USDOT announces FHWA executive director

November 11th, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has selected Gloria Shepherd as the executive director of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the eleventh person to hold this position since FHWA’s founding in 1971. When she assumes her new role as executive director, she will be the first woman and the first African American in FHWA’s history […]

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Geosynthetics Conference 2023 announces Robert M. Koerner lecture: A conversation with J. P. Giroud

October 1st, 2022

Few names in the geosynthetics industry hold as much history as Koerner and Giroud. The Geosynthetic Materials Association has named J. P. Giroud, Ph.D., the recipient of the 2022–2023 Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series. This momentous occasion will create a unique opportunity for attendees at the Geosynthetics Conference 2023.  Start making plans now […]

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Steel bridge industry award established

September 19th, 2022

The Steel Bridge Task Force has established the Alexander D. Wilson Memorial Award to recognize individuals who have made significant industry contributions to the steel bridge industry. Dean Krouse, a Pennsylvania-based metallurgical consultant and Bethlehem Steel Company veteran, is the first winner of this annual award. Dean Krouse (left) receives the inaugural Alexander D. Wilson Memorial Award […]

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TOPS Webinar – Concrete Over Asphalt Bonded Overlays – August 30

August 27th, 2022

You’re invited to join the FHWA Targeted Overlay Pavement Solutions (TOPS) Every Day Counts team for a webinar highlighting concrete over asphalt bonded (COA-B) overlays. The webinar is August 30 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET and you can register here. Hear success stories from Colorado DOT, where concrete overlays often last 10 years […]

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Reinforced soil wall with geogrids

August 1st, 2022

FIGURE 1 Geographic location of the study area. Photo: Google Maps Mechanically stabilized earth walls (MSE) are containment structures that have gained considerable popularity over the last few years due to their various benefits: constructive, environmental and economic. There are several types of reinforced earth walls, which vary according to the type of material used […]

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Geosynthetics Conference 2023 short course lineup announced

April 1st, 2022

Jie Han, the Glenn L. Parker Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Kansas, delivers the Dr. Robert M. Koerner Lecture at GeoNashville in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 4, 2021. Photograph courtesy of Mark Skalny/Mark Skalny Photography The Geosynthetics Conference 2023, Feb. 5–8, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo., will host six half-day short courses on […]

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GeoNashville 2021 is a success

February 1st, 2022

Silas C. Nichols, P.E., principal geotechnical engineer with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Infrastructure, speaks about “Transforming Transportation Geotechnics with Geosynthetics" at GeoNashville. Photograph courtesy of Mark Skalny/Mark Skalny Photography Geosynthetics professionals from across North America gathered in Nashville, Tenn., in November as the industry returned to in-person events. GeoNashville 2021, Nov. 4–5, […]

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Geotextile filtration clogging resistance

February 1st, 2022

Q: I have a question about the Filter Criteria in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) procedure "Filter Performance and Design for Highway Drains" procedure, specifically the geotextile filtration clogging resistance equation 2-10. This seems to require a particularly large pore size; for example, if the D15 of the soil was for 70 microns, the minimum […]

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FHWA Targeted Overlay Pavements Solutions team to host webinar Jan. 24

January 21st, 2022

Photograph courtesy of Federal Highway Administration The Targeted Overlay Pavement Solutions (TOPS) Every Day Counts team of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will host its first concrete overlays webinar on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. EST. Participants will hear about challenges and possible solutions, how to determine value, how to get […]

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DOT announces historic bridge investment under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

January 17th, 2022

More than $27 billion to states and tribal transportation facilities to fix an estimated 15,000 bridges nationwide Bridge at Overpeck Park in Bergen County, N.J. The DOT bridge guidance notes that federal funds can be used for 100 percent of the cost of repairing or rehabilitating locally owned bridges. Photograph by FeldBum. Creative Commons License: […]

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