USDOT rescinds $857 million from federal aid to state highway funds

July 6, 2017

In a notice issued June 21, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) rescinded $857 million of unobligated balances apportioned to states. The rescission applies to funding from programs ranging from Interstate Maintenance to the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program. Federal law required the rescissions under the Department of …

GSI offers webinar on predicting longevity of covered and exposed geosynthetics

June 12, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “Lifetime Predictions of Covered and Exposed Geosynthetics,” on June 14, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. A most frequently asked question regarding all types of geosynthetics is, “How long will they last?” This webinar answers the question for exposed geotextiles and geomembranes assuming that …

AASHTO highlights need for infrastructure plan that also fixes trust fund

May 30, 2017

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) called on Congress and the Trump administration to enact a major transportation investment program this year, one that channels federal funds through existing programs and includes a long-term revenue fix for the Highway Trust Fund, according to the AASHTO Journal. Chief executives from state departments …

IGS-NA offers geo educational opportunities

March 30, 2017

IGS North America (IGS–NA) is actively training future users of geosynthetics, teaching geosynthetic educators, and promoting geosynthetics as part of engineering curricula through two educational programs: Educate the Educators and Educate the Students. Educate the Educators, a geosynthetics training program for university professors, is a two-day, funded training course at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., …

IECA issues Call for Papers for 2018 Annual Conference

March 22, 2017

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) issued its Call for Papers for the IECA 2018 Annual Conference in Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 11–14, 2018. The organization is particularly interested in papers on erosion and sediment control; storm-water management; wetland, stream bank, and shoreline restoration; MS4 management; and industry events and trends. The deadline for submission …

New acquisition for Solmax

February 27, 2017

Montreal-based Solmax Inc. announced in a press last week that is has acquired assets of now-defunct Brawler Inc. These assets, located in Houston, Texas, will belong to the newly incorporated company, Solmax USA LLC. Solmax is the second geomembrane producer to scoop up Brawler assets. (Earlier this month, Inland Tarp & Liner announced that it …

Report from the ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics, February 2017

February 23, 2017

The ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics met in Norfolk, Va., February 1–3, 2017. Among the topics addressed were these three subcommittee reports. Under ASTM D35.01 Subcommittee on Mechanical Properties, a task group is working to develop a protocol for biaxial testing of geosynthetics. This test would describe the tensile properties of the geosynthetic as it …

ASCE, TRB sponsoring conference on highways and airfields

February 8, 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) are co-sponsoring the 2017 International Conference on Highway and Airfield Technology on August 27, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pa. This event will bring together researchers, designers, project and construction managers, and contractors from around the world to discuss transportation and development projects ranging …

IFF announces 2017 scholarships

February 7, 2017

Students have until June 10, 2017, to apply for any of four $5,000 scholarships available through The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). Each year, IFF awards several scholarships to degree-seeking students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. The scholarships are paid directly to the students’ schools for fall semester tuition. Available scholarships include: Textile …