Speakers announced for EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium

March 21, 2017

EDANA, formerly known as the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association, and the China Nonwovens and Industrial Textile Association (CNITA) announced speakers for the June 7–8, 2017, EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium in Beijing, China. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2fZpM86.

ASDSO announces course on emergency action for dams and levees

March 20, 2017

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) will host the course “Interactive Preparedness: Emergency Action Planning for Dams and Levees” Apr. 25–26 in Baltimore, Md. This basic-level course will address how to develop, update, and test effective Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for dams and levees. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2mQWg52.

2017 ASCE Report Card makes strong case for greater infrastructure investment

March 17, 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card on American infrastructure, which argued that underinvesting in transportation infrastructure is failing America. “The grades in the ASCE Report Card provide yet another example of what occurs when a nation underinvests in the critical infrastructure systems that support …

Wisconsin DOT showcases use of GRS-IBS system on highway bridge

March 15, 2017

As reported in the March/April 2017 issue of the Federal Highway Administration newsletter Innovator, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) released a time-lapse video demonstrating the use of geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS) technology in the replacement of a bridge on County Highway S over Shaw Brook in Dodge County. This was one of …

NC Department of Environmental Quality seeks public comment on Duke Energy’s draft plans to close four coal ash impoundments

March 13, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is asking interested individuals and organizations to comment in writing and at four public meetings this month on the utility’s lengthy draft plans to close coal-fired power plant waste impoundments near Asheville, Gastonia, Eden and Wilmington. As reported by Catherine Clabby of North Carolina Health News, the …

GMA meetings upcoming at Geotechnical Frontiers in Orlando, Fla.

March 10, 2017

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) will host multiple meetings at the Geotechnical Frontiers Conference in Orlando, Fla., March 13–15. Please RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GMA_RSVP if you plan to attend. All GMA meetings will be held in Bayhill 23 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, one floor above the exhibit hall. Meetings include the following: Monday, March 13, …

IGS-NA General Assembly meeting scheduled for Mar. 14 at Geotechnical Frontiers

The International Geosynthetic Society for the United States and Canada (IGS-NA) released its General Assembly agenda for its meeting during Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, Fla. The meeting is scheduled for Mar. 14 at 6:00 p.m. EDT, and it is open to all members of the geosynthetics community.  The mission of IGS-NA is to provide …

GMA Spring Lobby Days are April 26–April 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C.  

March 9, 2017

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) announced Spring Lobby Days will be held April 26 and 27 in Washington, D.C. GMA members and interested nonmembers are encouraged to attend. There is no registration fee for GMA members. Nonmembers pay a fee of $1,000. Please register as soon as possible to ensure the scheduling of meetings with your …

USACE issues Sources Sought Synopsis for extension of breakwater at Aransas NWR

March 8, 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issued a Sources Sought Synopsis for the extension of a breakwater at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (ANWAR) in Texas. The purpose of this synopsis is to gain knowledge of interest, capabilities, and qualifications of various members of industry. All options currently being reviewed include geotextiles. Responses to the …

DHS Issues RFI Seeking White Papers for Physical Infrastructure of Border Wall

March 7, 2017

The federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Mar. 2 Request for Information (RFI) to solicit ideas from industry and other partners for development of a comprehensive long-term strategy for a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Specifically, DHS seeks white papers from companies, not for profits, educational institutions, consortia, and other …