Reviving the Palos Verdes Reservoir, Part 3

February 1st, 2019

California’s water infrastructure is one of the most challenged systems in the United States due to the large population it supports, the age of much of the water infrastructure, and the diverse environments—mountains, coastlines, old-growth forests, deserts—found in the state. The water infrastructure is also one of the country’s most advanced systems, in part due […]

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IFAI will present webinars on California Prop 65

January 15th, 2019

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will host a two-part webinar entitled “California Proposition 65—1986 to Today: What You Need to Know Even after All These Years” on January 29 and February 5, beginning at 1 pm EST each day. California’s Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (or, more simply, […]

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NHI hosting course on earth retaining structures in New Mexico and California

April 30th, 2018

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Highway Institute (NHI) will host a three-day instructor-led course on earth retaining structures twice this summer, in Sacramento, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The course (Course Number FHWA-NHI-132036) will provide state-of-the-practice design tools and construction techniques to expand implementation of safe and cost-effective earth retention technologies, NHI said. […]

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DFI accepting applications for women working in design/construction of deep foundations

April 17th, 2018

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust and the DFI Women in Deep Foundations Committee will award five grants of $1,750 each to women involved in design or construction of deep foundations to attend DFI’s 43rd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Anaheim, California, Oct. 24–27, 2018. The grant includes free conference registration and covers […]

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HUESKER’s Olsta to be honored by ASTM

April 5th, 2018

Based in Chicago, HUESKER Inc.’s business area manager for Tektoseal Jim Olsta will be honored with the American Society of Testing and Material (ASTM) International’s Richard S. Ladd Standards Development Award on June 25, 2018, at the main meeting of the ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock in San Diego, California. “When Jim Olsta […]

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Reviving the Palos Verdes Reservoir—Part 2

April 1st, 2018

The October/November 2016 issue of Geosynthetics published Part 1 of this series on revitalizing the Palos Verdes Reservoir in Los Angeles County, California. That article described the approach to revitalizing the site, as well as the five-month-long geosynthetic manufacturing and fabrication phase. In Part 2, we continue to explore more of the inner workings for […]

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Editorial: Geomembranes and water

April 1st, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that a clean water supply is “fundamental to global health.” WHO estimates that considerable exposure worldwide to contraction of many waterborne diseases and conditions (diarrhea, malaria, malnutrition, parasites, bacterial infections, etc.) could be diminished by increasing access to safe drinking water, improving sanitation and hygiene, and improving water management. […]

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ASTM releases new geosynthetic cementitious composite mat standard

March 27th, 2018

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) released a standard March 26, 2018, for geosynthetic cementitious composite mats (GCCM), a new family of materials that can help control erosion, protect slopes and berms, and line ditches and culverts. The new standard (D8173) identifies proper layout, installation and hydration procedures for GCCM. It also describes […]

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Governor appoints new Caltrans director

February 22nd, 2018

On Feb. 20, 2018, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. had appointed Laurie Berman as the new director of Caltrans. The announcement comes as Director Malcolm Dougherty announced his departure from public service to pursue other opportunities in the private sector. Berman will lead the $8.5 billion agency with […]

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Feds award California $274.5 million in additional transportation funding

September 27th, 2017

 The federal government has awarded California $274.5 million in extra transportation funding for meeting all its deadlines for federally funded projects. “California has a reputation for maximizing its federal funding and successfully launching infrastructure projects, and these additional funds are our reward for that proven track record,” said Caltrans director Malcolm Dougherty. “These funds will […]

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