Ten years of GSI student fellowships

February 1, 2018

There are 29 types of 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States and probably many more worldwide. The most common are 501(c)(3) organizations, which include organizations with religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes. Of the approximately 4 million in the United States alone, the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is one of them. These organizations are …

IFAI announces retirement of president and CEO Mary Hennessy

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), parent company of Geosynthetics magazine, has announced the retirement, effective June 1, 2018, of its president and CEO, Mary Hennessy. The IFAI board of directors has begun a search for her replacement and plans to name the person by May 1, 2018. Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC and …

IFAI IAA Awards

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) International Achievement Awards (IAA) are an annual competition promoting awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications ranging in size and shape. For more than 70 years, the awards have recognized innovation, technical skill and design excellence. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, …

Bathurst elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Former IGS-NA president (1997–99) and geosynthetics pioneer Dr. Richard J. Bathurst of the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s University and the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honor a scholar can achieve …

Evaluation of geosynthetic anchor systems through pullout testing

Anchor systems are a vital portion of any erosion control program tasked with negating the effects of erosive forces on disturbed soils. Anchor systems are typically deployed in situations where a rolled erosion control product (RECP) is to be used as the primary erosion control measure. As more RECPs, especially high-performance turf reinforcement mats (HPTRMs), …

GMA officers meet with vice president’s office and the White House

On Sept. 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C., GMA executive council officers Keith Gardner, Fred Chuck, and Doug Brown, and I attended preliminary meetings with the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality and vice president Mike Pence’s senior policy staff to discuss the status of the president’s infrastructure plan and the role geosynthetics will play in …

IGS-NA celebrating its 30th year in 2018

The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS-NA) is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018. Formerly known as the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), our chapter of the IGS was established on Feb. 3, 1988. IGS-NA’s mission is to support the development of geosynthetic technologies through education, communication and networking.

Riverbank erosion protection using engineered geosynthetics in Mexico

The Río La Antigua is a river that flows through a low-lying region in the Mexican state of Veracruz, which has the historical importance of being one of the first regions where Hernán Cortés landed in the early 1500s. The Casa de Cortés is a popular tourist attraction, and the village of La Antigua’s economy …

Executive council gathers in D.C.

Twice a year, GMA’s governing executive council meets in Washington, D.C., to review GMA’s programing initiatives and direct the association’s mission of providing high-quality engineering support, facilitating valuable educational resources and maintaining a robust government-relations program. The council’s most recent meeting took place on Oct. 24, 2017, the eve of our biannual Lobby Day. It …

GMA fall Lobby Day

GMA’s fall Lobby Day marked the end of an excellent year of meetings on Capitol Hill, 22 with the U.S. Senate and 31 with the U.S. House of Representatives. In recent years, Congress has advocated for geosynthetics in major legislation, such as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation …