Credit where credit is due

October 1, 2006

To the editor: While I am honored to receive credit for the development of the geocomposite temporary parking surface (TemPark) described in Andrew Aho’s “Ground Rules” article (Geosynthetics, Volume 24, Number 3), that honor rightly and unquestionably belongs with Basil Polivka Jr. of American Parking Solutions, Warren, Ohio. After two or three earlier installations, Mr. …

Good job, Dov!

To the editor: I am writing a quick note to say that I enjoyed Dov Leshchinsky’s article in the August/September issue of Geosynthetics. I think it is quite clear and demonstrative. I have my students reading it for my “Ground Improvement and Geosynthetics” course this fall. J. Tanner BlackburnAssistant ProfessorZachry Department of Civil EngineeringTexas A&M …

Kudos to Barrett also!

To the editor: RE: Letter to the editor by Bob Barrett (August/September Geosynthetics) I just read Mr. Barrett’s letter in Geosynthetics—very informative. I have been designing MSE walls since 1992 and have experienced the industry enjoying much success with MSE walls along with some failures. I’ve had discussions with vendors and design/build firms regarding MSE block-wall …

GSE cited by IGS

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Awards Committee, at its meeting held in June in Cardiff, Wales, voted unanimously to award GSE Lining Technology with an IGS Award for the submission: “Comprehensive design guidance for geosynthetic materials.” The award was presented to company principals at the 8th International Conference on Geosynthetics in Yokohama, Japan, on Sept. …

New Firestone RPP geomembrane

Firestone Specialty Products has introduced a reinforced polypropylene membrane—MultiLiner RPP Geomembrane—a flexible, heat-weldable, polyester-reinforced membrane, for installers seeking another option for industrial and municipal liners, floating covers, and water-conservation applications. Benefits of MultiLiner RPP include: puncture resistance, no stress cracking or crazing after accelerated weathering, low water-vapor permeance and water absorption, and flexibility, according to …

Maccaferri acquires Linear Composites

The Maccaferri Group, headquartered in Bologna, Italy, has acquired Yorkshire-based Linear Composites Ltd. and sister company Epitropic Fibres Ltd. The purchase was completed earlier this year. Linear Composites, a manufacturer of geosynthetics and fiber-reinforced products used in civil engineering, industrial, and military applications, was formerly owned by JWH Group Ltd. The company acquired Epitropic Fibres …

Low & Bonar buys Colbond

Low & Bonar (L&B) announced plans earlier this year to buy nonwoven textile maker, Colbond Investments, according to the Reuters news agency. Colbond Inc., the textile manufacturer that grew out of the original American Enka, was purchased by the British company, which said it plans to invest in the plant. L&B, a London-based conglomerate, paid …

IAGI’s Approved Installation Contractor information online

The International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI) announced the application availability for its new Approved Installation Contractor (AIC) program. Installation companies interested in applying for what will become an engineer-specified designation, AIC, can now find complete program details and submittal form online at www.iagi.org. Developed from dialogs with member installers, member suppliers, outside experts in …

Geo textbook now available

Fundamentals of Geosynthetics Engineering by Sanjay Kumar Shukla ©2006. Geosynthetics has emerged as an innovative area for designers and specifiers, with an enormous growth in civil engineering applications, making geosynthetics a favored construction material throughout the world. Fundamentals of Geosynthetic Engineering provides an overview of the basic concepts of this subject, informing not only students …

A long-term solution for grease removal

As the Environmental Protection Agency increases its water requirements for businesses, products that are effective and affordable in solving these problems are needed. The old, small, high-maintenance, concrete grease traps that are common in multiple industries are now ineffective because they do not perform the necessary separation of grease from the waste system. ADS has …