Ongoing work for Geosynthetic Materials Association

April 1, 2014

By Lucie Passus GMA wrapped up the first of two 2014 visits to Washington, D.C., March 4 – 5. This federal government relations program continues to attract GMA members and its allies, who met with their respective elected officials to focus on three key legislative and regulatory items currently of importance to the industry. Previously, …

ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics establishes award

First recipient, Dave Suits, is namesake for the honor By Ron Bygness At its January 2014 biannual meetings, ASTM International’s Committee D35 on Geosynthetics announced that it had established a committee award that would recognize outstanding long-term service and commitment to Committee D35. And the first recipient of the new L. David Suits Award was …

GSI’s changing landscape

February 1, 2014

By Bob Koerner Since its founding in 1986 as the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI) within Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa., the associated research activity gradually transitioned from federally funded projects, mainly via the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to consortium suggested projects that were of major …

New GMA leadership reviews 2013, looks ahead to 2014

By Lucie Passus During quarter 4 of 2013, GMA’s parent organization, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), underwent some reorganizational changes and Andrew Aho, formerly GMA’s managing director and a regular contributor to this column, was named IFAI’s director of membership and divisions. As a result, I now have the pleasure of managing GMA and …

GMA invites members to biannual Lobby Day

January 20, 2014

Geosynthetic Materials Association heads to Washington March 4–5. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) announced in a letter to members that its first of two 2014 Lobby Day visits to Capitol Hill is March 4–5. The letter from GMA division supervisor Lucie Passus stated: “GMA successfully made significant strides in 2013 to raise the profile of …

Geosynthetic Institute offers student fellowships

December 10, 2013

GSI currently seeking request-for-proposals The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has announced a worldwide call for request-for- proposals (RFPs) focusing on innovative geosynthetics research and development projects. The Dec. 9 announcement said that there are multiple awards, each for $10,000 for the first year, and they are renewable for a second and third year up to a …

Geosynthetic Institute announces Fellowship Awards

October 1, 2013

Four recipients for the 2013–2014 academic year By Bob Koerner The GSI Board of Directors has made its selections for the 2013–2014 GSI Fellowship Awards. This program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are studying geosynthetics. Requests for proposals (RFPs) for 2014–2015, the seventh year of the program, will be announced this winter. To …

Geosynthetics opportunities at IFAI Expo

By Andrew Aho The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) is one of a dozen divisions at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). IFAI is holding its annual Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 plus the Advanced Textiles Conference and Trade Show Oct. 22–25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The 2013 edition of IFAI Expo …

GMA’s Fall Lobby Day Sept. 18-19

August 21, 2013

Baseball, congressional visits, geosynthetics promotion on the agenda By Ron Bygness With fall fast approaching, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) is gearing up for its semi-annual Lobby Day visits with Members of Congress, Sept. 18–19, 2013. GMA members will strategize and network starting with a 5 p.m. meeting Sept. 18 at the Capitol Hill Club, …

Thrace Linq joins GMA Executive Council

August 7, 2013

South Carolina company is 8th to join governing body The Executive Council of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) is a membership level open to all companies that are suppliers of geosynthetic materials. Executive Council members provide the main source of funding, serve on the GMA Board of Directors, and direct all activities of the association. …