Your geo questions answered on the GMA Techline

June 7, 2017

Looking for answers to your geosynthetics technical questions? Contact the Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) Techline for thorough answers to the most detailed questions. Dr. Robert M. Koerner, who has more than 40 years of experience teaching, writing about, researching, and consulting on geosynthetics, responds to questions that range from which geosynthetic to use for a …

FAA awards $527.8 million in grants to airports

June 6, 2017

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) secretary Elaine Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $527.8 million in airport infrastructure grants to 584 airports across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). “The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security, and environmental …

PennDOT announces $550 million in highway and bridge improvements

June 5, 2017

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that more than $550 million in highway and bridge improvements will begin or be bid across the Philadelphia region during the 2017 construction season, bringing the region’s total contract work this year to roughly 125 projects worth $2.2 billion. “The funding allocated …

Strata joins GMA Executive Council; New members join GMA

June 2, 2017

Strata Systems Inc. has joined the GMA Executive Council. A division of Glen Raven Inc., Strata is a global manufacturer and distributor of advanced soil-reinforcement solutions headquartered in Cumming, Ga. Mike Bernardi, director of engineering for Strata Systems Inc. is the company’s primary liaison on the GMA Executive Council. Strata’s geosynthetic products deliver system solutions …

Imagine IM announces commercial installation of its graphene coating for geotextiles

June 1, 2017

Imagine Intelligent Materials, an Australia-based graphene applications company, has announced a commercial installation of its imgne® X3 solution at a Queensland coal seam gas site, completed during the second week of May. The installations cover a total of more than 10,000 m2 (108,000 ft2) of bidim C geotextiles, manufactured by Geofabrics Australasia. The conductive coating …

North Carolina approves Dan River coal ash landfill

North Carolina Division of Waste Management officials authorized Duke Energy to operate a 23-acre double-lined, industrial landfill that will be used to store coal ash and other wastes at the utility’s Dan River Steam Station in Rockingham County. “Safely cleaning up coal ash statewide is a top priority for the Cooper administration,” Michael Regan, secretary …

Achieving zero leaks on a budget with geomembranes

For more than 30 years, the geomembrane industry has been told that “all geomembranes leak” (Giroud 1984), as if this were some foregone conclusion no matter what might happen from geomembrane manufacturing to the time it is put into service. But recently, the idea of “zero leaks” has been a hot topic at industry conferences, …

History of geosynthetics use on national forest roads

Introduction The objectives of this article are to document the long history of geosynthetic materials used in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and other rural roads, to document the many creative and useful ways geosynthetics have been used, and to promote the cost-effective uses of geosynthetics in road projects today, particularly on …

International Geosynthetics Society North American Chapter News

A busy Geotechnical Frontiers conference for IGS–NA The International Geosynthetics Society–North American (IGS–NA) Chapter annual meeting was held on March 14, 2017, at Geotechnical Frontiers in Orlando, Fla. Among the key items discussed at the meeting were the appointment of the 2017–2019 board of directors, winners of the IGS–NA photo contest, and the 2017 Educate …

Panorama: IFAI Advanced Textile Conference Testing Program and ASCE Infrastructure Report Card

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference: Testing Program 2017 At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference (ATC), four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics, and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products, and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. ATC, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New Orleans, La., …