FHWA accepting grant applications for advanced transportation technologies

April 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced April 18, 2018, it is accepting applications for grants from a pool of up to $60 million in federal funding under the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The grants will be made to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large-scale installation …

IFAI names Schiffman new president and CEO

April 20, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has named Steve Schiffman, the association’s vice president of media and sales, the new president and CEO of IFAI. He will replace Mary Hennessy, who is retiring June 1, 2018, after holding the position for the last six years. Schiffman had a long and successful career in publishing before …

IFAI signs representation agreement with BCH in India

April 19, 2018

On April 19, 2018, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the signing of an agreement with Business Co-ordination House (BCH) in New Delhi to provide representation for IFAI in India. “We believe BCH is uniquely positioned to help IFAI expand the opportunities for our organization with the emerging Indian market for technical textiles,” said Mary …

USDOT announces $1 billion in emergency relief for road and bridge repairs

April 17, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced April 13, 2018, the release of more than $1 billion in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 32 states, several U.S. territories and some federal land management agencies repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events. FHWA’s ER program reimburses …

DFI accepting applications for women working in design/construction of deep foundations

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust and the DFI Women in Deep Foundations Committee will award five grants of $1,750 each to women involved in design or construction of deep foundations to attend DFI’s 43rd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Anaheim, California, Oct. 24–27, 2018. The grant includes free conference registration and covers …

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 …

DFI launches DFI Europe BIM/Digitalisation Committee

April 2, 2018

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announced the formation of the BIM/Digitalisation (DFI Europe) Committee. The goal of this committee, which liaises with DFI’s Project Information Management Systems Committee, is to promote digitalization and BIM (Building Information Modeling) processes within the European membership and the wider geotechnical industry worldwide. The committee will discuss and develop guidance …

2018 State of the Geosynthetics Industry

April 1, 2018

The U.S. and Canadian geosynthetics market includes geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, drainage materials, geocells and erosion control materials. In 2017 the U.S. and Canadian geosynthetics market grew in the low single-digit ranges, and it is expected to grow slightly higher in 2018. Consolidation in the geosynthetics market Due to the weaker U.S. dollar …

GeoDallas Watch: Geosynthetics in transportation and environmental applications highlight two-day event

GeoDallas 2018 is an intimate two-day educational event focusing on the theme Geosynthetics in Transportation and Environmental Applications to be held in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 16–17, 2018. The conference includes half-day short courses, case studies, panel discussions and training lectures. The full schedule for the conference will be announced in late April at www.GeoDallas.com. Attendees …

Geosynthetics Pavilion at 2018 IFAI Expo booth reservation opens

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has opened reservations for exhibit booths at the Geosynthetics Pavilion at IFAI Expo, to be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 15–18, 2018, with the exhibit floor open Oct. 16–18. The Geosynthetics Pavilion is part of IFAI Expo, the largest industrial fabrics and …