Concrete Canvas Ltd. announces U.S. expansion

March 15, 2021  |  News

Concrete Canvas Ltd. is launching a major expansion into the U.S. market. Beginning March 25, a newly incorporated Concrete Canvas USA will take primary responsibility for the sale and master distribution of Concrete Canvas products across the United States. As one of the largest geosynthetic market…
FGI holds biennial meeting and introduces officers, board

March 11, 2021  |  News

By Timothy D. Stark and Jennifer Miller The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) held its Biennial Membership Meeting on Feb. 24, during the 2021 Virtual Geosynthetics Conference. The meeting was attended by 26 people. During the membership meeting, the newly elected FGI officers and board of dire…
GSI issues graduate student fellowships request for proposals

March 10, 2021  |  News

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has released a worldwide request for proposals (RFP) for 2021–22 focusing on innovative geosynthetic research and development projects. Recipients must be pursuing a masters or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university. There will be several awards g…
IECA recognizes leaders at annual conference

March 9, 2021  |  News

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) announced winners for its environmental excellence awards during the joint 2021 IECA Virtual Annual Conference and Expo/Virtual Geosynthetics Conference 2021 in February. The IECA awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in the erosion a…
Milliken & Co. announces acquisition of Zebra-chem

March 3, 2021  |  News

Milliken & Co. (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials-science expertise, has formally acquired Zebra-chem GmbH (“Zebra-chem”), a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches. With more brands and…
Geosynthetic prices increase due to spike in polypropylene resin costs

February 19, 2021  |  News

Polypropylene (PP) resin and other plastic resins have experienced a rapid price increase over the past three months, affecting the cost of geosynthetic products, according to Fred C. Chuck, P.E., executive director of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) at Industrial Fabrics Association In…
IECA Region One aligns association structure with strategic plan

February 18, 2021  |  News

With the reunification of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One and Region Two, the IECA board of directors is making structural changes to support incoming members and to create a solid backbone for the future. Structural changes include: The board promoted Samantha Roe, I…
Twenty-five states introduce transportation funding bills

February 16, 2021  |  News

State legislators in half the country introduced 61 transportation funding measures during January, according to the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC). They are seeking to bridge construction and repair revenue shortfal…
ASTM International geosynthetics committee developing proposed vinyl sheet piling standard

February 12, 2021  |  News

ASTM International’s geosynthetics committee (D35) is developing a proposed standard that covers vinyl sheet piling used in marine and geotechnical fields for seawalls, retaining walls, flood walls, erosion control and pollution cutoff. According to ASTM member Steve Hargrave, innovation and engin…
Civil engineers give Ohio’s infrastructure a “C-” in 2021 Infrastructure Report Card

February 12, 2021  |  News

Grades across 16 categories span from a B to a D. The Ohio Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) unveiled its 2021 Report Card for Ohio’s Infrastructure on Feb. 11, issuing grades from B to D for 16 categories pertinent to Ohio, including: bridges (C+), dams (C-), drinking…