Comments on a few pieces from the previous issue.
Thoughts about confusion over ‘4-out-of-5’ rule.
Explaining the use of the term “global warming.”
Concerns for the peel separation parameter for seam peel testing.
A reader makes a catch in an article about reinforced levees.
A reader shares another market where geosynthetic-reinforced technology is seeing success.
A reader believes an article on GRS bridge abutments was missing an element.
Comment clears up question on liner's design life.
Positive feedback on the June/July issue of Geosynthetics.
A reader wants to know what happened to the old curtain at Whiskeytown Reservoir.
Reader offers additional thoughts on ICOLD underreporting the number of large GSS dams.
A reader was a little surprised by the low numbers of geomembrane-lined earth- and rock-fill dams listed [in] the 2010 ICOLD Bulletin.
“Closing the A&L Salvage Landfill: An unprecedented design-build regulatory effort” resonated a reader's subconsultant services with a recent project in Rhode Island.
A reader posts a question on the Geosynthetics Facebook page about the HP-OIT test.
Comments posted on topics from the GMA Techline answered by Dr. Robert Koerner.
The use of geosynthetics—geotextiles, geomembranes, drainage composites and geogrids—is an annual growth market in the U.S./Canadian specialty fabrics industry.
Prior to 2009, the U.S./Canadian geosynthetics market grew 5 to 6 percent per year before the economic debacle of 2009. In 2009, the use of geosynthetics declined about 5 percent in the U.S. and Canada; but growth rebounded to about 2 percent in 2010.
Developments driving optimism in the U.S. market for geosynthetics include:
The 2010 U.S./Canadian geosynthetics market improved moderately in terms of sales and general business conditions. The majority of geosynthetic suppliers/distributors are optimistic that 2011 will yield increased sales and an overall improvement in general business conditions.
This information is taken from the 2011 MarketWatch Geosynthetics Snapshot. For the full report visit the IFAI bookstore: www.ifai.com/bookstore.