New GMA leadership and socially distanced activities

August 1, 2020

The executive council of the Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) has a new chair and first vice chair. Bryan Gee, the director of education and training for Tensar International Corp., has ascended to the chair of GMA, while Steve Thaxton, the business development leader of geosynthetics for Owens Corning, has assumed the position of first vice …

Methods to estimate pressures and strains in pond geomembrane bubbles

By Richard Thiel, Hesham Eldesouky and Richard Brachman This article provides an update, validation and improved approach for predicting the shape, pressure and strains that can occur in an exposed geomembrane bubble (aka “whale”) created by gas trapped below the geomembrane in a pond (Figure 1). The October/November 2017 issue of Geosynthetics magazine presented an …

Solmax and University of Virginia team to launch technical GCL webinar series

July 31, 2020

Geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax is sponsoring a series of technical webinars for industry professionals in collaboration with the University of Virginia’s (UVA) School of Engineering. The first webinar, focusing on the evaluation and specification of geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs), launches on Aug. 12. Geosynthetics are an important part of containment applications for waste, mining, construction and …

EPA finalizes revisions to the coal ash closure regulations, increases public access to information

July 30, 2020

On July 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized several changes to the regulations for coal combustion residuals, known as CCR or coal ash, to implement the court’s vacatur of certain closure requirements as well as adding provisions that enhance the public’s access to information about the management of coal ash at electric utilities. …

IFAI Expo going virtual for 2020

July 29, 2020

Given the continuing uncertainty with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of the health and safety of the entire textile community, IFAI has made the difficult, yet unavoidable, decision to transition IFAI Expo 2020, set for Nov. 3–6, 2020 in Indianapolis, Ind. to an online-only virtual event. IFAI Virtual Expo will take place over several …

DFI-PFSF to host Piling and Ground Improvement Conference in Australia

Registration is open for the 2nd DFI-PFSF Piling and Ground Improvement Conference taking place March 10–12, 2021, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney in Australia. This conference—being hosted by Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) and Piling and Foundation Specialists Federation (PFSF)—intends to promote all aspects of the deep foundations, earth retention and ground improvement works. …

Update on the Waste Containment System Design Seminar 2020

July 24, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to transition this year’s seminar to a virtual format. We will still deliver the same content as the in-person event and the same great materials will be available to all those who attend. Stay tuned for further details regarding the virtual event. Theme “Understanding the Critical Role of Geosynthetic Materials” …

Economic panel predicts slow recovery for many engineering markets after COVID-19

July 22, 2020

A roundtable of economic and policy experts said that even after a COVID-19 vaccine is discovered, it could take many engineering markets years to recover from the pandemic’s impact.  “Funding in the New Normal” is the third of a virtual roundtable series sponsored by the ACEC Research Institute. More than 160 participants from throughout the …

2021 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting is going virtual

July 21, 2020

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) today announced the TRB 100th Annual Meeting (TRBAM), originally scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., will be conducted as a virtual event over a series of dates throughout January 2021. TRBAM in its traditional face-to-face format brings together more than 14,000 transportation professionals from all over the world. “If other …

Environmental ethics for engineers webinar

July 16, 2020

Tensar will sponsor a webinar, “Environmental Ethics for Engineers,” on July 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT.  This webinar looks at issues of ethics in the practice of engineering, using environmental ethics as the specific framework for the session. The discussion will include: The importance of ethics in engineering practice A review of codes …