TRB releases research on geosynthetics and pavement performance

July 31, 2017

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) has made available online the document “Quantifying the Influence of Geosynthetics on Pavement Performance.” The research report develops a methodology for quantifying the influence of geosynthetics on pavement performance for use in pavement design and analysis. This project focused on the use of …

ARTBA accepting nominations for women leaders in transportation design and construction awards

July 28, 2017

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is accepting nominations for the Women Leaders in Transportation Design & Construction Awards until August 4, 2017. ARTBA established the awards program to recognize and honor extraordinary efforts of individuals, companies and public agencies that have demonstrated leadership and dedication to innovation in the transportation design construction …

HUESKER offers webinar on using geocomposites to conserve irrigation water

July 27, 2017

HUESKER is presenting a free webinar on using geocomposites to conserve irrigation water on August 17, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Hosted by HUESKER geocomposites product manager Roy McClinton, the webinar will offer an overview of various geocomposites used for the conveyance, containment and conservation of irrigation water, which can reduce costs and installation time. …

Bell to become general manager of Strata Systems

July 26, 2017

Strata Systems, Inc., a division of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics based in Cumming, Ga., announced that Craig Bell, the company’s northeast regional sales manager, will take over as general manager of Strata at the end of September. Cofounders Chip Fuller and Rich Enger, as well as longtime project manager, Dave Butchart, will step down from …

WOCA issues WOCA Awards and makes 2017 papers available

July 25, 2017

The World of Coal Ash (WOCA) conference announced the 2017 WOCA Awards and the availability of the white papers from the 2017 conference, which was held May 8–11 in Lexington, Ky. WOCA is organized by the American Coal Ash Association and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research. WOCA awarded the Barton A. …

President Trump issues executive order establishing advisory council on infrastructure

July 24, 2017

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order July 19, 2017, ordering formation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure in the Department of Commerce. The advisory council is tasked with prioritizing U.S. infrastructure needs, accelerating the preconstruction approval process, developing funding options, developing methods to increase public-private partnerships, and promoting advanced manufacturing and infrastructure-related …

TRB accepting papers for 2018 Annual Meeting

July 21, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is accepting papers for consideration for the program for the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting, January 7–11, 2018, in Washington, D.C. and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). All papers must be submitted in PDF format to the TRB’s paper submission website by August 1, 2017. To …

HUESKER offers webinar on geosynthetic embankments on soft soil

July 20, 2017

HUESKER is presenting a free webinar on using geosynthetics for embankments on soft soil on August 10, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Hosted by HUESKER Engineering Department head Lilma Schimmel, the webinar will offer an overview of solutions for embankments founded on poor soils utilizing high-strength geotextiles, geogrids and geotextile-encased columns as deep foundations. For …

Geomembrane used at South Africa’s first black-woman-owned manganese mine

July 19, 2017

A geomembrane provided by Zambia’s Kaytech Engineered Fabrics and installed by South Africa’s Aquatan Lining System was used at the Kalagadi Mine, near Hotazel, Northern Cape province, South Africa, about 675 miles (1,085 km) northeast of Cape Town. Kalagadi is the first manganese mine owned by a South African black woman, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, known as …

TRB offers webinar on geofoam applications for slope stability

July 18, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a webinar on July 27, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, that discusses ways to use geofoam to address slope-stability problems. Moderated by Mohammed Mulla of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the webinar panel includes David Arellano of the University of Memphis, Steven Bartlett of the …