TenCate supports GMA

April 11, 2018

Since the mid-1980s, TenCate Geosynthetics has been an active member of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), the parent company of Geosynthetics magazine. GMA provides engineering support, business development opportunities, educational programming, government relations expertise and industry recognition to its member companies. TenCate said that of particular …

Call for candidates: IFAI Board of Directors

April 9, 2018

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now accepting applications to fill two director positions on the IFAI Board of Directors. Both of these positions are for three-year terms. IFAI is announcing all of its volunteer leadership openings at this time, as well, in an effort to highlight the range …

Advocating infrastructure funding

April 1, 2018

Over the past year, infrastructure has been talked about regularly as the “next big issue” for the White House and Congress to tackle. With tax reform out of the way and the midterm elections fast approaching, it is time for Congress and U.S. President Donald J. Trump to act.    On Jan. 30, 2018, during …

GMA partners with FGI on free webinar program

On Nov. 7, 2017, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) hosted a webinar entitled “Fabrication, Installation, and Testing of Geomembranes.” Dr. Timothy Stark of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who is also FGI’s technical director, presented the webinar, and GMA Executive Council member Andy Durham of Owens Corning moderated. …

GMA focus groups

GMA provides technical guidance to outside agencies and groups seeking more information about best practices for the use of geosynthetic products. Our geotextile, geogrid, environmental and erosion control focus groups review specifications and provide industry guidance. In 2017 GMA reviewed specifications for nine states and worked closely with the American Association of State Highway and …

GMA spring Lobby Day is May 16–17, 2018

GMA’s biannual Lobby Day has helped the industry make significant strides toward increasing our exposure in Washington, D.C., and pushing for stronger consideration of geosynthetics’ use in environmental and civil infrastructure applications. Many members of Congress are now advocating for our industry, and geosynthetics have been cited as an innovative material in multiple pieces of …

NEWS ALERT: GMA waste containment seminar sponsorship opportunities available

March 26, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) is hosting the seminar “Waste Containment System Design II: Landfill Design Considerations,” April 17–18, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza in Syracuse, New York. The seminar is expected to draw more than 100 design engineers, construction supervisors, landowners and operators, exhibitors, regulatory agency staff, and public works and municipal engineers. A …

Register now!: GMA Spring Lobby Day is May 16–17 in Washington, D.C.

March 20, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) will host Spring Lobby Day May 16–17, 2018, in Washington, D.C. GMA encourages members and interested nonmembers to attend. There is no registration fee for GMA members. Nonmembers pay a fee of $1,000. Lobby Day involves meetings with members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and their …

GMA meets with White House to discuss infrastructure a second time

On Tuesday, March 15, 2018, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) met with White House senior staff to discuss President Donald J. Trump’s “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America.” The leaders of GMA’s executive council emphasized the innovative and transformative benefits of geosynthetic products and the role geosynthetics can play in helping the administration achieve the …

GMA officers meet with vice president’s office and the White House

February 1, 2018

On Sept. 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C., GMA executive council officers Keith Gardner, Fred Chuck, and Doug Brown, and I attended preliminary meetings with the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality and vice president Mike Pence’s senior policy staff to discuss the status of the president’s infrastructure plan and the role geosynthetics will play in …