EduMine offering webinar on advanced tailings facility design, construction, operation and closure

October 31, 2017

EduMine will offer a three-day webinar on “Advanced Tailings Facility Design, Construction, Operation and Closure,” March 6–8, 2018, from 8–11 a.m. PST. The course will include presentations and discussions by experts on topics including: 2017–18 tailings failures and lessons learned New approaches in risk management and decision making about tailings The best of recent tailings …

HUESKER offers free webinar on high-strength soil reinforcement

October 30, 2017

HUESKER is presenting a free webinar on high-strength soil reinforcement applications on Nov. 2, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by HUESKER Engineering Department head Lilma Schimmel, M.S.C.E., P.E. Geosynthetics have many functions, reinforcement being one of them. While some situations may require low-strength capacity as road base reinforcement, short walls …

IFAI Expo 2018 to colocate with CAMX

The Industrial Fabrics Association International’s IFAI Expo 2018 will take place in Dallas, Texas, October 15–18 and will be colocated with the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX). “The goal of this colocation is to expand the relationship between the technical textiles and composites industries for our attendees and exhibitors. We want to capitalize on the …

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI president, dies

October 26, 2017

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and president, died October 8th. He served on the IFAI Board of Directors from 1977 to 1989, and as IFAI president (a position now called chairman) from 1985 to 1987. He was involved with the IFAI Awning Division, now called the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. His obituary appeared in …

IFAI Expo 2017 is a great success

IFAI Expo 2017 attracted more than 4,500 participants to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., September 26–29. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with more than 380 exhibitors, schedule one-on-one meetings with industry professionals and hear expert advice from more than 50 industry speakers. “There’s so much information and there’s so much …

GMA and SAME team up for seminar in Maryland on geo and fabric structures

October 25, 2017

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) present an onsite Technical Seminar on Understanding the Critical Role of Geosynthetics Materials and Fabric Structures at the Woodland Park 3 office building, 1306 Concourse Drive, Linthicum Heights, Md., near BWI Airport, on Nov. 16, 2017. The one-day Technical Seminar will provide attendees …

U.S. DOT releases draft strategic plan for public comment

October 24, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a draft DOT Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018–2022 for public comment. The DOT said the draft plan reflects Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s priorities for achieving DOT’s mission through four strategic goals, including some relevant to geosynthetics practitioners. The secretary’s priorities are: Safety: Reduce transportation-related fatalities and serious …

California Transportation Commission issues $1 billion plus call for transportation projects

October 23, 2017

On Oct. 19, 2017, at a meeting in Modesto, Calif., the California Transportation Commission issued a call for projects under the state Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, also known as Senate Bill 1 or SB 1. The commission adopted lists of active transportation projects, advanced funding for state highway repairs, and approved guidelines …

Tensar International wins Highway Industry Product of the Year award in UK

October 20, 2017

In a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, England, on the night of Oct. 18, 2017, Tensar International took home the Highways Award for the Highway Industry Product of the Year. The company was honored for its Spectra Pavement Optimisation System. The system is a comprehensive approach to optimizing pavement structure based on …

Nashville mayor announces $5.2 billion transportation plan

October 19, 2017

In what would be the largest capital investment in Nashville, Tenn., history, on Oct. 17, 2017, Mayor Megan Barry unveiled “Let’s Move Nashville: Metro’s Transportation Solution,” a plan that the city said aligns with the state IMPROVE Act passed earlier this year. In early 2018, Nashville Metro Council members will be asked to put the …