Geosynthetics Conference 2020: CASE STUDIES offering complimentary short courses

September 30, 2019

Geosynthetics Conference 2020: CASE STUDIES will present three free half-day short courses as part of the conference on March 8, 2020. These in-depth courses feature detailed instruction in a small group setting. All courses provide 4 PDH. One of three are included with full registrations at no extra cost. Choose from: Geosynthetic Barriers in Relevant …

Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) updates PVC geomembrane specification

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) updated its Material Specification for New PVC Geomembranes, previously referred to as PGI 1104 and FGI 1117.  The new specification, FGI 9119, addresses camber or layflat, film gloss, shore hardness, and color deviation within a manufactured lot. The new specification introduces the FGI circumference test which measures the roll circumference …

Remediation case study of uranium ore residues settling basin

By Laura Carbone, Ole Syllwasschy and Lilma Schimmel In the past, the Soviet-German stock company Wismut carried out an intensive uranium mining operation resulting in a large amount of polluted tailings containing daughter nuclides of uranium (Koß 1997) that were released into industrial sediment ponds (named IAA). The tailings “Pond 4” was built in 1957 …

U.S. Department of Transportation overhauls century-old rule

September 27, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published an updated federal rule to give states more flexibility and choice in which products or services can be used on federally funded highway projects. The change is intended to improve safety and increase efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars. “This much-needed update of a century-old, …

GSI awards 2019–20 academic fellowships

The Geosynthetic Institute’s (GSI’s) fellowship program for the 2019–20 academic year includes candidates pursuing a master’s degree, as well as a doctoral degree. With the help of the GSI board of advisors (BOA), the following eighteen winners of the GSI Fellowship awards were selected. The amount awarded to each fellow is $5,000, bringing the total …

McGough elected ARTBA chair

September 26, 2019

Steve McGough, president and chief financial officer of Sugar Land, Texas-based HCSS, has been elected 2019–2020 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) chair. The announcement was made during the association’s national convention held Sept. 22–25 in Savannah, Ga. A 35-year construction industry veteran, McGough joined HCSS in 2005 as chief operating officer. He added president …

ASTM International releases new standard for electrical leak location in geomembranes

September 25, 2019

ASTM International has released a new standard, ASTM D8265-19 Standard Practices for Electrical Methods for Mapping Leaks in Installed Geomembranes. These practices describe standard procedures for using electrical methods to locate leaks in geomembranes covered with liquid or earthen materials, which can be watered to cause leakage through the geomembrane. For more information or to …

IGS to host Prague workshops

September 24, 2019

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) invites IGS members and geotechnical professionals to participate in two high-level technical workshops in Prague, Czech Republic. From Nov. 10–13, 2019, the Technical Committee on Stabilization (TC-S) and Technical Committee on Hydraulics (TC-H) will hold back-to-back workshops. The selected topics will be presented by revered international experts and significant time …

Chao announces nearly one billion dollars in FAA infrastructure grants

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the department will award $986 million in airport infrastructure grants to 354 airports in 44 states and Puerto Rico and Micronesia. This is the fifth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United …

GSI to host webinar on stabilization of soil slopes with anchored geosynthetics

September 23, 2019

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “In-Situ Stabilization of Soil Slopes Using Nailed or Anchored Geosynthetics,” on Oct. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. The sliding of soil slopes in the …