Retrospective of GRI-25’s retrospective conference

June 1, 2013

Retrospective of GRI-25’s retrospective conference Retrospective of GRI-25’s retrospective conference By Bob Koerner, George Koerner, and Grace Hsuan On April 1–2, 2013, we held our GRI-25 conference in Long Beach, Calif., within the larger Geosynthetics 2013 conference, on the theme: “A 25-year retrospective on the geosynthetics industry and glimpses into the future.” By all accounts …

North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) biennial meeting

May 17, 2013

Geosynthetics 2013—Long Beach, Calif.—April 2, 2013. 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 …

A history of developments in the industry

April 1, 2013

By Andrew Aho The Geosynthetic Institute celebrated GRI-25 in Long Beach as part of the Geosynthetics 2013 conference. Bob and George Koerner invited 20 industry folks to present a history of developments in the industry—geosynthetic materials, properties, infrastructure, and systems. I was asked to make a presentation on the history of IFAI and IFAI involvement …

Geosynthetic opportunities for shale gas plays worldwide

By Bob and George Koerner The geosynthetic opportunities associated with shale gas plays are numerous and essentially involve every type of geosynthetic material. Specific applications that have been identified and implemented at several well sites include: At the drill pad: drilled pad liners for accidental spills composite pond liners for water double pond liners for …

Webinars, webinars, and more webinars

March 18, 2013

By Bob Koerner As many of you know, GSI has been presenting webinars on behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for several years. There are currently seven geosynthetics topics and they have been well-received, with from 10–45 organizations (each with multiple participants) online for these presentations. That said, these webinars appear to …

New geosynthetics advocacy aimed at state and local levels

February 1, 2013

By Andrew Aho GMA has developed a new State and Local Advocacy (SLA) program to advocate for geosynthetic usage at state level and to the state agencies. GMA launched SLA to build on the successes we have had at the federal level providing awareness and promoting solutions that geosynthetic materials provide in transportation, civil, and environmental …

A test pad guide to substantiate geosynthetic designs

By Bob and George Koerner To construct and examine a scaled-down version of a final design to substantiate its appropriateness is often a worthwhile pursuit. One of the earliest such efforts with geosynthetics was done by Karl Terzaghi in 1958 at the Mission Dam in British Columbia, Canada. The task was to hydraulically connect an …

NAGS/GMA short courses update

By L. David Suits During the past two years, the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) have worked together to sponsor several regional short courses on various areas of geosynthetics in transportation applications. These courses included one session on Geosynthetics in Walls, Slopes and Embankments held in Valley Forge, Pa., …

June 10 is deadline for GSI Fellowship request-for-proposals

January 23, 2013

June 10 is deadline for GSI Fellowship request-for-proposals $10,000 awards for doctoral students June 10, 2013, is the deadline for student proposals for 2013-2014 GSI Fellowships. The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has placed its annual worldwide call for requests-for-proposals (RFPs) focusing on innovative geosynthetics research and development projects. There are multiple awards made, each for $10,000 …

Geosynthetics included in ‘innovative materials’

November 16, 2012

Government report cites geosynthetics for roadway stability and strength By Ron Bygness The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) announced today that a report issued Nov. 15 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) includes geosynthetic materials as an innovative material that can improve pavement performance and reduce life cycle costs. The GAO study was requested by …