Geosynthetics Conference 2023 begins February 5

January 31st, 2023

Are you asking yourself how you can prepare for the construction season this winter? By attending Geosynthetics Conference 2023, Feb. 5–8, in Kansas City, MO, you will learn exactly how to successfully do that. You can register here. Why Should You Attend?- All education and conference content is tailored to the areas of civil, environmental, erosion […]

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Mahmassani and Daubenberger join TRB Executive Committee

January 30th, 2023

Hani S. Mahmassani and Nancy Daubenberger joined the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee during this month's TRB Annual Meeting. Hani S. Mahmassani, left, and Nancy Daubenberger. Photo courtesy of the Transportation Research Board. Mahmassani (left) is director of the Transportation Center, and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Professor in Transportation at Northwestern University. He is the 2021 recipient of […]

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Wisconsin DOT’s Craig Thompson elected AASHTO VP

January 27th, 2023

The board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) have unanimously elected Craig Thompson – secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation – as its vice president. “AASHTO plays an important leadership role in America’s transportation system,” Thompson said in a statement. “From delivering cutting-edge research to promoting highway safety […]

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Illinois Tech assistant professor awarded funding to stop spread of ‘forever chemicals’ into waterways

January 26th, 2023

Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) assistant professor David Lampert was recently awarded funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition for a project to stop the spread of “forever chemicals” into waterways. Lampert’s project—one of just three nationwide selected for phase II funding—focuses on preventing the movement of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) […]

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EPA announces latest actions to protect groundwater and communities from coal ash contamination

January 26th, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the latest action to protect communities and hold facilities accountable for controlling and cleaning up the contamination created by coal ash disposal. The agency issued six proposed determinations to deny facilities’ requests to continue disposing coal combustion residuals (CCR or coal ash) into unlined surface impoundments. For […]

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Podcast delves into AASHTO publications division

January 25th, 2023

The latest episode of the AASHTO re:source podcast focuses on the work performed by the publications division of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). AASHTO re:source – which launched this podcast series in September 2020 — provides services and tools through three major programs: the Laboratory Assessment Program, the Proficiency Sample Program, and […]

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Differentiating sources of PFAS with multiple lines of evidence

January 24th, 2023

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are ubiquitous in the environment. Because a multitude of common commercial products contain PFAS, the potential exists for PFAS contamination to impact a wide variety of business sectors and practices. It’s especially difficult to determine who’s responsible for addressing PFAS when contamination likely stems from several origins. Due to the proliferation […]

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TenCate Geosynthetics replaces heat shrink packaging

January 23rd, 2023

Due to the demand for higher packaging capacity and improved packaging, TenCate has installed a RoRo StretchPack® solution to replace heat shrink packaging at its production site in Bezons near Paris, France. RoRo StretchPack® by Tentoma is a cold packaging technology using a tubular stretch hood film suitable for horizontal sealed packaging of large rolls. […]

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Containment vapor barrier system features reinforced geomembrane

January 20th, 2023

Land Science®, a division of REGENESIS®, and supplier of contaminant vapor intrusion mitigation technologies, was recently awarded a U.S. patent for the innovative use of a reinforced geomembrane comprised of an encapsulated, metalized layer and installed with Nitra-Core™, a spray-applied nitrile-modified asphalt. This patented innovation provides 100 times more chemical resistance than other solutions and […]

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The importance of soil resources: Overlooked and undervalued?

January 19th, 2023

“The thin layer of soil covering the earth’s surface represents the difference between survival and extinction for most terrestrial life.”1 This quote demonstrates the vital importance of soils to human existence, by delivering multiple goods and services to all of society. These soil-dependent benefits include agricultural production (e.g., food, fiber, fodder and biofuels), water storage and […]

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