Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 registration is now open

January 2, 2017

Registration for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 is now open. Join us March 12-15 in Orlando, Fla., for this rare combination of IFAI’s biennial Geosynthetics conference and ASCE’s annual GeoCongress events. This special show brings more than 2,000 attendees together and only occurs every six years. The initial schedule of events and the detailed technical session layout …

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Case Study: Capping semi-liquid solids with geosynthetic layers

October 1, 2016

Introduction A U.S.-based polyethylene and polyester resin/polymer producer recently closed a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, N.C. (Photo 1). The company hired an engineering firm to manage the demolition and removal of the expansive structures and infrastructure. Part of the environmental responsibilities was to also find a viable solution for closing a 12-acre sludge basin. But …

GMA visits Michigan

GMA’s state and local lobbying efforts continue to move forward at a strong pace. On July 13, a delegation of 12 GMA representatives met in Michigan’s capitol city of Lansing, to lobby on behalf of the industry. This group included myself, two members of our government relations team from D.C., and the following Executive Council …

Owens Corning joins GMA’s Executive Council

Owens Corning acquired GMA member InterWrap in April 2016, and is now the 14th member of the GMA Executive Council. InterWrap, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is a manufacturer of reinforced polyethylene geomembranes liners and has a product line that also includes geotextiles and geofoam products. Andy Durham, is the senior geosynthetics engineer at Owens …

Two new programs from GSI

We are delighted to report two new programs recently developed at the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI).(1) An online Designing with Geosynthetics (DwG) course is now available: www.geosynthetic-institute.org/courses.htm. Scroll down to Course #3 to see the requisite details. The course itself is completely coordinated with the 6th edition of the DwG textbook. It consists of 1,540 slides …

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Geomembrane waterproofing for a 10-mile wooden flume

Introduction In 2015, a private hydroelectric company in Washington state was looking to install a geosynthetic liner as part of a 16-km (10-mi) elevated wood and metal structure for conveying water—a flume. The project was located near Mount Rainier (Photo 1) about 50 miles southeast of Seattle in southwestern Washington’s Pierce County. The owner operates …

“Educate the Educators” program in China

With support from the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), the IGS China Chapter, and the China Technical Association for Geosynthetics, and IGS council members, the Educate the Educators (ETE) program was conducted August 18–19, 2016, in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China. This program was first of its kind in China. Prof. Chungsik Yoo, IGS vice president, delivered …

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Devoted to geosynthetics for the long haul

Bob Koerner has devoted more than 40 years of his life to the advancement of geosynthetics, and he’s still pushing the industry forward. Introduction When Dr. Robert M. Koerner talks about geosynthetics, the cadence of his speech quickens and the passion behind his words suggests that geotextiles, geomembranes, geosynthetic clay liners and geogrids (to name …

How was your first week on the job?

December 5, 2005—my first day on the job as editor of Geosynthetics (née GFR). Eight days later, I was in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 200 engineers and a horde of other geo-people! Thank goodness, I was accompanied by Andrew Aho (then, GMA director; now, VP/Operations at IFAI) and Barbara Connett (then, Bookstore Manager; now, Education …

Fall Lobby Day Dec. 1

The 2016 primary and general election cycle is unpredictable and exciting in many respects. GMA typically hosts its fall lobby days in October. However, due to this year’s election GMA, decided to gather post-election in Washington, D.C. This will give our government relations team ample time to assess the post-election climate on Capitol Hill and …