ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics

April 1, 2016

The ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics conducted its 2016 winter meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 27–29, 2016. The first order of business was the installation of new officers and members-at-large: James Goddard, Committee D35 chairman Eli Cuelho, 1st vice-chairman Jimmy Youngblood, 2nd vice-chairman Gary Torosian, secretary Mark Wayne, membership chairman Tim Bauters, membership-at-large Richard …

New name, GeoAmericas, panel members sought

Name change proposed for NAGS In an effort to solidify efforts at providing leadership in advancing geosynthetics education and research, the NAGS Board of Directors earlier this year proposed changes to its bylaws. The society’s bylaws were last revised in February 2001. Immediate past-president Bob Mackey served as editor of the new bylaws that were …

State and local efforts, activities report, Lobby Day on GMA’s agenda

During my first year as a division supervisor, managing the Geosynthetic Materials Association, GMA has seen an increase in activity. GMA has been able to capitalize on its strong presence on Capitol Hill, by encouraging Congress to pass a long-term highway bill that included meaningful geosynthetic language. GMA has made significant efforts to cultivate relationships …

Training Lectures, Panel Discussions, Short Courses

The theme for Geotechnical Frontiers is “Innovation and Collaboration in Technology and Practice.” The conference will feature four days of technical programming, including short courses, panel discussions and technical paper presentations. New for 2017—Training Lectures Geosynthetic Reinforced Embankments on Soft Foundations INSTRUCTOR Bob Holtz, University of Washington Real-time Performance Monitoring for Excavations INSTRUCTOR W. Allen …

January 2016 GMA News

February 1, 2016

Fall 2015 Lobby Day GMA hosted its 2015 fall lobby day in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29. This was an exciting time to be in our nation’s capitol as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was elected Speaker of the House and U.S. lawmakers were finally putting the finishing touches on a long-term transportation funding bill. The evening …

Comparison testing of geosynthetic drainage products

Unlike ASTM D6364 “Standard Test Method for Determining Short-Term Compression Behavior of Geosynthetics,” ASTM D1621 “Standard Test Method for Compressive Properties of Rigid Cellular Plastics” is a testing standard designed to measure the compressive properties of rigid cellular plastics (i.e., foam), not geocomposite drainage products. Unfortunately, the geosynthetic community has been saddled with this test …

New initiatives to promote geosynthetics education in civil engineering curricula

The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) is currently helping to re-establish the “Educate the Educators” (EtE) program. With the support of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and sponsors such as the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), IGS–NA developed a two-day event where experts in the geosynthetics field introduced 40 college professors to various geosynthetic materials and their …

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 announces short courses

January 13, 2016

Eight full-day sessions planned for Orlando conference and trade show. Registration available later this year. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Short Courses Sunday, March 12, 2017, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hyatt Regency Orlando Design and construction of bottom liner and cover systems Richard Thiel, Thiel Engineering Design of pier foundations in expansive soils Geoff Chao and John Nelson, …

The 2nd International GSI–Asia Geosynthetics Conference

October 1, 2015

Some of you know that the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) and Inha University, Incheon, Korea (Rep.), have had an association for more than 20 years. In June, we advanced this relationship during the 2nd International GSI–Asia Geosynthetic Conference. The conference chairman was Prof. Han-Yong Jeon of Inha University, the conference secretary was Dr. Jungjo Yuu of Golden-pow Co. Ltd…

GMA is a sponsor for Educate the Educators

In late July, I joined representatives from seven GMA member companies to attend the revived Educate the Educators conference held at the University of Texas in Austin. The purpose of the event was to educate university professors from the United States and around the world on the benefits of geosynthetics in this classroom. The two-day …