Army Corps apportions funding for short-term natural disaster recovery projects

May 24, 2018

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced short-term projects that it will complete with funding provided in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law Feb. 9, 2018. The act provides USACE a total of $17.398 billion in six appropriations accounts: Investigations; Construction; Mississippi River and Tributaries; Operation and …

ARTBA petitions USDOT to end federal rule blocking the use of innovative products in highway and bridge projects

May 22, 2018

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced it had formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to repeal a 102-year-old federal procurement rule the group says has blocked, since its inception, the use of products that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411, …

O-I chooses steel reinforced geosynthetic drainage improvements for a Texas landfill

May 17, 2018

In December 2017, Owens-Illinois, commonly known as O-I and one of the largest glassmakers in the world, took action to improve the drainage system for their glass container landfill situated near the company’s O-I Waco manufacturing facility in Waco, Texas, Contech Engineered Solutions said in a press release. The consulting engineer worked closely with the …

County Road Association of Michigan honors innovation in GRS–IBS projects

April 12, 2018

The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan honored the state’s Midland County Road Commission (MCRC) with three IMPRESS Awards at CRA’s 2018 Annual Highway Conference in March, CRA announced April 10, 2018. IMPRESS Awards recognize county road agencies that demonstrate innovation with special projects in communications, operations and collaboration. “Our county road agencies are 110 …

Update: High-elevation geofoam at Snowbird

October 1, 2017

All projects have challenges, purpose and meaning, yet some projects mean a lot more to owners than others. It takes a visionary to leave a legacy, and Richard Bass, founder of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah, was such a man. For starters, Bass is acknowledged as the first person in the world to …

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Part 1: The regulation of CCR in the United States: Geosynthetics and barriers

August 1, 2017

The regulation of coal ash (coal combustion residuals or CCR) has significantly expanded the market for geosynthetics within the United States. Further, there is interest in these regulations around the globe in every country using coal as an energy source. These regulations are the result of recent environmental incidents. The regulations call for the increased …

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CCR management using geotextile tubes

Introduction Since the late 1800s, coal has played a leading role in U.S. production of electrical energy. Coal-fired power plants have provided reliable electrical power from the earliest days when power plants were run with hand-fed coal to heat boilers to produce steam. The introduction of pulverized coal led to improvements in the electrical-generation process …

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Using geosynthetics for macroencapsulation for CCR on-site clean closure

Coal combustion residuals (CCR) have been used for many years in the construction of berms and engineered structural fill applications, including embankments for highways, dikes, and levees. However, large, unencapsulated structural fill projects have become a focus of environmental concerns due to potential leaching of metals and structural failures. Cap-in-place of CCR surface impoundments is …