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 …

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 …

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 …

Geomembranes

Owens Corning to present webinar on geosynthetic leachate reduction

October 9, 2018

Owens Corning will host a free webinar “Geosynthetic Solutions for Waste Facility Leachate Reduction” on Oct. 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CDT. The webinar will be taught by Andy Durham, senior geosynthetics engineer with Owens Corning. Managing landfills and waste disposal sites is challenging, especially as environmental regulations seem to constantly change. Geosynthetic …

Drainage Materials

HUESKER to host webinar on GEC systems

October 8, 2018

HUESKER will host a free webinar on geotextile encased columns (GEC) on Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. EDT. Oliver Detert, Head of the Engineering Department at HUESKER, will lead the webinar. The geotextile sleeve allows the accommodation of high vertical loads by compensating for the lack of lateral support to the granular columns from the …

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. …

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 …

Expo News

Best business practices for working with engineers

September 29, 2017

Mike Sullaway, principal engineer, president and owner of Sullaway Engineering Inc. in San Diego, Calif., presented a campfire session “Working with Engineers” at IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La. Throughout the presentation, Sullaway offered tips and advice on the best ways to go about working on a project with an engineer. How to find …

Expo News

First annual Greater Good Award given to Scott Massey of Awning Cleaning Industries

September 29, 2017

Scott Massey, owner of Awning Cleaning Industries, was awarded the first annual Greater Good Award at the IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La. Massey’s business is based in New Haven, Conn. The Greater Good Award focuses on an IFAI member company that does good business—and strives to be a good neighbor, good citizen, and …

Expo News

Manufacturing for Good Booth volunteers sew bags for Raintree Children and Family Services

September 29, 2017

Christine Gerard (left), IFAI division supervisor, and Whitney Armentor (right), Raintree Development Coordinator, are pictured at IFAI Expo 2017 in the Manufacturing for Good Booth. Several companies contributed supplies, equipment and labor to sew 70 large tote bags for young people who receive services at Raintree Children and Family Services. Raintree is a nonprofit that …

Expo News

Tips for navigating social media madness

September 28, 2017

“Post with a purpose,” says Sam Armijos of Fabric Architect LLC. “Understand that you’ll be wasting someone else’s time if you don’t have a purpose for posting.” Armijos presented a campfire session on “Social Media Madness” during IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La. Armijos shared some tips and tricks to help navigate social media …

Expo News

Understanding ITAR and export controls

September 28, 2017

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference in New Orleans began Tuesday in New Orleans with presentations organized into four tracks: Medical, Military, Testing and Smart Fabrics. The Military track covered a range of topics from protective materials to the DoD budget. It also addressed a critical topic for any company that exports beyond U.S. borders, or is …

Expo News

This year’s Show Stopper winners

September 28, 2017

All the best from New Orleans: Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The sixth annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services and …

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 …

Feature

Geosynthetics opportunities and solutions in shale gas extraction

October 1, 2018

While natural gas contained within shale rock is geologic and thus ancient by its very nature, the practice of its removal by horizontal drilling coupled with hydrofracking is a relatively recent development (Figure 1). Indeed, these dual technologies are making possible the recovery of huge amounts of natural gas—so much so that one can envision …

GSI News

Construction inspection of MSE walls, berms and slopes is focus of GSI online course

September 27, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will host an online short course entitled “Course 2: Construction Inspection of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls, Berms and Slopes,” Nov. 6–8, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT each day. Robert M. Koerner and George Koerner will teach the course. All Geosynthetic Materials …

Erosion Control

Registration opens for 2019 IECA conference and expo

September 26, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) has opened registration and published the full schedule for the 2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, Colo., Feb. 19–22. The 2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo brings together the most innovative minds in the erosion, sediment control and stormwater industry. Attend this one-of-a-kind conference to connect with …

Industry News

AASHTO elects new president, Workforce and funding are top priorities

September 25, 2018

The board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) elected Carlos Braceras P.E., executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, to serve as its new president and Missouri DOT Director Patrick McKenna as its vice president. “I’m honored and inspired to accept the role of AASHTO president during …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

Geomembranes

Owens Corning to present webinar on geosynthetic leachate reduction

October 9, 2018

Owens Corning will host a free webinar “Geosynthetic Solutions for Waste Facility Leachate Reduction” on Oct. 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CDT. The webinar will be taught by Andy Durham, senior geosynthetics engineer with Owens Corning. Managing landfills and waste disposal sites is challenging, especially as environmental regulations seem to constantly change. Geosynthetic …

Drainage Materials

HUESKER to host webinar on GEC systems

October 8, 2018

HUESKER will host a free webinar on geotextile encased columns (GEC) on Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. EDT. Oliver Detert, Head of the Engineering Department at HUESKER, will lead the webinar. The geotextile sleeve allows the accommodation of high vertical loads by compensating for the lack of lateral support to the granular columns from the …

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. …

Industry News

Alger of Lane Construction elected ARTBA chair

October 4, 2018

Robert E. “Bob” Alger, P.E., president and chief executive officer of Cheshire, Conn.-based The Lane Construction Corporation, has been elected 2018–2019 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) chair. The association made the announcement October 1 at its national convention in New York City. Alger’s entire 40-year career in the transportation construction industry has been spent …

GSI News

GSI on-demand online course details designing with geosynthetics

October 2, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is offering an on-demand online course entitled “Designing with Geosynthetics,” based on the book of the same title by Robert M. Koerner. Dr. Koerner, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Drexel University and director emeritus of GSI, teaches the course. All Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees will receive …

Industry News

Get listed in the Geosynthetics 2019 Specifier’s Guide

October 1, 2018

The annual call for listings in the Geosynthetics 2019 Specifier’s Guide opened September 19. Thousands of companies, engineers and government agencies turn to this annual guide to purchase products and services. This comprehensive resource lists suppliers of geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, drainage materials, geocells and erosion control materials, as well as services related …

Panorama

Panorama

October 1, 2018

Extreme Plastics Plus and Mustang Energy Services merge Extreme Plastics Plus (EPP) and Mustang Energy Services Inc. (Mustang) merged, creating one of the country’s largest environmental containment services companies, with a presence in most of the major domestic oil and natural gas basins in the country. “We are excited to . . . join forces …

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 …

Geomembranes

Owens Corning to present webinar on geosynthetic leachate reduction

October 9, 2018

Owens Corning will host a free webinar “Geosynthetic Solutions for Waste Facility Leachate Reduction” on Oct. 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CDT. The webinar will be taught by Andy Durham, senior geosynthetics engineer with Owens Corning. Managing landfills and waste disposal sites is challenging, especially as environmental regulations seem to constantly change. Geosynthetic …

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 …

GSI News

GSI on-demand online course details designing with geosynthetics

October 2, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is offering an on-demand online course entitled “Designing with Geosynthetics,” based on the book of the same title by Robert M. Koerner. Dr. Koerner, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Drexel University and director emeritus of GSI, teaches the course. All Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees will receive …

Industry News

Get listed in the Geosynthetics 2019 Specifier’s Guide

October 1, 2018

The annual call for listings in the Geosynthetics 2019 Specifier’s Guide opened September 19. Thousands of companies, engineers and government agencies turn to this annual guide to purchase products and services. This comprehensive resource lists suppliers of geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, drainage materials, geocells and erosion control materials, as well as services related …

GSI News

Construction inspection of MSE walls, berms and slopes is focus of GSI online course

September 27, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will host an online short course entitled “Course 2: Construction Inspection of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls, Berms and Slopes,” Nov. 6–8, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT each day. Robert M. Koerner and George Koerner will teach the course. All Geosynthetic Materials …

Erosion Control

Registration opens for 2019 IECA conference and expo

September 26, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) has opened registration and published the full schedule for the 2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, Colo., Feb. 19–22. The 2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo brings together the most innovative minds in the erosion, sediment control and stormwater industry. Attend this one-of-a-kind conference to connect with …

Erosion Control Materials

GSI’s Koerner to host webinar on geosynthetics in erosion control, GMA members get discounted rates

September 25, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Geosynthetics in Erosion Control,” on Oct. 10, 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. The estimated society cost of …