Market impacts for geosynthetics from the regulation of coal ash

August 1, 2013

By Boyd Ramsey and Andrew Aho Authors’ note to readers: This is a fast-moving topic where situations change as time and political positions evolve. It is the authors’ intent to report on the current situation and implications “at the time of presentation [April 2013],” providing historical and background information to place the opinions and projections …

Report from the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) biennial meeting

By L. David Suits The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by outgoing NAGS president, Dean Sandri. There were 20 in attendance. A brief overview of NAGS was given. NAGS is a chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society made up of individual members whose mission is: “To provide leadership in advancing the education …

Reflections on geosynthetic technical publication outlets

By Bob Koerner As a graduate student back in the 1960s, we were informed by our Duke University advisor (the world-renowned Prof. Alexander S. Vesić) that the hierarchy of research and development (R & D) technical publications was as follows: Journal papers—for archival studies that have been brought to a degree of finality and had …

Geosynthetic Institute announces Fellowship Awards

July 29, 2013

Four recipients for the 2013–2014 academic year 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 the 2014–2015 seventh year of the program will be announced this winter. To be eligible, students …

GSI’s July 10 webinar

July 8, 2013

Mechanically stabilized wall back drainage design. The Geosynthetic Institute’s monthly webinar series continues this Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 11:30 a.m.–1p.m. (EDT): “MSE wall back drainage design.” The importance of the topic lies in the fact that 60% of MSE wall failures with geosynthetic reinforcement are directly attributed to water within or around the reinforced soil …

Geosynthetics language is in new Appropriations Act

July 3, 2013

Letter to GMA members highlights the text included Dear GMA Members, GMA is pleased to announce that on June 25, 2013, the draft committee report for the FY2014 Transportation, HUD and Related Agencies Appropriations Act included language that specifically cited the importance of geosynthetics in highway and civil infrastructure applications. The report was made public …

GMA’s fall Lobby Day Sept. 18-19

June 6, 2013

Meetings with members of Congress and staff. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) will conduct its fall Lobby Day activities Sept. 18–19, 2013. This biannual Washington, D.C., gathering will include a night out with the GMA membership and its government relations team to a 7 p.m. baseball game Sept. 18, with the homestanding Washington Nationals vs. …

Coal ash disposal legislation filed in U.S. House

June 4, 2013

Contains key revisions to increase regulatory clarity. Below (with additional information linked) is information regarding progress in coal ash regulation in the U.S. House of Representatives. I will keep you all informed as we progress. Boyd Ramsey Chairman, GMA Executive Council U.S. Rep. David McKinley (R-W.V.) and 35 original cosponsors on Monday [June 3] filed …

Rave reviews for Geosynthetics 2013

June 1, 2013

By Andrew Aho By all accounts, the Geosynthetics 2013 conference in Long Beach April 1–4 was a rousing success—more technical papers, more attendees, and more exhibitors. GMA was excited to be a co-organizer of this conference working with staff members from the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and especially with the conference chairs, Bob Holtz …

Critter control and membrane repair

From the GMA Techline RE: Critter control Have you ever heard of an instance where critters (groundhogs, for instance) dug through a geomembrane cap? [We have heard] stories about membrane repair in response to rats and groundhogs. The rats were trapped in a lined floodwall berm. The groundhogs are more disturbing. We have those everywhere. …