IGS-NA General Assembly meeting scheduled for Mar. 14 at Geotechnical Frontiers

March 10, 2017

The International Geosynthetic Society for the United States and Canada (IGS-NA) released its General Assembly agenda for its meeting during Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, Fla. The meeting is scheduled for Mar. 14 at 6:00 p.m. EDT, and it is open to all members of the geosynthetics community.  The mission of IGS-NA is to provide …

GMA Spring Lobby Days are April 26–April 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C.  

March 9, 2017

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) announced Spring Lobby Days will be held April 26 and 27 in Washington, D.C. GMA members and interested nonmembers are encouraged to attend. There is no registration fee for GMA members. Nonmembers pay a fee of $1,000. Please register as soon as possible to ensure the scheduling of meetings with your …

USACE issues Sources Sought Synopsis for extension of breakwater at Aransas NWR

March 8, 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a Sources Sought Synopsis for the extension of a breakwater at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (ANWAR) in Texas. The purpose of this synopsis is to gain knowledge of interest, capabilities, and qualifications of various members of industry. All options currently being reviewed include geotextiles. Responses to the …

DHS Issues RFI Seeking White Papers for Physical Infrastructure of Border Wall

March 7, 2017

The federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Mar. 2 Request for Information (RFI) to solicit ideas from industry and other partners for development of a comprehensive long-term strategy for a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Specifically, DHS seeks white papers from companies, not for profits, educational institutions, consortia, and other …

Thrace-Linq Hires Western Regional Manager for the Geosynthetics Market

March 6, 2017

Thrace-Linq announced March 2 the addition of David Zill as western regional manager—geosynthetics. The company said the hire is meant to develop its business in the West and to promote their geosynthetics products. With more than 20 years of experience in geosynthetics sales, David Zill will play a major role in expanding Thrace Group’s market …

Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) Hosts March 8 Solid Waste Landfill Failure Webinar

March 3, 2017

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, March 8, 2017 GSI members: $200 USD Non-GSI members: $250 USD www.geosynthetic-institute.org 610-522-8440 The Geosynthetic Institute will host the webinar “Behavior and Analysis of Twenty Solid Waste Landfill Failures” on March 8, 2017. Using data analyzed by the computer program ReSSA (3.0) and individual reports that identified the triggering mechanism …

Raven Industries Triples Geomembrane Production Capacity in Midland, Texas

March 2, 2017

Raven Industries Inc. announced Mar. 1 that its Engineered Films division, which manufactures geomembrane containment liners, has tripled production capacity at its Midland, Texas, facility. Raven geomembranes are used to line frac pits, secondary containment systems, reserve ponds, and rig-site pad liners employed during the drilling process in the Permian Basin and other shale plays …

Leister to debut new GPS-based welding system at Geotechnical Frontiers

February 28, 2017

Leister Technologies AG issued a press release Feb. 27 that announced it will debut the Leister Quality System (LQS) to the North American geosynthetic audience at Geotechnical Frontiers in Orlando, Fla., March 12–15, 2017. The company’s new GPS-based geo-welding technology enables geosynthetic installers to record primary weld parameters and create enhanced reports. The press release …

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 …