Dave Suits launches LDS Geosynthetics Consultant Services

February 17, 2017

As of December, 2016, L. David Suits is doing business as LDS Geosynthetics Consultant Services. Well-known in the industry, Suits has more than 40 years of experience with geosynthetics. He retired in 2005 from the New York State DOT where he oversaw the testing and acceptance of all geosynthetics for use on DOT projects. During …

11-ICG abstracts due by Feb. 28

February 16, 2017

The Organizing Committee of the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) invites all interested geotechnical and geosynthetics professionals and academics to submit oral and poster abstracts. The 11ICG welcomes contributions for the most up-to-date research and latest developments from around the world. All abstracts will be reviewed by the 11ICG Scientific Committee and, if accepted, …

2/22/2017—Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) webinar: “Geosynthetic Drainage Materials: Applications, Design, Installation and Performance”

February 15, 2017

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 GSI members: $200 USD Non-GSI members: $250 USD www.geosynthetic-institute.org 610-522-8440 Webinar overview Geosynthetic drainage materials consist of a drainage core (geonet or geospacer) with geotextiles bonded to one or both surfaces. Their in-plane flow capacity is equivalent to 300mm (12in.) of sand with permeability of 0.01cm/sec or …

GSE announces patent for geocomposite

February 14, 2017

Houston-based GSE Environmental announced in a Feb. 14 press release that it has received a patent for CoalDrain, an engineered geocomposite designed specifically for coal combustion residuals (CCRs or “coal ash”). The press release noted that the new product replaces the filter layer and the leachate collection layer in a typical Subtitle D liner system. …

‘Learn, Collaborate, and Innovate’ at IECA’s 2017 Environmental Connection

February 9, 2017

Join the industry’s best at the IECA Environmental Connection Conference February 21–24 in Atlanta. Learn how to navigate industry changes, gain insight into resources to advance your company and colleagues, and engage in knowledge sharing to help you succeed. Highlights for the 2017 EC show include: Keynote Speakers—Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel and Craig …

GSI fellowships for graduate students

February 7, 2017

Request–For–Proposals The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has announced its annual worldwide student call for request-for-proposals (RFPs) focusing on innovative geosynthetics research and development projects. There will be several awards given, each for $5,000. (Note that this is a change from the original program in that the terms are different and that the students can be pursuing …

Geotechnical Frontiers announces full agenda

February 6, 2017

Organizers of the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference and trade show have released the complete schedule for the March 12–15 event at the Hyatt Regency Orlando (Fla.). Among the highlights: eight full-day short courses (all offering PDHs—professional development hours); 200 exhibitors on the show floor; the first Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture, plus Mercer, Seed, …

GSI webinar Feb. 8: “Wave (or wrinkle) management for proper deployment of geomembranes”

February 1, 2017

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 GSI members: $200 USD Non-GSI members: $250 USD www.geosynthetic-institute.org 610-522-8440 Webinar overview An intrinsic property of all exposed geomembranes is that they expand and contract depending on the ambient temperature. During times of high temperature, this is evidenced by the appearance of waves (also called wrinkles) in …

In Memoriam: Kathy Brazeau “Bentomat Queen”

Kathleen (Kathy) Brazeau of Palos Heights, Ill., passed away Sept. 15, 2016, at age 59. Kathy worked for CETCO in Hoffman Estates, Ill., for more than 22 years as a production/logistics/customer service coordinator. A well-known fixture and highly regarded within the geosynthetics industry, she was affectionately known as the “Bentomat Queen.” Kathy’s dogged determination and …

GeoCharlotte at IFAI Expo

The first-ever GeoCharlotte one-day session Oct. 20, 2016, drew engineers and exhibitors to Charlotte, N.C., for geosynthetics education and networking. The show-within-a-show (GeoCharlotte was conducted in the midst of the Industrial Fabrics Association International’s annual Expo.) also previewed the March 12–15, 2017, Geotechnical Frontiers conference, co-organized by IFAI, its Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), and the …