AZ State Transportation Board approves 2018–2022 construction plans

June 29, 2017

On June 16, 2017, the Arizona State Transportation Board approved an annual update to the Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), which includes projects in greater Arizona and the Maricopa County (Phoenix) and Pima County (Tucson) regions. “Connectivity and reliability are crucial for an ever-expanding state highway system like …

IGS–NA to host geohydraulics meetings

June 16, 2017

The Technical Committee on Hydraulics of the North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS–NA) will host two interrelated events in New Orleans, La., Nov. 7–9, 2017, that IGS–NA says are certain to deliver compelling technical progress and serve as an educational service to the engineering and construction communities at large.    Event 1: …

ARTBA hosts state transportation funding workshop

June 15, 2017

The American Road & Transportation Association (ARTBA) hosts the workshop “State Transportation Funding Trends Explored at the 4th annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates,” on July 12, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Washington, D.C. According to ARTBA editorial director Mark Holan, last year, American voters passed three quarters of more than 360 …

Ming Zhu to head Watershed’s engineering staff

June 14, 2017

In a press release issued June 14, Atlanta-based Watershed Geo announced that Dr. Ming Zhu has joined its engineering staff. Zhu will assume the role of director of engineering services, overseeing the company’s technical operations for existing products and the development of new product offerings. The press release noted that Zhu brings more than 11 …

Titan Environmental opens office in Houston and expands sales force

June 13, 2017

Titan Environmental USA announced the establishment of a new location in the Brittmoore Tanner Office Park in Houston, Texas. A grand opening celebration, which will include a crawfish boil, is planned for Friday, June 16, starting at 4:00 p.m. The company also hired two new staff members to be focused on sales and office administration. …

Your geo questions answered on the GMA Techline

June 7, 2017

Looking for answers to your geosynthetics technical questions? Contact the Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) Techline for thorough answers to the most detailed questions. Dr. Robert M. Koerner, who has more than 40 years of experience teaching, writing about, researching, and consulting on geosynthetics, responds to questions that range from which geosynthetic to use for a …

FAA awards $527.8 million in grants to airports

June 6, 2017

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) secretary Elaine Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $527.8 million in airport infrastructure grants to 584 airports across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). “The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security, and environmental …

PennDOT announces $550 million in highway and bridge improvements

June 5, 2017

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that more than $550 million in highway and bridge improvements will begin or be bid across the Philadelphia region during the 2017 construction season, bringing the region’s total contract work this year to roughly 125 projects worth $2.2 billion. “The funding allocated …

Strata joins GMA Executive Council; New members join GMA

June 2, 2017

Strata Systems Inc. has joined the GMA Executive Council. A division of Glen Raven Inc., Strata is a global manufacturer and distributor of advanced soil-reinforcement solutions headquartered in Cumming, Ga. Mike Bernardi, director of engineering for Strata Systems Inc. is the company’s primary liaison on the GMA Executive Council. Strata’s geosynthetic products deliver system solutions …

Imagine IM announces commercial installation of its graphene coating for geotextiles

June 1, 2017

Imagine Intelligent Materials, an Australia-based graphene applications company, has announced a commercial installation of its imgne® X3 solution at a Queensland coal seam gas site, completed during the second week of May. The installations cover a total of more than 10,000 m2 (108,000 ft2) of bidim C geotextiles, manufactured by Geofabrics Australasia. The conductive coating …