GMA history, Part 2

June 1st, 2020

During the Geosynthetics CASE STUDIES Conference in March in North Charleston, S.C., a few of the past Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) leaders had an opportunity to address the gathering and recall their personal experiences and achievements when they chaired the GMA executive council. This is the second installment of the history of GMA.  Beginning in […]

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GMA history and happenings

April 1st, 2020

By Andrew Aho Throughout the history of geosynthetics, leaders have emerged who have significantly affected the growth of the industry in North America. During the Geosynthetics CASE STUDIES Conference in March in North Charleston, S.C., a few of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) leaders had an opportunity to address the gathering and recall their personal […]

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GMA happenings

February 1st, 2020

Letter from the chair As I sat down to write this update of all the great things GMA has been doing, my computer screen interrupted me with an email, and now I type with a heavy heart as the email announced the passing of Robert M. Koerner. I had the privilege of knowing Bob for […]

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Using geosynthetics in flexible airport pavements

June 1st, 2019

By Benjamin Mahaffay, Jeremy Robinson, Jeffrey Gagnon and Gregory Norwood FIGURE 1 Post-test excavated cross section In recent years, there has been an increasing interest to improve pavement structures through mechanical stabilization by incorporating geosynthetic products within the structure. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has identified eight categories of commercially available geosynthetics: geotextiles, geogrids, geonets, […]

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AASHTO elects new president, Workforce and funding are top priorities

September 25th, 2018

The board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) elected Carlos Braceras P.E., executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, to serve as its new president and Missouri DOT Director Patrick McKenna as its vice president. “I’m honored and inspired to accept the role of AASHTO president during […]

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AASHTO directors choose Tymon as executive director

September 24th, 2018

The board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) selected James J. Tymon as the sixth executive director of AASHTO during the association's annual board of directors meeting in Atlanta, Ga., Sep. 24. Tymon, who is AASHTO’s chief operating officer and director of policy and management, joined the association in […]

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Panorama

August 1st, 2018

Tensar arranges Australian distribution for mining geosynthetics Tensar International announced June 15, 2018, that Chris Taylor of C&C Taylor Enterprises (CCTE) has agreed to become the exclusive distributor agent for Tensar Underground Mining Products in Australia. For more than 40 years, Taylor has worked in various mining industry roles, from the shop floor to director, […]

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AASHTO committee on construction appoints new chair, vice chair

July 30th, 2018

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) appointed Dallas Hammit and Amy Tootle as the chair and vice chair, respectively, for the group’s committee on construction, which ensures that AASHTO’s guide to specifications for construction is kept up-to-date with the latest best practices gathered from its state department of transportation members. Hammit […]

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TRB releases report on resilience after natural disasters in transportation infrastructure

June 12th, 2018

On June 11, 2018, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) released a prepublication, unedited version of “Synthesis 527: Resilience in Transportation Planning, Engineering, Management, Policy, and Administration” by Aimee Flannery, Maria A. Pena and Jessica Manns. The draft report documents resilience efforts and how they are organized, understood and implemented […]

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AASHTO’s executive director to retire

May 28th, 2018

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced May 24, 2018, that Executive Director Frederick G. “Bud” Wright will retire at the end of 2018. "AASHTO is a wonderful place to work," Wright said in a prepared statement from AASHTO. "In my experience—and that experience working in transportation now spans more than […]

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