Barry R. Christopher honored with 2018 Koerner award and lecture series

September 11th, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), led by a Koerner awardee selection task force, selected Barry R. Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., as the recipient of the 2018 Dr. Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series. The award and lecture series is named for Dr. Robert M. Koerner, Ph.D., the founder and director emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute […]

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Fabricated Geomembrane Institute highlights accomplishments and current activities

June 27th, 2018

It has been more than a year since the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new officers and a new board of directors, which occurred in March 2017 at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geotechnical Frontiers Conference in Orlando, Fla. Officers and directors currently serving include Patrick Elliott, […]

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Geosynthetics need to be part of the infrastructure package

June 1st, 2018

In its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave U.S. infrastructure a grade of D+. Not good. The sector report card on American roads faired even worse, earning a D, while TRIP, a national transportation research group based in Washington, D.C., says 32% of major urban American roads had pavement […]

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ASCE accepting nominations for OPAL awards for civil engineers

April 18th, 2018

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announced it is now accepting nominations for the society’s Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) awards. The OPAL awards honor exceptional civil engineering leaders whose lifetime accomplishments have contributed innovation and excellence in one of the five following categories: Construction: Candidates in this category are senior-level professionals whose primary […]

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Commentary on attribution and referencing in technical papers

April 1st, 2018

In presenting written technical information in academic papers and presentations, including in geosynthetic papers, as well as conference proceedings and presentations, it is established practice for the author to attribute references, data, charts, tables, graphs, photographs, illustrations and concepts back to the initial originator/developer, who under law is the copyright holder to the work simply […]

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IGS-NA news

April 1st, 2018

The following are highlights of the many initiatives of IGS-NA over the last few months. IGS-NA supports Geosynthetics 2019 The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS-NA) is proud to support the Geosynthetics 2019 conference, which is organized by the Geosynthetic Materials Association, to be held Feb. 10–13, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis […]

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ASCE makes Rowe Terzaghi lecture available online

December 14th, 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has made the 53rd Karl Terzaghi Lecture from 2017’s Geotechnical Frontiers conference available online. The lecture, presented by Dr. R. Kerry Rowe, is entitled “Protecting the Environment with Geosynthetics: Success and Challenges,” and was presented March 14, 2017, at the conference in Orlando, Fla. Rowe is professor and […]

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ASCE publishes selected papers from Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in new e-book

August 18th, 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released the e-book Geotechnical Frontiers 2017: Waste Containment, Barriers, Remediation, and Sustainable Geoengineering, edited by Thomas L. Brandon and Richard J. Valentine, which includes selected papers from the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference, held in Orlando, Fla., March 12–15, 2017. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the Geo-Institute of […]

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In the classroom: Part 2: Geosynthetic coursework at Syracuse University, and Part 3: Geosynthetics education from IGS–NA

August 1st, 2017

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 are widely recognized, and they are used in a variety of industries. The high […]

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Panorama: IFAI Advanced Textile Conference Testing Program and ASCE Infrastructure Report Card

June 1st, 2017

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference: Testing Program 2017 At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference (ATC), four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics, and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products, and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. ATC, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New Orleans, La., […]

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