Bernard Myles: geosynthetics pioneer

April 26, 2010

From Sam Allen, 4-26-2010 It is with a very heavy heart that I have to tell you that Bernard Myles died last night (4/25/2010), following his long and courageous fight against cancer. His wife Jan, has instructed that cards and letters may be sent to her address at (Jan Blackwood, 15 Greystones Drive, Reigate, RH2 …

ASCE inducts new class of certified geo-professionals

April 22, 2010

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Academy of Geo-Professionals inducted the newest class of recipients of the Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification. The group of 41 engineers completed a certification process that includes graduate coursework, professional experience, and an oral defense of the application. The certifications were presented at a ceremony at the …

Geogrids remedy poor site soils at World Cup stadium in South Africa

April 16, 2010

A systematic geogrid installation by South African World Cup 2010 contractors overcame poor load-bearing ground encountered on the new Green Point Stadium in Cape Town (“Cape Town Stadium”). Construction of the stadium, which will play host to a World Cup semifinal in July, was made problematic by the highly variable soil inherent to this scenic …

IFAI seeks candidates for board positions

April 15, 2010

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now seeking candidates to be considered for three director positions on the IFAI Board of Directors. All candidates must be employed by either an End Product or Supplier member who is in good standing. Interested parties must submit written confirmation of their wish …

IFF announces Innovation Award

April 7, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) announced the development of the Innovation Award, a new award program created to inspire imagination and innovation within the specialty fabrics industry. Any company that has developed and manufactured an innovative product related to the industry is eligible in one of three award categories: fabric, hardware and machinery; end product; …

23rd annual workshop’s focus: ‘Geosynthetic materials durability’

April 1, 2010

Recap of ASTM/GRI-23. By Bob Koerner A workshop on field and laboratory experiences of geosynthetic materials durability was held in conjunction with ASTM’s Committee D35 meeting in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 29, 2010. This one-day event was organized by Sam Allen of TRI Environmental and George Koerner of the Geosynthetic Institute. There were 19 …

Carlisle Energy introduces new landfill closure system

Carlisle Energy Services Inc., (CES) a wholly owned subsidiary of Carlisle Construction Materials Inc., has introduced its Spectro PowerCap landfill closure system: a dual-purpose system that provides environmental protection while generating clean, solar electricity, according to a press release from the company in March. The cap combines puncture resistance, seam strength, and long-term performance characteristics …

Report from GMA’s Lobby Days

By Andrew Aho GMA members were in Washington, D.C., March 1-3 for the association’s semiannual Lobby Days. GMA has consistent representation in Washington through our contracted firms, Kemp Partners/Whitmer & Worrall. But to reinforce GMA’s message on Capitol Hill, twice a year GMA-member companies send representatives to meet with Members of Congress as both constituents …

Announcing Geo-Frontiers 2011

The Geo-Institute of ASCE, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) join forces to present Geo-Frontiers 2011 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The conference is conducted under the auspices of the IGS and will also feature the GRI-24 Conference. The top North American geotechnical …

L.A. may require stormwater capture

A proposed city ordinance would require residential and commercial developments in Los Angeles to capture and reuse runoff generated in rainstorms. The proposal was originally approved in January by the city’s Department of Public Works. It would require such projects to capture and reuse 100% of runoff generated by a 0.75-in. rainstorm or to pay …