Are zero leaks with installed geomembranes possible?

June 1, 2017

Abigail Gilson-Beck and Glen Toepfer step into a geosynthetics minefield in this issue of Geosynthetics with their article “Achieving zero leaks on a budget,” a goal that is controversial in the industry. Whether this goal should even be an objective is the question the debate hinges on. A spirited discussion on this issue arose during …

Handing over the reins

April 1, 2017

The stellar reputation of Geosynthetics magazine is due to its reporting on innovative solutions to complex problems, publishing well-researched articles written by experts in their fields, and consistently putting in print reliable and relevant information for engineers, project managers, and employees of companies engaged in geosynthetics. This is largely due to the 11-year stewardship of …

It has been a good run

February 1, 2017

My October 2016 column in this space recounted my first week on the job in December 2005. But as you read this column today, we move full circle. This is my last column for Geosynthetics magazine. Yep, I am retiring. Well, let’s say semi-retiring. “Semi” means I will still be around a few days each …

How was your first week on the job?

October 1, 2016

December 5, 2005—my first day on the job as editor of Geosynthetics (née GFR). Eight days later, I was in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 200 engineers and a horde of other geo-people! Thank goodness, I was accompanied by Andrew Aho (then, GMA director; now, VP/Operations at IFAI) and Barbara Connett (then, Bookstore Manager; now, Education …

See you at Geotechnical Frontiers

August 1, 2016

If you haven’t already planned to attend Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, do yourself a favor and register now. Is this is your first geosynthetics or geotechnical conference? Or have you attended geo events since the 1980s? Either way, this conference and trade show next March 12–15 in Orlando will provide you with something special …

Send in your award-winners

April 1, 2016

The 69th annual International Achievement Awards (IAA) presented by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) offers your company an opportunity to shine. Companies from around the world will compete in new categories in 2016 to showcase innovation, technical skills, and design excellence. This year, IFAI is changing the competition a little bit. Each of the …

With a little help from my friends

February 1, 2016

With the addition of John Gardner (Smith-Gardner Inc. in Raleigh, N.C.) to Geosynthetics magazine’s Editorial Advisory Committee, it reminded me once again to offer my heartfelt thank you’s to this wonderful group that you see listed on the lower-right of this page. So, here goes: Thanks Melody—after many peer reviews, we finally meet at Geosynthetics …

Drama in D.C.?

October 1, 2015

One of my favorite trips every year is the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) Fall Lobby Day. It is usually a good time to be in Washington … not too hot, not too cold, slight chance of rain. It is also the political season for dramatic action—or in recent sessions of Congress—inaction and shutdown talk. The …

New look website

August 1, 2015

When we go on vacations, we go on no-electronics vacations. Sure, we have a phone for emergencies but it is turned off until needed. And no other devices or wireless access. That said, I recommend that—when you are plugged in—you spend more time checking out our revamped and enhanced magazine website. GeosyntheticsMagazine.com now has a …

World of coal ash

June 1, 2015

What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports issa goin’ on here? —Slim Pickens as Taggart in “Blazing Saddles” By Ron Bygness I could not help recalling that memorable line from the classic Mel Brooks movie while I was first investigating an industry conference on the subject of coal ash. Truly, what is going on …