IGS–North America and GMA co-sponsor waste containment system design seminar

June 1, 2016

The International Geosynthetics Society–North America chapter (IGS–North America, formerly NAGS) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) co-sponsored a day-and-a-half seminar March 22–23 in Syracuse, N.Y., that focused on the design of waste containment systems. The seminar drew more than 100 participants, including representatives from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the New Jersey …

We’re losing the battle

The above title is not about military, political, or social issues; it is about the knowledge base of graduating students and other new employees entering the field of geosynthetics. In both situations (i.e., graduating students and other new employees), entry level men and women have little or no idea of the plethora of available geosynthetic …

GMA’s 2016 government relations program is in full swing

March 2016 was a great month for GMA to ramp up its 2016 federal and state lobbying efforts. GMA members and I had the opportunity to meet with three federal agencies in Washington, D.C. These meetings allowed GMA to educate government officials about the benefits of geosynthetic materials and at the same time encouraging federal …

Avoiding geomembrane whales and hippos in surface impoundments

April 25, 2016

The incidence of geomembrane whales/hippos in surface impoundments containing various types of liquids is, unfortunately, not uncommon. See, for example, GSI White Paper #30, which discusses corrective actions after they occur. This article, however, addresses the situation before it occurs. Clearly, the presence of a geomembrane creates anomalies in the underlying subgrade that can cause …

ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics

April 1, 2016

The ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics conducted its 2016 winter meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 27–29, 2016. The first order of business was the installation of new officers and members-at-large: James Goddard, Committee D35 chairman Eli Cuelho, 1st vice-chairman Jimmy Youngblood, 2nd vice-chairman Gary Torosian, secretary Mark Wayne, membership chairman Tim Bauters, membership-at-large Richard …

New name, GeoAmericas, panel members sought

Name change proposed for NAGS In an effort to solidify efforts at providing leadership in advancing geosynthetics education and research, the NAGS Board of Directors earlier this year proposed changes to its bylaws. The society’s bylaws were last revised in February 2001. Immediate past-president Bob Mackey served as editor of the new bylaws that were …

State and local efforts, activities report, Lobby Day on GMA’s agenda

During my first year as a division supervisor, managing the Geosynthetic Materials Association, GMA has seen an increase in activity. GMA has been able to capitalize on its strong presence on Capitol Hill, by encouraging Congress to pass a long-term highway bill that included meaningful geosynthetic language. GMA has made significant efforts to cultivate relationships …

Training Lectures, Panel Discussions, Short Courses

The theme for Geotechnical Frontiers is “Innovation and Collaboration in Technology and Practice.” The conference will feature four days of technical programming, including short courses, panel discussions and technical paper presentations. New for 2017—Training Lectures Geosynthetic Reinforced Embankments on Soft Foundations INSTRUCTOR Bob Holtz, University of Washington Real-time Performance Monitoring for Excavations INSTRUCTOR W. Allen …

January 2016 GMA News

February 1, 2016

Fall 2015 Lobby Day GMA hosted its 2015 fall lobby day in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29. This was an exciting time to be in our nation’s capitol as Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was elected Speaker of the House and U.S. lawmakers were finally putting the finishing touches on a long-term transportation funding bill. The evening …

Comparison testing of geosynthetic drainage products

Unlike ASTM D6364 “Standard Test Method for Determining Short-Term Compression Behavior of Geosynthetics,” ASTM D1621 “Standard Test Method for Compressive Properties of Rigid Cellular Plastics” is a testing standard designed to measure the compressive properties of rigid cellular plastics (i.e., foam), not geocomposite drainage products. Unfortunately, the geosynthetic community has been saddled with this test …