“Aqua” and “agri” featured at GSI’s 21st conference

February 1, 2008

The closely related topics of agriculture and aquaculture are the focus of our 21st Annual Conference on March 5, 2008 in Cancún, Mexico. As the date suggests, our conference will be “nested” within GeoAmericas 2008, which is being held at the same location March 2-5, 2008. For complete conference details, registration, and hotel information: www.geoamericas.info. …

Personnel moves at Fiberweb, Thrace

Fiberweb’s Filtration Americas business has announced three promotions and a new hire.Fiberweb’s Filtration Americas business has announced three promotions and a new hire. Kim Rolman has been promoted to director, Cartridge Filtration, overseeing business responsibilities for cartridge manufacturers who purchase Fiberweb fabrics in the Americas. Shannon Schoppman, previously an R&D scientist on the Filtration team, …

Contech grows sales force

Contech Construction Products Inc. has expanded its national sales force with the addition of 40 new employees. The expansion was needed to respond to rapidly growing geographic market gains as well as new business opportunities, according to the company. Contech said recruiting efforts got under way last fall to ensure that the new employees are …

Layfield acquires distribution rights to Aqua Dam in Canada

The Layfield Group of Companies has acquired Aqua Dam distribution rights in Canada from Aqua Dam and Diversion Ltd. Aqua Dam specializes in the supply and installation of water-filled portable dams, designed to contain or divert the flow of water. Standard application include stream and river diversions, coffer dams, flood protection, portable water storage, and …

Propex, NAUE reach agreement on geogrid distribution

Propex Geosynthetics has reached an agreement with NAUE GmbH & Co. KG to be the exclusive distributor for Secugrid and Combigrid biaxial geogrids in the United States. The agreement took effect Jan. 1. As the exclusive distributor of NAUE biaxial geogrids, Propex will be responsible for all sales and marketing of these products in the …

TenCate wins Telly

TenCate Geosynthetics North America won a 2007 Telly award for its “Mirafi Road Show” video presentation. The communication tool provides information on how geosynthetic materials solve engineering problems. The video helps customers learn how geosynthetic materials make a difference, particularly in road construction. In 2007, the 28th Annual Telly Awards received a record 14,362 entries …

Ace expands

The Taiwan-headquartered geosynthetics manufacturer Ace Geosynthetics has opened two locations in the United States. Ace is known most for its reinforcement products, such as geogrids for slope stabilization and retaining walls. The new offices are: in Atlanta: Ace Geosynthetics, 3525 Piedmont Road, 7 Piedmont Center, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30305; +1 404 504 6270, fax …

ACH opens new plant

ACH Foam Technologies, manufacturer of expanded polystyrene (EPS) for construction, architectural, geotechnical, packaging, and OEM applications, has opened a new plant in McCarran, Nev., about 17 miles east of Reno. The 108,000ft2 facility will address demand for both construction and industrial markets, particularly in the West. The new Nevada facility is among the top three …

Rep. Heath Shuler receives award from GMA

The Geosynthetic Materials Association presented the first Friend of GMA Award to U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) during the GMA Capitol Hill Education Forum Oct. 23, 2007, in Washington, D.C. After Shuler was introduced by Richard Goodrum of North Carolina-based Colbond Inc., the award was presented to Shuler by John Henderson, GMA Executive Council Chairman. …

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Three challenges in using SRWs and other reinforced-soil structures: Part 2A

By Michael R. Simac, P. E., and Blaise J. Fitzpatrick, P. E. Introduction While segmental retaining walls (SRWs) have been routinely used for more than 15 years now, there are still three challenging issues facing owners considering their use. What is the best way to procure, design, and then build these structures to minimize short-term …