ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics establishes new award

February 25, 2014

First recipient, Dave Suits, is namesake for the honor By Ron Bygness At its January 2014 biannual meetings, ASTM International’s Committee D35 on Geosynthetics announced that it had established a committee award that would recognize outstanding long-term service and commitment to Committee D35. And the first recipient of the new L.David Suits Award was Mr. …

Conference Career Center at EC-’14

February 14, 2014

Erosion control conference is Feb. 25–28 in Nashville Job opportunities and resume postings On Thursday, Feb. 27, and Friday, Feb. 28, during the Environmental Connection-’14 expo hall hours, the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is hosting a Career Center in booth #119. Job seekers Be sure to bring your resume to post so that potential …

April 15 deadline: Call for Geosynthetics ’15 abstracts

February 13, 2014

Paper presentations highlight the biennial conference’s technical programs “Geosynthetics: Advances and Innovation” is the theme of Geosynthetics 2015. The conference will feature four days of technical programming, including short courses, panel discussions, and paper presentations. For the first time ever, this biennial geosynthetics conference, organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), will be co-locating …

‘Father of geocells’ leaves a legacy of innovation

February 11, 2014

Gary Bach retires after 37 years at Presto Calling him “one of the fathers of geosynthetics technology development,” a press release from Presto Geosystems announced that Gary Bach is retiring after 37 years with the company. Bach was one of the original developers of geocells, a technology he co-invented with the U.S. Army Corps of …

Another coal-ash disaster provides further prompt for EPA action

February 7, 2014

80,000 tons pour into Dan River in North Carolina By Boyd Ramsey Earlier this week Duke Energy reported a coal-ash spill at an idled facility—the Dan River Station—in Eden, N.C., resulting in more than 80,000 tons of coal ash released into the adjacent Dan River. The Dan River is a drinking water source for communities …

In memoriam: Gary Ezell

Professional career with CETCO, Agru. Agru America recently noted the loss of friend and colleague, Gary Ezell, who passed away unexpectedly on January 25, 2014. A resident of St. Petersburg, Fla., he was “the consummate professional with a passion and dedication to the geosynthetics industry, which can be measured with his tenure of 20 years …

GSE signs global distribution agreement with Tenax

February 5, 2014

Geogrids for mining and environmental applications. Houston-based GSE Environmental, manufacturer of containment and drainage products, announced in a Feb. 4 press release that it has signed a global distribution agreement with Tenax, a manufacturer of reinforcement and stabilization products. Under this agreement, GSE has the exclusive right to distribute worldwide Tenax geogrids used in mining …

NTPEP’s 2014 meeting in South Carolina

February 3, 2014

Product evaluation program for state DOTs. The National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) will conduct its 2014 annual meeting May 18–22 in Greenville, S.C. The NTPEP was established in 1994 as a Technical Services Program that reports to the Standing Committee on Highways (SCOH). This program combines the professional and physical resources of the American …

GSI’s changing landscape

February 1, 2014

By Bob Koerner Since its founding in 1986 as the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI) within Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., the associated research activity gradually transitioned from federally funded projects, mainly via the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to consortium suggested projects that were of major …

Finite element method (FEM) update

 Geonet anisotropy and its effect on the planar flow in drainage geocomposites. By Dhani Narejo Anisotropy is the characteristic of a material having different values for a property when measured in different directions. Materials can be anisotropic with respect to their physical, mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and many other types of properties. Anisotropy results from …