The “disappearing” island of Sylt

Located 20km (13 miles) west of the German/Danish border lies the island of Sylt. The long, narrow island (pronounced Zoolt) is the northernmost point of Germany. Sylt lies in the North Sea off the coasts of Denmark and the German state Schleswig-Holstein. It is the largest island of the Frisian archipelago, which stretches through the …

GMA members get to know “Highways for LIFE”

Andrew Aho FHWA’s Highways for LIFE (HfL) program was a featured topic during a March 2007 meeting that members of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) members conducted with James Ray, FHWA’s Chief Counsel. Ray provided a summary of the HfL program and encouraged GMA members to work with state DOTs to identify projects that would …

Mn/DOT receives Highways for LIFE grant

New federal money could cut construction timeline on Highway 36 project Minnesota was one of three states to receive a $1 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) new “Highways for LIFE” program. The grant money is currently being used for the reconstruction of Highway 36 between White Bear Avenue and Century Avenue (Highway …

Piracy in theChina marketplace

James Chan offers advice aboutprotecting intellectual property. Q-and-A with consultant James Chan It is said that the Chinese will copy any item with disregard to patents and copyrights. Why doesn’t the U.S. government enforce its own laws? Responding to pressures from the U.S. government and private industry, the Chinese government has tried to curb rampant …

It was 1961 and I was in Wilmington, Delaware

A personal sidebar by Bob Koerner Introduction By 1961, I was 27, married to Paula, and we had two young sons, Michael and George. Academically, I had received my BSCE degree from Drexel in 1956, with one course in soil mechanics, and half of a master’s degree at Columbia with two courses in soil mechanics. …

The February 2010 D.GE inductees

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Academy of Geo-Professionals inducted the following 41 engineers into the newest class of recipients of the Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification. Kandiah Arulmoli, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Earth Mechanics Inc. Eric Bahner, P.E., D.GE, Edward E. Gillen Co. John Baker, P.E., D.GE, Geotechnology Inc. Marco Boscardin, Ph.D., P.E., …

Green roof industry up 16%

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) announced in June the results of its 2010 corporate members industry survey. Despite the severe economic downturn last year, the green roof industry grew by 16.1% in 2009. In the Top 10 cities list, Chicago led the way for the sixth year in a row, with more than 500,000ft2 …