Minnesota engineering firm settles copyright lawsuit

August 1, 2006  |  News

Interstate Geotechnical Engineering Inc. of Rosemount, Minn. has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against it by ASFE/The Best People on Earth, a not-for-profit association of geoprofessional, environmental, and civil engineering firms. According to ASFE Executive Vice President John …
Construction of polyethylene plant in Qatar

August 1, 2006  |  News

Construction of a $3.2 billion plant to produce polyethylene is under way at Mesaieed Industrial City, about 25 miles south of Doha in Qatar. The Qatofin plant will produce about 450,000 tons of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) per year. The plant’s operations are expected to start in t…
In Memoriam: Ronald P. Marsh

August 1, 2006  |  News

Ron Marsh of Gastonia, NC, died June 20, 2006. A fixture in the geosynthetics industry since the 1970s, Marsh had retired from Huesker Inc. earlier this year. He was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in March and underwent surgery. He died at home without pain the morning of Tuesday, June 20, a…
Geopipe (aka ‘buried plastic pipe’)

August 1, 2006  |  News

Identification, history, testing, and usage. By George R. Koerner Perhaps the original geosynthetic material is buried plastic pipe, which is called “geopipe” in this article. Geopipe is being used in many aspects of geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering. It sees use…
Q & A with Ernie English

August 1, 2006  |  News

Ernie English Vice President and General Manager for North American Operations, GSE Chairman, GMA Executive Council Geosynthetic Materials Association, a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Geosynthetics: How would you describe the status of the geosynthetics industry…
Further comment on ‘Landfill closure’ column

June 1, 2006  |  News

To the editor: I want to express further thoughts on the Designer’s Forum column in the June/July 2005 issue of GFR (now Geosynthetics), titled “Landfill closure: A lesson in crisis management” by Gregory Richardson and William Chicca. This article is interesting but does not present the real …
A most-interesting article…with one correction

June 1, 2006  |  News

To the editor: I really enjoyed reading the article on the use of synthetic and/or manufactured soil stabilization materials in World War II by Mr. Gregory Richardson (Geosynthetics, February-March, “Lost in history: Geo-Airdromes”). I am very much an amateur historian on WW II and have quite a …
Ecosystems, soil present challenges for levees

June 1, 2006  |  News

There is no shortage of challenges to building hurricane protection in Gulf Coast USA. Soils are so soft that it’s difficult to get the land to support massive levees. The landscape itself continues to sink through natural and man-made processes. And a fragile ecosystem of coastal marshland li…
Geofoam used in Kentucky road rehab

June 1, 2006  |  News

An innovative highway rehabilitation project in northern Kentucky has utilized a geofoam fill system to stabilize the roadbed. The project was unusual because of a new approach to stopping chronic road slippage. A 1-mile stretch of Kentucky Highway 8 in Campbell County was bolstered with geofoam ins…
Propex names Dana new CEO

June 1, 2006  |  News

Joseph F. Dana was named president and CEO of Propex Fabrics Inc., effective March 20, 2006. He was also appointed a director of the company. Dana, who was previously vice president and chief of North American operations, joined Propex when it acquired SI Concrete Systems Corp. and SI Geosolutions C…