2012 IFF Innovation Award competition begins: deadline July 12

February 14, 2012  |  News

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) launched the competition for the 2012 IFF Innovation Award in a Feb. 13 press release. IFF director Ruth Stephens said, “Innovation is at the heart of a dynamic specialty fabrics industry, and the IFF Innovation Award encourages invention.” The IFF…
Craig Benson elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 13, 2012  |  News

Craig Benson, Ph.D., P.E., a professor of civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and well-known contributor in the geosynthetics community, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The NAE elected 66 new members and 10 foreign associates, it announced in a Feb. 9 p…
Contech announces new ownership structure and new corporate name

February 9, 2012  |  News

Company obtains new long-term financing; improves liquidity position to execute global strategy Contech Engineered Solutions LLC (formerly Contech Construction Products Inc.), a provider of engineering and site solutions for the residential, commercial, and infrastructure markets, announced in a Feb…
Huesker names new Asia director

February 7, 2012  |  News

Huesker Synthetic GmbH announced in a Feb. 6 press release that Graham Thomson has been appointed as the company’s area director for Asia. “I’m really looking forward to the new challenge of the Asian market and I’m glad to be given the opportunity to represent Huesker in Asi…
Call for proposals—deadline extended to Feb. 8

February 2, 2012  |  News

Geosynthetics 2013: Geosynthetics for Water & Energy Challenges The objective of Geosynthetics 2013 is to share new developments in geosynthetic engineering and technologies. The conference will feature four days of technical programming, including short courses, panel discussions and papers. Ca…
GSE changes IPO

February 1, 2012  |  News

Houston-based GSE Holdings Inc. (GSE) has revised its initial public offering (IPO), according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Jan. 30, 2012. GSE is a manufacturer of geosynthetic products including geomembranes and geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) used in containment, …
Great article

February 1, 2012  |  News

Editor’s Note: After reading the series of retaining wall articles authored by Michael Simac and Blaise Fitzpatrick in 2007–2008 Geosynthetics, this reader offered the following comments. Comment Mike and Blaise, Great article and on-point. As an MSE and SRW installer of [more than] 4 million sq…
Answers regarding Geosynthetic Institute specs

February 1, 2012  |  News

Editor’s Note: Comments posted on topics from the GMA Techline are answered by Dr. Robert Koerner. Comment We request you to kindly send us the GRI-approved grades for manufacturing HDPE geomembrane as per GM13. Dilip, India Reply The GRI–GM13 specification is a template of required prop…
Author answers question regarding dams “post-construction”

February 1, 2012  |  News

Editor’s Note: A question was posed regarding the article “Geotextiles in dams: Forging federal guidelines,” by Douglas Crum, (August/September 2008, Geosynthetics). Question I am curious to know more about the post-construction issues here. What kinds of guidelines exist or should…
Reader wants more info about GRS

February 1, 2012  |  News

Editor’s Note: Reader, Taher, offered this question after reading the June/July 2010 Geosynthetics article, “Building bridges the geosynthetic-reinforced soil way.” Question As mentioned [in this article, RE:] use of geosynthetic-reinforced soil. Could you elaborate, exactly what are all mater…