GSI to host webinar on stability designs of landfill cover soils

October 15, 2019

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Stability Designs of Landfill Cover Soils,” on Oct. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. This webinar focuses on the stability design of relatively thin soil …

TRI/Environmental to host CQA Training Week

October 11, 2019

TRI/Environmental is offering two one-day short courses, which may be taken singly or as a package. They are designed specifically for those who need a detailed understanding of proper construction quality control (CQC) and construction quality assurance (CQA) procedures at waste containment facilities. The courses provide ideal preparation for the Geosynthetic Certification Institute’s Inspectors Certification …

FGI offers coal combustion residuals short course in North Carolina

October 7, 2019

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is offering a one-day short course on Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs): Current Regulations and Solutions. The short course will take place on Nov. 6 at the Center City Building near the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus. Attendees will gain a broad knowledge of current and emerging CCR regulations, local experience managing …

New leadership for IFAI

October 2, 2019

Each year, the Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) follows a detailed process outlined in association bylaws for electing new board members. As recently announced at IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo in Orlando, the following individuals have been chosen to serve on the IFAI board of directors: Ron Houle, president …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designates priorities for disaster relief funding

October 1, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced work that it will accomplish with Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies, Operation and Maintenance, and Mississippi River and Tributaries account funding provided for emergency recovery efforts in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019, Public Law 116-20. The act was signed into law June 6, 2019. …

GMA is advancing the industry through advocacy and education

By Jonathan Curry Advocacy and education are key to the mission of the Geosynthetic Materials Association. GMA, through its state and local advocacy program, met with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in 2015 and, as a result, developed a strategic relationship that created the Waste Containment System Design seminars, which have provided …

Recovery of rare earth elements from acid mine drainage using geotextile tubes

By Tom Stephens Acid mine drainage (AMD) has been occurring in the Appalachian region since coal mining began in the early 18th century. Over time, many mines reached the end of their useful life and production ceased or companies went out of business, resulting in AMD discharging from these abandoned mines into native streams and …

A forty-year anniversary for the first hardbound book on geosynthetics

By Robert M. Koerner In the late 1970s, I regularly invited speakers to make presentations to my geotechnical engineering classes at Drexel University. Two of them were very memorable: Bill Ragen of Mirafi and Bill Witherow of Carlisle. Their respective topics were “filter fabrics” and “pond liners,” and in truth I didn’t associate them with …

U.S. Department of Transportation overhauls century-old rule

September 27, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published an updated federal rule to give states more flexibility and choice in which products or services can be used on federally funded highway projects. The change is intended to improve safety and increase efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars. “This much-needed update of a century-old, …

McGough elected ARTBA chair

September 26, 2019

Steve McGough, president and chief financial officer of Sugar Land, Texas-based HCSS, has been elected 2019–2020 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) chair. The announcement was made during the association’s national convention held Sept. 22–25 in Savannah, Ga. A 35-year construction industry veteran, McGough joined HCSS in 2005 as chief operating officer. He added president …