This page was printed from

The beginnings of Geosynthetics

News | February 1, 2013 | By:


The first issue of a new quarterly magazine called Geotechnical Fabrics Report is published by the St. Paul, Minn.-based Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The editor is Michael E. Coughlin … Byline contributors in the premiere issue are Bruce Lamberton, J.P. Giroud, Robert Carroll Jr., and A.S. Balasubramaniam. The editor also recognizes industry experts as technical article reviewers: Dick Bell, Joe Fluet Jr., Bob Koerner, and Giroud … Also in ’83, the Geomembrane Division is formed at IFAI.

Figure 1


June 20-24—IFAI cosponsors the International Conference on Geomembranes in Denver, Colo. … GFR notes that on Nov. 8, 1984, two days after his re-election, President Ronald Reagan signed H.R. 2867, The Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984, amendments that mandate double liner systems in hazardous-waste landfills.

Figure 2


Joan R. Haglund becomes editor and GFR switches from a quarterly to a bimonthly publishing schedule … June 4-5—The first geotechnical conference concentrating on both geotextiles and geomembranes is held in Cincinnati, Ohio … In the November/December 1985 issue, GFR introduces the “Product Reference Guide & Directory” (later to become the “Specifier’s Guide”).


The Austrian postal administration issues a stamp featuring a roll of light-brown nonwoven geotextile in commemorating the 3rd International Conference on Geotextiles (3ICG), held in Vienna … GFR reports that Superfund amendments change the size of the trust fund and how it is replenished as well as the criteria for selecting sites … in January, the American Society on Geosynthetics (ASG) is formed … Giroud is elected president of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) … the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI) is founded and incorporated … Koerner, the GRI director, publishes the first edition of Designing With Geosynthetics.

Figure 3


GFR switches to a bimonthly, except monthly in November and December, with the December issue devoted to the “Product Reference Guide & Directory” … The Geomembrane Division suggests changes for the EPA’s “Manual of Procedures and Criteria for Inspecting the Installation of Flexible Membrane Liners.”


The Geotextile Division publishes a brochure featuring the history of the geosynthetics industry covering polymers, applications, and specifications … GFR reports on the EPA releasing new regulations for the operation of municipal solid-waste landfills (Subtitle D) … GFR’s Product Reference Guide is renamed the “Specifier’s Guide.”

Share this Story

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments are moderated and will show up after being approved.