It has been a good run

February 1, 2017

My October 2016 column in this space recounted my first week on the job in December 2005. But as you read this column today, we move full circle. This is my last column for Geosynthetics magazine. Yep, I am retiring. Well, let’s say semi-retiring. “Semi” means I will still be around a few days each …

Boyd Ramsey departs GSE: boydramseyconsulting.com

January 2, 2017

In an email delivered Dec. 22, 2016, Boyd Ramsey announced a career change, departing from GSE and starting his consulting firm. His message: My friends and colleagues, I hope this finds you well, safe, happy, and preparing for and enjoying a great holiday season. The end of the year will bring on several changes for …

How was your first week on the job?

October 1, 2016

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 …

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Wetlands restoration at San Pablo Bay

August 1, 2016

How geofoam, as lightweight structural fill, solved a variety of construction challenges on a roadway embankment project in support of wetlands restoration in Northern California Introduction As those in the design and construction community know well, every project is slightly different from the last regardless of how many times similar challenges have been faced. When …

New geotextiles book launched in 2016

Introduction A hefty new addition to civil engineering and geosynthetics libraries around the world was unveiled earlier this year. Geotextiles: From Design to Applications debuted in March 2016. Number 175 from the U.K.-based Textile Institute/Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles, the 640-page book contains 26 chapters by 35 authors, including many of the most-renowned and well-known …

See you at Geotechnical Frontiers

If you haven’t already planned to attend Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, do yourself a favor and register now. Is this is your first geosynthetics or geotechnical conference? Or have you attended geo events since the 1980s? Either way, this conference and trade show next March 12–15 in Orlando will provide you with something special …

Send in your award-winners

April 1, 2016

The 69th annual International Achievement Awards (IAA) presented by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) offers your company an opportunity to shine. Companies from around the world will compete in new categories in 2016 to showcase innovation, technical skills, and design excellence. This year, IFAI is changing the competition a little bit. Each of the …

Drama in D.C.?

October 1, 2015

One of my favorite trips every year is the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) Fall Lobby Day. It is usually a good time to be in Washington … not too hot, not too cold, slight chance of rain. It is also the political season for dramatic action—or in recent sessions of Congress—inaction and shutdown talk. The …

Underground gardens

August 1, 2015

Efficient landscape engineering and effective geosynthetic materials built Maple Garden Park In Taichung City, Taiwan, city dwellers wandering through Maple Garden Park are actually meandering below ground level. In November 2012, landscape engineers working with the aid of geosynthetic products converted a large hole in the heart of the city into an urban park oasis. …