Call For Papers: TRB Annual Meeting

June 1, 2009

The 89th sessions of the Transportation Research Board will be held Jan. 10-14, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Call Title: Innovations in Geosynthetic Drainage Technologies; Sponsoring Committee: AFS60 – Subsurface Drainage; Co-Sponsoring Committee(s): AFS70 – Geosynthetics; Call organizer: Dr. John C. Stormont (jcstorm@unm.edu”). This session solicits papers dealing with innovative applications of geosynthetics to provide drainage …

Mattex enters U.S. market

Mattex USA has entered the geosynthetics business. A fabric producer with plants in Dubai UAE, and in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Mattex has produced carpet backing and industrial wovens for 10 years and has been selling to customers in the U.S. for more than four years. With reception for the company’s woven fabrics, Mattex USA said …

Propex sells all assets as going concern

Propex Inc. announced in April that it obtained, by Court Order, approval for the sale of substantially all of its assets as a going concern to an affiliate of Wayzata (Minn.) Investment Partners. Propex expected the sale to be closed soon. The Chattanooga-based global supplier of polypropylene fabrics and fibers for geosynthetics, concrete, furnishings, and …

Silver lining for AEL as staff numbers double

Aspect Environmental Lining Ltd. has doubled the number of staff it employs at its lining business this year. The increase in employees comes at a time when many businesses are laying off workers as the worldwide economic downturn continues. But while demand for liners for decorative ponds and in the agricultural sector has decreased, the …

Jack Kemp, friend of geosynthetics, dies

Former congressman and vice presidential candidate, Jack Kemp, died May 2 at age 73. His company, Kemp Partners, along with the firm of Whitmer and Worrall, have led the government relations efforts for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) since 2006. One highlight of those efforts was a visit Kemp made to the exhibit hall at …

Missouri students win fourth ASCE Geo-Institute wall competition

By Dave Elton Engineering students from the University of Missouri–Columbia (UM-C) took top honors at the 2009 ASCE/Geo-Institute event in March in Orlando. Teams from 13 colleges and universities were entered. Drexel University took second place honors with California Polytechnic State University–Pomona, in its first appearance, taking third. Defending champion Louisiana State University placed fourth. …

Geosynthetics-2009 conference serves as great introduction to geosynthetics

The Geosynthetics-2009 conference in Salt Lake City was my introduction to the geosynthetics industry. My interest in attending came from an opportunity I had in the spring of 2008. Since then, opportunity led to innovation, innovation led to application, application led to mechanization. This mechanization (patent pending in both the U.S. and Canada) is proven …

Recap of GRI-22 Conference in Salt Lake City

By Bob Koerner The 22nd GRI Conference took place on Feb. 27, 2009, during the last day of a very successful Geosynthetics-2009 Conference and Trade Show. GRI-22 was also successful and had 18 papers on the theme “Its All in the Details” (geosynthetic details are critical to any long-term system’s performance). Since the theme covered …

Henderson re-elected

By Andrew Aho GMA’s managing director, Andrew Aho, announced April 20 that John Henderson was re-elected to serve a second term as chairman of the GMA Executive Council. “We appreciate John’s service and look forward to his continued leadership as chairman,” Aho said. The GMA Executive Council includes representatives from Fiberweb, GSE, Maccaferri, Propex, Tenax, …

GMA Lobby Day helps U.S. Congress connect with geosynthetics

By Andrew Aho Representatives from 10 member companies of the Geosynthetic Materials Association traveled to Washington, D.C., March 16-17 to participate in another successful GMA Lobby Day. The annual event is part of GMA’s ongoing government relations program, which advocates for increased use of geosynthetics in state and federal infrastructure and environmental projects. GMA regularly …