IFAI seeks board candidates

April 9th, 2012

The annual “Call for IFAI board candidates” from the Industrial Fabrics Association International was sent to the association’s voting membership on Monday, April 9. Applications are due May 28, 2012. In June, the IFAI board’s Leadership Development Committee meets to consider the qualifications of the candidates. In July, the association’s membership is notified of committee’s […]

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Broun visits Crown

April 5th, 2012

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.,10th) toured the new Crown Resources facilities in Toccoa, Ga. in March, following a town hall meeting at North Georgia Technical College. With Broun (right) are, l-r: Monica Christensen, Crown’s director of human resources; Keith Gardner, vice president of sales; and Monte Thomas, owner and president. Toccoa is in Stephens County […]

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Colbond, Bonar announce merger

April 4th, 2012

Parent company seeks global growth Colbond Inc. and Bonar Technical Fabrics announced in an April 4 press release that the two companies will merge under organizational changes introduced by their parent organization, Low & Bonar PLC, a multinational group of technical textile producers. The release said the merger is “aimed at accelerating growth and putting […]

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Which test?

April 1st, 2012

Editor’s Note: The following question was posted on the Geosynthetics Facebook page. Question Can you please tell me Std-OIT and HP-OIT for a pure unstabilized PP resin? Answer The HP-OIT test is preferred for long-term antioxidants that are sensitive to the high temperature of melting in the Std-OIT test. For unstabilized PP and PE, the […]

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You will love Geosynthetics­ 2013 in Long Beach April 1-4!

April 1st, 2012

By Deb Stender Who? Who should attend? You and a couple thousand other attendees, exhibitors, speakers, instructors, organizers, presenters, and sponsors. Who is the organizer? Geosynthetics 2013 is organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), a not-for-profit trade association celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2012. Among its many contributions to the industrial fabrics industry […]

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Wall inspectors certification program is off-and-running

April 1st, 2012

By Bob and George Koerner In light of the number of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall failures with geosynthetic reinforcement—our database is currently at 144 of which 34 have excessively deformed and 110 have partially collapsed—we began a field inspectors certification program in January of this year. We feel that a qualified field inspector can […]

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GMA is helping to assure quality for DOTs

April 1st, 2012

By Andrew Aho Geotextile manufacturers participating in public roadway applications are enrolling in a new program that requires a quality audit of their manufacturing facilities and their QA/QC processes. And, for the first time, it requires printing of the manufacturers’ name or identification number on the geotextile. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation […]

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The Giroud-Han design method for geosynthetic-reinforced unpaved roads

April 1st, 2012

Part 2 | Recommendations for the proper use of the method By Jie Han and J.P. Giroud Since its publication in 2004, the Giroud-Han design method for geosynthetic-reinforced unpaved roads has received considerable attention from the geosynthetics industry. This article is the second of two that provides practical information for the users of the method […]

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2010 ICOLD Bulletin on geomembrane sealing systems for dams

April 1st, 2012

International Commission on Large Dams By Robert M. Koerner and John A. Wilkes Abstract The 2010 International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) Bulletin on “Geomembrane Sealing Systems for Dams” (ICOLD Bulletin No. 135) supersedes and greatly expands upon two earlier versions published in 1981 (Bulletin 38) and 1991 (Bulletin 78). The 265 dams incorporating geomembranes […]

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The sustainable landfill revisited

April 1st, 2012

From the Geosynthetics Research Institute’s 24th conference, 2011.The articles in this series encompass all types of geosynthetics and their applications viewed from the context of sustainability. Traditional solutions are compared with geosynthetic solutions from both cost and carbon footprint perspectives. (from the Geosynthetic Research Institute’s 24th conference, 2011) Abstract In light of the new emphasis […]

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