Geo testing pioneer dies

August 3, 2011  |  News

Ron Belanger of Precision Labs Friends in the geosynthetics community received the following letter August 2: Friends, It is with our deepest regrets to inform you of the death of Ronald (Ron) Belanger, president of Precision Geosynthetic Laboratories International (PGLI) on July 3, 2011. We join Ro…
Kwig, Alaska, article is popular with readers

August 1, 2011  |  News

Editor’s Note: “Tales from the tundra” prompted the following questions and comments. Question From: Reza RE: fill materials for cell web in Kwig? Dear Cory, This was a wonderful story! Are there any gravel materials for cell web filling? Also, did you use any nonwoven geotextile f…
Another dam question

August 1, 2011  |  News

Editor’s Note: A follow-up to this question and answer, prompted by the article “Geomembrane sealing systems for dams,” came from a reader in India. Question From: Shivani Pal Geomembranes v/s concrete face in rock-fill dams? Please comment, sir, whether geomembrane can completely …
Sign up now for geosynthetics short courses

August 1, 2011  |  News

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) are teaming up to provide a series of 1- and 1.5-day short courses for civil engineers. The target audiences are county, municipal, and commercial engineers who work on projects requiring geosynthetic re…
GSI’s second Inspector Certification Program

August 1, 2011  |  News

By Bob Koerner In 2006, GSI launched its first inspector certification program for the installation of geosynthetics at waste containment facilities. To be a successful candidate, the individual must provide an application verifying six months of related experience, an employer’s recommendatio…
Michael Heibaum named 2012–13 Mercer Lecturer

August 1, 2011  |  News

The Mercer Lecture selection committee, chaired by Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka, announced online July 27 that Dr.-Ing. Michael Heibaum has been appointed as the lecturer for the 2012–2013 Mercer Lecture Series. The announcement said that he will deliver his presentation, “Geosynthetics for wate…
IECA calls for nominations

July 27, 2011  |  News

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is currently calling for nominations for its Board of Directors, according to a July 27 press release. New terms for this Board begin in February 2012. The IECA Board of Directors includes nine members, each serving a three-year term. The election…
FEMA expert offering free seminars to road crews

July 22, 2011  |  News

Gravel roads that turn into mud in springtime are part of Vermont’s lore. But a federal road expert is hoping to change that. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation engineer Richard Downer is offering workshops throughout Vermont to teach state and local road crews how to use hi…
Register now for “Geosynthetics in Transportation” Short Course

July 21, 2011  |  News

A short course on geosynthetic reinforcement is offered by the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) Aug. 11–12 in Valley Forge, Pa., just west of Philadelphia. Instructors The instructors for this course are two well-known names in geosyn…
GeoAmericas 2012—Extended Call for Abstracts

July 18, 2011  |  News

From the GeoAmericas 2012 Organizing Committee: GeoAmericas 2012—The 2nd Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics May 2–5, 2012 The Westin Hotel & Convention Center—Lima, Peru The conference has extended the call for abstracts, which will now close on July 31, 2011. Au…