New initiatives to promote geosynthetics education in civil engineering curricula

February 1, 2016

The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) is currently helping to re-establish the “Educate the Educators” (EtE) program. With the support of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and sponsors such as the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), IGS–NA developed a two-day event where experts in the geosynthetics field introduced 40 college professors to various geosynthetic materials and their …

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 announces short courses

January 13, 2016

Eight full-day sessions planned for Orlando conference and trade show. Registration available later this year. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Short Courses Sunday, March 12, 2017, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hyatt Regency Orlando Design and construction of bottom liner and cover systems Richard Thiel, Thiel Engineering Design of pier foundations in expansive soils Geoff Chao and John Nelson, …

The 2nd International GSI–Asia Geosynthetics Conference

October 1, 2015

Some of you know that the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) and Inha University, Incheon, Korea (Rep.), have had an association for more than 20 years. In June, we advanced this relationship during the 2nd International GSI–Asia Geosynthetic Conference. The conference chairman was Prof. Han-Yong Jeon of Inha University, the conference secretary was Dr. Jungjo Yuu of Golden-pow Co. Ltd…

GMA is a sponsor for Educate the Educators

In late July, I joined representatives from seven GMA member companies to attend the revived Educate the Educators conference held at the University of Texas in Austin. The purpose of the event was to educate university professors from the United States and around the world on the benefits of geosynthetics in this classroom. The two-day …

Educating the Educators on Geosynthetics

Wouldn’t it be great if graduating civil engineering students knew much more about geosynthetics? Frankly, it would be nice if they at least knew the difference between a geotextile and a geomembrane, wouldn’t it? Often, they don’t have the opportunity to study geosynthetics as part of their undergraduate civil engineering program in most North America …

Reports from NTPEP, FAA, GMA membership

August 1, 2015

Fall Lobby Day is Oct. 28-29 The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) had an active late spring and early summer. GMA participated in AASHTO’s NTPEP (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials/National Transportation Product Evaluation Program) conference in Houston, provided guidance to multiple state DOTs (state’s departments of transportation), met with officials from the FAA …

Report on the June 2015 meeting of ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics

The ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics had a successful series of meetings in Anaheim, Calif., June 17–19, 2015. The highlight at this biannual gathering was the presentation of the L. David Suits Award to Tony Allen of the Washington State Department of Transportation for his enormous contributions to the geosynthetics industry. His work in soil …

Retrospective of 25 GRI conferences

The Geosynthetic Research Institute was founded in 1986 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., with the purpose of conducting research and development on all types, functions, and applications of geosynthetics used in the constructed environment and its infrastructure. With R & D at the core of the activity it was natural that archival publications would …

Overlapping standardized test methods

June 1, 2015

GSI News By Bob & George Koerner It is generally recognized that generic test methods for all geosynthetic products are essential to manufacturing, design, permitting, specifying, and acceptance organizations to provide for a successful project at reasonable cost. Even further, it is desirable that such test methods are generated and accepted on a worldwide basis. …

Celebrating 10 years of government relations advocacy

April 1, 2015

Building on successes, more work ahead By Lucie Passus, IFAI Division Supervisor At the recent Geosynthetics 2015 Conference in Portland, Ore., GMA celebrated a decade of government relations advocacy success. Here are some highlights: 2005—GMA hires a professional lobbying firm—Whitmer & Worrall—in Washington, D.C., to help educate members of Congress and regulatory agencies and to …