Geosynthetics in roadways: A short course

November 28, 2012

Dec. 6, 2012, in Sioux Falls, S.D. This short course is presented by the North American Geosynthetic Society (NAGS) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) in association with South Dakota State University and the Mountain Plains Consortium Seminar in Geotechnical Engineering. The one-day (6 professional development hours) short course “Geosynthetics in roadways” provides training on …

Marden joins Profile as market development manager

November 26, 2012

Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Profile Products announced the hiring of Josh Marden as sports fields market development manager for its eastern U.S. region. As market development manager, Marden will be responsible for supporting Turface education efforts, industry partnerships, and consulting with key customers, distributors, and landscape architects. He will focus on the construction, renovation, and maintenance …

Geosynthetics included in ‘innovative materials’

November 16, 2012

Government report cites geosynthetics for roadway stability and strength By Ron Bygness The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) announced today that a report issued Nov. 15 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) includes geosynthetic materials as an innovative material that can improve pavement performance and reduce life cycle costs. The GAO study was requested by …

Laura Felux joins IECA team in Denver

New marketing manager for erosion control group The Denver-based International Erosion Control Association (IECA) announced in a Nov. 16 press release its naming of new marketing manager, Laura Felux. Felux is the new point person for IECA Region One marketing and media relations and will work closely with the education and sponsorship teams to enhance …

On the estimation of live loads in geosynthetic design

November 15, 2012

By Bob Koerner In formulating a factor-of-safety value for a specific geosynthetic application, a design engineer is essentially calculating a ratio of resisting forces-to-driving forces. This contrast is even further recognized when using load and resistance factor design (LRFD) which is apparently in our not-to-distant future. Regarding the resisting forces, they are primarily the soil’s …

Stormwater association offers maintenance agreement

November 13, 2012

Inspection checklist templates are now available online The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) has drafted a new maintenance agreement for use by state and local government agencies to set ordinances requiring the maintenance of all stormwater best management practices (BMPs). In a Nov. 12 press release, the SEMA said stormwater BMPs are practices—land-based, proprietary, or …

IFAI announces 2012 ShowStoppers award winners

November 9, 2012

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the 2012 ShowStoppers awards for the best of the best new products at the IFAI Expo Americas 2012, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass. IFAI received a total of 84 entries from 4 countries that were submitted by 56 companies in this year’s competition. Winners …

IFAI announces 2012 International Achievement Award winners

November 8, 2012

Flint, TenCate cited for geosynthetics projects In a Nov. 7 press release from its annual Expo, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the winners of its 2012 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications. The awards were presented Nov. 7 at IFAI’s Expo Americas 2012 at the Boston Convention & …

Profile advancing product technology with new lab

Research lab now at its manufacturing facility in N.C. Illinois-based Profile Products announced in a Nov. 5 press release that its research and testing facilities recently moved into a new laboratory at its manufacturing plant in Conover, N.C. The 2,200-square-foot laboratory, which opened last summer, allows for the six full-time employees to fully inspect all …

New leadership at Huesker

November 7, 2012

Hans Grandin named managing director at Germany-based geosynthetics company Germany-based Huesker Synthetic GmbH announced in a Nov. 7 press release that Dr.-Ing. F.- Hans Grandin is now managing director. With Huesker for 10 months, Grandin succeeds Wolfgang Huesker who will devote his full attention to the Advisory Board of the company, according to the release. …