Rafter joins Atlantic Lining

February 27, 2013

Former CETCO exec named business development director New Jersey-based Atlantic Lining Company Inc. announced in a Feb. 26 news release that Timothy Rafter has joined the firm as its new director of business development. Rafter previously held several senior positions with the Construction Technologies Division of AMCOL International (CETCO) and with GSE Environmental. Atlantic Lining, …

MarkWest Energy, Energy & Minerals Group complete Utica shale-gas project agreement

February 25, 2013

Geosynthetic materials opportunities in Ohio MarkWest Energy Partners L.P. (MarkWest) and The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG) announced in a Feb. 21 press release their completion of a joint venture to invest $950 million toward the development of Utica shale-gas operations in Ohio. The release noted that Houston-based EMG had previously said it was boosting …

IECA announces 2013 board officers

February 22, 2013

Election at annual Environmental Connection meeting At its annual conference this year—Environmental Connection 2013 in San Diego, Calif.—the International Erosion Control Association’s Board of Directors elected its officers, and announced the results in a Feb. 22 press release. Denver-based IECA reported that its board re-elected Phil Handley, president; Brock Peters, administrative vice president; Charlie Riling …

3-way merger launches GeoStabilization

February 19, 2013

New firm handles geohazard, rockfall mitigation, landslide repair Soil Nail Launcher Inc., Landslide Solutions Inc., and GeoStabilization Inc. are merging into a single entity, GeoStabilization International, according to a Feb. 18 press release. The release stated: “GeoStabilization International (GSI) has now combined the most experienced and responsive geohazard mitigation professionals in North America under a …

SmithGardner promotes Pieter Scheer to company vice president

February 12, 2013

Scheer joined the Raleigh, N.C. engineering firm in 1994 Raleigh, N.C.-based engineering firm, SmithGardner, announced in a Feb. 11 press release that it has promoted Pieter Scheer from senior engineer to company vice president. Scheer joined SmithGardner in 1994 and had previously worked with company founder, Greg Richardson, designing and managing municipal solid-waste construction. Scheer’s …

Geosynthetics for Water & Energy Challenges

Register now for Geosynthetics 2013. This year’s conference is co-locating with the Southwest Geotechnical Engineers Conference and features the Geosynthetic Research Institute’s GRI-25 Conference. Early bird registration and best hotel rates apply until March 8, 2013. The event includes five short courses, 142 papers within 26 technical sessions, geotechnical products and services exhibits, student poster …

Bathurst awarded 2014 Giroud Lecture

February 6, 2013

Canadian professor to speak at international conference in Germany The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) announced in a Feb. 6 press release its selection of Richard J. Bathurst to deliver the 2014 Giroud Lecture-one of the society’s highest distinctions. Since its first awarding in 1998, the Giroud Lecture has recognized achievements and influences in the field …

GSE announces acquisition of SynTec

February 5, 2013

$10 million ‘highly-strategic acquisition’ Houston-based GSE Holding Inc. announced in a Feb. 5 press release its acquisition of all of the equity interests of SynTec LLC for approximately $10 million cash. “We are excited to welcome SynTec, a proven leader and manufacturer of geosynthetic drainage and soil reinforcement products, into the GSE family,” said Mark …

The beginnings of Geosynthetics

February 1, 2013

1983 The first issue of a new quarterly magazine called Geotechnical Fabrics Report is published by the St. Paul, Minn.-based Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The editor is Michael E. Coughlin … Byline contributors in the premiere issue are Bruce Lamberton, J.P. Giroud, Robert Carroll Jr., and A.S. Balasubramaniam. The editor also recognizes industry experts …

NAGS/GMA short courses update

By L. David Suits During the past two years, the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) have worked together to sponsor several regional short courses on various areas of geosynthetics in transportation applications. These courses included one session on Geosynthetics in Walls, Slopes and Embankments held in Valley Forge, Pa., …