Geotextile tubes are integral components for oil-pipe foundations, erosion control

August 1st, 2010

Editor’s Note: The annual Specifier’s Guide by Geosynthetics magazine (the December-January issue every year) provides the answer to the question below regarding geotextile tubes. Question RE: Geosynthetic uses From: Nazir Posted: April 27, 2010 Could you please brief us about the weight, thickness, and cost per appropriate unit so that we might consider this item […]

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A uniquely wonderful conference

August 1st, 2010

By Bob Koerner The conferences that most of us involved with geosynthetics attend follow similar formats. The larger ones (i.e., more than 1,000 attendees) have keynote lectures and are then followed by simultaneous sessions subdivided by specific themes. The papers delivered have been peer reviewed and are included on a CD or proceedings given to […]

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GMA pushes onward for coal-ash containment liners

August 1st, 2010

By Andrew Aho In May, the EPA announced that it plans to regulate coal-ash containment sites by requiring that all sites are fitted with liners (geomembranes and geosynthetic clay liners). As you know, GMA has been advocating for such regulations through our government relations program. We successfully lobbied Members of Congress to send a letter […]

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Geo-Frontiers 2011 update

August 1st, 2010

Exhibits and sponsorship activity is well under way Geo-Frontiers 2011 will provide a unique opportunity to present products and services to an audience much broader than the traditional geosynthetics conference audience. Partners in this event March 13–16 in Dallas include ASCE’s Geo-Institute (G-I), IFAI, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), and the North American Geosynthetics Society […]

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Albania to surface road links

August 1st, 2010

Albania’s road network is currently in poor condition with insufficient highway capacity for the volume of vehicles. The country has few paved highways and many unsurfaced roads. However, the Albanian government has pledged a paving initiative, starting with coastal roads that will be paved by the end of 2010. The goal is to boost coastal […]

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$600 million now available in TIGER II grants

August 1st, 2010

Following on the success of the U.S. DOT’s TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program, it has announced the availability of $600 million in TIGER II grants for capital investment in surface transportation projects. TIGER II grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to projects that have a significant impact on the […]

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$22 million for Caltrans project

August 1st, 2010

Granite Construction Co. has been awarded a $22 million contract by the California DOT (Caltrans) for the widening of Highway 46 near Bakersfield. Scope of the work includes the construction and widening of the existing two-lane highway to a four-lane expressway, including the placement of aggregate base, asphalt and concrete paving, and the construction of […]

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Propex emerging, diversifying

August 1st, 2010

After several years of uncertainty, company leaders and employees at Chattanooga-based Propex Inc. say they are glad to be back on a stable economic track. A major corporate merger on the eve of a recession-headed economy eventually led the geosynthetics manufacturing giant to enter Chapter 11 in January 2008. Now more diversified and with reduced […]

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Tribute for service: Pete and Rosemary Stevenson

August 1st, 2010

This collection of photos shows Pete and Rosemary at different events through their many years of service with the International Geosynthetics Society. Pete Stevenson was one of the founding members of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) in 1983. He served as IGS treasurer for 10 years from 1984–1994 and as IGS secretary for 16 years […]

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Green geosynthetic-reinforced soil walls

August 1st, 2010

An option for ecological and environmental projects. By Guerra Escobar and Roberto Madriz For some projects, the environmental and landscaping requirements have obliged engineers and architects to look for novel methods of constructing retaining walls and slopes. Thus, the advent of “green” into these structures. In this project, they are constructed from soil reinforced with […]

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