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 …

NAGS meeting report

By Bob Mackey The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) is in the midst of some changes that we want to result in the ability of the society to be more active and have a higher profile within the North American geosynthetics community. Unlike other International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) chapters, NAGS is only one of several …

Huesker joins GMA’s Executive Council

August 21, 2014

Geosynthetics association’s governing body grows to 11. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) announced this week that Charlotte, N.C.-based Huesker Inc. has joined GMA’s Executive Council (EC). The EC is the GMA’s governing body for the 86-member trade association that represents the interests of companies involved in the geosynthetics industry. Huesker CEO Sven Schröer is the …