Senators and House members introduce bill to spur use of innovative infrastructure materials, GMA plays key role

August 3rd, 2018

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Mike Rounds, R-S.D.; and Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced on Aug. 2 the Innovative Materials for America’s Growth and Infrastructure Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, to encourage research and deployment of innovative construction materials in transportation and water infrastructure projects nationwide. Investing in these new techniques and materials would help […]

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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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ARTBA leader Ruane to retire

June 20th, 2018

Pete Ruane, president and CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), announced he will be retiring from the organization in October 2018 after 30 years of service, ARTBA said in a June 19, 2018, prepared statement. He is the longest tenured head of the 116-year-old organization. After Ruane’s departure, ARTBA executive vice […]

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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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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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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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Bituminous geomembranes on a French dam

April 1st, 2018

La Galaube Dam, an International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) facility in the south of France, completes the hydraulic system of the Montagne Noire area and provides a total water storage capacity in excess of 283 million cubic feet (8 million m3). To supply potable water to three counties and 185 municipalities in the region, […]

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Atarfil announces acquisition of Garden City Geotech

February 28th, 2018

On Feb. 26, 2018, Atarfil, headquartered in Atarfe (Granada) Spain, announced the acquisition of Garden City Geotech of Heatherton, Victoria, Australia. Atarfil said in a press release, “The complementary nature of the Garden City Geotech acquisition is expected to enable us to raise our strengths by combining solid local expertise and presence in the Australian […]

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