GeoDallas watch: Check out the lineup from the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center

July 31, 2018

GeoDallas is quickly approaching. On Oct. 16–17, 2018, the geotechnical community will gather to hear industry experts share case studies, technical lectures, short courses and panel discussions based on the conference’s theme “Geosynthetics in Transportation and Environmental Applications.” Join your peers as we shine a spotlight on the Engineer Research and Development Center of the …

Testing a new method for mining-waste storage using polymer-enhanced geosynthetic clay liners

Geosynthetic clay liners (GCL) and polymer-modified geosynthetic clay liners (PMG) are gaining favor for use in industrial waste disposal and ore-processing applications (Athanassopoulos et al. 2015, Donovan et al. 2016a, Donovan et al. 2016b). The GCL or PMG can be a component of a composite liner system that will allow for increased performance (relative to …

AASHTO committee on construction appoints new chair, vice chair

July 30, 2018

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) appointed Dallas Hammit and Amy Tootle as the chair and vice chair, respectively, for the group’s committee on construction, which ensures that AASHTO’s guide to specifications for construction is kept up-to-date with the latest best practices gathered from its state department of transportation members. Hammit …

PLOSAB s.r.o. shows cutting open of TenCate geotextile tube in YouTube video

July 27, 2018

PLOSAB s.r.o., based in the Czech Republic, has released a YouTube video showing the cutting open of geotextile tube drainage bags filled with predominantly organic sediment. The video was shot about a week after the filling of the TenCate Geotubes. The company has been offering a comprehensive range of floating dredger services since 2007, and …

Extreme Plastics Plus and Mustang Energy Services merge

Extreme Plastics Plus (EPP) and Mustang Energy Services (Mustang) merged in July, creating one of the country’s largest environmental containment services companies. With a presence in most of the major domestic oil and natural gas basins in the country, the combined company will serve exploration and production operators across Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West …

IECA Region One becomes Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP)

July 26, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has been approved under the Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP) program, which is managed by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). “We’re excited to announce our acceptance as an RCEP provider,” Sharan Wilson, IECA executive director, said. “IECA strives to provide the most exceptional, relevant training …

Fibertex Nonwovens makes a strategic acquisition in Brazil

July 25, 2018

Headquartered in Aalborg, Denmark, Fibertex Nonwovens, a subsidiary of Schouw & Co., acquired all activities in the Brazilian-owned, nonwovens manufacturer DUCI. “For many years Fibertex Nonwovens has consolidated itself as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialized nonwovens,” said Jørgen Bech Madsen, CEO of Fibertex Nonwovens. “Now we have obtained a unique opportunity for …

Western Excelsior and Gripple form supply partnership

Western Excelsior Corp. and Gripple Inc. have signed an exclusive supply partnership agreement for the United States and Canada. Gripple provides products in the erosion control market, including high-performance anchoring systems. Western Excelsior and its subsidiary North American Green manufacture erosion control products, including short-term erosion control blankets and permanent high-performance turf reinforcement mats. The …

‘Emerging Topics in Geosynthetics’ is focus of free all-day live-streaming short course

July 20, 2018

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), in partnership with the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), will live-stream an all-day short course on “Emerging Topics in Geosynthetics,” Aug. 3, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. CDT. The short course is free to geosynthetics industry professionals. Designed as a series of …

GSI’s Koerner to host webinar on slope stabilization using nailed or anchored geosynthetics

July 19, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “In-Situ Stabilization of Soil Slopes Using Nailed or Anchored Geosynthetics,” on Aug. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course …