President Trump issues executive order establishing advisory council on infrastructure

July 24, 2017

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order July 19, 2017, ordering formation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure in the Department of Commerce. The advisory council is tasked with prioritizing U.S. infrastructure needs, accelerating the preconstruction approval process, developing funding options, developing methods to increase public-private partnerships, and promoting advanced manufacturing and infrastructure-related …

TRB accepting papers for 2018 Annual Meeting

July 21, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is accepting papers for consideration for the program for the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting, January 7–11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). All papers must be submitted in PDF format to the TRB’s paper submission website by August 1, 2017. To …

HUESKER offers webinar on geosynthetic embankments on soft soil

July 20, 2017

HUESKER is presenting a free webinar on using geosynthetics for embankments on soft soil on August 10, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Hosted by HUESKER Engineering Department head Lilma Schimmel, the webinar will offer an overview of solutions for embankments founded on poor soils utilizing high-strength geotextiles, geogrids and geotextile-encased columns as deep foundations. For …

Geomembrane used at South Africa’s first black-woman-owned manganese mine

July 19, 2017

A geomembrane provided by Zambia’s Kaytech Engineered Fabrics and installed by South Africa’s Aquatan Lining System was used at the Kalagadi Mine, near Hotazel, Northern Cape province, South Africa, about 675 miles (1,085 km) northeast of Cape Town. Kalagadi is the first manganese mine owned by a South African black woman. The mine includes a …

TRB offers webinar on geofoam applications for slope stability

July 18, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a webinar on July 27, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, that discusses ways to use geofoam to address slope-stability problems. Moderated by Mohammed Mulla of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the webinar panel includes David Arellano of the University of Memphis, Steven Bartlett of the …

WisDOT publishes study on ASTM D4833 and D6241 geotextile puncture test methods

July 17, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funded research into puncture test methods for geotextiles, and the report from this study is now available online. Various tests are conducted to assess and classify a geotextile’s suitability for different applications. One of these tests is the puncture strength test. This test …

Minneapolis-St. Paul council to accept bids for light rail extension in August

July 14, 2017

The Metropolitan Council in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., announced July 13, 2017, it will begin accepting bids Aug. 15 for the largest public works project in Minnesota history, the planned Southwest Light Rail Transit (Southwest LRT) Project, from downtown Minneapolis to the western suburb of Eden Prairie. The council plans to award civil contracts this fall …

HUESKER coins term, releases video on geogrid “interaction flexibility”

July 13, 2017

In a press release date July 11, 2017, HUESKER expanded on the need for a newly defined aspect of geogrids—interaction flexibility—and released a video on the characteristic. The company noted that according to the current state of scientific knowledge, the key properties of effective reinforcement are adequate tensile stiffness and tensile strength coupled with good …

California Transportation Commission approves $593 million in funding

July 12, 2017

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved nearly $593 million for 124 transportation projects aimed at alleviating traffic delays, repairing aging roads and bridges, and encouraging bicycling and walking. The funding is part of a larger push to rebuild and maintain the Golden State’s infrastructure. “These projects will help us maintain and modernize California’s transportation system,” …

Owens Corning introduces GeoLap™ adhesive tape

July 11, 2017

On July 11, 2017, Owens Corning announced the introduction of GeoLap™ adhesive tape, a taping solution designed specifically for RhinoMat® and RhinoSkin® geomembrane applications. By incorporating high-strength adhesive, extra width and thickness, GeoLap™ is meant for geomembrane patching, repair, and protection, Owens Corning said. “The development of Owens Corning GeoLap adhesive tape demonstrates the company’s …