“Aqua” and “agri” featured at GSI’s 21st conference

February 1, 2008  |  News

The closely related topics of agriculture and aquaculture are the focus of our 21st Annual Conference on March 5, 2008 in Cancún, Mexico. As the date suggests, our conference will be “nested” within GeoAmericas 2008, which is being held at the same location March 2-5, 2008. For co…
Comment on Part 1 of SRW series

February 1, 2008  |  News

I am very happy to see the efforts to educate owners using SRWs. The article in Geosynthetics (“Challenges in building SRWs … “ October/November 2007) is very good. I like the emphasis on quality control and defining responsibility of sub-surface improvements. It is a good checkli…
Additional comment on Part 1 of SRW series

February 1, 2008  |  News

I just finished reading the article (“Challenges in building SRWs … “) published in Geosynthetics magazine. I think your conclusion that the owner should take control of the design is right on the money and should be part of the bid package. I also believe that a generic, performa…
Now is the time

October 1, 2007  |  News

By John Henderson, P. E. When I was asked to consider becoming Chairman of the GMA Executive Council in January, my immediate reaction was: “No way! I already have a full-time job. Why do I need more things to do?” However, as the next few days passed, a nagging feeling persisted. I bega…
ASTM geosynthetics committees developing proposed new standards

October 1, 2007  |  News

Three subcommittees of ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics are currently developing several proposed new standards. The topics covered in the following proposed standards are geosynthetic clay liners, geomembranes, and the development of a mechanistic-empirical design guide for pavemen…
Industry analysts offer plastics predictions for the Middle East

October 1, 2007  |  News

With relatively inexpensive raw materials at hand, manufacturers in the Middle East could place themselves among the world’s leading plastics producers within a few years, according to industry analysts. By the end of the decade, suppliers based in the Middle East could control about 20% of th…
GZA opens new office

August 1, 2007  |  News

GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., an environmental and geotechnical consulting firm based in Massachusetts, has named Gary R. McAllister, P.E., head of its new office in Portsmouth, N.H. McAllister is a senior project manager for GZA and is a registered professional engineer with more than 17 years of expe…
Armtec CFO resigns

August 1, 2007  |  News

John Slattery, senior vice president-finance and chief financial officer at Guelph, Ont.-based Armtec, has resigned to pursue a new opportunity, according to a press release from the company. Carrie Boutcher, vice president-finance, was appointed interim CFO. Armtec is a manufacturer and marketer of…
Getting a (business) grasp on the emerging Chinese marketplace

August 1, 2007  |  News

The economic rise of Chinacan present simultaneous challenges and opportunities: A market as a competitor, a supplier and a customer Q-and-A with consultant James Chan The social/political situation Geosynthetics magazine: Are there international travel restrictions on Chinese citizens by China or b…
Call 811 before you start digging

August 1, 2007  |  News

Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Building a retaining wall? Wait! Here’s what you need to know first: Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job. Projects that require digging often involve risky assumptio…