GMA’s Spring Lobby Day April 27

February 29, 2016

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) continues to make significant strides toward increasing the industry’s exposure in Washington, D.C. Many members of Congress are now advocating for our industry, in large part, due to GMA’s government relations efforts along with the support and involvement of GMA members. It is critical that GMA members continue to educate …

Vinod Patel launches Geosynthetic Products

February 25, 2016

Fiji-based Vinod Patel, a dealer in hardware and building material products, recently launched a new and enhanced Dura Force geosynthetic product range at the Vinod Patel office at Centrepoint. Vinod Patel exclusively distributes the products, supplied by Cirtex Solutions Ltd. Larry Judd and Mackenzie Watt of Cirtex Industries Limited presented on geosynthetic products at the …

Erie County DPW awarded 2015 Transportation Project of the Year

February 22, 2016

The American Public Works Association honored the Erie County Department of Public Works with the 2015 Transportation Project of the Year award for the Lake Avenue Reconstruction Project. The project included a full reconstruction of two miles of Lake Ave. between Abbott Rd. and Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park, N.Y.. Last reconstructed in the early …

Queen’s professor Kerry Rowe elected to U.S. National Academy of Engineering

February 16, 2016

Dr. R. Kerry Rowe, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, is among 22 new foreign members elected in 2016 to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The NAE cited Rowe’s contributions “for advances in knowledge of the performance of waste containment facilities.” The NAE elected 80 …

Waste containment technical seminar

February 11, 2016

March 22–23 in Syracuse, N.Y. A two-day waste containment system design course will be offered March 22–23 in Syracuse, N.Y., sponsored by the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS). Registered participants will qualify for 12 professional development hours (PDFs) or 1.5 professional engineer (P.E.) credits. Registration includes all education sessions …

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Call for Abstracts

February 9, 2016

This Call for Abstracts is issued to create a comprehensive, diverse, and exciting Technical Paper Program. Submit your 200- to 300-word abstract by March 8, 2016, and become part of the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 education program. Please review the current list of proposed sessions and general topics. All submissions will be peer-reviewed at each step, …

HUESKER adds three for mining, rep duties

February 8, 2016

Charlotte, N.C.-based HUESKER Inc. announced in a press release that it has added three new team members to address its coverage of the mining market and to reinforce its distribution partnerships in the U.S. Midwest. Mike Nelson is headquartered in McMurray, Pa., and will be primarily responsible for providing technical support to the quarries and …

New geotextiles book to debut in March

February 3, 2016

A hefty new addition to civil engineering and geosynthetics libraries around the world is coming next month. Geotextiles: From Design to Applications is scheduled for official release in March 2016. Number 175 from the Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles, the 640-page book contains 26 chapters by 39 authors, including many of the most- renowned and …

Propex launches ‘Are you sure?’ campaign

February 2, 2016

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Propex GeoSolutions announced in a Feb. 1 press release the launch of its “Are you sure?” program that features the company’s turf reinforcement mats (TRMs). The release said that the campaign would focus on the company’s erosion and slope stabilization TRMs, Pyramat and Armormax, products that are designed to control high-flow channels, protect …

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Part 1: Mechanisms governing the performance of unpaved roads incorporating geosynthetics

February 1, 2016

Authors’ note: Road improvement is one of the major applications of geosynthetics. It is also one of the most complex because of the variety of mechanisms involved. This Part 1 article provides a description of the mechanisms that govern the performance of unpaved roads incorporating geosynthetics. It will be followed, in the next issue of …