ASTM International honors Kurt Kelsey with Outstanding Achievement Award

March 8th, 2024

Kurt Kelsey, left, receiving the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award from D18 Chairman Bill Quinn.  ASTM International’s soil and rock committee (D18) has presented its A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award to Kurt Kelsey, director of earth science division at American Excelsior Company. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding and significant contributions to […]

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ASTM updates D7322

February 23rd, 2024

ASTM International recently announced the approved revision of ASTM D7322, Standard Test Method for Determination of Erosion Control Product (ECP) Ability to Encourage Seed Germination and Plant Growth Under Bench-Scale Conditions. This standard is used widely throughout the sediment and erosion control industry. The standard should inform end users if a product is found to […]

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ASTM International honors Solmax director with top annual award

August 3rd, 2023

ASTM International has presented its top annual award, the Award of Merit, to Melissa Holbrook for her contributions to ASTM’s geosynthetics committee (D35). Melissa Holbrook accepts the Award of Merit from Gary T. Torosian, chairman of ASTM International's Committee D35 on Geosynthetics. The prestigious award, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM’s highest […]

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A look at Geo Conference 2023

August 1st, 2022

As we move into August, session chairs and reviewers are hard at work and authors are putting the final touches on their papers; instructors and moderators are preparing for an exciting variety of panel discussions, workshops and short courses. Registration opens on August 15! It’s a great time to start making your travel arrangements. Stop […]

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Reinforced levees to induce seepage path around geogrid layers?

February 1st, 2022

FIGURE 1 Reinforced levee expansion over existing dike using geosynthetics The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has been asked many times regarding several applications for different styles of geogrids if reinforced levees will induce a seepage path adjacent to and around geosynthetic layers. At this point, GSI has no case histories where it can quantify such behavior […]

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Geosynthetics for stabilization in solar farm development

February 1st, 2022

FIGURE 1 Laying down geotextiles at Chicot Solar Energy Center, Chicot County, Ark. With renewed focus on clean electricity, an era with massive investment in new solar power has begun, leading to its widespread development. Although these systems have become more cost-effective, there are often solutions left on the table that could make the costs […]

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New ASTM geosynthetics standard provides specifications for vinyl sheet piling

January 28th, 2022

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheet piling. Photograph courtesy CeTeau B.V. ASTM International’s Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has approved a new standard that will help engineers, designers and specifiers who work with vinyl sheet piling. Applications for such piling include the construction of seawalls, retaining walls and chemical cut-off walls.   “The new specification will standardize the materials […]

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Proposed ASTM geosynthetics standard will aid in road and pavement design

November 11th, 2021

Photograph courtesy of Tensar Corp. ASTM International’s geosynthetics committee (D35) is developing a proposed standard that will provide engineers with specific information for components necessary for road and pavement design. The proposed standard (WK70888) outlines a commonly used test to characterize the performance of geosynthetics for roadway applications. Specifically, it describes the use of the […]

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ASTM signs MoU with Mexico’s national standards body

November 5th, 2021

ASTM International and Mexico’s national standards body, Dirección General de Normas (DGN), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Oct. 29, 2021. DGN, part of the Secretaría de Economía (Ministry of Economy), coordinates the development of standards and regulations and promotes standardization use in Mexico. Kathie Morgan, president, ASTM International, and Alfonso Guati Rojo Sánchez, […]

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ASTM International’s Geotechnical Testing Journal receives increased impact factor rating

July 30th, 2021

ASTM International announced today the Geotechnical Testing Journal received an increased 2020 impact factor rating of 1.469, up nearly 14% from the previous year. The impact factor is calculated each year by Clarivate Analytics and given to journals that appear in their database, Science Citation Index. Launched in 1978, the Geotechnical Testing Journal covers test […]

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