Henderson re-elected

June 1, 2009

By Andrew Aho GMA’s managing director, Andrew Aho, announced April 20 that John Henderson was re-elected to serve a second term as chairman of the GMA Executive Council. “We appreciate John’s service and look forward to his continued leadership as chairman,” Aho said. The GMA Executive Council includes representatives from Fiberweb, GSE, Maccaferri, Propex, Tenax, …

Recap of GRI-22 Conference in Salt Lake City

By Bob Koerner The 22nd GRI Conference took place on Feb. 27, 2009, during the last day of a very successful Geosynthetics-2009 Conference and Trade Show. GRI-22 was also successful and had 18 papers on the theme “Its All in the Details” (geosynthetic details are critical to any long-term system’s performance). Since the theme covered …

Missouri students win fourth ASCE Geo-Institute wall competition

By Dave Elton Engineering students from the University of Missouri–Columbia (UM-C) took top honors at the 2009 ASCE/Geo-Institute event in March in Orlando. Teams from 13 colleges and universities were entered. Drexel University took second place honors with California Polytechnic State University–Pomona, in its first appearance, taking third. Defending champion Louisiana State University placed fourth. …

Jack Kemp, friend of geosynthetics, dies

Former congressman and vice presidential candidate, Jack Kemp, died May 2 at age 73. His company, Kemp Partners, along with the firm of Whitmer and Worrall, have led the government relations efforts for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) since 2006. One highlight of those efforts was a visit Kemp made to the exhibit hall at …

Silver lining for AEL as staff numbers double

Aspect Environmental Lining Ltd. has doubled the number of staff it employs at its lining business this year. The increase in employees comes at a time when many businesses are laying off workers as the worldwide economic downturn continues. But while demand for liners for decorative ponds and in the agricultural sector has decreased, the …

Geosynthetics 2009 conference is a big hit

April 1, 2009

With a total of 820 participants, 86 exhibiting companies, 76 papers presented at 22 technical sessions, five short courses, two special sessions, and three impressive keynote addresses, the Geosynthetics 2009 conference and trade show Feb. 25–27 in Salt Lake City was another hit in a series of geosynthetics conferences presented by the Industrial Fabrics Association …

Giroud elected to National Academy of Engineering

Jean-Pierre Giroud has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions given to an engineer. His election citation reads: “For pioneering research in geosynthetics engineering and its practical application in civil/geotechnical engineering.” J. P. Giroud, chairman emeritus of Geosyntec Consultants, was among 65 newly elected members into the …

New software from Strata and Profile

Strata Systems Inc. has announced an upgrade to its advanced interactive computer software program designed to assist engineers with the design and analysis of geogrid-reinforced steep slopes. Earthen slopes up to 70° from horizontal can be safely designed in accordance with methodologies accepted by the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. …

Rep. Rahall: coal-ash dams are a ‘ticking time bomb’

The chair of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee has called for new legislation, the result of the Tennessee Valley Authority coal-ash dam collapse in Tennessee that sent more than 1 billion gallons of toxic ash pouring over homes, fields, and streams. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.V.) said coal-ash impoundments across the nation are at …

Professor Bhatia honored at Syracuse University

Among the five Syracuse University faculty and staff members who were recognized in February with Chancellor’s Citations for Excellence was Shobha K. Bhatia, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. Bhatia specializes in geotechnical and geosynthetic engineering. For the past 20 years, she has engaged in …