Press Release

IFAI Expo 2018 Delivers Valuable and Engaging Event!

November 13, 2018

Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo (IFAI Expo) offered a wide variety of exhibitors, events and education and was attended by more than 4,850 verified participants! DALLAS, TX— The 98th IFAI Expo attracted more than 4,350 verified registered participants from IFAI Expo and 500 scanned leads from CAMX to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center for …

Company News

Owens Corning releases TV show video on how RhinoMat is made

November 12, 2018

Owens Corning’s RhinoMat reinforced composite geomembranes were featured on the Fox Business Channel TV show “Inside the Blueprint,” and Owens Corning has released the video of the program on YouTube. The video features the manufacturing, fabrication and installation process of RhinoMat. RhinoMat installs six times faster and has double the puncture resistance of conventional high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the company says. …

Drainage Materials

GSI to host webinar on wick drains, GMA members get discounted rates

November 12, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Soil Consolidation Using Wick Drains, aka PVDs” on Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. Wick drains, …

Company News

Propex Holding sells its concrete division to Sika

November 6, 2018

Propex Holding LLC of Chattanooga, Tenn., has sold its global concrete division, Fibermesh, to Sika. Sika is a leading supplier of specialty chemical products and industrial materials serving construction and industrial markets. Fibermesh manufactures a complete line of fiber solutions to deliver reinforced concrete from its Chattanooga-based plant. Fibermesh employees located in North and South …

Geomembranes

FGI accepting applications for innovation award

November 6, 2018

Today’s engineers are working to solve environmental issues on a global scale. The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award pays tribute to exemplary engineers who utilize fabricated geomembranes to creatively solve a problem on an important project. How the program works: An engineer, regulator, owner, installer or contractor can submit a project …

Erosion Control Materials

IECA Region One welcomes new executive director

November 5, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One board of directors and staff welcomes Samantha Roe, IOM, as the new executive director of the association. “We’re excited to announce Samantha as the new executive director to take our association in a new direction,” stated Tom Schneider, CPESC, IECA president. “IECA is looking to expand our …

Geocells

GMA/IGS-NA to present webinar on geosynthetic-stabilized roads

November 2, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and IGS North America (IGS-NA) will sponsor a free webinar entitled “Recent Developments in Geosynthetic-Stabilized Roads: Introduction and Mechanisms,” on Dec. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Geotextiles, geogrids and geocells have been used widely in roadway stabilization works throughout the world. In this webinar, Dr. Jie Han will …

Awards

MMPA honors IFAI magazines in three categories

November 2, 2018

Specialty Fabrics Review has been awarded the first-place Gold Award for Overall Excellence by the Minnesota Media and Publishing Association (MMPA). Galynn Nordstrom, senior editor of Review, accepted the award November 1 at MMPA’s annual gala that recognizes publishing excellence. Todd Berger, senior editor of Geosynthetics, accepted a second-place Silver Award in the directories category …

Drainage Materials

KMS installs PURON PLUS package system in Canada featuring PULSION MBR

October 31, 2018

Koch Membrane Systems (KMS), a leader in the development and manufacture of membrane-based filtration technologies, announced the commissioning of a PURON PLUS packaged MBR system in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The PURON PLUS system provides a compact and turnkey wastewater treatment solution that is fully automated and provides consistent high-quality effluent for safe discharge or reuse. …

Events

Registration opens for Geosynthetics Conference 2019

October 30, 2018

Register today and join industry colleagues from the around the world while they gather in Houston, Texas, to explore the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 theme of “Strengthening Infrastructure Safety, Reliability and Longevity.” The conference, which runs Feb. 10–13, 2019, will include a variety of educational offerings focusing on fundamental knowledge and the latest developments with the …

Expo News

The way forward with geosynthetics in the US Army Corps of Engineers is focus of plenary at GeoDallas

October 17, 2018

Jeb Tingle, senior research engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss., delivered the plenary address at GeoDallas on Oct. 17 on “Advancing the Nation’s Infrastructure: The USACE Role.” “There’s a big role for research and innovation,” Tingle said. “Doing business as usual won’t give …

Expo News

2018 International Achievement Award Winners Announced

October 17, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded this year’s International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at IFAI Expo 2018. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in North America, held this year at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention …

Expo News

Sharpen your competitive edge

October 17, 2018

Asking yourself one simple question can help make your business a magnet for new customers, says marketing professional Madeleine MacRae, owner of MM MacRae Coaching & Consulting. “That question is ‘Who is your ideal client?’” In her Oct. 16 Expo session on distinguishing yourself in the marketplace, MacRae says answering this question is the key …

Expo News

Digital presence is key to acquiring new customers in 2019

October 16, 2018

It’s no surprise the digital world means a company’s ability to attract and keep customers requires a dramatic shift in strategy, tools and resources. Ed Keough, vice president of sales for FutureGuard Building Products Inc. in Auburn, Maine, told business owners they need to embrace digital advertising or be “left in the dust” during his …

Expo News

IFAI Expo keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich: “acknowledge, honor and connect” with employees and customers

October 16, 2018

Keynote speaker Mark Scharenbroich has straightforward advice for growing a business: Make a true connection with employees and customers and positive results will follow. Scharenbroich shared his humor and motivational wisdom with a packed room at IFAI’s 2018 Expo annual meeting October 16. Rain, wind and cold outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in …

Expo News

Textile testing for comfort

October 16, 2018

IFAI’s Pre-Expo Conference Oct. 15 in Dallas offered a range of presentations—many of them focused on topics of particular interest in the advanced textiles area. Textile testing is one topic that will be addressed in more than one session. At the beginning of his talk yesterday on testing and evaluating fabrics’ human comfort, performance and …

Expo News

Useful social media for companies of all sizes

October 15, 2018

Should you bother with social media? Most definitely yes, says Luke Gusman, marketing manager for Sta-Lok Inc., a longtime manufacturer of marine and architectural rigging hardware. Gusman says that no matter how large or small your company, there are five social media platforms that can increase engagement with your product or service and raise your …

Expo News

Successful multigenerational workplaces

October 15, 2018

This is the first time in history that five distinct generations are working in a single workplace, says J. Karl Sherrill Jr., a certified risk manager with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, in his 2018 Expo session “Leading Successful Teams in a Multigenerational Workplace.” “It’s a trend affecting every business,” says Sherrill. “You have people …

Expo News

Sewing tips and tricks

October 15, 2018

One of the trickiest things facing the sewing industry is finding qualified workers. Many new employees may be unfamiliar with the basics of sewing machine operation, says Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas in Ham Lake, Minn. In her IFAI Expo session “Sewing Tips and Tricks,” Roberts points out that many young people didn’t grow …

Events

Last exhibit spots in the Geosynthetics Pavilion at IFAI Expo/CAMX available now

June 19, 2018

There’s still time to reserve a booth in the Geosynthetics Pavilion but please act quickly. The Geosynthetics Pavilion at GeoDallas, Oct. 16–17, 2018, part of IFAI Expo/CAMX, has a few booth spaces available, and we don’t want you to miss out on this great opportunity to promote your geosynthetics products. The Geosynthetics Pavilion at the Kay …

Geocells

GMA/IGS-NA to present webinar on geosynthetic-stabilized roads

November 2, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and IGS North America (IGS-NA) will sponsor a free webinar entitled “Recent Developments in Geosynthetic-Stabilized Roads: Introduction and Mechanisms,” on Dec. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Geotextiles, geogrids and geocells have been used widely in roadway stabilization works throughout the world. In this webinar, Dr. Jie Han will …

Erosion Control

Registration open for 2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo

October 30, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) will host their annual educational conference and expo Feb. 19–22, 2019, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. “IECA’s Annual Conference and Expo is the most beneficial event in the country for those involved in or concerned about soil and erosion control or stormwater management,” said Joanna Fetherolf, IECA’s …

Erosion Control

Geosynthetics magazine offers free sponsored webinar on natural facings for steep slopes and walls

October 24, 2018

Geosynthetics magazine will present the Tensar Corp.-sponsored webinar “Natural Facings for Better Performance and Value on Very Steep Slopes and Walls” on November 8 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This presentation will provide a case study example of how natural facings provide better performance and value on very steep slopes and walls. Steve Luptak, national product …

Containment

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions wins award for geosynthetic coal ash project in South Carolina

October 22, 2018

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) received the Project Management Institute (PMI) Award for Project Excellence at the PMI Professional Awards Gala held in Los Angeles, Calif. in October for work completed at the Savannah River Site (SRS) D-Area Ash Basin Project in South Carolina. The prestigious award recognizes global, large and complex projects that deliver …

Erosion Control

Geosynthetics magazine offers free sponsored webinar on natural facings for steep slopes and walls

October 9, 2018

Geosynthetics magazine will present the Tensar Corp.-sponsored webinar “Natural Facings for Better Performance and Value on Very Steep Slopes and Walls” on November 8 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This presentation will provide a case study example of how natural facings provide better performance and value on very steep slopes and walls. Steve Luptak, national product …

Industry News

FHWA video features GRS–IBS history and construction techniques

October 5, 2018

A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) YouTube video showcases the history and construction techniques of the geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS–IBS). The video illustrates how to build a GRS–IBS. It is intended to educate designers, engineers, contractors and inspectors on the fundamentals of the GRS–IBS. The video follows the GRS–IBS Interim Implementation Guide (FHWA-HRT-11-026). The …

Geogrids

Two Fleischmann amendments related to geosynthetics included in final FAA reauthorization

October 5, 2018

Two amendments introduced by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., both related to geosynthetics, were included in the final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2019 that was approved by both the House and Senate and sent to the White House. The House passed the legislation in May, and the Senate passed it 93-6 earlier this week. …

Feature

Multilinear drainage geocomposites to filter oil sands tailing slurries

October 1, 2018

Mining and some energy operations generate large quantities of water-containing tailings. These tailings are made of crushed-rock particles that are deposited in a slurry form. This is the case for coal, tar sand, lead, zinc, gold, silver, copper, molybdenum, nickel, taconite (iron), phosphate, bauxite (aluminum oxide), uranium, trona (soda ash) and potash, for example. There …

GMA Techline Members only content

The GMA Techline

October 1, 2018

Toxicity of nonwovens? Q: Are there any comprehensive tests (or a general synopsis) of the environmental toxicity of leachate from nonwoven polypropylene fabrics when aged in a freshwater or saltwater solution? Regulatory and municipal bodies in Europe and New Zealand are requesting more info about products that are used in riparian and coastal environments. A: …

Feature

Automation of large-scale geotextile and geomembrane fabrication

October 1, 2018

The development of a large-scale fabrication machine was conceived during the fabrication of geotextiles for a tailings pond cap in 2010. The machine joins five strips of material at a time to create fabricated panels for large projects. It is capable of both welding geomembranes and sewing high-strength geotextiles. This machine was specifically designed to …

GMA Techline Members only content

The GMA Techline

October 1, 2018

Toxicity of nonwovens? Q: Are there any comprehensive tests (or a general synopsis) of the environmental toxicity of leachate from nonwoven polypropylene fabrics when aged in a freshwater or saltwater solution? Regulatory and municipal bodies in Europe and New Zealand are requesting more info about products that are used in riparian and coastal environments. A: …

GMA Techline Members only content

The GMA Techline answers all

August 1, 2018

UV Weathering of Geotextiles Q: My firm is providing construction quality assurance services for a landfill cell expansion. We are having an issue with our contractor and are going to be in a position of having 8 ounces/square yard (271 g/m2) of nonwoven geotextile exposed for a period of time, which exceeds the seven-day limit …

Feature Members only content

GMA Techline

February 1, 2018

Determining quantity of recycled HDPE in a geonet Q: I have a question about high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geonets. Is it possible, by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) analysis, to determine the quantity of recycled HDPE present in a geonet? I have a geonet that, I think, is made with virgin and recycled …

Feature Members only content

GMA Techline

October 1, 2017

Welding HDPE to PVC and more Q: I would appreciate any input you have on these questions: Can a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane (GM) be welded to a PVC geomembrane? I am looking to connect a geomembrane to a building foundation. Based on some research, I have found the following options: bolt the geomembrane to …

Feature Members only content

GMA Techline

August 1, 2017

Liner repair? Pullout tests? Sewn seams? Shear strength of sludges? Geomembrane liner repair Q: I have a facility that has submitted liner repair documentation for the repair of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) liner for a leachate/stormwater pond at an industrial landfill site. The repairs were performed using either a patch or, for indentations and small …

GMA Techline Members only content

Questions and answers from the GMA Techline

February 1, 2017

Spraying? Shear Strength? Hydraulics? [A more] non-permeable GT? Q: I have received an inquiry for a non-permeable geotextile, which is UV-resistant and will be installed on a long slope for erosion control. Could you kindly recommend a product that would meet these requirements or a solution for this application? Your assistance with this is much …

GMA Techline Members only content

Questions and answers from the GMA Techline

August 1, 2016

Geosynthetic filter failure Q: I am interested in your upcoming webinar on geosynthetic filters and was hoping to get a little clarification on the content. I’m most interested in how geotextile fabrics are used with riprap but I also understand these fabrics are perhaps more commonly associated with roadway construction. How much does this webinar …

GMA Techline Members only content

Recycled materials reinforcement?

June 1, 2016

Questions and answers from the GMA Techline We are soliciting information on the use of recycled materials in the reinforced zone of MSE walls. I recall you as the keeper of many case histories. Do you have any success or failure stories about such recycled content in a reinforced zone? I’m mindful of chemical attack …

GMA Techline Members only content

Weld or sew?

June 1, 2016

Questions and answers from the GMA Techline We have a liner contractor who would like to wedge-weld geotextile rather than sew it. The material is simply a cushion layer below the 40-mil geomembrane and the contractor is concerned the sewn seams will affect wedge welding of the above geomembrane. Do you have a recommendation on …

GMA Techline Members only content

Strength test?

June 1, 2016

Questions and answers from the GMA Techline Something that has always puzzled me while performing the CQA for liners is the strength test for a weld using the extrusion gun. I always thought that if the weld does not pass for elongation, that has more to do with the sheet than how well the weld …

Company News

Owens Corning releases TV show video on how RhinoMat is made

November 12, 2018

Owens Corning’s RhinoMat reinforced composite geomembranes were featured on the Fox Business Channel TV show “Inside the Blueprint,” and Owens Corning has released the video of the program on YouTube. The video features the manufacturing, fabrication and installation process of RhinoMat. RhinoMat installs six times faster and has double the puncture resistance of conventional high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the company says. …

Drainage Materials

GSI to host webinar on wick drains, GMA members get discounted rates

November 12, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Soil Consolidation Using Wick Drains, aka PVDs” on Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. Wick drains, …

Company News

Propex Holding sells its concrete division to Sika

November 6, 2018

Propex Holding LLC of Chattanooga, Tenn., has sold its global concrete division, Fibermesh, to Sika. Sika is a leading supplier of specialty chemical products and industrial materials serving construction and industrial markets. Fibermesh manufactures a complete line of fiber solutions to deliver reinforced concrete from its Chattanooga-based plant. Fibermesh employees located in North and South …

Geomembranes

FGI accepting applications for innovation award

November 6, 2018

Today’s engineers are working to solve environmental issues on a global scale. The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award pays tribute to exemplary engineers who utilize fabricated geomembranes to creatively solve a problem on an important project. How the program works: An engineer, regulator, owner, installer or contractor can submit a project …

Erosion Control Materials

IECA Region One welcomes new executive director

November 5, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One board of directors and staff welcomes Samantha Roe, IOM, as the new executive director of the association. “We’re excited to announce Samantha as the new executive director to take our association in a new direction,” stated Tom Schneider, CPESC, IECA president. “IECA is looking to expand our …

Awards

MMPA honors IFAI magazines in three categories

November 2, 2018

Specialty Fabrics Review has been awarded the first-place Gold Award for Overall Excellence by the Minnesota Media and Publishing Association (MMPA). Galynn Nordstrom, senior editor of Review, accepted the award November 1 at MMPA’s annual gala that recognizes publishing excellence. Todd Berger, senior editor of Geosynthetics, accepted a second-place Silver Award in the directories category …

Drainage Materials

KMS installs PURON PLUS package system in Canada featuring PULSION MBR

October 31, 2018

Koch Membrane Systems (KMS), a leader in the development and manufacture of membrane-based filtration technologies, announced the commissioning of a PURON PLUS packaged MBR system in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The PURON PLUS system provides a compact and turnkey wastewater treatment solution that is fully automated and provides consistent high-quality effluent for safe discharge or reuse. …

Events

Registration opens for Geosynthetics Conference 2019

October 30, 2018

Register today and join industry colleagues from the around the world while they gather in Houston, Texas, to explore the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 theme of “Strengthening Infrastructure Safety, Reliability and Longevity.” The conference, which runs Feb. 10–13, 2019, will include a variety of educational offerings focusing on fundamental knowledge and the latest developments with the …

Industry News

TenCate expands nonwoven geotextile production line

October 30, 2018

TenCate Geosynthetics Americas has completed an expansion of nonwoven production at its Jefferson, Ga., facility. This state-of-the-art production line has advanced fiber distribution capabilities to create a uniquely consistent product in appearance and finished roll dimension. It also has the largest card/cross lapper in the staple fiber geosynthetics industry to produce both polypropylene and polyester …

Erosion Control

Registration open for 2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo

October 30, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) will host their annual educational conference and expo Feb. 19–22, 2019, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. “IECA’s Annual Conference and Expo is the most beneficial event in the country for those involved in or concerned about soil and erosion control or stormwater management,” said Joanna Fetherolf, IECA’s …

Drainage Materials

GSI to host webinar on wick drains, GMA members get discounted rates

November 12, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Soil Consolidation Using Wick Drains, aka PVDs” on Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. Wick drains, …

Geomembranes

FGI accepting applications for innovation award

November 6, 2018

Today’s engineers are working to solve environmental issues on a global scale. The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award pays tribute to exemplary engineers who utilize fabricated geomembranes to creatively solve a problem on an important project. How the program works: An engineer, regulator, owner, installer or contractor can submit a project …

Geocells

GMA/IGS-NA to present webinar on geosynthetic-stabilized roads

November 2, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and IGS North America (IGS-NA) will sponsor a free webinar entitled “Recent Developments in Geosynthetic-Stabilized Roads: Introduction and Mechanisms,” on Dec. 4, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Geotextiles, geogrids and geocells have been used widely in roadway stabilization works throughout the world. In this webinar, Dr. Jie Han will …

Events

Registration opens for Geosynthetics Conference 2019

October 30, 2018

Register today and join industry colleagues from the around the world while they gather in Houston, Texas, to explore the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 theme of “Strengthening Infrastructure Safety, Reliability and Longevity.” The conference, which runs Feb. 10–13, 2019, will include a variety of educational offerings focusing on fundamental knowledge and the latest developments with the …

Erosion Control

Registration open for 2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo

October 30, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) will host their annual educational conference and expo Feb. 19–22, 2019, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. “IECA’s Annual Conference and Expo is the most beneficial event in the country for those involved in or concerned about soil and erosion control or stormwater management,” said Joanna Fetherolf, IECA’s …

Erosion Control

Geosynthetics magazine offers free sponsored webinar on natural facings for steep slopes and walls

October 24, 2018

Geosynthetics magazine will present the Tensar Corp.-sponsored webinar “Natural Facings for Better Performance and Value on Very Steep Slopes and Walls” on November 8 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This presentation will provide a case study example of how natural facings provide better performance and value on very steep slopes and walls. Steve Luptak, national product …

GSI News

GSI to host webinar on disposal of CCR this Wednesday, GMA members get discounted rates

October 22, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals,” on Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. With coal representing more …

Geomembranes

FGI is making free six-part short course available to public

October 16, 2018

The Fabricated Geomembrane (FGI) is releasing the presentations from the Aug. 3 “Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications” short course as a six-part webinar series. Three webinars have been released, and three more will be released in the next few weeks. The webinars and release dates are: “Service Life of Geomembranes” by R. Kerry Rowe (9/11/18) “Testing …

Industry News

Leister introduces SEAMTEK W-900 AT low-voltage wedge welder

October 12, 2018

Leister Technical Textiles has released the SEAMTEK W-900 AT low-voltage wedge welder, an energy efficient and safe welder with direct transmission of power to a thin welding wedge. The W-900 welds at a speed of 98 feet (30 m) per minute, uses no energy when in standby mode, can reach the desired target temperature in …

Erosion Control

Geosynthetics magazine offers free sponsored webinar on natural facings for steep slopes and walls

October 9, 2018

Geosynthetics magazine will present the Tensar Corp.-sponsored webinar “Natural Facings for Better Performance and Value on Very Steep Slopes and Walls” on November 8 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This presentation will provide a case study example of how natural facings provide better performance and value on very steep slopes and walls. Steve Luptak, national product …