NHI offers rockfall stabilization course online

September 19, 2017

The National Highway Institute (NHI) will offer a web-based course on rockfall stabilization. The beginning-level course, developed by the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC) in partnership with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and NHI, will introduce the key concepts in rockfall stabilization, including tools and methods used in stabilization and …

Trump nominates former IDOT director to lead FHWA

September 18, 2017

President Donald J. Trump nominated Paul Trombino II, former director of the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Trombino, 51, led IDOT from 2011 to 2016, resigning in November 2016 to take a position as president of McClure Engineering of Clive, Iowa. The nomination requires approval by the U.S. …

IECA 2018 registration open

September 13, 2017

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Annual Conference and Expo in Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 11–14, 2018, has opened online registration for the event at the Long Beach Convention Center. Visit http://bit.ly/2vUfvyc to register, view the schedule and learn more about speakers. The conference’s hotel block, as announced last week, is also open. To see …

Nevada receives $21.6 million in additional federal highway funds

On Sept. 11, 2017, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) director Rudy Malfabon told NDOT board the state had received $21,635,649 in additional federal highway funding for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. In process known as August Redistribution, the federal government reclaims unused funds from states and awards the money to states that used …

FGI short course in civil engineering upcoming

September 11, 2017

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) will offer the short course “Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications” on Oct. 27, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT at The Ohio State University in Columbus. The short course, presented in partnership with The Ohio State University, Owens Corning Science and Technology, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department …

DFI releases technical program for DFI Annual Conference

September 7, 2017

On September 7, 2017, the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) published the Technical Program for the 42nd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, October 24–27, 2017, in New Orleans, La. A highlight at this year’s conference is an “Invited Panel on Risk: A Rational Discussion” on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The …

FHWA offers pavement preservation focus in September

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Every Day Counts (EDC) innovation of the month for September is pavement preservation (when, where, and how), a whole-life approach to extending the service life of pavement networks. Applying a pavement preservation treatment at the right time (when) on the right project (where) with quality materials and construction (how) is …

USDOT announces $500 Million funding through TIGER program

On September 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced the opportunity for state and local stakeholders to apply for $500 million in discretionary grant funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. “The TIGER grant program is a highly competitive program whose winners will be awarded with the funding they need …

Afitex-Texel releases design guidance for protection from soil gas infiltration

September 6, 2017

Originally published in French by Groupe Alphard Inc. and translated and updated by Afitex-Texel, the resource “Design Guidance Document for the Protection of Buildings Against Soil Gas Infiltrations” is now available. The document discusses DRAINTUBE™ technology, a product that combines geosynthetic and pipe technology. Engineers have used DRAINTUBETM on hundreds of projects around the world. …

ECTC releases RECPs spec

The Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) recently updated their Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs) specification. The specification includes charts of product characteristics for mulch control nettings (MCNs), open weave textiles (OWTs), erosion control blankets (ECBs) and turf reinforcement mats (TRMs). These charts are the result of consensus amongst leading manufacturers of RECPs in the industry …