Baca joins GMA executive council

May 17, 2019

Owens Corning has named Carl Baca as the company’s liaison to the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) executive council. Baca takes the place of Andy Durham, who left Owens Corning for a position with Erosion Control Systems of Florida. Baca is in charge of marketing for Owens Corning Geosynthetics. He is actively working to position Owens …

Two major acquisitions in less than 30 days

May 9, 2019

Last month, a family investment group in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, acquired all controlling interests in the European operations of Propex Operating Company LLC and renamed the company Propex Furnishing Solutions. Their agreement, which included the rights to purchase the furnishings business in the U.S., was exercised at the end of April and finalized before the new …

2020 IECA Annual Conference and Expo call for abstracts is open

Industry professionals are encouraged to submit an abstract to speak at the 2020 IECA Annual Conference and Expo in Raleigh, N.C., Feb. 23–26, 2020. The abstract submission deadline is May 31, 2019. Experts who are interested in sharing their knowledge on stormwater and MS4 management; erosion and sediment control; and wetland, stream and shoreline restoration …

Nason sworn in as new federal highway administrator

May 8, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao swore in Nicole R. Nason as the 20th administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on May 2. The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Nason by a vote of 95-1 on March 28. “We welcome Nicole back to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Her record …

ISSMGE issues call for abstracts for 4th ICTG 2020

May 7, 2019

The International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) has released a call for abstracts for the 4th International Conference on Transportation Geotechnics (4th ICTG), to be held Aug. 30–Sept. 2, 2020, in Chicago. The deadline for submissions is June 16, 2019. Themes include many aspects of geotechnical engineering, including geosynthetics in transportation applications. …

Americans cross deficient bridges 178 million times per day

May 6, 2019

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) released it’s 2019 Bridge Report, and it rates 47,052 bridges as structurally deficient, 7.6% of all bridges. The structurally deficient bridges carry 178 million travelers per day. Thirty-eight percent of all bridges, some 235,020 spans, have identified repair needs. This includes structurally deficient bridges and one in …

Saint-Gobain ADFORS partners with American Road Patch to be the exclusive distributor

May 3, 2019

Saint-Gobain ADFORS, a global leader in manufacturing of customized reinforcement solutions, has partnered with ABH Enterprises and Strategic Sourcing Group to be the official distributor of the American Road Patch peel and seal pavement patch. Potholes cost billions of dollars annually in road and collision repairs. Current road repair methods do not always address the …

GMA to host Waste Containment System Design III seminar in Syracuse, N.Y.

May 2, 2019

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) will sponsor the seminar “Waste Containment Design III: An Overview of the Current State of Practice for the Design of Solid Waste Landfill Double-Liner and Final Cover Systems,” July 16–17, at the Crowne Plaza in Syracuse, N.Y. The objective of this third in a series of landfill design seminars is …

Carthage Mills installs geocell in video

Carthage Mills has released a YouTube video showing the installation of a geocell on a slope. The company carries the CX and CXW Series of geocells, which are three-dimensional, expandable panels made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Engineers use such geocells for containment, erosion control and ground stabilization applications. They improve the structural and functional behavior …

DFI forms new risk and contracts technical committee

May 1, 2019

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) formed its 26th technical committee—the DFI Risk and Contracts Committee. The goal of the committee is to raise awareness of risk management through programs and promotion. Key objectives for the committee are to: Establish the fundamental requirements for geotechnical risk management for all entities involved in the geotechnical project’s life …