Seaman promotes John Crum to president/COO

January 31, 2014

Former VP of operations & co-president steps up. Wooster, Ohio-based Seaman Corp. announced in a Jan. 28 press release the promotion of John Crum to the positions of president and chief operating officer. An employee of the company for 16 years, he previously held the titles of vice president of operations, executive vice president, and …

Polymer Group announces acquisition of Providencia

January 29, 2014

Nonwovens company acquires Brazil manufacturer two months after purchase of Fiberweb. Charlotte, N.C.-based Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) announced in a Jan. 27 press release that it has signed an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Companhia Providencia Industria e Comercio (Providencia), a Brazilian manufacturer of nonwoven materials used in hygiene, healthcare, and industrial applications. …

California project to use new FHWA innovations

January 27, 2014

Includes geosynthetic reinforced soil bridge system. The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Central Federal Lands Highway Division has signed an agreement with the Tahoe Transportation District and six other agencies to deliver the Fanny Bridge community revitalization project in Tahoe City, Calif. The project will use the construction manager/general contractor delivery method, geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated …

Geosynthetics mining conference issues call for papers

January 24, 2014

Feb. 24 deadline for technical session abstracts. The Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014 conference, organized by InfoMine, will be held Sept. 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The subtitle for the conference is “Performance, Durability, and Cost Savings.” Monday, Sept. 8, is reserved for full-day short courses, followed by three days of keynote …

EC-’14 offers extras during annual conference

January 22, 2014

Field tours, volunteering, mentorship available in Nashville. Tours This year, the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is offering two field tour options during its Environmental Connection (EC-’14) event Feb. 25-28 in Nashville. Field tours offer a way to experience, first-hand, the effects of the industry and what others are doing to stay ahead of regulations …

GMA invites members to biannual Lobby Day

January 20, 2014

Geosynthetic Materials Association heads to Washington March 4–5. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) announced in a letter to members that its first of two 2014 Lobby Day visits to Capitol Hill is March 4–5. The letter from GMA division supervisor Lucie Passus stated: “GMA successfully made significant strides in 2013 to raise the profile of …

Geosynthetics 2015 conference issues ‘call for proposals’

January 17, 2014

Deadlines approaching for technical session, short course, and workshop proposals. The biennial geosynthetics conference organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is headed for Portland, Ore. in 2015. Geosynthetics 2015 is co-locating with the International Erosion Control Association’s (IECA) annual Environmental Connection conference and expo Feb. 15–18 at the Oregon Convention Center. The organizing …

10th International Conference on Geosynthetics Sept. 21–25 in Berlin

January 16, 2014

Co-location, keynote speakers announced. When the quadrennial International Conference on Geosynthetics (10ICG) convenes at the Estrel Convention Centre in Berlin, Sept. 21-25, it will connect several geotechnical and civil engineering entities from around the world. A Jan. 10 press release from the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) announced that 10ICG will co-locate with the German Geotechnical …

Continuing education courses offered at Environmental Connection 2014

January 8, 2014

EC-’14 is Feb. 25–28 in Nashville. The 2014 edition of the International Erosion Control Association’s annual conference, Environmental Connection (EC-’14) is in Nashville, Tenn., the last week of February. Full-day courses and technical sessions for professional development hours (PDHs) and continuing education are offered, including these full-day courses on Tuesday, Feb. 25: Slope Stability Analysis …

World geosynthetics demand to surpass 5 billion square meters in 2017

January 7, 2014

Market report cites construction growth and environmental concerns. Global demand for geosynthetics is expected to rise 8.9 percent per year to 5.2 billion square meters (6.22 billion square yards) in 2017. That projection comes from the recently published (December 2013) World Geosynthetics, a study from The Freedonia Group Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm. …