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January 1, 1970  |  News

By Dov Leshchinsky and Fumio Tatsuoka There have been numerous failures of geosynthetic reinforced walls. The majority of these failures occurred in the private sector. This article does not look at the forensic of wall systems that failed due to exploited redundancy combined with ignorance or carel…
First artificial surf reef in Europe

January 1, 1970  |  News

Work is nearly completed in the building of Europe’s first artificial surf reef near Dorset in southwest England. The project, estimated at £2.7 million (ca. $5.4 million U.S.), is designed to double the size of the waves at Boscombe, Bournemouth, to 4m (13ft) as well as greatly increase…
What is the ‘High Line’?

January 1, 1970  |  News

By Frank Edgerton Martin The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted rail freight traffic 30ft high, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. No trains hav…
Wall failure after a typhoon

January 1, 1970  |  News

This photo shows wall failure during a heavy rainfall caused by a typhoon. There was no adequate internal drainage in the fine-grained backfill although water in front of the wall was collected by a concrete-paved ditch. Redundancy due to apparent cohesion disguised the lack of proper drainage for f…
Mattex names director of geosynthetics

January 1, 1970  |  News

Mattex has named Philippe Grimmelprez the company’s director of geosynthetics. He is based in Dubai, UAE.
The February 2010 D.GE inductees

January 1, 1970  |  News

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Academy of Geo-Professionals inducted the following 41 engineers into the newest class of recipients of the Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification. Kandiah Arulmoli, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Earth Mechanics Inc. Eric Bahner, P.E., D.GE…
Toronto’s example of green roofs

January 1, 1970  |  News

In February 2006, the city government of Toronto, Ontario, approved “Making Green Roofs Happen,” a strategy that commits to installing green roofs on new and existing buildings. Among other recommendations, the policy calls for financial incentives for privately owned green roofs in the city. Th…
History of the county engineer in Ohio

January 1, 1970  |  News

The only elected CEs in the country Editor’s note: At the 2007 meeting of the ASCE GeoInstitute in Denver, Warren Schlatter of Defiance County, Ohio, began his presentation on the county’s GRS bridge building plan by saying: “I like my job [as county engineer] and I’d like to keep doing …
The benefits of GRS bridges

January 1, 1970  |  News

By Jessica Bies Although GRS bridge technology is not suitable for every bridge building scenario, it can be a great option for replacing simple overpasses where severe flooding that could weaken a GRS structure is unlikely to occur. Here are some of the benefits of using GRS technology in appropria…