IECA calls for nominations

July 27, 2011

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is currently calling for nominations for its Board of Directors, according to a July 27 press release. New terms for this Board begin in February 2012. The IECA Board of Directors includes nine members, each serving a three-year term. The election for the three available positions is this fall, …

FEMA expert offering free seminars to road crews

July 22, 2011

Gravel roads that turn into mud in springtime are part of Vermont’s lore. But a federal road expert is hoping to change that. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation engineer Richard Downer is offering workshops throughout Vermont to teach state and local road crews how to use high-tech products to rebuild roads that will be …

Register now for “Geosynthetics in Transportation” Short Course

July 21, 2011

A short course on geosynthetic reinforcement is offered by the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) Aug. 11–12 in Valley Forge, Pa., just west of Philadelphia. Instructors The instructors for this course are two well-known names in geosynthetics education: Dr. Robert Koerner, director of the Geosynthetic Institute, and David Suits, …

GeoAmericas 2012—Extended Call for Abstracts

July 18, 2011

From the GeoAmericas 2012 Organizing Committee: GeoAmericas 2012—The 2nd Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics May 2–5, 2012 The Westin Hotel & Convention Center—Lima, Peru The conference has extended the call for abstracts, which will now close on July 31, 2011. Authors of abstracts selected receive a registration discount of 50 percent. Aside from general interest …

Propex receives lab accreditation

July 14, 2011

Chattanooga-based Propex Operating Co. LLC announced in a July 12 press release that the geotextile laboratory at its Ringgold, Ga., manufacturing facility has achieved the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) lab accreditation for quality control mechanical testing. Propex is a manufacturer of earth stabilization and erosion control geotextile products. A2LA accreditation demonstrates technical competence …

Tensar opens new sales office in Dallas

July 12, 2011

Steve Archer named central area manager Atlanta-based Tensar International Corp. announced in a July 12 press release the opening of a new sales office in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. The office will support regional customers, distributors, and a team of Tensar sales staff members throughout the central United States, including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, …

More coir: Coir is hitting rural roads in southern India

July 8, 2011

Transportation officials say that coir geotextiles will now be used as reinforcement material on rural roads in eight states in India. The work is undertaken by the Coir Board in collaboration with the National Institutes of Technology and other research organizations. In each of the eight states, up to 50km (31mi) of roads are expected …