Geosynthetics magazine offers free sponsored webinar on natural facings for steep slopes and walls

October 9, 2018

Geosynthetics magazine will present the Tensar Corp.-sponsored webinar “Natural Facings for Better Performance and Value on Very Steep Slopes and Walls” on November 8 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This presentation will provide a case study example of how natural facings provide better performance and value on very steep slopes and walls. Steve Luptak, national product …

FHWA video features GRS–IBS history and construction techniques

October 5, 2018

A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) YouTube video showcases the history and construction techniques of the geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS–IBS). The video illustrates how to build a GRS–IBS. It is intended to educate designers, engineers, contractors and inspectors on the fundamentals of the GRS–IBS. The video follows the GRS–IBS Interim Implementation Guide (FHWA-HRT-11-026). The …

Two Fleischmann amendments related to geosynthetics included in final FAA reauthorization

Two amendments introduced by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., both related to geosynthetics, were included in the final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2019 that was approved by both the House and Senate and sent to the White House. The House passed the legislation in May, and the Senate passed it 93-6 earlier this week. …

Construction inspection of MSE walls, berms and slopes is focus of GSI online course

September 27, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will host an online short course entitled “Course 2: Construction Inspection of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls, Berms and Slopes,” Nov. 6–8, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT each day. Robert M. Koerner and George Koerner will teach the course. All Geosynthetic Materials …

Registration opens for 2019 IECA conference and expo

September 26, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) has opened registration and published the full schedule for the 2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo in Denver, Colo., Feb. 19–22. The 2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo brings together the most innovative minds in the erosion, sediment control and stormwater industry. Attend this one-of-a-kind conference to connect with …

AASHTO elects new president, Workforce and funding are top priorities

September 25, 2018

The board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) elected Carlos Braceras P.E., executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, to serve as its new president and Missouri DOT Director Patrick McKenna as its vice president. “I’m honored and inspired to accept the role of AASHTO president during …

AASHTO directors choose Tymon as executive director

September 24, 2018

The board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) selected James J. Tymon as the sixth executive director of AASHTO during the association’s annual board of directors meeting in Atlanta, Ga., Sep. 24. Tymon, who is AASHTO’s chief operating officer and director of policy and management, joined the association in …

Registration opens for 2019 TRB Annual Meeting

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has opened registration for the 2019 TRB Annual Meeting, Jan. 13–17, in Washington, D.C. More than 13,000 transportation professionals will attend, including policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry and academic institutions. The program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 …

ARTBA testifies to House committee against century-old rule ‘stifling’ innovation in transportation

September 7, 2018

A 1916 rule enacted by President Woodrow Wilson’s administration is curbing 21st-century transportation innovations that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said in Sept. 5 testimony submitted to the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411, a 102-year-old federal …

Idaho Transportation Department receives largest grant in its history

September 5, 2018

The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) received $90.24 million in infrastructure grants in August, the largest grant ITD had ever received. It will be used to ease congestion on Interstate 84 in Nampa, Idaho, part of a larger project along I-84 corridor between Boise and Caldwell. “The project is expected to Improve safety by significantly reducing serious …