GSI’s Koerner to host webinar on geotextile filters

June 23, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Geotextile Filters: Concerns and Issues,” on July 11, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. This is the first GSI webinar for which all GMA member companies and their employees will receive discounted rates on webinar …

GMA extends GSI’s educational benefits to GMA members

The Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) announced June 23, 2018, an agreement with the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), bringing new educational benefits to GMA members. “The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has agreed to publicize the Geosynthetic Institute’s (GSI) online webinars and courses and, as such, will be giving its members the same discounted fees as with GSI members,” …

Cirtex video spotlights geotextiles in coastline protection

June 21, 2018

Cirtex, in Kopu, Thames, New Zealand, released a video on June 19, 2018, that showcases geotextiles used for filtration and erosion protection in coastline seawalls. Narrated by Cirtex civil and geotechnical engineer Michael Sorensen, the three-minute video takes the camera down below the boulders in seawalls to examine both properly specified geotextiles and improperly specified …

GEOKON certified to ISO 9001:2015

June 14, 2018

GEOKON Inc., a manufacturer of geotechnical and structural instrumentation, announced in a prepared statement on June 13, 2018, that they have been certified under ISO 9001:2015 from both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) in the U.S. and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) in the U.K. as of June 1, …

TRB releases report on resilience after natural disasters in transportation infrastructure

June 12, 2018

On June 11, 2018, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) released a prepublication, unedited version of “Synthesis 527: Resilience in Transportation Planning, Engineering, Management, Policy, and Administration” by Aimee Flannery, Maria A. Pena and Jessica Manns. The draft report documents resilience efforts and how they are organized, understood and implemented …

Dr. Robert M. Koerner answers your geosynthetics questions

June 5, 2018

Get your technical geosynthetics questions answered by one of the world’s leading experts on geosynthetics through the GMA Techline. View past questions and answers at https://tinyurl.com/GMATechline. Email gmatechline@ifai.com anytime for fast, direct answers to any and all technical geosynthetics questions. This one-of-a-kind resource is free to all courtesy of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), Geosynthetics magazine and the …

GMA and FGI to host part 2 of a webinar on the stability of geosynthetic lined slopes

May 15, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), in collaboration with the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), will present the second of this two-part, free webinar series on May 31, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will discuss the importance of geosynthetic interface strengths on slope stability, when to use peak and residual geosynthetic interface strengths, how to …

USDOT launches BUILD Transportation program and announces $1.5 billion Notice of Funding Opportunity

April 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on April 25, 2018, published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. USDOT said, BUILD Transportation grants replace the preexisting Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. …

NHI hosting course on earth retaining structures in New Mexico and California

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Highway Institute (NHI) will host a three-day instructor-led course on earth retaining structures twice this summer, in Sacramento, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The course (Course Number FHWA-NHI-132036) will provide state-of-the-practice design tools and construction techniques to expand implementation of safe and cost-effective earth retention technologies, NHI said. …

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February 1, 2018

Determining quantity of recycled HDPE in a geonet Q: I have a question about high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geonets. Is it possible, by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) analysis, to determine the quantity of recycled HDPE present in a geonet? I have a geonet that, I think, is made with virgin and recycled …