Jumeirah Vehicular Tunnel waterproofing project was completed in April. The 1,400m tunnel is the only link for vehicles between Jumeirah Palm Island and the crescent areas surrounding it at the spectacular palm island complexin Dubai. The waterproofing system, designed and executed by BMC Gulf Contracting LLC, involved the installation, welding, and testing …

Call 811 before you start digging

Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Building a retaining wall? Wait! Here’s what you need to know first: Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job. Projects that require digging often involve risky assumptions about utility lines. But every digging job …

New resin for geomembranes

Dow Chemical Co. has announced the commercial availability of a new HDPE (high-density polyethylene) resin for use in geomembranes, the synthetic materials commonly used as impermeable liners in geotechnical engineering applications for environmental protection, water collection and preservation, and waterproofing. The new product, HDPE 50045E, underscores advances in polyethylene material science that have made it …

Use of geosynthetics in the mining and mineral processing industry

By Karin Renken, David Mchaina, Ernest Yanful Introduction This article gives a brief overview and a summary of the results of research work conducted under the 2003 North American Geosynthetics (NAGS) Award of Merit. The NAGS awards were initiated in 1989 as an industry sponsored program to recognize excellence in the state of the art …

Getting a (business) grasp on the emerging Chinese marketplace

The economic rise of Chinacan present simultaneous challenges and opportunities: A market as a competitor, a supplier and a customer Q-and-A with consultant James Chan The social/political situation Geosynthetics magazine: Are there international travel restrictions on Chinese citizens by China or by the United States? James Chan: U.S. citizens can travel to China freely on …