Marine mattress installation continues on Elliott Bay seawall project

November 30, 2015

At the ongoing construction of the new Elliott Bay seawall in Seattle, marine mattresses are installed in front of the new face panels to create a shallow water corridor for migrating fish. Marine mattresses are rock-filled containers generally constructed with UV-stabilized co-polymer geogrid materials. Geogrid panels are laced together to form mattress-shaped baskets that are …

GeosyntheticsME concludes 2015 conference with big attendance, first awards

November 24, 2015

The recently concluded Geosynthetics Middle East 2015 in Abu Dhabi attracted more than 400 industry experts from 35 countries for the 7th edition of this international conference and exhibition, according to a Nov. 22 press release.

IFAI, Dept. of Commerce to host smart fabrics summit

November 23, 2015

UPDATE: Date has been changed. The Smart Fabrics Summit will be on April 11, 2016. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to host the first-ever Smart Fabrics Summit on April 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will provide a forum for public and private …

Chronology: The 2015 transportation bill

November 20, 2015

July 2012—President Obama signs a two-year transportation reauthorization bill into law. The “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” known as MAP 21, keeps transportation programs running through the end of fiscal year 2014 and calls for transferring $18.8 billion from the general fund to the highway and transit trust funds. August 10, …

Maccaferri wins first Geosynthetics Middle East award

November 19, 2015

During the recent Geosynthetics Middle East conference and trade show in Abu Dhabi, Maccaferri was named the winner of that event’s “Best Geosynthetics Project.” The title of winning project is “The 32m-high ParaMesh retaining wall at the Al Jais Mountain Road Project in Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).” A Maccaferri press release described the …

Naue offers calculation and mining info

November 18, 2015

Two new offerings from Germany-based Naue GmbH & Co. KG: SecuCalc 2.2 software, which provides “a generic calculation” for unpaved base reinforcement with its geogrids. A new document, “Mining and Geosynthetics,” that profiles mining applications and how geosynthetic materials “can help mining engineers and owners achieve their goals.” According to the Naue press release, SecuCalc …

New marketing hire at VersaFlex

November 17, 2015

VersaFlex Inc. announced in a Nov. 13 press release that Andy Schultze has been hired as a new marketing associate. Kansas City, Kan.-based VersaFlex is a formulator and manufacturer of protective coatings, liners, and sealants. Schultze is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a bachelor of science in strategic communication and a …

Updates for International Geosynthetics Society regional events

November 16, 2015

Registration for GeoAmericas2016 is now open. The third Pan-American conference on geosynthetics is in Miami, Fla., April 10–13, 2016 The call for abstracts for EuroGeo6 has been extended to Nov. 30, 2015. The sixth edition of the EuroGeo conference is in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 25–28, 2016. The call for abstracts for Geosynthetics Asia 2016 has …

With apologies to “The Final Countdown”

November 13, 2015

It is Friday, the 13th, and here is the countdown: The highway and transit bill’s latest patch expires in eight days. U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) appropriations run out in 31 days. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization expires in 140 days. The 2016 presidential election is 361 days from today.

State/county bridge building with geosynthetics wins award

November 10, 2015

Among recent recipients of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) awards is the Arizona Department of Transportation in conjunction with Mohave County. These state and local state agencies partnered to design and build a geosynthetic-reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS–IBS)* project on Oatman Highway in northwestern Arizona. The bridge now spans the Sacramento …