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A new name and other exciting changes

Editorial | October 1, 2022 | By: Kevin Kerfoot

As fall and winter approach, so do the many expos and conferences Advanced Textiles Association and Geosynthetics participate in. In mid-October our very own IFAI Expo, co-located with Sun Shading Expo North America, will take place October 12 through 14 in Charlotte, N.C. GMA Fall 2022 Lobby Days in Washington, D.C., follows on November 15 and 16, and then we look to February 2023 for our Geosynthetics Conference February 5 to 8 in Kansas City, Mo. Geosynthetics 2023 is co-located with the IECA Annual Conference so this unique opportunity will allow attendees to view the combined show floor and explore education from both shows. As reported in the June/July issue of Geosynthetics magazine, the Industrial Fabrics Association International officially adopted a new name: the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA). And with this new name comes other exciting changes including a new logo. You’ll find more about it in the Update section on page 10.

Congratulations to Sam Allen of TRI Environmental, as well as a member of Geosynthetics editorial advisory committee, and Edoardo Zannoni of Maccaferri Africa, who were elected president and vice president respectively by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) North America. Also elected as council members were Dimiter Alexiew (Germany), Eric Blond (Canada), Mikio Kubo (Japan), Patricia Guerra-Escobar (UK), Erol Tutumluer (USA), Amir Shahkolahi (Australia), Chiwan Wayne Hsieh (Taiwan) and Nicola Moraci (Italy). The Geo-Institute Board of Governors has nominated Susan E. Burns, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE and Anand J. Puppala, Ph.D., PE, D.GE, F.ASCE, F.ICE to join the G-I Board for a term beginning in October 2022. The Deep Foundations Industry has awarded Jerry A. DiMaggio of Applied Research Associations (ARA) its Distinguished Service Award. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has elected Marsia Geldert-Murphey, P.E., F. ASCE as president for the 2023–2024 term. 

In this issue we continue with part two of construction considerations for wick drain ground improvements. This time around the authors provide construction considerations and recommendations related to one of the largest wick drain projects carried out in North America. We’ll also take a look at evaluating new technologies to limit geomembrane destructive testing, as well as answer the question: With modern materials and equipment is there a way to limit destructive seam testing? And we’ll also learn about high-performance drainage geocomposites and PVC geomembranes for the lining of a highway tunnel in Greece and the importance of properly designing the waterproofing and drainage system of a tunnel to preserve its internal spaces and technological systems.

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