Minnesota Pollution Control Agency updates geosynthetic liner guidelines for stormwater management

August 30, 2018

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Minnesota PCA) revised and released new geosynthetic liner guidelines for stormwater management in August. The guidelines specify where liners are required and where liners are recommended, liner specifications (e.g., HDPE, GCL, PVC), and how to select an appropriate liner. “Liners are designed to limit infiltration of water from a stormwater …

FAA to award $616.9 million in infrastructure grants to airports

August 29, 2018

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced on Aug. 24 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $616.9 million in airport infrastructure grants, as part of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. “The department has been investing heavily in our nation’s airport …

Airport research project ideas sought

August 28, 2018

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) seeks potential synthesis study topics as part of the upcoming activities of the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP). Topics may be submitted at any time; however, the deadline for the upcoming submission cycle is Sept. 21. This year, submit topics through ACRP’s IdeaHub. Sign into IdeaHub using previously created MyACRP information, …

Appeals court orders EPA revisions to 2015 coal ash final rule

August 27, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision Aug. 21 holding that the first-ever federal safeguards set by the Obama administration for coal ash dumps do not sufficiently protect communities and the environment from pollution from coal combustion residual (coal ash) waste. The court’s decision sided with public interest groups by …

Geosynthetics installers to compete in GeoGames during 2019 Geosynthetics Conference

The International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI) will host the inaugural Geo Games at the 2019 Geosynthetics Conference in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 12, 2019. The remarkable proficiency and skills utilized by geosynthetic installers displayed in the competition will highlight both the quality and speed of professional industry installers. Teams will be charged with welding …

Geocomp introduces bi-directional shear testing machine

August 24, 2018

Geocomp announced in August it has released an addition to the company’s series of fully-automated laboratory soil testing systems: a Bi-Directional Cyclic Direct Simple Shear (BDCDSS) machine. This table-top unit allows simple shear testing to be performed in two orthogonal horizontal directions rather than the standard single horizontal direction. This system can mimic the stresses …

Propex launches PETROMAT Plus-White

August 23, 2018

Propex GeoSolutions introduced PETROMAT® Plus-White in August, a white paving fabric. This technology combines the same performance as PETROMAT Original while minimizing tracking and bleed through and remaining up to 50⁰ F cooler than dark paving fabric. PETROMAT Plus-White paving fabrics minimize tracking and bleed through when using the speci¬fied amount of tack coat required …

GSI’s Koerner to host webinar on the development of geosynthetic drainage, GMA members get discounted rates

August 21, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Sand Drains-to-Wick Drains-to-Sand Columns,” on Sept. 12, 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 registrations. This webinar will begin with …

TRB webinar proposals submission deadline looms

August 17, 2018

Please submit your TRB standing committee’s webinar proposals by Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. This includes proposals for the TRB Standing Committee on Geosynthetics, chaired by Dr. Jennifer Nicks. The deadline applies to webinars that TRB will host during the first half of 2019 (January 1–June 30). After October 15, TRB will review forms and respond …

Public to choose winners of IGS photo contest, vote now

August 16, 2018

The public voting period for the inaugural Young Members Committee of the IGS Photo Competition is open. After a fantastic response from members all over the world, an independent judging panel have shortlisted eight finalists. Public voting will now decide the winner. Please vote for your favorite photos at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YVCWT8Q. Voting closes on August 31.