Gardner, Chuck, and Brown re-elected

August 2, 2017  |  GMA News, News

Before adjourning the April 26 executive council meeting, the council unanimously re-elected GMA’s leaders each to another two-year term (June 1, 2017–May 31, 2019). Keith Gardner, Crown Resources, will serve as chair; Fred Chuck, HUESKER, as first vice-chair; and Doug Brown, Tensar, as second v…
GMA executive council updates

August 2, 2017  |  GMA News, News

Twice a year during GMA’s biannual lobby day fly-in, our executive council meets to discuss GMA business and council priorities. This year’s spring meeting commenced immediately after the presentation of the 2017 Friend of the Industry Award to Rep. Graves. Twelve of GMA’s fourteen member comp…
Part 1: The regulation of CCR in the United States: Geosynthetics and barriers

August 1, 2017  |  Feature, News

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…
Geosynthetic Institute News

August 1, 2017  |  GSI News, News

Commentary on geosynthetic specifications One can only suspect that the first specification on a given manufactured material came along with or very shortly after the first manufactured product became available. It follows then that some 200 years later, manufactured geosynthetic materials should do…
Rep. Garret Graves receives 2017 Friend of the Industry Award

August 1, 2017  |  GMA News, News

On April 26 in room HC8 beneath the United States Capitol, the Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) executive council presented Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., with GMA’s 2017 Friend of the Industry award. A longtime supporter of the geosynthetics industry, Rep. Graves appreciates the benefits of …
GMA Techline

August 1, 2017  |  Feature, News, Q&A: GMA Techline

Liner repair? Pullout tests? Sewn seams? Shear strength of sludges? Geomembrane liner repair Q: I have a facility that has submitted liner repair documentation for the repair of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) liner for a leachate/stormwater pond at an industrial landfill site. The repairs were p…
In the classroom: Part 2: Geosynthetic coursework at Syracuse University, and Part 3: Geosynthetics education from IGS–NA

August 1, 2017  |  News

Introduction This article is part of a 4-part series on how engineering students or practicing engineers learn about geosynthetic materials. Geosynthetic materials have been used in civil and environmental engineering applications for more than three decades. The benefits of geosynthetic materials a…
Final Inspection: FAA awards $527.8 million to airports

August 1, 2017  |  Final Inspection, News

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) secretary Elaine Chao announced May 31, 2017, that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $527.8 million in airport infrastructure grants to 584 airports across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). “The …
Recap of the 2017 GMA Spring Lobby Day

August 1, 2017  |  News

‘Here, sir, the people govern.’ Alexander Hamilton said these words in 1788, remarking on the U.S. House of Representatives during debate on the adoption of the Constitution. At the time, the United States system of government was unique in a monarchical world. Even today, America’s experiment…
Editorial: The management of coal combustion residuals (CCR)

August 1, 2017  |  Editorial

The management of coal combustion residuals (CCR or “coal ash”) is a growth category for the geosynthetics industry. Multiple opportunities now exist using various types of geosynthetics due to the evolving federal and state regulations for handling CCR. In fact, geosynthetics have played a role…