Nason sworn in as new federal highway administrator

May 8, 2019

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao swore in Nicole R. Nason as the 20th administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on May 2. The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Nason by a vote of 95-1 on March 28. “We welcome Nicole back to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Her record …

Americans cross deficient bridges 178 million times per day

May 6, 2019

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) released it’s 2019 Bridge Report, and it rates 47,052 bridges as structurally deficient, 7.6% of all bridges. The structurally deficient bridges carry 178 million travelers per day. Thirty-eight percent of all bridges, some 235,020 spans, have identified repair needs. This includes structurally deficient bridges and one in …

DFI forms new risk and contracts technical committee

May 1, 2019

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) formed its 26th technical committee—the DFI Risk and Contracts Committee. The goal of the committee is to raise awareness of risk management through programs and promotion. Key objectives for the committee are to: Establish the fundamental requirements for geotechnical risk management for all entities involved in the geotechnical project’s life …

GSI releases request-for-proposals for graduate student fellowships

April 30, 2019

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) announces a worldwide request-for-proposals (RFPs) focusing on innovative geosynthetics research and development projects. There will be several awards given, each for $5,000. Emphasis will be placed on relevant topics of interest and/or concern to the geosynthetics community.  The proposals must be submitted in the following four-page format: Page 1: Letter of …

IECA releases call for abstracts for 2020 conference

April 18, 2019

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) released it’s call for abstracts for the 2020 IECA Annual Conference, to be held Feb. 23–26, 2020, in Raleigh, N.C. The deadline for submission of abstracts is May 31, 2019. Session types include case studies, technical papers, workshops, industry roundtables, fireside chats, posters, product case studies and 30-minute sessions. …

Crafco acquires Telfer Pavement Technologies’ Anderson, Calif., operations

April 16, 2019

Crafco announced it has acquired Telfer Pavement Technologies’ (TPT) Anderson, Calif., operations. The move augments Crafco’s pavement preservation lineup while bolstering its presence across the West Coast, the company said in a prepared statement. Through the addition, Crafco will offer an array of paving fabrics, shade cloths, geogrids, gabions and erosion-control materials. It will also …

Family Investment Group acquires Propex European operations

April 10, 2019

Family Investment Group, which specializes in polymer woven and nonwoven fabrics and coatings, announced it has acquired all controlling interest in Propex Operating Company LLC’s (“Propex”) European operations and will be renamed Propex Furnishing Solutions. The agreement also includes the rights to purchase the furnishings business in the U.S., which is expected to be exercised …

Applications being accepted for DFI’s Women in Deep Foundations professional development grants

April 1, 2019

The DFI Educational Trust and the DFI Women in Deep Foundations Committee are awarding five grants of $1,750 each to women involved in design and/or construction of deep foundations to attend DFI’s 44th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Chicago, Oct. 15–18, 2019. The grant includes free conference registration and covers related expenses for attending …

IFAI Expo 2019 exhibitor Early Bird deadline is March 30

March 13, 2019

Exhibitors: Book your IFAI Expo 2019 booth by March 30 to take advantage of the Early Bird discount. Don’t be left out! IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabric trade event in the Americas. Each year, more than 5,000 high-level decision makers, industry insiders and qualified buyers meet in an unrivaled face-to-face environment, where networking …

TRI Environmental hosting Short Course Training Week in April

March 11, 2019

TRI Environmental will sponsor Short Course Training Week in Austin, Texas, April 7–12. The training week includes multiple courses with optional certification, including the following. Liner integrity surveys/assessments (LISA) April 7 Electrical leak location (ELL) surveys are the state-of-the-art nondestructive method of locating leaks in installed geomembranes. The Liner Integrity Survey and Assessment (LISA) course …