GeoAmericas 2016, April 10–13, Miami Beach

January 29, 2016

The mission of the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) is to provide leadership in advancing geosynthetics education and research. We are pleased to invite the world to GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. The event takes place April 10–13 at the Loews Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. Keynote lectures GeoAmericas will have …

Symposia honoring David Daniel and Robert Koerner at Geo-Chicago 2016

January 26, 2016

At the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Geo-Chicago 2016 conference, there will be back-to-back symposia that will honor two legends in the geosynthetics community—Dr. David E. Daniel and Dr. Robert M. Koerner. On Monday afternoon, Aug. 15, 2016 from 2–3:30 p.m., the first symposium will honor Daniel for his research achievements with compacted clay liners, …

IECA names Sharan Wilson new executive director

January 25, 2016

The Denver-based International Erosion Control Association (IECA) announced in a Jan. 22 press release that Sharan Wilson has been named its new executive director. She replaces Russ Adsit, who departed last year after nearly eight years as the IECA executive director. The release noted that Wilson has more than 20 years of senior level leadership …

Brawler Industries announces another expansion

Texas-based Brawler Industries, a provider of specialty-engineered liners for containment and fluid management applications, announced in a Jan. 20 press release its plans to invest in a 7-layer blown-film line for high-performance barrier film applications for the agricultural, construction, and environmental markets. The press release noted that in 2015, Brawler invested more than $10 million …

John Gardner named to Geosynthetics advisory group

January 21, 2016

John M. Gardner, P.E., vice president/senior project manager at the Raleigh, N.C.-based engineering firm Smith Gardner Inc., has been named to the Editorial Advisory Committee (EAC) for Geosynthetics magazine. Gardner, who joined the former G.N. Richardson & Associates firm in 1996, assumed the EAC position previously held by Greg Richardson, now retired. Stacey Smith is …

Propex introduces new sales structure

January 19, 2016

As originally announced in October, Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Propex GeoSolutions has now launched its new dual-function sales structure that will aim to “significantly benefit its customer base and make buying products easier than ever before,” according to a Jan. 18 press release. The release noted that the company “has listened carefully to customers and the marketplace …

Jerry DiMaggio receives ASCE’s OPAL Award

January 18, 2016

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued a press release Jan. 14 naming Jerry A. DiMaggio as one of its 2016 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) leadership award winners. Currently a principal engineer at Applied Research Associates Inc., DiMaggio, P.E., D.GE, is being honored for his work in government. A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) …

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 announces short courses

January 13, 2016

Eight full-day sessions planned for Orlando conference and trade show. Registration available later this year. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Short Courses Sunday, March 12, 2017, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hyatt Regency Orlando Design and construction of bottom liner and cover systems Richard Thiel, Thiel Engineering Design of pier foundations in expansive soils Geoff Chao and John Nelson, …

Conwed celebrates 50 years of netting innovation

January 12, 2016

Conwed, a plastic netting manufacturer based in Minneapolis, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016. Led by the campaign theme “Celebrating our Past, Engineering our Future,” the company said in a Jan. 11 press release that it plans to communicate the collaborative approach that has made it the partner of choice in diverse industries. The …

Bio-digester supplies energy to 3,000 farms

January 11, 2016

The principle of action of the digestive system of a cow served as a model to create a container that receives organic waste, mostly livestock manure, where it is mixed with millions of bacteria to obtain natural gas integrated mostly of methane, called biogas, as well as a high-quality bio-fertilizer. The biodigester, commercially called Biobolsa …