Geosynthetics and erosion control

February 1st, 2018

Terra firma often does not morph in ways that modern society appreciates. Erosion from stormwater, snowmelt, long-term water flow and unrelenting waves sweep away soil and rock from steep slopes, riverbanks, ditches, channels, shorelines, building foundations and much more. To understand the power of erosion, simply think about the Grand Canyon, which was formed by […]

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Editorial: Geosynthetics for multiple applications

October 1st, 2017

If you are reading this publication, you obviously have an interest in geosynthetics, as this magazine is unlikely to appeal to people whose primary professional interests are taxidermy, snow-crystal study or calligraphy. We aim to please, and this issue touches on many types of geosynthetics, from geogrids to geomembranes, and many applications of geosynthetics, from […]

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Editorial: The management of coal combustion residuals (CCR)

August 1st, 2017

The management of coal combustion residuals (CCR or “coal ash”) is a growth category for the geosynthetics industry. Multiple opportunities now exist using various types of geosynthetics due to the evolving federal and state regulations for handling CCR. In fact, geosynthetics have played a role in the regulations that have developed. “These regulations have been […]

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With a little help from my friends

February 1st, 2016

With the addition of John Gardner (Smith-Gardner Inc. in Raleigh, N.C.) to Geosynthetics magazine’s Editorial Advisory Committee, it reminded me once again to offer my heartfelt thank you’s to this wonderful group that you see listed on the lower-right of this page. So, here goes: Thanks Melody—after many peer reviews, we finally meet at Geosynthetics […]

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Drama in D.C.?

October 1st, 2015

One of my favorite trips every year is the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) Fall Lobby Day. It is usually a good time to be in Washington … not too hot, not too cold, slight chance of rain. It is also the political season for dramatic action—or in recent sessions of Congress—inaction and shutdown talk. The […]

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