Former AASHTO president Thomas Moreland passes away

July 31st, 2023

Thomas Moreland, a former commissioner for the Georgia Department of Transportation and a former president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, recently passed away. Thomas Moreland. Photo courtesy of the Georgia DOT. Moreland served for more than three decades with the Georgia DOT in a variety of roles, including soils engineer, state highway engineer, […]

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Northeast DOT projects take home America’s Transportation Awards

July 28th, 2023

Eight state department of transportation projects from Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont were presented the distinguished 2023 America’s Transportation Awards for transportation projects that made a difference in their communities—whether through massive emergency repair, active transportation infrastructure, or safety improvements. This year’s regional winners were chosen from a selection of 19 projects […]

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New methods of producing geomembranes by Selective Laser Sintering

July 27th, 2023

Geomembranes are widely used in various applications, such as environmental protection, mining, agriculture, and civil engineering, due to their ability to provide impermeability and barrier properties. Traditionally, geomembranes have been manufactured using cast flat-bed extrusion or blown-film extrusion techniques. However, in recent years, a new method called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) has emerged as a […]

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New vice chair for Council on Public Transportation

July 26th, 2023

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has appointed Jean Ruestman administrator for the Office of Passenger Transportation at the Michigan Department of Transportation to a two-year term as vice chair of its Council on Public Transportation. Ruestman has held her current position for five years and has been with Michigan DOT since […]

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SKZ expands geosynthetics testing capacity with new high-pressure autoclaves

July 25th, 2023

Nowadays, manufacturers rely on high-quality geosynthetics that are used for many decades. The German Plastics Center (SKZ) is responding to the growing demand for a qualitative estimate of the service life of geosynthetics by expanding its testing capacity by another six to a total of 20 systems for high-pressure autoclave testing (HPAT). The great advantage […]

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Freudenberg expands global 3D entangled mat production with new geosynthetic line in China

July 24th, 2023

Freudenberg Performance Materials, a leading global supplier of high-performance technical textiles has begun operating a new 3D entangled mat production line in Changzhou, China. It enables Freudenberg to supply customers in the APAC region with Enka®Solutions made in China for building, industrial and civil engineering applications. Freudenberg now is also able to serve customers in […]

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Why are GCLs often used for liners in landfills?

July 21st, 2023

Ongoing management of landfill sites involves complex environmental challenges and requires strict compliance with certain guidelines. Managing issues such as leachate, runoff, gases, and other by-products of the waste management process have traditionally been managed by lining and capping cells with clay. Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs), however, offer an alternative to traditional clay lining of landfill […]

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Who needs artificial when you can get the real deal? 

July 20th, 2023

After years of anticipation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has arrived, and like the movie, it is Everything Everywhere All at Once - it's in the search engines and the automated customer responses. It’s underpinning high school and college essays. It’s being used (somewhat controversially) to guide physician treatments. I have even used it to create a cool […]

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Biljane Donje Waste Management Center construction includes geomembrane installation

July 19th, 2023

In southeastern Europe, the number of waste management centers continues to grow, increasing the need for efficient, flexible and economic solutions for the treatment of very high-load effluents, also complying with European environmental standards. The new waste management center in Zadar will be built and designed by the Slovenian contractor RIKO.  The operator of the Biljane Donje Waste Management Center […]

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Glen Raven names Bret Kelley president of Trivantage

July 18th, 2023

Glen Raven Inc., a global leader in performance fabrics, has named Bret Kelley as the next president of its Trivantage LLC distribution business following the retirement of Steve Ellington, on Jan. 1, 2024. Kelley and Ellington, a former ATA (then IFAI) board chairman, will work closely during the transition to provide customers and industry with […]

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