Strata Systems, a division of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics (GRTF), announced in a November press release that GRTF had received certification to test geosynthetic fabrics from the Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute’s (GAI) Laboratory Accreditation Program.
This certification makes Glen Raven’s laboratory in Glen Raven, N.C., one of about three dozen laboratories in the world that is accredited by GAI to perform tests on tensile and weight properties of geosynthetics (ASTM D4595, ASTM D6637, and ASTM D5261).
The release noted that these tests are critical to the development of Strata’s geosynthetic products and enables the company to receive QC/QA testing results in “real time.” The certification also provides Strata with a recognized and qualified resource that can support research and development programs.
The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will now include GRTF in its annual directory of accredited labs. The year-long certification process involved purchasing specialized lab equipment, learning ASTM geosynthetic test methods, technician training, comparison testing, proficiency demonstrations, and documentation requirements.
Georgia-based Strata Systems manufactures geogrid soil reinforcement and composite geosynthetic products.