NHI offering web-based course on rockfall stabilization

July 7, 2017

The National Highway Institute (NHI), in partnership with the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC) and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is offering an online training course in rockfall stabilization. The four-hour online course will cover such topics as rock reinforcement and drainage, surface stabilization, rockfall slope containment systems, and rockfall …

FTA releases more than $12 billion for public transportation

July 6, 2017

On July 5, 2017, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released more than $12 billion in formula and discretionary funds under the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017. The appropriations include money under the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Program, Urbanized Area Formula Program, Rural Areas Formula Program, Enhanced Mobility …

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

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notice issued June 21, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) rescinded $857 million of unobligated balances apportioned to states.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 in-situ stabilization of slopes using anchored geosynthetics

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “In-Situ Stabilization of Soil Slopes Using Nailed or Anchored Geosynthetics,” on July 6, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The sliding of soil slopes in the form of localized landslides represents an annual loss of $2 to 5 billion in America, not to mention …

VA Commonwealth Transportation Board approves $18.6 billion for transportation projects

June 30, 2017

On June 20, 2017, the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved the Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). The program includes $18.6 billion for transportation projects over the next six fiscal years beginning July 1, 2017. Projects include highway, road, bridge, …

Geosynthetics Materials Association needs your geo samples

June 29, 2017

The Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) needs samples of geosynthetics to include in binders as an educational resource. If your company can send any of the following samples, please contact GMA’s Jessica Calin at jmcalin@ifai.com for mailing instructions. CSPE, PET-reinforced geomembrane Fibrillated S-F – PP woven geotextile PP 1.0-mm geomembrane Needle-punched (Lt Wt) nonwoven geotextile Multifilament PET-woven …

AZ State Transportation Board approves 2018–2022 construction plans

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 …

GSI offers webinar on geosynthetic applications in the private sector

June 26, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “Geosynthetic Applications in the Private Sector,” on June 28, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. In the past, the geosynthetics industry has focused on the major application areas within transportation, environmental, and hydraulic engineering. Yet, many smaller application areas are also important and noteworthy. …

Titan Environmental joins GMA

June 22, 2017

Titan Environmental Containment of Ile des Chenes, Manitoba, Canada, has joined the Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA). Titan specializes in the supply and installation of high-quality geosynthetic materials, storage tanks, and specialty civil construction products that help manage and protect the environment. Chantal Lambert is the representative to GMA. The company operates across Canada as Titan …

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: …