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Drama behind the scenes

Editorial | June 1, 2020 | By:

I’m writing this from my living room, my office for now during mandatory telecommuting for all Industrial Fabrics Association International staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been an experiment, thus far successful, in putting together a magazine without face-to-face meetings and with no hard copies of proofs to review. Despite the behind-the-scenes logistical drama, we have put together a magazine with original geosynthetics research, the GMA Techline, insightful columns and more. It is exactly what you are accustomed to seeing in this magazine.

James L. Hanson and Nazli Yeşiller, in their feature “Assessment of Condition of an Uncovered Geosynthetic Landfill Bottom Liner System,” investigate the condition of a geomembrane-geosynthetic clay liner composite bottom liner after 12 years of exposure, with some fascinating results. Sanat Pokharel, Timothy Yii, Marc Breault and Meisam Norouzi describe a “High-Strength Geocell and Geogrid Hybrid Reinforcement,” built in Alberta, Canada, with short construction seasons and a limited budget playing roles in the selection of the solution they illustrate. René B. Laprade and John M. Lostumbo introduce readers to an enhanced lateral drainage geosynthetic (ELDG) in “Enhanced Moisture Management of Pavement Systems through Capillary Suction.” 

George R. Koerner’s GSI News column addresses a “Test Method for Determining Leakage through Imperfections in GMs of a Composite Liner System.” His extensive column is like a fourth feature. Andrew Aho continues his Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) history begun in the April/May 2020 issue of the magazine.

As COVID-19 peaks in the United States, some things stay the same. Geosynthetics magazine keeps its high standards. 

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