30-year anniversary for the first hardcover book on geosynthetics

August 1, 2009  |  News

By Bob Koerner, Geosynthetic Institute/Drexel University In the late 1970s I was in the habit of regularly inviting speakers to make presentations to my geotechnical classes at Drexel University. Two were very memorable: Bill Ragen of Mirafi and Bill Witherow of Carlisle. Their respective topics wer…
GMA helps organize pre-Expo green roof workshop in San Diego

August 1, 2009  |  News

By Andrew Aho A pre-show program titled “How to design green roofs and landscapes” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22, 5:30–8:30 p.m., at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, in conjunction with the 2009 IFAI Expo at the San Diego Convention Center Sept. 23–25. This worksho…
Handbook of geosynthetics

July 24, 2009  |  News

Dealing with difficult sites In the past, when dealing with difficult sites for construction purposes, the conventional practice was limited to either replacing the unsuitable soils, or bypassing them with costly deep foundations. Additionally, the age-old problem of land scarcity and the need to re…
The smart maintenance strategy: Paving fabric is a long-lasting, economical choice for road repair

July 24, 2009  |  News

Shedding new light on the economic value of incorporating a paving fabric interlayer in pavement in maintenance projects. By Jamie Swedberg This newly released work is a comprehensive study of pavement repair materials and methods. It examines maintenance treatments on 370 roads in Greenville County…
Water and wastewater applications of geosynthetics

July 24, 2009  |  News

Need for secure containment Containment of water and wastewater in ponds may be needed for reasons as wideranging as seepage avoidance to prevention of groundwater contamination. Whatever the reason for lining a pond, the use of geosynthetics in these types of applications is growing. Geomembranes c…
Canal lining with geosynthetics

July 24, 2009  |  News

The problem As clean water becomes more difficult to acquire, the need for secure water containment and transport grows. This problem is exacerbated by urban water demands and increased agricultural production in remote areas around the world. There is a demand for vast amounts of water in areas whe…
Silt fence applications for geosynthetics

July 24, 2009  |  News

Sediment control Silt fences, or temporary sediment control fences, often are the most visible form of erosion or sediment control on a construction site. Used properly, silt fences can limit the transport of eroded soil from disturbed areas. A silt fence is not an erosion control device; it is a se…
Missouri students win fourth ASCE Geo-Institute wall competition

June 1, 2009  |  News

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 Univer…
Jack Kemp, friend of geosynthetics, dies

June 1, 2009  |  News

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 vis…
Silver lining for AEL as staff numbers double

June 1, 2009  |  News

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 th…