Raven Industries Pleasanton, Texas, facility to open

March 23, 2017

Raven Industries announced that its Engineered Films division will open its newest facility on April 3, 2017, in Pleasanton, Texas. Raven purchased this facility through an asset liquidation sale. “This facility purchase was a sound strategic move for Raven to further expand our support of existing and future oilfield business in the southern regions of …

IECA issues Call for Papers for the IECA 2018 Annual Conference

March 22, 2017

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) issued their Call for Papers for the IECA 2018 Annual Conference in Long Beach, Ca., Feb. 11–14, 2018. The organization is particularly interested in papers on erosion and sediment control; storm-water management; wetland, stream bank, and shoreline restoration; MS4 management; and industry events and trends. The deadline for submission …

Caltrans allocates $217 million to infrastructure

The California Transportation Commission (Caltrans) allocated more than $217 million to 72 projects, to support needed upkeep on California’s aging roads and bridges, make upgrades to transit and rail systems, and encourage use of alternative forms of transportation, including biking and walking. “Caltrans is working to ensure every dollar counts when it comes to California’s …

Pavement Life-Cycle Assessment Symposium registration opens

March 21, 2017

The Illinois Center for Transportation opened registration for the Pavement Life-Cycle Assessment Symposium 2017 in Urbana-Champaign, Apr. 11–13. Hosted by the University of Illinois, the symposium will focus on the implementation of life-cycle assessment in North America and around the world. For more information or to register, visit http://lcasymposium.ict.illinois.edu.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issues RFP for border wall

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency of the federal Department of Homeland Security, issued two Requests for Proposal (RFP) for a Solid Concrete Wall Prototype Construction Design-Build and an Other Border Wall Prototype Construction Design-Build. The RFPs are part of the border wall with Mexico proposed by the Trump administration. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, …

Speakers announced for EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium

EDANA, formerly known as the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association, and the China Nonwovens and Industrial Textile Association (CNITA) announced speakers for the June 7–8, 2017, EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium in Beijing, China. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2fZpM86.

ASDSO announces course on emergency action for dams and levees

March 20, 2017

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) will host the course “Interactive Preparedness: Emergency Action Planning for Dams and Levees” Apr. 25–26 in Baltimore, Md. This basic-level course will address how to develop, update, and test effective Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for dams and levees. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2mQWg52.

2017 ASCE Report Card makes strong case for greater infrastructure investment

March 17, 2017

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) issued on Mar. 9 the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card on American infrastructure, which argued that underinvesting in transportation infrastructure is failing America. “The grades in the ASCE Report Card provide yet another example of what occurs when a nation underinvests in …

Wisconsin DOT showcases use of GRS-IBS system on highway bridge

March 15, 2017

As reported in the March/April 2017 issue of the Federal Highway Administration newsletter Innovator, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) released a time-lapse video demonstrating the use of geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS) technology in the replacement of a bridge on County Highway S over Shaw Brook in Dodge County. This was one of …

NC Department of Environmental Quality seeks public comment on Duke Energy’s draft plans to close four coal ash impoundments

March 13, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is asking interested individuals and organizations to comment in writing and at four public meetings this month on the utility’s lengthy draft plans to close coal-fired power plant waste impoundments near Asheville, Gastonia, Eden and Wilmington. As reported by Catherine Clabby of North Carolina Health News, the …