Editorial: Geomembranes and water

April 1, 2018

Keeping the bad stuff out of the water supply The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that a clean water supply is “fundamental to global health.” WHO estimates that considerable exposure worldwide to contraction of many waterborne diseases and conditions (diarrhea, malaria, malnutrition, parasites, bacterial infections, etc.) could be diminished by increasing access to safe drinking …

Geosynthetics and erosion control

February 1, 2018

Terra firma often does not morph in ways that modern society appreciates. Erosion from stormwater, snowmelt, long-term water flow and unrelenting waves sweep away soil and rock from steep slopes, riverbanks, ditches, channels, shorelines, building foundations and much more. To understand the power of erosion, simply think about the Grand Canyon, which was formed by …

Editorial: Geosynthetics for multiple applications

October 1, 2017

If you are reading this publication, you obviously have an interest in geosynthetics, as this magazine is unlikely to appeal to people whose primary professional interests are taxidermy, snow-crystal study or calligraphy. We aim to please, and this issue touches on many types of geosynthetics, from geogrids to geomembranes, and many applications of geosynthetics, from …

Editorial: The management of coal combustion residuals (CCR)

August 1, 2017

The management of coal combustion residuals (CCR or “coal ash”) is a growth category for the geosynthetics industry. Multiple opportunities now exist using various types of geosynthetics due to the evolving federal and state regulations for handling CCR. In fact, geosynthetics have played a role in the regulations that have developed. “These regulations have been …

Are zero leaks with installed geomembranes possible?

June 1, 2017

Abigail Gilson-Beck and Glen Toepfer step into a geosynthetics minefield in this issue of Geosynthetics with their article “Achieving zero leaks on a budget,” a goal that is controversial in the industry. Whether this goal should even be an objective is the question the debate hinges on. A spirited discussion on this issue arose during …

Handing over the reins

April 1, 2017

The stellar reputation of Geosynthetics magazine is due to its reporting on innovative solutions to complex problems, publishing well-researched articles written by experts in their fields, and consistently putting in print reliable and relevant information for engineers, project managers, and employees of companies engaged in geosynthetics. This is largely due to the 11-year stewardship of …

It has been a good run

February 1, 2017

My October 2016 column in this space recounted my first week on the job in December 2005. But as you read this column today, we move full circle. This is my last column for Geosynthetics magazine. Yep, I am retiring. Well, let’s say semi-retiring. “Semi” means I will still be around a few days each …

How was your first week on the job?

October 1, 2016

December 5, 2005—my first day on the job as editor of Geosynthetics (née GFR). Eight days later, I was in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 200 engineers and a horde of other geo-people! Thank goodness, I was accompanied by Andrew Aho (then, GMA director; now, VP/Operations at IFAI) and Barbara Connett (then, Bookstore Manager; now, Education …

See you at Geotechnical Frontiers

August 1, 2016

If you haven’t already planned to attend Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, do yourself a favor and register now. Is this is your first geosynthetics or geotechnical conference? Or have you attended geo events since the 1980s? Either way, this conference and trade show next March 12–15 in Orlando will provide you with something special …

Send in your award-winners

April 1, 2016

The 69th annual International Achievement Awards (IAA) presented by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) offers your company an opportunity to shine. Companies from around the world will compete in new categories in 2016 to showcase innovation, technical skills, and design excellence. This year, IFAI is changing the competition a little bit. Each of the …