Propex sells all assets as going concern

June 1, 2009  |  News

Propex Inc. announced in April that it obtained, by Court Order, approval for the sale of substantially all of its assets as a going concern to an affiliate of Wayzata (Minn.) Investment Partners. Propex expected the sale to be closed soon. The Chattanooga-based global supplier of polypropylene fabr…
Mattex enters U.S. market

June 1, 2009  |  News

Mattex USA has entered the geosynthetics business. A fabric producer with plants in Dubai UAE, and in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Mattex has produced carpet backing and industrial wovens for 10 years and has been selling to customers in the U.S. for more than four years. With reception for the company&rsq…
Call For Papers: TRB Annual Meeting

June 1, 2009  |  News

The 89th sessions of the Transportation Research Board will be held Jan. 10-14, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Call Title: Innovations in Geosynthetic Drainage Technologies; Sponsoring Committee: AFS60 – Subsurface Drainage; Co-Sponsoring Committee(s): AFS70 – Geosynthetics; Call organizer: D…
Giroud elected to National Academy of Engineering

April 1, 2009  |  News

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 engineerin…
New software from Strata and Profile

April 1, 2009  |  News

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

April 1, 2009  |  News

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-a…
Rebecca McWatters wins NAGS-sponsored Student Paper Competition

April 1, 2009  |  News

Rebecca McWatters from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, won the Student Paper Competition sponsored by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) at the Geosynthetics-2009 conference Feb. 25-27 in Salt Lake City. McWatters was selected as the winner from seven entries after her pa…
Professor Bhatia honored at Syracuse University

April 1, 2009  |  News

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 ge…
‘Craig’s List’ for geosynthetics

April 1, 2009  |  News

A Web site described as an “overstock.com” or “craigslist” for the geosynthetics industry has been launched. Geosyn.biz is a new resource aimed at the geosynthetics and erosion-control industries. Prepared by Alan Berry of Geosynthetics Consulting, the site offers educational…
ASDSO seeking award nominees

April 1, 2009  |  News

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) is on the lookout for nominees for two awards. June 1, 2009, is the deadline for nominations for the National Rehabilitation Project of the Year and also for the Regional Awards of Merit. The Rehabilitation award recognizes “a unique remedi…