GSI report from annual meeting at GeoAmericas

August 1st, 2016

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) annual meeting was held April 11 in Miami, Fla. in conjunction with GeoAmericas 2016. There were 33 attendees representing 35% of the 80 active GSI member organizations. I want to thank all that were in attendance for their time and efforts. The outline for the one-hour meeting included: welcome and overview, […]

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Accelerated geosynthetic closure of a mine refuse site

August 1st, 2016

Case history: Cambria Site 93 in Pennsylvania Introduction During the coal mining process—underground or surface—other unwanted soil and rock materials are mined along with the coal. A separation technology is used to best segregate the coal from the “refuse material.” After separation, various amounts of coal still exist in the refuse piles of material left […]

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New geotextiles book launched in 2016

August 1st, 2016

Introduction A hefty new addition to civil engineering and geosynthetics libraries around the world was unveiled earlier this year. Geotextiles: From Design to Applications debuted in March 2016. Number 175 from the U.K.-based Textile Institute/Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles, the 640-page book contains 26 chapters by 35 authors, including many of the most-renowned and well-known […]

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Geotechnical Frontiers presents GeoCharlotte 2016

August 1st, 2016

Connect with your peers, review the latest geosynthetic techniques and concepts, and enjoy Charlotte in an informal, friendly atmosphere, with food and drink provided. Professionally, the day is loaded with attractions, including: Earn up to seven personal development hours (PDHs) Three half-day short courses Three training lectures Closing reception and exhibits Pavement interlayer panel by […]

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IGS–NA’s summary of GeoAmericas 2016

August 1st, 2016

The GeoAmericas 2016 conference held April 10-13, 2016, at the Loews International Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla., attracted more than 1,100 participants from around the world, 80 exhibitors, along with several related association exhibits and upcoming geo-conference exhibits. Prior to the opening keynote address on Sunday afternoon, four full-day, and nine half-day short courses, with […]

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Continued Capitol Hill success

August 1st, 2016

Wednesday, April 27 was GMA’s most recent Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. A delegation of nearly 30 GMA representatives, attended 27 meetings. GMA’s government relations firm, Whitmer and Worrall, coordinated 11 meetings on the Senate side and 16 on the House side. The congressional offices we visited represented interest on the following committees: Transportation and […]

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State-of-the-art fuel storage facility at Point Loma

August 1st, 2016

Refueling the life span: Effective secondary containment system Introduction In 2008, an eight-year military construction project was approved to replace the aging Point Loma Navy fuel storage facility that had been intermittently constructed between 1917 and 1954. Located at Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Point Loma, San Diego, this was the largest construction project ever […]

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Questions and answers from the GMA Techline

August 1st, 2016

Geosynthetic filter failure Q: I am interested in your upcoming webinar on geosynthetic filters and was hoping to get a little clarification on the content. I’m most interested in how geotextile fabrics are used with riprap but I also understand these fabrics are perhaps more commonly associated with roadway construction. How much does this webinar […]

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Minnesota geomembrane durability study

August 1st, 2016

More than 20 years ago, the founders of the PVC Geomembrane Institute (PGI) and the succeeding entity, the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) set out to test materials that were in actual field use. They wanted to exhume numerous samples for testing on a periodic basis without ruining the integrity of the installed primary liner system. […]

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Schuler (VaDOT) succeeds Allen (WaDOT) as chair of the NTPEP, GTX, and REGEO Committee

August 1st, 2016

On Monday, May 9, I attended AASHTO’s National Transportation Evaluation Program’s (NTPEP) annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich. I joined GMA Executive Council members Doug Brown (Tensar) and Brian Whitaker (Typar) to represent GMA as non-voting members of GTX and REGEO committee. During the GTX and REGEO committee meeting, we addressed the following issues: product […]

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