TRB offers webinar on getting the most from the TRB Annual Meeting

December 12, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. EST, that will help both new and returning Annual Meeting attendees get the most out of their meeting experience. The webinar will review issues related to planning for the meeting, including hotel reservations, airline reservations, and other …

GSI offers online course on QA/QC of geosynthetics in waste containment

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer an online course entitled “Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities,” on Jan. 30 and 31, 2018, and Feb. 1, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT. This online course focuses on the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of geosynthetics …

EPA releases list of Superfund sites targeted

December 11, 2017

On Dec. 8, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of Superfund sites that EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has targeted for immediate and intense attention. The 21 sites on the list—from across the United States—are in direct response to the Superfund Task Force Recommendations, issued this summer, calling for this list. “By …

IFAI Expo 2018 call for presentations

December 6, 2017

IFAI Expo 2018 is looking for presentation topic ideas and interested speakers. Expo will be held October 15-18, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Submit now! The Call for Presentations deadline is January 12, 2018.  Categories Advanced Textiles  Shade and Weather Protection Specialty Fabrics  General Business Benefits of Presenting Build your reputation as an industry expert Share your knowledge …

AGRU America to extrude world’s largest HDPE pipe

In a press release dated Dec. 6, 2017, AGRU America said that half a century of experience in plastics processing and a $40 million investment is what it takes to manufacture the world’s largest high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pressure pipe. AGRU had to overcome major technical challenges to achieve perfect roundness, homogeneous wall thickness and completely …

IFAI Canada Expo 2018

Canada Expo 2018 is like no other event – a unique opportunity to meet manufacturers and businesses face-to-face and immerse yourself in new knowledge and leading edge solutions. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the latest in the specialty fabrics industry through the sights, sounds and innovations of the exhibit floor. Register now! Dedicated Exhibit Hall Hours …

Rhode Island DOT replaces bridge in 80 hours using GRS-IBS technology; releases video

December 5, 2017

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) began work on the McCormick Quarry Bridge in East Providence on Sept. 23, 2016, using a geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS). According to the Federal Highway Administration and RIDOT, the technique allowed crews to cut the construction time for the bridge from one year to 80 hours. …

Registration open for 2018 DFI-EFFC conference in Rome

December 4, 2017

Registration opened on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, for the 2018 Deep Foundations Institute- European Federation of Foundation Contractors (DFI-EFFC) International Conference on Deep Foundations and Ground Improvement at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, June 5–8, 2018. The conference explores the challenges of upcoming urban infrastructure megaprojects and highlights modern technologies and techniques available to overcome …

FGI expands Summer Internship Program

November 28, 2017

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) expanded its Summer Internship Program to three companies and six interns during the summer of 2017. The main objectives of the program are to introduce future civil engineers to the geosynthetics field and civil engineering construction, and to provide a connection between …

U.S. representatives pen letter encouraging use of geosynthetics

November 22, 2017

On Nov. 17, 2017, ten members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao encouraging the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to consider including the benefits of geosynthetic materials in future infrastructure legislation. “Geosynthetic materials are a critical, innovative element of the transportation construction industry,” the representatives wrote, …