New training video available

February 25, 2010

Cadwallader Technical Services (CTS) has announced the release of a new 80-minute geosynthetics training video “How to Heat Seam and Field Test Geomembranes” as an updated, menu-driven DVD. The DVD is divided into 25 sections and subsections, each accessible and viewable on field laptop and office computers. A preview and other information about this training …

Mackey named chair of ASTM International Geosynthetics Committee

February 19, 2010

ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has named Robert E. Mackey, a partner and senior design engineer at S2L Inc. in Maitland, Fla., as its new chair. The 300-member committee oversees 130 ASTM standards related to the geosynthetics industry. Mackey is a long-time contributor to Geosynthetics magazine and is a member of the magazine’s Editorial …

Number of ‘ready-to-go’ projects approaches five figures as states await new jobs bill

February 11, 2010

As states continue to wait for action on a jobs bill, the list of ‘ready-to-go’ state infrastructure projects has surpassed the 9,800 mark, based on a December 2009 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). These projects, valued at more than $79 billion, project that state departments of transportation will …

First GSI-Asia Geosynthetics Conference set for November

February 8, 2010

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) and the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) have announced the 1st GSI-Asia Geosynthetics Conference. The conference is scheduled for Nov. 16-18, 2010, in Taichung, Taiwan. Sponsors for the event include: the National Science Council and the Taiwan ministries of economy and education. The conference theme is Geosynthetics in …

Updating specs: ASTM D4833 replaced by D6241

February 1, 2010

Neither Mullen Burst Strength ASTM D3786 nor Puncture Strength ASTM D4833 is recognized by ASTM Committee D35 on geosynthetics as an acceptable geotextile test method. Also, AASHTO M288 has recently (M288-05) replaced ASTM D4833 with the Static (CBR) Puncture ASTM D6241. Starting in 2010, ASTM D4833 and D3786 will no longer be published by GMA …

GMA-USIFI joint dinner and Lobby Day

GMA’s Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., is set for March 2 and will be held in conjunction with a cooperating division from the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The event will begin with a joint dinner and program on Monday evening, March 1, with GMA attendees and members of the United States Industrial Fabric Institute …

Second-largest geofoam project

The Utah Transit Authority’s West Valley Trax light-rail line in Salt Lake City is being called the nation’s second-largest geofoam project, behind only the massive Interstate-15 reconstruction from 1997–2001. On June 18, 2008, UTA began construction on a line to a new West Valley city hub. The total project cost is estimated at $250 million …

Geotextiles are protecting pipelines

Steel transmission pipelines installed in mountainous regions often face significant risks during their construction and service life. One of the biggest challenges is to protect the pipe and its external coatings against mechanical damage. Currently, the pipeline industry uses a wide range of supplementary mechanical protection systems, including nonwoven geotextiles. The materials for this type …

Report from RemTech 2009

The third edition of RemTech Expo, Remediation Technologies Exhibition and Conferences, took place in Ferrara, Italy, last September, with the auspices of various leading societies, including the IGS Italian Chapter (AGI-IGS). RemTech Expo is an event entirely dedicated to remediation techniques and to territory requalification, the ideal place for meetings among operators, manufacturers, contractors, institutions, …

Kavazanjian, Fox receive ASCE awards

Drs. Ed Kavazanjian and Patrick J. Fox were the recipients of 2009 awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Kavazanjian received the Ralph B. Peck Award and Fox was recognized with the Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award. Ralph B. Peck Award—Edward Kavazanjian Jr. The Ralph B. Peck Award is presented for outstanding contributions to …