New ASTM International standard will help in construction with GCLs

August 2, 2018

A newly released ASTM International standard will help those who construct and install geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs), which are used to help with containment for: landfills coal combustion residual storage cells mining operations remediation and environmental protection projects The new standard (D8204) focuses on evaluating both best practices as well as possible negative impacts of …

AASHTO committee on construction appoints new chair, vice chair

July 30, 2018

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) appointed Dallas Hammit and Amy Tootle as the chair and vice chair, respectively, for the group’s committee on construction, which ensures that AASHTO’s guide to specifications for construction is kept up-to-date with the latest best practices gathered from its state department of transportation members. Hammit …

PLOSAB s.r.o. shows cutting open of TenCate geotextile tube in YouTube video

July 27, 2018

PLOSAB s.r.o., based in the Czech Republic, has released a YouTube video showing the cutting open of geotextile tube drainage bags filled with predominantly organic sediment. The video was shot about a week after the filling of the TenCate Geotubes. The company has been offering a comprehensive range of floating dredger services since 2007, and …

Extreme Plastics Plus and Mustang Energy Services merge

Extreme Plastics Plus (EPP) and Mustang Energy Services (Mustang) merged in July, creating one of the country’s largest environmental containment services companies. With a presence in most of the major domestic oil and natural gas basins in the country, the combined company will serve exploration and production operators across Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West …

Western Excelsior and Gripple form supply partnership

July 25, 2018

Western Excelsior Corp. and Gripple Inc. have signed an exclusive supply partnership agreement for the United States and Canada. Gripple provides products in the erosion control market, including high-performance anchoring systems. Western Excelsior and its subsidiary North American Green manufacture erosion control products, including short-term erosion control blankets and permanent high-performance turf reinforcement mats. The …

GSI’s Koerner to host webinar on slope stabilization using nailed or anchored geosynthetics

July 19, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “In-Situ Stabilization of Soil Slopes Using Nailed or Anchored Geosynthetics,” on Aug. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course …

Fabricated Geomembrane Institute highlights accomplishments and current activities

June 27, 2018

It has been more than a year since the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new officers and a new board of directors, which occurred in March 2017 at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geotechnical Frontiers Conference in Orlando, Fla. Officers and directors currently serving include Patrick Elliott, …

QA/QC for geosynthetics in waste containment is focus of GSI course

June 26, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will host an online course entitled “Course 1: Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities,” Oct. 16–18, 2018, 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. This is the first GSI …

GSI’s Robert M. Koerner to host webinar on geotextile filters

June 23, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Geotextile Filters: Concerns and Issues,” on July 11, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. This is the first GSI webinar for which all GMA member companies and their employees will receive discounted rates on webinar …

Cirtex video spotlights geotextiles in coastline protection

June 21, 2018

Cirtex, in Kopu, Thames, New Zealand, released a video on June 19, 2018, that showcases geotextiles used for filtration and erosion protection in coastline seawalls. Narrated by Cirtex civil and geotechnical engineer Michael Sorensen, the three-minute video takes the camera down below the boulders in seawalls to examine both properly specified geotextiles and improperly specified …