Flowrox introduces all-in-one geotextile filtration and dewatering unit

June 18, 2018

On June 11, 2018, Flowrox Oy, headquartered in Lappeenranta, Finland, launched the Flowrox Geobag™, an all-in-one roll-off geotextile filtration and dewatering unit that consists of Flowrox’s high-performance Packaged Pumping System™ and the company’s LPP-T transfer pump to ensure chemical dosing ability and high-performance pumping. The product is watertight with a drain valve that enables closed …

GEOKON certified to ISO 9001:2015

June 14, 2018

GEOKON Inc., a manufacturer of geotechnical and structural instrumentation, announced in a prepared statement on June 13, 2018, that they have been certified under ISO 9001:2015 from both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) in the U.S. and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) in the U.K. as of June 1, …

GSI to host webinar on geotextile tubes

June 11, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Applications and Design of Geotextile Tubes,” on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Geotextile tubes are large factory-fabricated textile tubes with multiple access ports for introduction of infilled material, which is usually dredged and in slurry form. After an overview, a …

DFI Educational Trust awards scholarships to engineering students

June 5, 2018

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust recently awarded several scholarships to civil engineering students focusing on geotechnical and/or environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DFI said in a June 5, 2015, press release. The 2018 recipients of the Charles J. Berkel Memorial Scholarship were University of Illinois students Elisabeth Tarpey, Jessica …

GMA News: GMA had a jam-packed start to the year

June 1, 2018

In January 2018 members of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) participated in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. In February our executive council met in Charlotte, North Carolina, to review GMA’s goals and mission. In March a delegation of GMA executives met with representatives from the White House and the U.S. …

Geosynthetic Institute news: On the estimation of live loads in MSE walls and slope design

In formulating a factor-of-safety value for a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall or slope project, a design engineer calculates a ratio of resisting forces to driving forces. This contrast is further recognized when using load and resistance factor design (LRFD), which is in our not-too-distant future. The resisting forces are the soil’s inherent properties (e.g., …

GeoDallas Watch: 2018 GeoDallas schedule announced

June World Environmental & Water Resources Congress June 3–7 | Minneapolis, Minn. Hosted by the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the World Environmental & Water Resources Congress brings together the top environmental and water resources infrastructure professionals. Topics include erosion and sediment control, numerical modeling, hydraulic …

Presto releases geocell ballast research

Presto Geosystems, manufacturer of the high-density polyurethane (HDPE) GEOWEB® geocell base stabilization system, has released results from railroad-track research performed to quantify the reinforcement benefit of GEOWEB-confined ballast as compared to unconfined ballast. The company said the research was a cooperative effort under the direction of Ben Leshchinsky, Ph.D., P.E., of Oregon State University, and …

Geogrid study initiative wins Center for Transportation Research Award

The University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) selected Tensar International and its research partners as the winners of the 2018 CTS Research Partnership Award for their work on geogrid usage in paved-road infrastructure. The award recognizes a new pavement design and analysis tool, which enables geogrid benefits to be quantified using an aggregate-geogrid …

WisDOT publishes study on geotextile puncture test methods

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funded research into puncture test methods for geotextiles, and the report from this study is now available online. Various tests are conducted to assess and classify a geotextile’s suitability for different applications. One of these tests is the puncture strength test. This test …