Part 1: Functions and applications of geosynthetics in roadways

February 1, 2017  |  Feature

Introduction The geosynthetic products most commonly used in roadway systems include geotextiles (woven and nonwoven) and geogrids (biaxial and multiaxial), although erosion-control products, geocells, geonets (or geocomposite drainage products), and geomembranes have also been incorporated in a num…
In Memoriam: Kathy Brazeau “Bentomat Queen”

February 1, 2017  |  News

Kathleen (Kathy) Brazeau of Palos Heights, Ill., passed away Sept. 15, 2016, at age 59. Kathy worked for CETCO in Hoffman Estates, Ill., for more than 22 years as a production/logistics/customer service coordinator. A well-known fixture and highly regarded within the geosynthetics industry, she was …
GeoCharlotte at IFAI Expo

February 1, 2017  |  News

The first-ever GeoCharlotte one-day session Oct. 20, 2016, drew engineers and exhibitors to Charlotte, N.C., for geosynthetics education and networking. The show-within-a-show (GeoCharlotte was conducted in the midst of the Industrial Fabrics Association International’s annual Expo.) also previewe…
Geosynthetics wins two awards

February 1, 2017  |  News

On Nov. 10, 2016, the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association held its annual Excellence Awards Gala. The event features magazines published in Minnesota and provides an opportunity to recognize editors and graphic designers. Of the 12 entries submitted by Industrial Fabrics Association Inte…
2016 in review, onward with 2017

February 1, 2017  |  News

As 2017 comes to a swift start we would like to update you on the events of 2016 and get you ready to participate in the activities of 2017. IGS-NA is invigorated and actively looking for meaningful initiatives and the right people to help make those initiatives happen. The IGS-NA Biennial General A…
GMA 2016: A year in review

February 1, 2017  |  News

2016 was another strong year for the Geosynthetic Materials Association and it was my honor to work with the Executive Council and our membership to manage all of GMA’s activities throughout the year. GMA ended the year with 13 Executive Council members and a total membership of 75 companies. In a…
Oh no! The GCL got wet! Now what?

February 1, 2017  |  Feature

Authors’ note: The conditions This project started in central California in July 2014, and we watched the weather forecasts on the nightly news and we were calm. A few weeks later, the project is running longer than expected, and now we are watching the Weather Channel and reading Weather Undergro…
Questions and answers from the GMA Techline

February 1, 2017  |  News, Q&A: GMA Techline

Spraying? Shear Strength? Hydraulics? [A more] non-permeable GT? Q: I have received an inquiry for a non-permeable geotextile, which is UV-resistant and will be installed on a long slope for erosion control. Could you kindly recommend a product that would meet these requirements or a solution for th…
A tribute to Robert Landreth

February 1, 2017  |  News

Former head of the EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) An unsung hero of the geoenvironmental and geosynthetics fields is a retired former research director at the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mr. Robert E. Landreth. It was Bob Landreth’s vision and tenacit…
It has been a good run

February 1, 2017  |  Editorial, News

My October 2016 column in this space recounted my first week on the job in December 2005. But as you read this column today, we move full circle. This is my last column for Geosynthetics magazine. Yep, I am retiring. Well, let’s say semi-retiring. “Semi” means I will still be around a few days…