GSI’s 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 …

GMA extends GSI’s educational benefits to GMA members

The Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) announced June 23, 2018, an agreement with the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), bringing new educational benefits to GMA members. “The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has agreed to publicize the Geosynthetic Institute’s (GSI) online webinars and courses and, as such, will be giving its members the same discounted fees as with GSI members,” …

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 …

Estimating live loads in MSE wall and slope design

June 1, 2018

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., …

GSI hosts webinar on MSE structure inspection

April 25, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall, Berm and Slope Construction Inspection,” on May 9, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The inspection and monitoring of MSE wall, berm and slope construction using geosynthetic reinforcement is essential for providing a safe, durable system. Such inspection includes …

Commentary on attribution and referencing in technical papers

April 1, 2018

In presenting written technical information in academic papers and presentations, including in geosynthetic papers, as well as conference proceedings and presentations, it is established practice for the author to attribute references, data, charts, tables, graphs, photographs, illustrations and concepts back to the initial originator/developer, who under law is the copyright holder to the work simply …

Ten years of GSI student fellowships

February 1, 2018

There are 29 types of 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States and probably many more worldwide. The most common are 501(c)(3) organizations, which include organizations with religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes. Of the approximately 4 million in the United States alone, the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is one of them. These organizations are …

Geosynthetic Institute news: Mega waterbags

October 1, 2017

According to the United Nations (UN), 1.1 billion people in 34 countries have inadequate access to safe drinking water. Furthermore, pollution, global warming and population growth will have continuing negative impacts on the availability of safe drinking water. By the year 2040, the UN estimates that more than 2 billion people in 60 countries will …

GSI offers webinar on geosynthetics in erosion control

September 6, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “Geosynthetics in Erosion Control,” on September 13, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The estimated cost of landslides in the United States is $2 to 5 billion; worldwide, it may approach $10 billion. The many landslides triggered by surface erosion is a major contributor …

Geosynthetic Institute News

August 1, 2017

Commentary on geosynthetic specifications One can only suspect that the first specification on a given manufactured material came along with or very shortly after the first manufactured product became available. It follows then that some 200 years later, manufactured geosynthetic materials should do likewise. In fact, so-called standards organizations have evolved by publishing the following …