Geotechnical engineering expert to deliver first Prakash Lecture at S&T

May 8, 2017

Richard D. Woods, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering (University of Michigan–Ann Arbor), will present the inaugural lecture in the Shamsher and Sally Prakash Distinguished Lecture Series in Geotechnical Engineering. The Shamsher and Sally Prakash Distinguished Lecture Series was established through a gift from Dr. …

EPA announces plan to issue guidance on state coal ash disposal

May 3, 2017

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt sent a letter to state governors April 28, 2017, informing states that EPA is working on guidelines for implementing state permitting programs under the 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act to manage the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals, known as CCR or “coal …

Airport pavements expert honored with James Laurie Prize

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honored Jeffrey S. Gagnon, P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2017 James Laurie Prize for his contribution to the advancement of knowledge and understanding in the design, construction, and management of airport pavements. Gagnon’s work on the airport pavement management is at the forefront and cutting edge of research. Under …

California passes law to spend $52.4 billion on infrastructure

May 1, 2017

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a package of legislation to improve transportation and create jobs in communities across California. “Safe and smooth roads make California a better place to live and strengthen our economy,” said Governor Brown. “This legislation will put thousands of people to work.’ SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act …

Fred Chuck joins Huesker as VP

April 26, 2017

Huesker Inc. announced Fred Chuck, P.E., has joined the company as vice president of business development. With extensive experience in corporate training and industry relations as well as emerging markets, technical service, engineering, and sales, the company says Chuck will take charge of Huesker Inc.’s efforts in industry and government relations, business development with engineers …

IDOT to spend $110 million on Interstate infrastructure

April 24, 2017

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced $110 million in Interstate infrastructure spending around the city of Council Bluffs in 2017, part of the largest highway funding effort in history by IDOT. The projects include new onramps, highway bridge construction, paving, railroad bridge reconstruction, and sewer work. IDOT is also in the planning stages of …

AFM releases Radon Guard

April 21, 2017

AFM Corporation of Lakeville, Minn., announced the release of Radon Guard, a product that mitigates radon and other subsurface gases through effective ventilation. It simultaneously acts as an underslab insulation (R-10 min.), and provides a capillary break. “Unfortunately, risk of exposure to radon is prevalent in much of the United States,” says AFM Corporation president, …

Need help deciphering military specifications?

April 20, 2017

The Industrial Fabric Association International’s Military Division is offering a free webinar for industry professionals on May 4, 2017, at noon EST, entitled “MIL-SPECS: Get the Facts and Gain a Competitive Edge.” The webinar will provide an in-depth analysis of the scope of a Detail Specification, along with a Q&A session. This webinar will help …

GSI offers webinar on geosynthetics in heap leach mining

April 19, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “Geosynthetic Applications Used in Heap Leach Mining,” on April 26, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The chemical extraction of precious metals from low grade ore and tailings has been ongoing since the 1950s. Gold, silver and copper are the general targets, wherein heaps …

FHWA provides $9 million for transportation projects on tribal lands

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) is providing $9 million for 77 projects aimed at improving transportation safety on tribal lands. “Transportation is a key to accessing opportunity and we are committed to helping make travel safer on tribal roads,” said Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. “These funds will assist …