Koerner Lecture: Geosynthetic-reinforced column-supported embankments: Improving practice with better theory

August 1st, 2021

FIGURE 1 Geosynthetic-reinforced column-supported (GRCS) embankment under construction (Photograph courtesy HUESKER Synthetic GmbH) Editor’s Note : Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is the third recipient of the Dr. Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series. The two past recipients are George R. Koerner, Ph.D., P.E. and CQA, in 2017, and Barry Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., in 2019. […]

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FGI to host geosynthetics in civil engineering applications short course in Michigan

September 24th, 2018

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) will present a one-day short course on geosynthetics in civil engineering applications at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Mich., on Oct. 24. The short course will cover water resources, waste containment, secondary containment, roadways, landfills, coal combustion residuals (CCRs), and more. Organized by Timothy D. Stark, professor of civil and […]

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‘Emerging Topics in Geosynthetics’ is focus of free all-day live-streaming short course

July 20th, 2018

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), in partnership with the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), will live-stream an all-day short course on “Emerging Topics in Geosynthetics,” Aug. 3, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. CDT. The short course is free to geosynthetics industry professionals. Designed as a series of […]

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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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DFI Educational Trust awards scholarships to engineering students

June 5th, 2018

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust recently awarded several scholarships to civil engineering students focusing on geotechnical and/or environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DFI said in a June 5, 2015, press release. The 2018 recipients of the Charles J. Berkel Memorial Scholarship were University of Illinois students Elisabeth Tarpey, Jessica […]

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AASHTO announces passing of Kane

May 21st, 2018

On May 18, 2018, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the death of Dr. Anthony R. “Tony” Kane, the former director of engineering and technical services of AASHTO. Kane died last week after battling a long illness. He was 72. Kane served in his role at AASHTO from 2001 to […]

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SKAPS Industries acquires Matrix Composites

May 16th, 2018

SKAPS Industries of Athens, Ga., completed an agreement on May 1, 2018, to acquire Matrix Composites of Henderson, Ky., and Seguin, Texas. The acquisition includes all Matrix Composites technologies, operations and assets, SKAPS said. Matrix Composites, Inc. was started in 1996 in Henderson to produce woven fiberglass fabrics, SKAPS said. Under the ownership of Don […]

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GSI hosts webinar on MSE wall back drainage design

May 9th, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “MSE Wall Back Drainage Design,” on May 23, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Within GSI’s database of 301 failed mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls reinforced with geogrids or geotextiles, 64% have failed due to water. Furthermore, 73% have been constructed with fine-grained silt […]

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GSI hosts webinar on MSE structure inspection

April 25th, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall, Berm and Slope Construction Inspection,” on May 9, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The inspection and monitoring of MSE wall, berm and slope construction using geosynthetic reinforcement is essential for providing a safe, durable system. Such inspection includes […]

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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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