How geomembranes help to improve water quality, lower costs and increase efficiencies in wastewater treatment – Part 2

November 30th, 2023

“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” Jacques Yves Cousteau  In Part 1: Wastewater Industry in North America,” a brief history of the efforts to deal with wastewater was explored along with estimates of the size of the industry itself. In this post, we will take a look at the current […]

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State DOTs win top prizes in America’s Transportation Awards competition

November 29th, 2023

A popular rail trail project benefiting active transportation users in the Northeast and a partnership that delivered additional transit services to the public out west were announced as winners in the competitive America’s Transportation Awards contest. Utah Department of Transportation and Utah Transit Authority joined forces to deliver the “Teamed Up for Transit” project, which earned […]

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AGRU America expanding Lyon County geomembrane manufacturing plant

November 28th, 2023

Governor Joe Lombardo and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has approved eight companies that will receive $7,249,200 in tax abatements. In return, these companies are projected to create 533 jobs in the next two years at an average weighted hourly wage of $32.86. That figure is expected to grow to 724 jobs in five years. Additionally, these companies will make capital […]

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MassDOT appoints secretary

November 27th, 2023

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has a new leader, from inside its ranks. Monica Tibbits-Nutt has officially been appointed to the position, after nearly two months serving as the department’s interim secretary and chief executive. Monica Tibbits-Nutt. Photo courtesy of the Healey administration. “Monica Tibbits-Nutt is a proven leader who has done important work […]

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AASHTO names chair, vice chair for HR committee

November 24th, 2023

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has named a chair and vice chair for its Committee on Human Resources. The AASHTO Committee on Human Resources shares, researches, and recommends processes, best practices, and policies that enable the human resource functions of state transportation agencies to continuously become stronger and more innovative and efficient. […]

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Redi-Rock reinforced retaining wall solution used for difficult development site

November 23rd, 2023

The Sembler Company, known for shopping developments across the United States, was re-developing an outdated shopping center near the upscale Sandy Springs, Ga., community. As part of the project, the former development was completely razed. In its place, a 345,000-square-foot (32,052 square meter) redevelopment project was being built. "This thing goes from 992-foot (302.4 meter) […]

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FRA awards more than $16 billion for NEC rail projects

November 22nd, 2023

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently awarded $16.4 billion to 25 passenger rail projects along the Northeast Corridor or NEC, a critical passenger and freight railroad line serving the Northeast U.S.’s five major metropolitan regions – Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. FRA Administrator Amit Bose. Photo courtesy of AASHTO. “[These] investments are […]

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Stantec to acquire ZETCON Engineering

November 21st, 2023

Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has signed an agreement to acquire ZETCON Engineering, a 645-person engineering firm headquartered in Bochum, Germany. Founded in 1973, ZETCON has built a reputation as an industry leader in infrastructure planning, inspection, project management, and construction management. The terms of the transaction are not disclosed. The […]

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Sherman named 2023 Robert J. Dexter Lecture winner

November 20th, 2023

The Steel Bridge Task Force recently selected Ryan Sherman, an assistant engineering professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as the recipient of the 2023 Robert J. Dexter Memorial Award Lecture. Ryan Sherman, center with award, is the recipient of the 2023 Robert J. Dexter Memorial Award Lecture. Photo courtesy of AISI. The Steel Bridge […]

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Geosynthetics and PFAS: Understanding the role of polymer processing aids in geosynthetics

November 17th, 2023

Like many other industries, geosynthetics manufacturers are navigating the rapidly evolving landscape of new per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) regulations. However, in the case of geosynthetic products, an interesting and seemingly paradoxical question emerges: Is it possible that the same products that have been designed to solve complex environmental problems, and even contain pollutants, could also […]

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