Raven opens new technology and product development center

September 19, 2011

Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division (EFD)—manufacturer of geomembrane liners and covers—announced last week the opening of its new Technology Solutions Center at the company’s Sioux Falls, S.D. headquarters. In a Sept. 14 press release, Raven said the technology center “will provide full-spectrum product development through research, analysis, processing, and optimization of new product formulations. “Raven …

GMA government relations update

August 1, 2011

Here is an update on issues GMA will be advocating during the Sept. 13–14 Lobby Day in D.C. By Andrew Aho Geosynthetic materials as separators and interlayers in roadways study GMA’s request for congressional funding of a cost-benefit study of geosynthetics as separators and interlayers in roads continues to gain momentum. We are currently pursuing …

TRI selected for Geosynthetic Institute’s accreditation program

June 2, 2011

Texas-based testing firm TRI Environmental has been selected as the official support laboratory for the Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute–Laboratory Accreditation Program (GAI–LAP), according to a June 1 press release from the company. George Koerner, director designate of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), confirmed that GSI’s board of directors had approved TRI as the official support laboratory for …

Geogrid focus group works towards specification

June 1, 2011

GMA’s Geogrid Focus Group met March 15, 2011, during Geo-Frontiers in Dallas. The group is developing a table of values for biaxial geogrids for use in subgrade stabilization applications. The reason for this effort is to provide specifiers of state, county/municipal and commercial projects with information that will allow them to more easily specify geogrids …

RPI wins 2011 Student GeoChallenge

April 15, 2011

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) won this year’s Student GeoChallenge for the design and building of the winning wall model during Geo-Frontiers 2011 in Dallas. The Geo-Frontiers conference was organized by ASCE’s Geo-Institute (G-I) and the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and took place at the Dallas Sheraton March 13-16. Thirteen student teams from across the …

Protecting pipelines

April 1, 2011

Editor’s Note: The comment below in response to the February–March 2010 Geosynthetics article “Geotextiles are protecting pipeline.” Comment From: Gholamhosein Posted: Feb 22, 2011 | 5:22 am CST Re: Protecting pipelines My research results prove that the buried pipelines can be protected strongly under heavy vertical cyclic loadings by using nonwoven geotextiles. Join the discussion …

Boyd Ramsey named GMA’s Executive Council chairman

March 18, 2011

Boyd Ramsey of GSE was named chair of GMA’s Executive Council at the group’s annual meeting March 15 during Geo-Frontiers in Dallas. Ramsey, chief engineer at GSE’s North American headquarters in Houston, succeeds TenCate’s John Henderson, who had served two consecutive two-year terms, the maximum allowed by GMA’s bylaws. Ramsey is a geosynthetics industry and …

Tensar announces geogrid price increases

January 11, 2011

Tensar International Corp.’s prices for its subgrade improvement and road base reinforcement geogrids are going up effective Feb. 15, according to a press release from the company. The price hikes come as a result of higher polymer raw material costs, the company said. “Polymer cost increases have continued throughout 2010,” explained Robert Vevoda, Tensar president. …

Improvements planned for English surf reef

January 6, 2011

Improvements to Europe’s first artificial surf reef could be complete this spring, following an agreement struck with the company that built it, according to a news release datelined from Dorset, England. The reef, which was built with geotextile bags and tubes and designed to enhance waves off Boscombe in Dorset, on England’s southern coast, has …

Geocomp names Salerno N.Y. branch manager

November 1, 2010

In his new position, Jack Salerno has overall responsibility for project management, client development, and technical oversight in Geocomp’s New York office, according to an Oct. 24 press release from the company. The release described Salerno’s years of experience in the disciplines of structural engineering and project management, and his involvement in all phases of …