A special issue of Geosynthetics magazine

August 1, 2021  |  Editorial

In this special issue of Geosynthetics magazine, Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, of the University of Kansas, the 2021 Dr. Robert M. Koerner Lecturer and Awardee, has written a fascinating article, “Geosynthetic-Reinforced Column-Supported Embankments: Improving Practice with Better Theory,” summa…
Geosynthetics in action

June 1, 2021  |  Editorial

This issue of Geosynthetics magazine will focus on three distinct applications of geosynthetics. As the first feature, “NPA Geocell for a Railway Line Repair in a Permafrost Region,” describes, it took more than two years to come up with a workable, economical solution for repairs to the deterio…
Three very different uses of geosynthetics

April 1, 2021  |  Editorial

In this April/May issue of Geosynthetics magazine, our feature authors tackle three very different uses of geosynthetics with in-depth examination, testing and even a new design method.  In the introduction to their article, “Modular Geosynthetics Construction,” E. Silva, T. D. Stark and Duff S…
The business of geosynthetics goes on during COVID

February 1, 2021  |  Editorial

This is the show issue for the Geosynthetics Virtual Conference 2021, coming up February 22–25. In addition to the two features, you will find in this issue the Geosynthetics Product Showcase, highlighting a plethora of new and existing products and services from companies, some of whom will be ex…
Distinctive uses of geosynthetics

October 1, 2020  |  Editorial

This issue of Geosynthetics takes a look at bridges, drainage/coal combustion residuals and highways/geosynthetic wall systems. It’s a diverse issue showing the breadth of geosynthetics applications. Patricia Guerra-Escobar’s “Reinforced embankments for the causeway for a North Wales bridge pr…
Geosynthetics plays a prominent role

August 1, 2020  |  Editorial

From the Panama Canal to coal ash containment in West Virginia to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheet piling in several U.S. states, geosynthetics solve problems. The versatility of the different types of geosynthetics makes them useful in many situations. In “Innovative Geosynthetics Solution Saves 10…
Drama behind the scenes

June 1, 2020  |  Editorial

I’m writing this from my living room, my office for now during mandatory telecommuting for all Industrial Fabrics Association International staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been an experiment, thus far successful, in putting together a magazine without face-to-face meetings and with no h…
Geosynthetics: An extraordinary handler of water

April 1, 2020  |  Editorial

Most geosynthetics deal with water in some shape or form. Geosynthetics are an extraordinary handler of water, whether the project involves erosion control, water storage, wastewater, stormwater, seawater or mining. This issue of Geosynthetics looks at water applications in several forms. Drainage, …
A dedicated man

February 1, 2020  |  Editorial

Erosion control and reinforcement are two applications that geosynthetics are used for. Distantly related, the two applications form the backbone of this publication. But looming large over this issue is the passing of Robert M. “Bob” Koerner and Pauline “Paula” W. Koerner, a couple who had …
Geosynthetics are uniquely suited

October 1, 2019  |  Editorial

Geosynthetics are found in the strangest of places. But that just speaks to how versatile and useful they are for a wide variety of applications. Dewatering, energy-site closure, erosion control, reinforcement and stabilization are just a few applications that geosynthetics address in this issue. In…