Agru America opens pipe production facility in Charleston, S.C.

April 10, 2017

Agru America’s newest manufacturing center in Charleston, S.C., aimed at meeting the international demand for next-generation large diameter HDPE pipes, started production in early April 2017. The facility, located on Charleston Harbor, is producing AGRULINE pipes with dimensions of up to OD 2500 mm (98.4 in.) designed for high-volume flow applications including gas, potable water, …

Ohio DOT plans to invest $2.3 billion in bridges and roads in 2017

April 7, 2017

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced plans to spend $2.3 billion in bridge and road improvements in 2017. ODOT said it has scheduled 1,098 projects this construction season. Twenty-six projects have a value of more than $10 million, and 6,945 miles of roadway are planned to be paved. Ninety-one safety projects also are …

NCTO: 2017 state of the U.S. textile industry

April 6, 2017

Outgoing 2016 National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) Chairman Robert H. Chapman III delivered the trade association’s 2017 State of the U.S. Textile Industry overview at NCTO’s Annual Meeting on March 23 at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C. Chapman’s statement outlined U.S. textile supply chain economic, employment, and trade data, as well as the …

GSI offers webinar on expanding landfills

April 4, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “Lateral and Vertical Expansions Over Old and Existing Landfills,” on April 12, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. With literally thousands of old landfills scattered worldwide, their upgrading (via lateral and vertical expansions) to an engineered landfill is a widespread need. A key aspect …

TVA invites public comments on dry ash storage

April 3, 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking for public input on a draft Environmental Assessment to convert from wet to dry storage of coal ash and other coal combustion residuals at its Paradise Fossil Plant near Drakesboro, Ky. A public open house will be held April 10, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. CDT at …

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference: Testing Program 2017

At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference (ATC), four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New Orleans Sept. 26-29. This year’s ATC …

New Board of Directors for 2017–2019

April 1, 2017

The mission of  the North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS–NA) is to provide leadership in advancing geosynthetics education and research to attain their appropriate and widespread use as engineering materials. As the learned society for geosynthetics in North America, our members are engineers, educators, manufacturers, regulators, and researchers, collectively dedicated to creating …

MSE wall failures vis-à-vis the lack of filtration design

Since 2001, the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has been accumulating data on failures of geosynthetic-reinforced mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls. We currently have 301 cases, with 191 (63%) caused in whole or part by water in, or adjacent to, the reinforced soil zone. We sincerely hope that our past writings and webinars are helping to …

Upcoming event: Educate the Educators (EtE) 2017

IGA–NA has been an active participant in this geosynthetics training program for engineering professors. Many schools do not teach geosynthetics because their instructors may not have the knowledge, confidence, or materials to effectively teach it. Educate the Educators (EtE) provides specialized, hands-on training and lecture materials to equip professors to offer effective geosynthetics content at …

GMA Lobby Day coming at the perfect time for the geosynthetics industry

Looking ahead Don’t forget to join the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) for its upcoming D.C. fly-in on April 26–27.  Our biannual Lobby Day will consist of a GMA briefing dinner the evening of April 26 and about 30 meetings on Capitol Hill all day April 27. The GMA Executive Council will also hold a private …