AGRU offers webinar on protecting concrete infrastructure with AGRU Sure-Grip

August 17, 2017

AGRU America will host a webinar on protecting concrete with AGRU Sure-Grip liners on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Concrete is the most popular building material in the world, but even this ubiquitous material is susceptible to damage. Engineers have presented ingenious designs over the years to protect critical concrete structures with …

President Trump issues executive order aimed at ‘discipline and accountability’ in major infrastructure environmental permitting

August 16, 2017

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order Aug. 15, 2017, generally limiting the time to conduct federal environmental review and issue environmental permits to two years for major infrastructure projects; outlining a new process intended to speed up the review and permitting process; and ordering steps to increase accountability in the process. The executive …

EPA releases interim final guidance on state CCR permit programs for comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made public an interim final guidance outlining the process and procedures EPA generally intends to use to review and make determinations on state coal combustion residual (CCR) permit programs This document provides guidance to the states for developing and submitting a program to EPA for approval. The guidance …

Sustainable building and construction trade mission to Mexico

August 15, 2017

The deadline to join the United States Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico is imminent. This tailored trade mission will include representatives from U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations with members that provide green, innovative, and sustainable products and services to the commercial, industrial, and residential construction sectors from October 16-20, …

The Geosynthetic Institute announces 2017–18 fellowships

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), with the guidance of the GSI board of directors, announced their fellowship awards for the 2017–18 academic year. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students from around the world studying geosynthetics. The GSI fellowship program includes candidates pursuing a master’s degree or a doctoral degree. The amount for each fellowship recipient …

OSHA launches injury-tracking system

August 14, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its web-based Injury Tracking Application (ITA) on Aug. 1, and extended the deadline for submitting 2016 injury and illness data to Dec. 1, 2017. The reporting requirements are part of a final rule issued in October 2016 to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The new …

Elastec’s American Marine division celebrates 50 years of manufacturing

August 11, 2017

In 1967 in Cocoa, Fla., the late Jim Pearce formed a new company to help control water pollution: American Marine. An early innovator in the development of oil containment booms, fire booms and turbidity curtains, Pearce initially developed Hull Guards, devices used to help small boat owners keep the bottom of their vessels free of …

Strata Systems launches engineering software platform for GRS

August 10, 2017

Strata Systems, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of geosynthetic soil stabilization products, recently launched the latest version of StrataPro, an engineering software platform that gives designers the ability to analyze a variety of faced systems on geosynthetically reinforced soil (GRS) structures. Strata says the platform, which is available through its website, will help designers determine …

TRB hosts webinar on airport stormwater management

August 9, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a webinar on September 14, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT discussing research that may help airport environmental practitioners understand the environmental regulations and permitting programs that apply to airports’ management of stormwater and other types of water resources. This webinar is sponsored by the Airport …

HUESKER offers free webinar on using GRS for retaining structures

August 3, 2017

HUESKER is presenting a free webinar on using geosynthetic reinforced soil (GRS) for retaining structures on August 24, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Hosted by HUESKER Engineering Department head Lilma Schimmel, the webinar will offer an overview of using GRS technology for safe construction of steepened, settlement-resistant walls and slopes. The low-cost method includes fast, …