Retrospective of 25 GRI conferences

August 1, 2015

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 …

Unreinforced sand working platforms

By Bob Koerner Back in the early 1960s I was the very young resident engineer on a sand drain/surcharge project requiring the use of a large pile driving “rig” that was made even more massive than usual with leads hanging over the front and a compressor in the back for counterweight. The first part of …

Report from the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS)

By Bob Mackey ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics The ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics met in New Orleans, La., Jan. 28–30, 2015. There was significant progress within several of the D35 subcommittees as noted here: Subcommittee D35.03 on Permeability and Filtration The issue that generated a great deal of discussion at the January meeting of …

Report from the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS)

February 1, 2015

By Bob Mackey NAGS election results for 2015–2017 President—John Henderson President-elect—Richard Brachman Treasurer—Corey Bobba Vice Presidents—Dhani Narejo, John McCartney, Stan Boyle Congratulations to all! IGS proceedings library The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) proceedings library is now online at www.geosyntheticssociety.org and can be accessed immediately to download papers from previous IGS conferences. This treasure trove of …

Expanding the geosynthetics market

By Lucie Passus Lobby Day Fall 2014 Despite a shakeup in the U.S. Congress following the November 2014 midterm elections, GMA Lobby Day Nov. 18–19, 2014, saw its largest and most active member participation yet. More than 30 attendees from GMA member companies and geosynthetics allies convened in Washington, D.C., to participate in 28 congressional …

Global Geosynthetics Summit

By George Koerner As some of you know, the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) and the Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) have had an association for more than five years. In September 2014, we advanced this relationship during the Global Geosynthetic Summit “Enhancing the Application of Geosynthetics in the Infrastructure Sector.” The summit was held Sept. 5–6 …

Geosynthetics standards and specifications

October 1, 2014

By Lucie Passus An article reprinted in the spring 2001 issue of ASTM International’s Business Link, on a research project entitled “The Economic Benefits of Standardization,” built the case for companies to support standardization. Some highlights from this article emphasized the following: Short- and long-term cost-savings and competitive benefits are achieved by companies who participate …

GSI Fellowship Awards announced

By Bob and George Koerner The GSI Board of Directors has made its selections for the GSI Fellowship Awards for academic year 2014-2015. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students researching geosynthetics. The following were selected from 12 new proposals and three renewals. No. Name University Advisor Topic 1-14 Asli Yalcin Dayioglu University of …