GeoAmericas 2012 announced

July 22, 2010

GeoAmericas 2012, the 2nd Pan-American Geosynthetics Congress, will be May 6-9, 2012, at the Swissôtel in Lima, Peru. It is organized by IGS Peru, under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). The official language of the conference is English. GeoAmericas 2012 will highlight the main topics and applications in the geosynthetics industry. Keynote …

EPA gives OK for Kettleman Hills restart

The U.S. EPA has given its permission for Waste Management‘s Kettleman Hills hazardous waste landfill to restart operations after its cleanup of cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the site. But the company must also continue searching for the source of other PCBs and remove them, according to news reports regarding the landfill in south-central California. …

New Layfield fabrication and warehousing facility

To accommodate its expanding operations in Vaughan, serving Ontario and Eastern Canada, Layfield has announced the opening of a new fabrication and warehousing facility. Layfield, a geosynthetics, industrial fabrics, and polyethylene packaging manufacturer, is currently in its 13th year of operations in the Vaughan area just north of Toronto. The new facility includes increased warehousing …

India’s $100 billion highway investment

India intends to continue its massive investment in highway spending, according to a news report from the World Highways newsletter. Predictions for the next five years estimate that up to $100 billion (USD) will be spent on road building in the country in the next five years. The Ministry for Road Transport and Highways (MRTH) …

TenCate appoints global group directors

July 15, 2010

The Executive Board of Royal TenCate appointed Dave Clarke as its new global group director for TenCate Advanced Composites, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Jorg Huber, the current global group director of Advanced Composites, is retiring at the end of this year and will continue to share his experience with TenCate as an external member of …

Guideline for subgrade preparation for fabricated geomembranes

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) has produced a new guideline titled “Subgrade requirements for fabricated geomembranes.” The document details proper preparation of the subgrade for installation of fabricated geomembranes. It is written so that the guidelines can be used up by an engineer or specifier and put into a specification for subgrade requirements. Pictures of …

Tensar grid wins IGS award

Tensar International Corporation’s TriAx geogrid, and the technical developments it represents, won an IGS 2010 Award earlier this year, presented by the International Geosynthetics Society. Tim Oliver, Tensar International vice president of marketing, said: “The IGS Award is all the more significant because it is presented for achievement in the period since 2005, not just …

ASTM standards for material properties for pavement components

July 1, 2010

Two new ASTM International standards will aid in the recent national movement to develop a mechanistic-empirical design guide for pavements. Both new standards, developed by ASTM International D35 on Geosynthetics, will cover quantification of fundamental material properties for pavement components. The standards, ASTM D7499, Test Method for Measuring Geosynthetic-Soil Resilient Interface Shear Stiffness, and ASTM …

GEO and the GoM

Where does the oily refuse go? Hundreds of skimmer boats have been collecting oily water from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico for weeks. That mixture, as well as the runoff from rinsing down oily equipment or washing oily birds, is supposed to be collected and transported to facilities such as the River Birch …