FGI expands Summer Internship Program

November 28, 2017

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) expanded its Summer Internship Program to three companies and six interns during the summer of 2017. The main objectives of the program are to introduce future civil engineers to the geosynthetics field and civil engineering construction, and to provide a connection between …

AASHTO criticizes Congress over lack of infrastructure funding in tax reform bills

November 21, 2017

On Nov. 17, 2017, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) sent separate letters to House and Senate leaders, emphasizing the association’s priority to use tax reform “to address the nation’s transportation investment crisis,” but instead have proposed bills that not only miss the opportunity but would make it “nearly impossible” to …

IGS-NA hosts free electrical leak location webinar  

November 17, 2017

IGS North America (IGS-NA) presents the free webinar “Overview of Electrical Leak Location (ELL) Methods and Their Application” on Nov. 21, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. EST. All geomembrane-lined containment facilities should be tested for leaks before going into service. Early detection of leaks allows for swift and effective repair pre-service, protecting the engineer, contractor, owner …

Solmax offering asperity height vs. asperity concentration webinar

November 16, 2017

Solmax presents a free webinar on asperity height vs. asperity concentration with textured geomembranes on Nov. 28, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. EST. The objective of texturing is to prevent a geomembrane surface from being a critical slip plane that may induce, contribute to or make worse potential sliding of materials. As a slope angle increases, …

EPA awards $12.3 million to Iowa for water projects 

November 15, 2017

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 announced Nov. 14, 2017, that it has awarded $12,326,000 to Iowa’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. “Clean drinking water and proper wastewater treatment are fundamental to protecting …

NEWS ALERT: GMA and SAME seminar in Maryland postponed

November 14, 2017

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) have postponed the planned Technical Seminar on Understanding the Critical Role of Geosynthetics Materials and Fabric Structures in Linthicum Heights, Md., near BWI Airport, on Nov. 16, 2017. When the Technical Seminar is rescheduled, an announcement will be made. GMA and SAME apologize …

GSE Environmental awarded patent for high temperature geomembranes

November 10, 2017

GSE Environmental announced Nov. 9, 2017, the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9,518,176 B2 for its High Temperature Geomembrane Liners and Master Batch Compositions. The company said the GSE High Temperature Liner is their newest innovative geomembrane, specially engineered to withstand prolonged exposure to temperatures up to 212°F (100°C). “The High Temperature Liner continues GSE’s …

FHWA has grants available for Accelerated Innovation Development

November 9, 2017

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) continues to have grants available and is requesting grant applications from eligible entities through the Accelerated Innovation Development (AID) Demonstration within the Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) of the Fixing America’s Surface Technology (FAST) Act. The AID Demonstration provides incentive funding for …

Early bird deadline for 2018 TRB Annual Meeting registration upcoming

November 7, 2017

The Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) 97th Annual Meeting takes place Jan. 7–11, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The meeting covers all transportation issues, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 750 sessions. The meeting is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world. For those among …

Register now!: GMA and FGI present free webinar on fabrication, installation and testing of geomembranes

November 1, 2017

On Nov. 7, 2017, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) will offer the webinar “Fabrication, Installation and Testing of Geomembranes” discussing the types of geomembranes that can be fabricated in the factory and subsequently transported to the field for installation and testing. The webinar begins at 12:00 p.m. EST and …