Geosynthetic-reinforced soil is integral component for new Maryland bridge

April 30, 2012

Federal highway program’s grant money undergirds project A new bridge that incorporates geosynthetic-reinforced soil (GRS) technology is in the works in Barton, Md., southwest of Cumberland, in the western part of the state. The bridge over Moores Run on Potomac Hollow Road will cost about $800,000, most of that total covered by a grant from …

GMA presents ‘ Friends’ awards

April 20, 2012

U.S. Reps. Duncan and LoBiondo honored as friends of geosynthetics industry U.S. House Transportation Committee Subchairmen John Duncan (R-Tenn.) and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) received their Friend of GMA awards from Boyd Ramsey, GMA executive council chair, and Andrew Aho, GMA managing director. The presentations took place April 17 during GMA’s annual Lobby Day in Washington, …

MSE walls going up for landmark Ohio highway project

April 19, 2012

MSE walls going up for landmark Ohio highway project /title> Geogrids cited for roads, bridges to improve safety and reduce road congestion Tensar International announced in an April 16 press release that construction has commenced on one of the largest highway projects in Ohio—including $3 million to construct MSE (mechanically stabilized earth) retaining walls. When …

Short Course & Certification Exam, May 22 in Anderson, S.C.

Inspection, monitoring, and maintenance of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls, berms, and slopes Offered for the first time in the Southeastern U.S.: Classroom training plus hands-on field demonstrations at TRI’s Denver Downs Research Facility. The explosion in MSE structures installed during the last 20 years has revolutionized the grade-separation solutions currently used in site development …

Leister offers new services, ACH new product

April 18, 2012

Calibration & repair services Switzerland-based Leister Technologies AG announced in an April 17 press release its new U.S.-based calibration and repair services for its tensiometers. Annual recalibration is usually required for all tensile-testing devices in the geosynthetics and civil engineering industries. Basic calibration is offered at a fixed low cost with quick turnaround, according to …

DOT: Proposals far outstrip available TIGER funds

April 16, 2012

Transportation funding requests pour in TIGER grants—the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program—has money available…but not that much! Intense competition for DOT grant money, which helps to fund roadway, rail, and other transportation projects deemed to have major regional or national impacts, was revealed once again this month. DOT reported the …

FGI mining short course May 21

April 12, 2012

Constructing with fabricated geomembranes: Advances and current trends for mining The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is offering a one-day short course May 21 in Salt Lake City: “Advances and current trends for mining.” According to an April 11 FGI press release, the day-long course “will be taught by 21 industry professionals from academia, contractors, engineers, …

Call for Submissions: EC-’13

April 11, 2012

Deadline is May 31 The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is calling for submissions for Environmental Connection 2013, its annual conference and expo. The 2013 conference is in San Diego, Feb. 10–13. IECA receives submissions from around the world from instructors hoping to present at this annual event. For its 2013 conference, there are four …

Lawsuit filed vs. EPA to force coal-ash regulations

April 10, 2012

GMA has lobbied for lined containment By Ron Bygness Environmental and public health groups filed a lawsuit April 5 to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to complete its rulemaking on coal ash. A court order could hold the agency to a specific date for issuing a final rule on coal ash. Coal ash …

IFAI seeks board candidates

April 9, 2012

The annual “Call for IFAI board candidates” from the Industrial Fabrics Association International was sent to the association’s voting membership on Monday, April 9. Applications are due May 28, 2012. In June, the IFAI board’s Leadership Development Committee meets to consider the qualifications of the candidates. In July, the association’s membership is notified of committee’s …