IFAI Expo 2018 to colocate with CAMX

October 30, 2017

The Industrial Fabrics Association International’s IFAI Expo 2018 will take place in Dallas, Texas, October 15–18 and will be colocated with the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX). “The goal of this colocation is to expand the relationship between the technical textiles and composites industries for our attendees and exhibitors. We want to capitalize on the …

IFAI Expo 2017 is a great success

October 26, 2017

IFAI Expo 2017 attracted more than 4,500 participants to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., September 26–29. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with more than 380 exhibitors, schedule one-on-one meetings with industry professionals and hear expert advice from more than 50 industry speakers. “There’s so much information and there’s so much …

GMA and SAME team up for seminar in Maryland on geo and fabric structures

October 25, 2017

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) present an onsite Technical Seminar on Understanding the Critical Role of Geosynthetics Materials and Fabric Structures at the Woodland Park 3 office building, 1306 Concourse Drive, Linthicum Heights, Md., near BWI Airport, on Nov. 16, 2017. The one-day Technical Seminar will provide attendees …

U.S. DOT releases draft strategic plan for public comment

October 24, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a draft DOT Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018–2022 for public comment. The DOT said the draft plan reflects Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s priorities for achieving DOT’s mission through four strategic goals, including some relevant to geosynthetics practitioners. The secretary’s priorities are: Safety: Reduce transportation-related fatalities and serious …

California Transportation Commission issues $1 billion plus call for transportation projects

October 23, 2017

On Oct. 19, 2017, at a meeting in Modesto, Calif., the California Transportation Commission issued a call for projects under the state Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, also known as Senate Bill 1 or SB 1. The commission adopted lists of active transportation projects, advanced funding for state highway repairs, and approved guidelines …

Tensar International wins Highway Industry Product of the Year award in UK

October 20, 2017

In a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, England, on the night of Oct. 18, 2017, Tensar International took home the Highways Award for the Highway Industry Product of the Year. The company was honored for its Spectra Pavement Optimisation System. The system is a comprehensive approach to optimizing pavement structure based on …

Nashville mayor announces $5.2 billion transportation plan

October 19, 2017

In what would be the largest capital investment in Nashville, Tenn., history, on Oct. 17, 2017, Mayor Megan Barry unveiled “Let’s Move Nashville: Metro’s Transportation Solution,” a plan that the city said aligns with the state IMPROVE Act passed earlier this year. In early 2018, Nashville Metro Council members will be asked to put the …

Geosynthetics 2019 conference sets theme

October 18, 2017

On Oct. 17, 2017, Barbara J. Connett, secretary general of the Geosynthetics 2019 conference in Houston, Texas, announced that the theme of the preeminent geosynthetics conference will be “Geosynthetics: Strengthening Infrastructure Safety, Reliability, and Longevity.” The conference, to be held Feb. 10–13, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis Houston and sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics Association …

Commerce Dept. to discuss textile industry assessment findings in October 18 Webinar

October 17, 2017

In 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) undertook its first comprehensive survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry since 2003.  The BIS team is now prepared to share preliminary findings of this critically important study that will be unveiled later this …

IFAI honors GMA executive council members with Outstanding Volunteer Awards 

On Sept. 26, 2017, at IFAI Expo in New Orleans, La., Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) board vice chair and incoming chair Steve L. Ellington of Trivantage LLC of Glen Raven, N.C., presented two Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) executive council members with IFAI’s 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Award. IFAI honored the efforts of Daniel Selander of …