Tensar International wins Highway Industry Product of the Year award in UK

October 20, 2017

In a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, England, on the night of Oct. 18, 2017, Tensar International took home the Highways Award for the Highway Industry Product of the Year. The company was honored for its Spectra Pavement Optimisation System. The system is a comprehensive approach to optimizing pavement structure based on …

Nashville mayor announces $5.2 billion transportation plan

October 19, 2017

In what would be the largest capital investment in Nashville, Tenn., history, on Oct. 17, 2017, Mayor Megan Barry unveiled “Let’s Move Nashville: Metro’s Transportation Solution,” a plan that the city said aligns with the state IMPROVE Act passed earlier this year. In early 2018, Nashville Metro Council members will be asked to put the …

Geosynthetics 2019 conference sets theme

October 18, 2017

On Oct. 17, 2017, Barbara J. Connett, secretary general of the Geosynthetics 2019 conference in Houston, Texas, announced that the theme of the preeminent geosynthetics conference will be “Geosynthetics: Strengthening Infrastructure Safety, Reliability, and Longevity.” The conference, to be held Feb. 10–13, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis Houston and sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics Association …

Commerce Dept. to discuss textile industry assessment findings in October 18 Webinar

October 17, 2017

In 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) undertook its first comprehensive survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry since 2003.  The BIS team is now prepared to share preliminary findings of this critically important study that will be unveiled later this …

IFAI honors GMA executive council members with Outstanding Volunteer Awards 

On Sept. 26, 2017, at IFAI Expo in New Orleans, La., Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) board vice chair and incoming chair Steve L. Ellington of Trivantage LLC of Glen Raven, N.C., presented two Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) executive council members with IFAI’s 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Award. IFAI honored the efforts of Daniel Selander of …

TxDOT uses AquaDam on flooded roadways affected by Hurricane Harvey

October 16, 2017

After Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25, 2017, and devastated cities along the Texas coastline, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) quickly moved to mitigate extreme flooding as the storm moved north toward Houston and Beaumont, TxDOT said in Oct. 11, 2017, press release. With waters rising, TxDOT crews from several area districts received …

Register now! GMA Fall Lobby Day is Oct. 24–25 in Washington, D.C.

October 13, 2017

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) will host Fall Lobby Day Oct. 24–25, 2017, in Washington, D.C. GMA encourages members and interested nonmembers to attend. There is no registration fee for GMA members. Nonmembers pay a fee of $1,000. Registration is open; for questions or to RSVP, please contact Janelle Wells at jawells@ifai.com. GMA continues to …

Caltrans releases draft state rail plan

On Oct. 11, 2017, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released a public draft of the California State Rail Plan, which Caltrans said outlines a new framework for California’s rail network. Caltrans said the rail plan sets the stage for new and better rail, and multimodal and community connections in the state for the next …

TenCate hires Mac Millan

October 12, 2017

TenCate announced early October the hiring of Ashley Mac Millan, P.E., as Engineering Business Manager—Northwest (Utah, Idaho, Ore., Wash.). Mac Millan has a BS in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and brings more than seven years of geotechnical engineering experience to TenCate. She has served as a technical expert on mechanically stabilized earth structures, …

GMA and FGI present webinar on fabrication, installation and testing of geomembranes

October 10, 2017

On Nov. 7, 2017, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (GFI) will offer the webinar “Fabrication, Installation and Testing of Geomembranes” discussing the types of geomembranes that can be fabricated in the factory and subsequently transported to the field for installation and testing. The webinar begins at 12:00 p.m. EST and …