GSE, TenCate unveil new products

January 30, 2017

GSE launches RoaDrain Houston-based GSE Environmental announced Jan. 30 the launch of RoaDrain, a new synthetic drainage product that offers an alternative to traditional drainage materials. GSE RoaDrain is described as a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) composite, with a triplanar geonet core and heat-bonded on both sides with geotextile filters. The Jan. 30 GSE press release further …

Academy Award-winning actor, Jeff Bridges, will narrate ‘Dream Big’ film

January 26, 2017

Here is the latest from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Jeff Bridges has been announced as the narrator for the big-screen film, “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.” This film—an effort spearheaded by ASCE—will give a voice to engineering professionals all over the world, telling their stories and sharing their accomplishments. And now we …

Presto announces launch of new website

January 19, 2017

Appleton, Wis.-based Presto Geosystems, manufacturer of soil stabilization and stormwater products, announced in a press release this week the launch of its new website: www.prestogeo.com. The release stated: “The new site was built with the customers’ needs in mind.” Presto director, Bill Handlos, continued: “The way our customers expect to find products and solutions has …

Geotechnical Frontiers

January 18, 2017

Register now for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017. Geotechnical Frontiers is co-organized with ASCE’s Geo-Institute, and is a merging of the annual G-I Geo-Congress and the biennial GMA Geosynthetics conference. This conference features 8 short courses, more than 350 paper presentations, 9 panel discussions, and 2 training lectures within 81 technical sessions. The event also includes student …

Gannett Fleming names new chairman and new president

January 17, 2017

Robert Scaer and Paul Nowicki selected to advance growth of the firm Camp Hill, Pa.-based engineering firm, Gannett Fleming, announced in a Jan. 16 press release that it has named two company veterans to its top leadership positions. Robert M. Scaer, P.E., is the new chairman of the board and chief executive officer; and Paul …

Huesker targets North American market

January 16, 2017

In a press release issued last week, HUESKER Inc. underscored another milestone of growth with its official inauguration of an expanded manufacturing operations in Shelby, N.C., about 50 miles west of HUESKER Inc. USA in Charlotte. The new site, an $8.5 million, 150,000sf state-of-the-art facility, opened earlier in 2016. The release noted that the December …

Commerce Dept. rules in geogrid case

January 12, 2017

Summary                                                                                                       The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain biaxial integral geogrid products from the People’s Republic of China. The period of investigation is Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015; with an effective date of Jan. 11, 2017. Background The petitioner in …

Thrace appoints Lake, Sparks into new positions

January 11, 2017

The Thrace Group announced in a Jan. 10 press release that Andreas Lake will assume a newly created position—group development director for the company’s Technical Fabrics Division. The release also said that Brian Sparks, former vice president of sales and business development, will replace Lake as the general manager of the Thrace Linq organization based …

Hanes announces acquisition of Terrafix

January 10, 2017

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Hanes Geo Components (HGC) announced in a press release issued last week that it has reached an agreement to acquire Terrafix Geosynthetics Inc. The release noted that Toronto-based Terrafix will continue to operate under that nameplate; and that David Fuerth has been promoted from vice president of sales to president at Terrafix. John …

Geosynthetic reinforcement in bridge building

January 6, 2017

Iowa celebrates local bridge opening A ceremony in Iowa celebrated the opening of the Catt Bridge in Buchanan County. The new bridge features a glued laminated timber—or glulam—superstructure supported on a geosynthetic-reinforced soil abutment. The U.S. Forest Service and Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation developed the innovative design and Buchanan County work crews built …