GMA announces 2021–2023 Koerner Awardee and Lecturer

August 12, 2020

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has just announced the 2021–2023 Koerner Awardee and Lecturer, Dr. Jie Han, Ph.D., PE, F.ASCE. Dr. Han is the Glenn L. Parker Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, and has been an active member of the geosynthetics community for many years.  He becomes the third recipient …

EPA finalizes revisions to the coal ash closure regulations, increases public access to information

July 30, 2020

On July 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized several changes to the regulations for coal combustion residuals, known as CCR or coal ash, to implement the court’s vacatur of certain closure requirements as well as adding provisions that enhance the public’s access to information about the management of coal ash at electric utilities. …

Economic panel predicts slow recovery for many engineering markets after COVID-19

July 22, 2020

A roundtable of economic and policy experts said that even after a COVID-19 vaccine is discovered, it could take many engineering markets years to recover from the pandemic’s impact.  “Funding in the New Normal” is the third of a virtual roundtable series sponsored by the ACEC Research Institute. More than 160 participants from throughout the …

Industrial fabrics market outlook

July 10, 2020

According to the report “Industrial Fabrics—Global Market Trajectory & Analytics” by ResearchAndMarkets.com, amid the COVID-19 crisis and the looming economic recession, the industrial fabrics market worldwide will grow by a projected US$32 billion during the analysis period (2020-2027), driven by a revised compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.4%. Polyamide, one of the segments analyzed …

Federal Paycheck Protection Program extended to Aug. 8

July 9, 2020

On July 4th, President Donald Trump signed into law an amendment to the Paycheck Protection Program, giving businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic an extension to apply for federal funds, according to Business Insider. The law extends the deadline to apply for the federal government’s loan-based relief program to August 8. The original deadline to apply for …

New standard will support measuring quality of cement in geosynthetic composite mats

June 29, 2020

A new ASTM International standard will aid engineers and specifiers looking to understand the quality and strength of cement contained in geosynthetic cementitious composite mats (GCCMs). ASTM’s geosynthetics committee developed the new standard, which is needed to allow for a consistent industry method for the application of compression strength in GCCMs. GCCMs are flexible, concrete-impregnated …

IGS releases 2020 election results

June 24, 2020

With a field of 17 extraordinary candidates from 12 countries applying for 7 council positions there was significant competition. The newly elected council members will stand for the term which concludes in 2024. The incoming IGS council members will be Dr. Laura Carbone (Germany), Francesco Fontana (Italy), Dr. Jacek Kawalec (Poland), Dr. Yoshihisa Miyata (Japan), …

APWA cancels PWX 2020 due to COVID-19

April 27, 2020

The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced its decision to cancel Public Works Expo (PWX) 2020 scheduled for Aug. 31–Sept. 2, 2020 in New Orleans, La. After very careful consideration, APWA’s board of directors unanimously decided to cancel PWX 2020. Over recent weeks, APWA has been closely monitoring data related to the spread of COVID-19, …

IFAI announces hiring of Fred Chuck as GMA executive director

April 17, 2020

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the hiring of Fred Chuck as the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) executive director. He brings more than 38 years of geosynthetics industry experience along with him to IFAI. Throughout the past two decades, Chuck has served in multiple roles at different companies within the geosynthetics industry as well as time on the …

E Squared offering webinars

April 13, 2020

While we are all staying safe during these trying times, we can also take this opportunity to learn. E Squared is offering “No Lunch, Just Learn” complimentary webinars. The company can schedule a webinar for your remote staff. It is essentially the same presentation they provide during onsite Lunch & Learns, except without the lunch. …