O’Malley departs Propex

October 8, 2010

Paul O’Malley, national sales manager at Propex Geosynthetics, has resigned. In an Oct. 8 e-mail, O’Malley wrote: “I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye and thank you. After nearly 10 years, I am leaving Propex to pursue other interests. My tenure here has been tremendously rewarding and I owe that to you.” …

GMA members comment during EPA hearing in Arlington

September 1, 2010

Following are the comments made by GMA members during the Aug. 30 EPA hearing in Arlington, just outside Washington, D.C.: Today I am representing the Geosynthetic Materials Association, the trade group of 80 companies that manufacture, distribute and install geosynthetic materials, including liners systems. The industry employs 12,000 people throughout the United States. Our comment …

Billion dollar link for China

August 1, 2010

China’s Gansu Province will benefit from a new highway connection. Work on the Cheng County-Wudu highway is scheduled to start at the end of August 2010. This connection will be a major new multi-lane highway and is expected to cost about $1.61 billion USD to complete. The Cheng County-Wudu highway will stretch 90.5km (56mi) when …

ASTM correction

To the editor: I just read the article in June/July Geosynthetics on purging dated test methods and specs. I couldn’t agree more with the article. I still commonly see specifications for NSF-54! I would make one bit of clarification on [this] information. You list ASTM D6214 replacing D4437 and D4545 for PVC. Actually, ASTM D7408 …

GeoAmericas 2012 announced

July 22, 2010

GeoAmericas 2012, the 2nd Pan-American Geosynthetics Congress, will be May 6-9, 2012, at the Swissôtel in Lima, Peru. It is organized by IGS Peru, under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). The official language of the conference is English. GeoAmericas 2012 will highlight the main topics and applications in the geosynthetics industry. Keynote …

IFAI members assist in oil spill cleanup

June 2, 2010

By Abbie Yarger More than 60 members of the Industrial Fabrics Association International are preparing products for clean-up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following the April 20 explosion of the BP-owned Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The oil gusher at the source of the spill, located 5,000 feet below the ocean surface and about 40 …

Backfill depleted open-pit mines with lined landfills, tailings, and heap leach pads

April 1, 2010

By Allan J. Breitenbach Abstract Landfills, tailings impoundments, and heap leach pads are the largest and highest geomembrane-lined fill structures in the world. These lined structures require large areas for storage and containment of solid wastes, precious or base metal mill waste tailings, and ore heap fill materials. Today, municipal waste landfills are considering the …

New training video available

February 25, 2010

Cadwallader Technical Services (CTS) has announced the release of a new 80-minute geosynthetics training video “How to Heat Seam and Field Test Geomembranes” as an updated, menu-driven DVD. The DVD is divided into 25 sections and subsections, each accessible and viewable on field laptop and office computers. A preview and other information about this training …

Print production specifications

August 10, 2009

Click on the image on right to enlarge. General information The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) provides these specifications to ensure quality standards in advertisement print reproduction and the integration of digital content into our publications. IFAI publications are printed completely with computer-to-plate technology (CTP). Please do not send film. Digital specifications IFAI publications are …

Agricultural applications for geosynthetics

July 24, 2009

Containment as a requirement As water becomes more and more scarce—thus, costly—providing a barrier against high rates of water seepage loss will become a requirement in more than just arid and semiarid regions. In addition to water conservation, wastewater containment is an essential component in protecting water and air from pollution caused by animal waste. …