GRS: Innovative bridge building

March 12, 2015

Using geosynthetic-reinforced soil in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s Act 89 is a forward-looking five-year transportation funding plan that pledges more than $2 billion to invest in the state’s transportation infrastructure. A major component of the plan is improvement and reconstruction of the state’s roads and bridges. One particularly innovative engineering initiative that PennDOT is using to improve …

Environmental Connection call for submissions

March 11, 2015

EC16 Feb. 16-19 in San Antonio Following on the heels of its recently completed 2015 conference and exhibition, the Denver-based International Erosion Control Association (IECA) issued a press release this week calling for submissions for its Environmental Connection 2016 (EC16). EC15 was held last month in Portland, Ore., a widely-hailed co-located event with the Industrial …

GSI fellowships for graduate students

March 5, 2015

Request-for-proposals due by June 12 The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has announced a worldwide call for requests-for-proposals (RFPs) focusing on innovative geosynthetics research and development projects. There are numerous awards given, each for $5,000. (Note that this is a change from previous years of the program in that the terms are different and that the students …

IECA cites Environmental Excellence Award winners

March 4, 2015

Sustained Contributor, Young Professional, Contractor, and Organization of the Year At its annual Environmental Connection conference last month in Portland, Ore., the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) named its 2014 Environmental Excellence Award winners: Jason (J.P.) P. Johns-Sustained Contributor Brad Flack-Young Professional of the Year Construction EcoServices-Contractor of the Year Guatemalan Sediment and Erosion Control …

Strata hires international sales manager

March 3, 2015

McGoldrick to concentrate on markets outside U.S. Georgia-based Strata Systems Inc. announced in a February press release that it has named Phil McGoldrick its new international sales manager. The release said that McGoldrick will focus on the growth of Strata’s business in Europe, India, the Middle East, and South America. McGoldrick was born and raised …

Toepfer authors geosynthetics installation book

March 2, 2015

‘Complete field guide’ released in February The Complete Field Guide to Ensuring Quality Geosynthetics Installations by Glen Toepfer, president of Toledo, Ohio-based CQA Solutions, was unveiled last month at the Geosynthetics 2015 conference in Portland, Ore. Subtitled Volume 1: Fundamentals & Geomembranes, this 369-page book reveals the inner workings of geomembrane installations to unparalleled depths. …