What’s the word in WRRDA?

December 22, 2016

Editor’s Note: With the president’s recent signing of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) into law, I recalled a landmark date two and a half years ago. That is when President Obama, surrounded by about a dozen Capitol Hill legislators, signed the original “water Act”—the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2014. That law …

Anna Kotas joins GeoTesting Express

December 21, 2016

GeoTesting Express (GTX) has announced the hiring of Anna M. Kotas, P.E., who has joined Massachusetts-headquartered GTX as a geotechnical engineer. She is based in central Virginia with business responsibilities as GTX’s mid-Atlantic laboratory applications engineer. Kotas has 16 years of engineering experience, including projects with MACTEC and Froehling & Robertson Inc. Her role with …

Next GSI webinar: ‘Geosynthetics in Hydraulic Applications’

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 11:30–1 p.m. (ET) GSI members—$200 USD per each webinar Non-GSI members—$250 USD per each webinar 610-522- 8440 www.geosynthetic-institute.org Background By 2040 it is estimated that two billion people (25% of the world’s population) in 60 countries will have inadequate fresh water. This alarming prediction suggests that water must be hydraulically transferred from …

Caution!

December 20, 2016

The recent bad weather in the USA (low temperatures, fast-dropping temperatures, and strong winds) provides ideal conditions for rapid crack propagation (RCP), “shattering” in exposed high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembranes. It is advised that such exposed HDPE geomembranes be carefully monitored for short slow crack growth (SCG), stress cracks along the edges of extrusion welds especially …

International Geosynthetics Society abstract deadlines

December 19, 2016

GeoAfrica 2017: Abstract deadline Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 GeoAfrica 2017 will be held October 8–11, 2017, in Marrakech, Morocco. Hosted and organized by the IGS Moroccan Chapter and held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), this event offers geosynthetics-related engineering and construction professionals to interact with the African continent’s growing infrastructure. This …

HUESKER Group acquires NBW Mining Australia

December 14, 2016

Germany-based HUESKER Synthetic GmbH announced in a Dec. 14 press release that is has acquired one of its long-time partners, NBW Mining Pty. Ltd. in Australia. The release noted that HUESKER and NBW have had an exclusive and professional business relationship during the past 20 years. When commenting on the acquisition HUESKER CEO, Dr. F.-Hans …

Plenary speakers announced for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017

December 12, 2016

Roseville, MN – Five plenary speakers will take part in Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, the industry’s largest event, scheduled for March 12-15, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. Speaker names were announced Wednesday. “We feel our lecturers are an outstanding group who will provide insight, inspiration and education for our attendees,” said Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Secretary General Barbara …

Geo firms eyeing Vietnam market

December 8, 2016

Intrigued by Vietnam’s planned emphasis on infrastructure development, foreign geotechnical firms are seeking support roles in the many potential projects on Vietnam’s horizon. Geonia, a South Korea woven geotextiles manufacturing firm, is expecting a surge in demand for this product. “Vietnam’s government is boosting the construction of infrastructure nationwide, which is generating high demand for …

Learn about TZD (Toward Zero Deaths) Dec. 8

December 5, 2016

Join the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) and the National Center for Rural Road Safety for a free 1.5-hour online webinar on the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) national strategy. This webinar is directed toward local engineers, road managers, and local representatives with road and transportation responsibilities, and will provide information that can be used …

Weisenberger is new sales manager at Seaman

December 2, 2016

In a press release issued last week, Wooster, Ohio-based Seaman Corp. announced that Dan Weisenberger has joined Seaman Industrial Products as sales manager for the southern region of the United States. The release noted that Weisenberger was previously a district sales manager for Saint-Gobain Coated Fabrics, and he brings more than two decades of polymer and …