Green roof industry up 16%

January 1, 1970  |  News

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) announced in June the results of its 2010 corporate members industry survey. Despite the severe economic downturn last year, the green roof industry grew by 16.1% in 2009. In the Top 10 cities list, Chicago led the way for the sixth year in a row, with more than…
Piracy in the China marketplace

January 1, 1970  |  News

James Chan offers advice aboutprotecting intellectual property. Q-and-A with consultant James Chan It is said that the Chinese will copy any item with disregard to patents and copyrights. Why doesn’t the U.S. government enforce its own laws? Responding to pressures from the U.S. government and pri…
Central Valley Project

January 1, 1970  |  News

By Jessica Bies Encompassing 35 counties, California’s Central Valley Project provides electrical power and water to farms, homes, and factories located within a 500-mile north-south stretch. One of the largest water conservation developments in the U.S., it was constructed to protect the Central …
Go with the flow

January 1, 1970  |  News

By Jessica Bies Located in the Shasta and Trinity River Division, Whiskeytown Reservoir is just one stop in a system that diverts water from the Trinity River Basin into the upper Sacramento River. The water takes a complicated path through a total of two tunnels and three reservoirs including the o…
In this article…

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…