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Geosynthetics cited for best technical articles

News | February 1, 2009 | By:

Geosynthetics magazine received both the Gold and Silver medals for Best Technical Article at the Excellence Awards presented in Minneapolis by the Minnesota Magazine and Publications Association (MMPA).

“Using geosynthetics to rehabilitate Fisher Cañon Dam and Reservoir” was judged the winner of the Gold 1st-place award for Best Technical Article, announced Nov. 6 by the MMPA. The article, which included 9 images and diagrams, ran in the August/September 2007 issue of Geosynthetics magazine and was entered in the Association/under 30,000 circulation category.

The magazine also received the Silver 2nd-place honor with the article, “The GRS bridges of Defiance County.” That April/May 2008 cover story included 17 photos and graphics and was authored by Michael Adams of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

The authors of the Fisher Cañon article were: Richard A. Millet, vice president and senior consultant at URS; Jennifer Williams, project manager with URS; Dennis A. Minchow, project manager with Broadmoor Development Co.; and John Heap, president of Colorado Lining International.

Ron Bygness, editor of Geosynthetics, and Heidi Hanson, graphic designer for the magazine, also contributed to both award-winning packages.

Fisher Cañon Reservoir is a storage facility that supplies irrigation water to the golf courses at the legendary Broadmoor Resort near Colorado Springs, Colo. The article examined the evaluation and selection of geosynthetic alternatives to rehabilitate the reservoir back into successful operation.

The Defiance County bridges article highlighted the use of geosynthetic-reinforced soil (GRS) technology to construct bridges “better, faster, and for less money.” It was a follow-up look at the subject, an update from an August/September 2006 GRS bridge story written by Adams of the FHWA and Defiance County (Ohio) Engineer Warren Schlatter.

The Gold and Silver prizes marked the 3rd consecutive year that Geosynthetics has been honored with awards. The bimonthly magazine, formerly known as GFR, was previously selected as the national 1st-place winner in the Association Trends 2007 All-Media Contest in the Scholarly/Technical/Scientific category. It also was recognized at the MMPA’s Excellence Awards in 2006 (Gold) and 2007 (Bronze).

Geosynthetics is one of 7 magazines published under the auspices of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), based in the St.Paul suburb of Roseville, Minn. It is the official publication of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), which is also under the IFAI organizational umbrella.

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