EuroGeo5 dates to note

December 22, 2011

Dec. 31, 2011: Deadline for submission of abstracts Dec. 31, 2011: Notice of acceptance of abstracts to prospective authors March 31, 2012: Deadline for submission of final papers May 31, 2012: Notice of acceptance of final papers to prospective authors Registration IGS member: 500€ before March 1, 2012, 650€ after IGS non-member: 650€ before March …

TenCate introduces soil-stabilization geosynthetic

December 19, 2011

TenCate Geosynthetics North America has unveiled a patented, woven geosynthetic developed for soil stabilization and base course reinforcement applications when differential settlement occurs due to heaving in the subgrade soils, the company announced in a Dec. 19 press release. Mirafi H2Ri is a wicking geosynthetic created from high-tenacity polypropylene filaments and wicking filaments formed into …

Next GMA Lobby Day is April 17

December 15, 2011

The next Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., organized by the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), is set for Tuesday, April 17. A GMA-members dinner and program are scheduled for Monday evening, April 16. Congressional and agency visits will be April 17. GMA has made arrangements with the Lombardy Hotel for a rate of $209 (plus tax)—reference …

O’Malley named president of NAUE America

December 14, 2011

Former Propex sales manager now heads Atlanta firm Atlanta-based NAUE America announced the appointment of Paul O’Malley as president of NAUE America in a Dec. 13 press release. The former Propex sales manager officially moves into the post Jan. 1, 2012, according to the release. O’Malley is a well-known veteran in the geosynthetics community. He …

EuroGeo5 abstracts due Dec. 31

December 13, 2011

The abstracts deadline for EuroGeo5 is fast approaching: Dec. 31, 2011. The EuroGeo regional event is held every four years—the 2008 conference was in Edinburgh, Scotland—under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). EuroGeo5 is Sept. 16-19, 2012, in Valencia, Spain. Organized by the IGS/Spain Chapter, the event gathers international geosynthetics experts and companies …

New inspector course offered

December 9, 2011

The Geosynthetic Certification Institute (GCI) now has a new Inspector Certification Program (ICP) for mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls, berms and slopes using geosynthetic reinforcement. The next course and examination* is March 14, 2012. This new one-day course and subsequent certification is focused on the inspection, monitoring, and maintenance of MSE walls, berms, and slopes …

Marienfeld re-joins Propex as transportation market specialist

December 7, 2011

Mark Marienfeld, P.E., has joined Propex’s Geotextile Systems Division as a transportation market specialist, the company announced in a Dec. 7 press release. Marienfeld brings a wealth of design expertise on the use of geotextiles, especially in the transportation market. With 27 years of experience in the geotextile industry, he has held key positions within …

China geotextile growth continues in double digits

China’s output value of geotextiles reached 405,000 tons in 2010 and during the next five years it is anticipated to maintain annual double-digit growth, reaching 730,000 tons by 2015, according to announcements at the 2011 China Geotextiles Composite Materials Summit Dec. 3 in Lingxian, Shandong. From 2006-2010, China’s output of geotextiles saw an average annual …

Saving a local treasure

December 6, 2011

Geogrid technology helps restore Wisconsin lake and wetlands Lake Belle View was once the pride of south-central Wisconsin. Older residents remembered its glory days, when the natural beauty of the 92-acre lake and its surrounding wetlands drew visitors from miles around for music festivals, picnics, and sporting events. But as it filled with farm and …

IFAI Expo Asia 2012 postponed

December 5, 2011

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced in a Dec. 1 press release the postponement of its second IFAI Expo Asia in Singapore. The release said that due to the uncertainty of the completion of construction at the Suntec Center, and the continuing softness of the global economy, it will postpone its Expo Asia 2012 …