Martin Marietta CEO Nye elected ARTBA chair

October 1, 2021  |  News

Ward Nye, chairman and CEO of North Carolina-based Martin Marietta, has been elected 2021–22 chair of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The announcement was made during the association’s national convention, held Sept. 26–29 in Pinehurst, N.C. Nye has been ch…
Fall Lobby Day, GeoNashville and Geosynthetic Materials Association Executive Council happenings

October 1, 2021  |  Events, GMA News, News

Are you registered for the Fall 2021 Lobby Day, Oct. 20, in Washington, D.C.? Will we see you in person at GeoNashville, Nov. 4–5? As you are reading this, we are preparing for the first two returns to in-person activities for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA). Here are the current opti…
New anchorage and connection strength tests for geosynthetics

October 1, 2021  |  GSI News, News

Connections can have a significant impact on the performance of exposed geosynthetic systems. The connection must be considered as a limiting strength factor and evaluated by the same performance standards as the material alone. If used in critical structures with design lives of more than 30 years,…
Getting the most out of GeoNashville 2021 and looking toward 2023

October 1, 2021  |  Events, News

GeoNashville, Nov. 4–5, 2021, at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., is just around the corner. This face-to-face geosynthetics event brings attendees together for 1.5 days of plenary presentations and panel discussions from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Army Corps of Engi…
The importance of correctly protecting EPS geofoam blocks

September 29, 2021  |  News, Products

Construction-grade expanded polystyrene, better known as EPS geofoam, is the go-to material for a variety of applications due to its low weight and superior properties. Today, it’s used in building foundations, landscaping, road construction, bridges and numerous other applications.  EPS geof…
Health and safety update: Get ready for a safe GeoNashville

September 28, 2021  |  Events, News

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) are pleased to re-confirm that GeoNashville will take place in person, as planned, on Nov. 4–5, 2021. IFAI/GMA’s leadership and conference management team has and will continue to stay&…
How to create a natural-looking pond with a geomembrane liner

September 27, 2021  |  News

Not all lining material is created equal. Although preshaped rigid liners exist, they are not normally what you would choose for your fish-stocking pond. No matter how small or large the pond you have in mind, your best option today is flexible lining material. Although there are a wide range of opt…
Solmax and Solites develop the next generation of pit thermal energy storage

September 15, 2021  |  News

What does the next generation of pit thermal energy storage (PTES) look like? This question is the focus of the Efficient Pitresearch and development project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy based on a resolution by the German Bundestag. Over the project’s four…
IFAI launches first podcast

September 14, 2021  |  News

IFAI Talking Textiles The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) recently launched IFAI Talking Textiles, a podcast hosted by the IFAI Canada and the Advanced Textiles Products divisions.   One episode will be available each month featuring interviews with members in the Canadian a…
Using geosynthetics in mining heap leach pads

September 13, 2021  |  News, Products

Industrial mining is essential in our tech-driven world. The need to create more efficient and cost-effective solutions has led to the rising popularity of a large-scale mining technique called heap leaching. Heap leaching utilizes chemical reactions to separate desired minerals from raw ore. The te…