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An anniversary and a new direction

August 1st, 2013 / By: / Industry News

2001

GFR notes that the U.S. Congress passed a $32.9 billion bill for federal highway programs … An artificial reef is constructed with geotextile containers filled with sand to help slow erosion of Surfer’s Paradise in Narrowneck on Australia’s Gold Coast … ASCE’s 2001 “Report Card for America’s Infrastructure hands out below-average grades, specifically referencing an aging bridge network (five years before the I-35 bridge collapsed in Minneapolis). Image 1

2002

GFR reports that the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) is changing its name to ASTM International … GFR celebrates its 20th anniversary with a four-part history lesson by authors J.P. Giroud (June/July issue), Greg Richardson (August), Ian Peggs (September), and Robert Koerner (October/November) … Daniele Cazzuffi is elected IGS president at 7ICG in Nice, France.

2003

Former associate editor, Chris Kelsey, is named GFR managing editor … in GFR industry news, NTPEP launches a new program to help state DOTs prequalify rolled erosion control products … GFR publishes its third Spanish-language issue … IFAI announces plans to partner with ASCE’s Geo-Institute for its 2005 biennial geosynthetics conference—Geo-Frontiers-2005 in Austin, Texas.

2004

A March GFR article recaps the U.S. University Council on Geotechnical Education and Research workshop in Atlanta … GFR’s compilation, “Designer’s Forum–Vol. 1 (1997-2003)” now available … the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI) approves two new standards—GT12b (nonwoven geotextiles as protection material) and GT13 (geotextiles as separation between subgrade soil and aggregate) … A landmark article, “Lessons Learned from Failure: Landfill Covers” by Gregory Richardson and K.L. Pavlik, is published in the October/November issue of GFR. Image 2

2005

A watershed year for the geosynthetic industry’s trade association and its magazine—Andrew Aho is hired as the new managing director of GMAGFR undergoes vigorous internal redesign efforts that first appear in Vol. 24, No. 1 (February/March 2006) and Ron Bygness comes onboard as the new editor of Geosynthetics (née GFR) magazine … Aho and Bygness are inaugurated at their first geosynthetics conference, NAGS 2005/GRI-19, Dec. 14-16, in Las Vegas, Nev. … Hurricane Katrina slams into the U.S. gulf coast. Image 3

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