Revived ‘Educate the Educators’ held in Texas

July 30, 2015

The Educate the Educators: Environmental Uses of Geosynthetics Training Program for University Professors concluded its two-day run yesterday at the University of Texas at Austin. Supporting and sponsoring organizations helped in funding and conducting the new Educate the Educators sessions July 28–29 on the UT-Austin campus. The revived Educate the Educators is a cooperative effort …

GSE’s Ramsey assumes new position in China

July 28, 2015

In a July 27 letter to friends and industry colleagues, Boyd Ramsey announced that he is moving into a new position and location with GSE Environmental. Ramsey has accepted the position of technical director for the GSE Asia-Pacific region and will be relocating to the Jiangsu Province of China, about 100km (62mi.) northwest of Shanghai …

GTI now a distributor of VSO’s gasholders

July 27, 2015

Fredericton, N.B., Canada-based Geomembrane Technologies Inc. (GTI) announced in a July 21 press release they it is now the exclusive distributor of double-membrane gasholders, manufactured by VSO Biogas Technologies, in the United States and Canada. VSO is based in Artigues, a commune southern France. The release said GTI can now deliver, install, and commission these …

New textbook/field manual by Jie Han

July 24, 2015

Principles and Practice of Ground Improvement is the title of a recently released book by Prof. Jie Han from the University of Kansas. Billed by the publisher’s description as a “comprehensive, up-to-date compendium of solutions” for ground improvements, Dr. Han, P.E., addresses this critical aspect of civil engineering. A preeminent voice in geotechnical engineering, Han …

Free webinar: GCLs for coal ash and caustic leachate applications

July 23, 2015

Recent promulgation of the new US EPA rule governing disposal of coal combustion residuals from electric utilities is driving increased use of polymer amended Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs). This free webinar will address: What are the benefits and risks of polymer amendment in GCLs from a chemical compatibility, hydraulic performance, and a slope stability perspective? …

Gilde leads consortium to make cash offer for all shares of TenCate

July 22, 2015

A July 20 joint press release from Netherlands-based TenCate and Gilde Buy Out Partners confirmed that there is an purchase offer for 100% of the issued shares—approximately €675 million. The release described these strategy highlights: Full support for TenCate’s current long-term growth strategy, including potential acquisitions. A consortium that includes Dutch-based investors with long-term investment …

ASTM announces new geogrid standard

July 21, 2015

A new geogrid test method from the standards organization, ASTM International, has been issued, according to a July 20 ASTM press release. The release said that the test described in the standard—D7864/D7864M, Test Method for Determining the Aperture Stability Modulus of Geogrids—will help ensure that geogrids meet product specific calibrated and validated levels of aperture …

DOT highlights grim state of U.S. roads and bridges

July 14, 2015

In a July 9 press release, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) noted that the Highway Trust Fund is set to expire July 31. Without action from Congress, federal funding for transportation will come to a halt. And with it, so will traffic in many places across the country. During the last six years, Congress …

Lined reservoirs for hydroelectric power project

July 9, 2015

A proposed pumped-storage hydroelectric power facility in Southern California will include two lined reservoirs, according to partners in the Eagle Mountain project in Riverside County. The $1.4 billion Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Project near Desert Center, north of Interstate 10, would draw water from three wells on surrounding property and pump it 15 miles to …

First GRS-IBS bridge for D.C.

July 8, 2015

The Washington, D.C., Department of Transportation (DDOT) is using the geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS–IBS) technology for the first time. The GRS–IBS uses alternating layers of compacted granular fill and sheets of geotextile or geogrid reinforcement to provide bridge support. Not only is GRS–IBS quick and easy to build with common equipment and materials, …