Geosynthetics sessions packed at GeoDenver

April 1, 2007  |  News

Nearly 70 eager attendees crowded into each of the three technical sessions on geosynthetics held during the annual Congress of the Geo-Institute of ASCE at the Adams Mark Hotel in Denver Feb. 18-21. Two of the sessions focussed on “Deficiencies of Current Design Methods and Construction Guide…
U.S. geosynthetics demand to reach 870 million yards2 by 2010

April 1, 2007  |  News

Geosynthetics demand is projected to increase 4.4% per year through 2010 to 870 million yards2. Geosynthetics include geotextiles, geomembranes, geonets, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, preformed geocomposites, geocells, and geofoams. Advances will be fueled by a recovery in nonbuilding construc…
ASTM committee developing drain test

April 1, 2007  |  News

ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics is currently developing a proposed new standard that covers the test procedure for evaluating the effectiveness of prefabricated vertical drains to enhance the consolidation of soils under specified conditions. The proposed standard, WK13402-Test Met…
Richardson company now has new name

April 1, 2007  |  News

Richardson Smith Gardner and Associates is the new name for the former G.N.Richardson and Associates, based in Raleigh, N.C. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Gregory Richardson, the company has served a variety of municipal, private, and industrial clients across the country. The new officers include Stacey S…
Coming: 3rd edition of SRW design manual

April 1, 2007  |  News

The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) Design Manual Task Group for Segmental Retaining Walls (SRW) has decided to create a third edition of its manual, which combines the SRW Drainage Design’s second edition and the Seismic Design manuals into one complete text. The task force will re-e…
GRI-20 conference: A retrospective

April 1, 2007  |  News

All previous GRI conferences have focused on either a single or double theme. As such, they are meant to be a tutorial on: advancing an established area in geosynthetics trying to make inroads into a new and/or emerging area GRI-20 was of the latter type and it is clearly the more difficult. This is…
Geosynthetics and the government marketplace

April 1, 2007  |  News

A report commissioned by the Geosynthetic Materials Assciation has opened up a government relations program and the first organized lobbying effort for the geosynthetics industry. By Andrew Aho Introduction In January 2006, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), contracted with a lobbying fir…
Geosynthetics wins gold award

February 1, 2007  |  News

Geosynthetics magazine was recently cited with a Gold Award/Best Technical Article for the story and graphics in the June/July 2006 issue titled “Back to the beach in Mexico.” “Back to the beach in Mexico: Shoreline restored with geotextile tubes as submerged breakwaters” was…
Thanks and thanks again!

February 1, 2007  |  News

To the editor: I just read the October/November 2006 edition of Geosynthetics. Thanks for your coverage of the recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Steve Stockton presentation to your Geosynthetic Materials Association Executive Council. Also, thanks for GMA’s support of the Water Resources Dev…
GMA-Mexico offers classes

February 1, 2007  |  News

The Mexico office of the Geosynthetic Materials Association designed and delivered two courses last fall. One was for the Mexican Army’s Departament of Engineering; the other with open enrollment for civilian engineers and academics. The military engineers were very receptive last September to…