Strata Systems launches engineering software platform for GRS

August 10, 2017

Strata Systems, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of geosynthetic soil stabilization products, recently launched the latest version of StrataPro, an engineering software platform that gives designers the ability to analyze a variety of faced systems on geosynthetically reinforced soil (GRS) structures. Strata says the platform, which is available through its website, will help designers determine …

TRB hosts webinar on airport stormwater management

August 9, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a webinar on September 14, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT discussing research that may help airport environmental practitioners understand the environmental regulations and permitting programs that apply to airports’ management of stormwater and other types of water resources. This webinar is sponsored by the Airport …

HUESKER offers free webinar on using GRS for retaining structures

August 3, 2017

HUESKER is presenting a free webinar on using geosynthetic reinforced soil (GRS) for retaining structures on August 24, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Hosted by HUESKER Engineering Department head Lilma Schimmel, the webinar will offer an overview of using GRS technology for safe construction of steepened, settlement-resistant walls and slopes. The low-cost method includes fast, …

USDOT announces proposed rule to streamline public-private transit projects

August 2, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on July 31, 2017, a proposal to facilitate public-private partnerships in public transportation. If adopted, the Private Investment Project Procedures (PIPP) for public transportation capital projects rule would help the federal government develop more effective approaches to spurring private participation and investment in project …

Gardner, Chuck, and Brown re-elected

Before adjourning the April 26 executive council meeting, the council unanimously re-elected GMA’s leaders each to another two-year term (June 1, 2017–May 31, 2019). Keith Gardner, Crown Resources, will serve as chair; Fred Chuck, HUESKER, as first vice-chair; and Doug Brown, Tensar, as second vice-chair.

GMA executive council updates

Twice a year during GMA’s biannual lobby day fly-in, our executive council meets to discuss GMA business and council priorities. This year’s spring meeting commenced immediately after the presentation of the 2017 Friend of the Industry Award to Rep. Graves. Twelve of GMA’s fourteen member companies attended the meeting, and Gardner kicked off the meeting …

GSI offers webinar on sand drains, wick drains and geotextile sand columns

August 1, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “Sand Drains-to-Wick Drains-to-Sand Columns,” on August 9, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. This webinar will begin with Terzaghi’s work (extended by Barron) leading directly to consolidation of saturated soils using the technique of sand drains. It then describes a case history failure resulting …

Part 1: The regulation of CCR in the United States: Geosynthetics and barriers

The regulation of coal ash (coal combustion residuals or CCR) has significantly expanded the market for geosynthetics within the United States. Further, there is interest in these regulations around the globe in every country using coal as an energy source. These regulations are the result of recent environmental incidents. The regulations call for the increased …

Geosynthetic Institute News

Commentary on geosynthetic specifications One can only suspect that the first specification on a given manufactured material came along with or very shortly after the first manufactured product became available. It follows then that some 200 years later, manufactured geosynthetic materials should do likewise. In fact, so-called standards organizations have evolved by publishing the following …

Rep. Garret Graves receives 2017 Friend of the Industry Award

On April 26 in room HC8 beneath the United States Capitol, the Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) executive council presented Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., with GMA’s 2017 Friend of the Industry award. A longtime supporter of the geosynthetics industry, Rep. Graves appreciates the benefits of geosynthetics and the engineering challenges facing the infrastructure system in the …