Proposed ASTM geocells standard aims to support soil stability in road projects

January 23, 2020

A proposed ASTM International standard will provide guidance for using geocells—open-celled geosynthetics that help hold soils and rocks in place—in roadway projects. Geocells are commonly used in road construction, earth retention and other construction projects. According to ASTM International member Eli Cuelho, there is currently no standard for using geocells in geotechnical and roadway projects. …

Call for Candidates for IGS Council open

January 7, 2020

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), in accordance with its bylaws, will hold midterm elections in 2020. IGS members will have the opportunity to elect seven council members. Each of the elected members will serve a four-year term, beginning on Sept. 5, 2020. The IGS encourages any IGS member who is interested in furthering the IGS …

2020 TRB Annual Meeting mobile app now available

December 17, 2019

Download the TRB Annual Meeting mobile app prior to arriving at the 99th TRB Annual Meeting, January 12–16, 2020, in Washington, D.C. To download the app, search “TRB 2020” in the App Store or Google Play. When opening the app for the first time, enter the same email address used to register for the annual …

FGI CCR short course addresses current regulations and solutions

December 16, 2019

By Timothy D. Stark and Jennifer Miller The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) presented a short course in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Nov. 6, 2019, at the Center City Building to a sold-out crowd. The short course was organized by the FGI and was offered in collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC).   …

The second edition of the Eurasian Geosynthetics Symposium (EAGS 2019) convened successfully

November 25, 2019

By Flora Zhao Geosynthetics, as an important category of industrial textiles, are widely used in water conservancy, highways, railways, ports, construction, etc., and play an important role in national infrastructure construction and the development of the national economy. “Industrial textiles, owing to high technology, wide application, strong driving effect, and large market potential, are becoming …

New leadership for IFAI

October 2, 2019

Each year, the Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) follows a detailed process outlined in association bylaws for electing new board members. As recently announced at IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo in Orlando, the following individuals have been chosen to serve on the IFAI board of directors: Ron Houle, president …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designates priorities for disaster relief funding

October 1, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced work that it will accomplish with Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies, Operation and Maintenance, and Mississippi River and Tributaries account funding provided for emergency recovery efforts in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019, Public Law 116-20. The act was signed into law June 6, 2019. …

U.S. Department of Transportation overhauls century-old rule

September 27, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published an updated federal rule to give states more flexibility and choice in which products or services can be used on federally funded highway projects. The change is intended to improve safety and increase efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars. “This much-needed update of a century-old, …

McGough elected ARTBA chair

September 26, 2019

Steve McGough, president and chief financial officer of Sugar Land, Texas-based HCSS, has been elected 2019–2020 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) chair. The announcement was made during the association’s national convention held Sept. 22–25 in Savannah, Ga. A 35-year construction industry veteran, McGough joined HCSS in 2005 as chief operating officer. He added president …

ASTM International releases new standard for electrical leak location in geomembranes

September 25, 2019

ASTM International has released a new standard, ASTM D8265-19 Standard Practices for Electrical Methods for Mapping Leaks in Installed Geomembranes. These practices describe standard procedures for using electrical methods to locate leaks in geomembranes covered with liquid or earthen materials, which can be watered to cause leakage through the geomembrane. For more information or to …