TenCate completes first NTPEP on-site audit for geosynthetic reinforcement

May 31, 2012

TenCate Geosynthetics announced that its Miragrid XT geogrid product line has completed the first-ever evaluation by the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) that incorporated an on-site audit of the manufacturing facility. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), in conjunction with NTPEP, developed a process for the evaluation of production data …

Meeting announcements for June 27-29

May 25, 2012

ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics and GMA focus groups June 27–29, 2012, is the next semi-annual committee week for D35 on Geosynthetics and the Geosynthetic Materials Asssociation (GMA) will convene two of its focus groups that week also. The meetings are at the host hotel, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, …

Abstracts due for IECA’s 2013 conference

May 24, 2012

May 31 is deadline If you are interested in presenting at the 2013 edition of the annual International Erosion Control Association conference, you have until next Thursday, May 31, 2012, to submit your abstract and other required materials. Details on how to submit along with recommended topics may be found on the IECA website. Never …

New R & D manager at Profile

May 23, 2012

Zach Howard joins research and development team In a May 22 press release, Profile Products announced the addition of Zach Howard as the company’s new manager of research and development. “Every technological advancement created by Profile Products starts with research and development that is second to none,” said Kevin Spittle, vice president of research and …

Americans value highways and bridges as a national treasure

May 22, 2012

New survey highlights public concerns for U.S. transportation infrastructure A new survey from HNTB Corp. finds two-thirds (66%) of Americans who intend to vote during this year’s presidential election say that a candidate’s standing on U.S. transportation infrastructure will influence their decision, according to a May 18 press release. The survey results also noted that …

New book on ASTM standards for erosion and sediment control technology

May 15, 2012

Includes geosynthetic erosion-control materials A new publication, ASTM Standards on Erosion and Sediment Control Technology: 3rd Edition, features 76 of the latest ASTM specifications, test methods, practices, and guides for minimizing soil erosion and controlling sediment delivery to lakes, streams, and other bodies of water. A May 14 press release from ASTM described the book …

Using geotextiles to stabilize horse arena surfaces

May 11, 2012

A horse apiece By Jessica Bies Under hoof at the 2012 Del Mar Grand Prix national horse show this year, a geotextile horse footing designed to enhance riding performance and also to protect the legs of the equine participants improved jumping conditions for several Olympic hopefuls. A combination of sand and shredded geotextiles or elastic …

Fellowship furthers KU student’s research to improve pipeline safety

Geosynthetic Institute providing $60,000 this academic year to engineering students A $10,000 fellowship from the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is helping to fund a University of Kansas School of Engineering graduate student’s research on improving the safety and stability of underground pipelines. Ryan Corey, a Topeka native and doctoral student in civil engineering with an emphasis …

Melody Adams joins Parametrix

May 10, 2012

Magazine advisor is senior engineer with western U.S. environmental firm Melody A. Adams has joined Parametrix as a senior engineer in the company’s Portland, Ore., office. Adams, a member of Geosynthetics magazine’s Editorial Advisory Committee since 2000, was most recently a senior project manager at Shaw Environmental. Parametrix is an engineering, planning, and environmental firm, …

Profile hires new market development manager

May 9, 2012

Adam Popenhagen from Minnesota DOT Illinois-based Profile Products announced in a May 8 press release the hiring of Adam Popenhagen as regional market development manager. His territory will include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky, the release said. Popenhagen was previously with the Minnesota Department of Transportation …