U.S. Supreme Court leaves in place lower court ruling on Water Transfers Rule

February 28, 2018

On Feb. 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court left in place a ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 2nd District in New York on the 2008 Water Transfers Rule of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Water Transfers Rule, issued under President George W. Bush’s administration and continued under President Barack …

Atarfil announces acquisition of Garden City Geotech

On Feb. 26, 2018, Atarfil, headquartered in Atarfe (Granada) Spain, announced the acquisition of Garden City Geotech of Heatherton, Victoria, Australia. Atarfil said in a press release, “The complementary nature of the Garden City Geotech acquisition is expected to enable us to raise our strengths by combining solid local expertise and presence in the Australian …

Layfield presents April seminar on geosynthetics products and services in Fort McMurray, Alberta

February 24, 2018

Layfield Construction Products announced it will present an on-site seminar on “New Geosynthetic Products and Services for Municipal and Civil Infrastructure Applications” at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Fort McMurray, Alb., Canada, on April 28, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. MDT. The company said the seminar will include multiple presentations throughout the …

Presto releases GEOWEB ballast research

On Feb. 21, 2018, Presto Geosystems, manufacturer of the HDPE GEOWEB® base stabilization system, released results from rigorous railroad-track research performed to quantify the reinforcement benefit of GEOWEB-confined ballast as compared to unconfined ballast. The company said the research was a cooperative effort under the direction of Ben Leshchinsky, Ph.D., P.E., of Oregon State University, …

Governor appoints new Caltrans director

February 22, 2018

On Feb. 20, 2018, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. had appointed Laurie Berman as the new director of Caltrans. The announcement comes as Director Malcolm Dougherty announced his departure from public service to pursue other opportunities in the private sector. Berman will lead the $8.5 billion agency with …

COMANCO teams up with Solmax and GSE on electrically conductive-backed geomembrane welding training

This is your opportunity to reserve an exhibit space for Geosynthetics 2019. During the first week of February, Florida geosynthetics installer COMANCO Environmental Corp. partnered with Montreal-based Solmax and its Texas-based subsidiary GSE Environmental for three days of in-depth training about GSE’s electrically conductive-backed geomembranes, according to COMANCO’s blog. More than 60 COMANCO liner technicians …

Booth reservation opens for Geosynthetics 2019 conference

February 19, 2018

Geosynthetics 2019 has opened exhibit space sales for the conference taking place in Houston, Texas, at the Marriott Marquis, Feb. 10-13, 2019. This event is the premier geosynthetics conference, organized by the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Supported by the Geosynthetic Materials Association and Geosynthetics magazine, it brings together more than 1,300 manufacturers, geotechnical practitioners, designers, …

Congressional infrastructure chair says infrastructure bill ready ‘closer to summer’

February 17, 2018

On Feb. 15, 2018, U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., told The Hill’s Mallory Shelbourne that an infrastructure bill could be ready “closer to the summer,” perhaps by July. Shuster said he is working with the committee’s Ranking Member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., to draft a bill. The chairman also said …

Owens Corning releases video of RCG deployment for USACE

On Feb. 7, 2018, Owens Corning released a video featuring Andy Durham, P.E., the company’s senior geosynthetics engineer based in Granville, Ohio, in a YouTube video on installing the RhinoMat reinforced composite geosynthetic (RCG) at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Full-Scale Levee Breach and Hydraulic Test Facility at the Engineer Research & Development …

First new water reservoir in Texas in 30 years receives construction permit

The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) announced Feb. 2, 2018, that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has granted a 404 permit to allow construction to begin on the long-awaited Lower Bois d’Arc Reservoir (LBCR) near Bonham, Texas, in Fannin County. The NTMWD said it has been working for more than 15 years …