GMA members see, hear about Army Corps’ progress in New Orleans

February 1, 2007

By Andrew Aho Last October, I accompanied a GMA delegation that traveled to New Orleans to meet with members of the New Orleans District office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our discussion included about a dozen engineers at their just-reopened facility in the city. I was struck by the sense of urgency and …

First organized lobbying for geosynthetics

October 1, 2006

GMA members meet with lobbyist partners, congressional reps in D.C. By Andrew Aho For the first time in its short history, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has a professional lobbying program. The impetus for the program is a strategic plan written by the GMA Executive Council in 2004 that identified government relations as a priority …

Geopipe (aka ‘buried plastic pipe’)

August 1, 2006

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 uses in water and gas distribution, sewer and wastewater, oil and gas production, industrial and …

Q & A with Ernie English

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 today? Ernie English: I see a large market, a growing market but at a relatively modest …

Initial feedback from CQA-ICP testing

June 1, 2006

By George R. Koerner and Robert M. Koerner During the course of three summers (1988, 1990, and 1992) a team of speakers was put together by Bob Landreth of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to travel to each of the EPA’s 10 regions to teach and to explain the agency’s regulations on landfill design. The …

A great story to tell

By Andrew Aho “You have a wonderful story to tell.” Those words came from a Washington, D.C. lobbyist after a meeting where I had presented an overview of the geosynthetics industry, the benefits of geosynthetic products, and the variety of geosynthetics applications. “And the timing couldn’t be better to tell it,” he added, given the …

Construction Quality Assurance and Inspectors Certification Program (CQA-ICP)

April 1, 2006

By George R. Koerner and Robert M. Koerner GRI White Paper #8January 31, 2006 1.0 Definition of CQA (as opposed to CQC) Construction quality assurance (CQA) and construction quality control (CQC) are widely recognized as critically important factors in overall quality management for waste containment facilities of all types. This includes geosynthetic materials as well …