History of geosynthetics use on national forest roads

June 1st, 2017

Introduction The objectives of this article are to document the long history of geosynthetic materials used in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and other rural roads, to document the many creative and useful ways geosynthetics have been used, and to promote the cost-effective uses of geosynthetics in road projects today, particularly on […]

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Handing over the reins

April 1st, 2017

The stellar reputation of Geosynthetics magazine is due to its reporting on innovative solutions to complex problems, publishing well-researched articles written by experts in their fields, and consistently putting in print reliable and relevant information for engineers, project managers, and employees of companies engaged in geosynthetics. This is largely due to the 11-year stewardship of […]

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Geosynthetics wins two awards

November 18th, 2016

On Nov. 10, 2016, the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association held its annual Excellence Awards Gala. The event features magazines published in Minnesota and provides an opportunity to recognize editors and graphic designers. Of the 12 entries submitted by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) publications, nine won awards—two gold, one silver, and six bronze. Geosynthetics […]

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Lothspeich joins Thrace as Director of Engineering–Geosynthetics

October 31st, 2016

The Athens, Greece-based Thrace Group announced in an Oct. 28 press release that it has added Steve Lothspeich to its North American staff as director of engineering–geosynthetics. The release said that Lothspeich will support current and future anticipated growth of Thrace Group geosynthetics in the U.S. marketplace. His previous positions include technical director, and later […]

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Case Study: Capping semi-liquid solids with geosynthetic layers

October 1st, 2016

Introduction A U.S.-based polyethylene and polyester resin/polymer producer recently closed a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, N.C. (Photo 1). The company hired an engineering firm to manage the demolition and removal of the expansive structures and infrastructure. Part of the environmental responsibilities was to also find a viable solution for closing a 12-acre sludge basin. But […]

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Fleischmann receives GMA award

May 5th, 2016

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) was the recipient last week of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) Leadership Award. Presented April 27 during GMA’s spring Lobby Day on Capitol Hill, Fleischmann was cited as a “friend of the geosynthetics industry” for his efforts to include geosynthetics language in the far-reaching transportation bill that was signed by […]

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Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 announces short courses

January 13th, 2016

Eight full-day sessions planned for Orlando conference and trade show. Registration available later this year. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Short Courses Sunday, March 12, 2017, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hyatt Regency Orlando Design and construction of bottom liner and cover systems Richard Thiel, Thiel Engineering Design of pier foundations in expansive soils Geoff Chao and John Nelson, […]

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State/county bridge building with geosynthetics wins award

November 10th, 2015

Among recent recipients of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) awards is the Arizona Department of Transportation in conjunction with Mohave County. These state and local state agencies partnered to design and build a geosynthetic-reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS–IBS)* project on Oatman Highway in northwestern Arizona. The bridge now spans the Sacramento […]

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Amendment adds “geosynthetic materials” to 2015 transportation bill

November 5th, 2015

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) is shown endorsing the amendment by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) that supports the use of innovative technologies, including geosynthetic materials. Their comments were made Nov. 3 during debate in the House regarding the 2015 transportation bill. The amendment passed by voice vote.

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Don’t be left out of the 2016 Geosynthetics Specifier’s Guide

September 18th, 2015

Email prompts were sent out this week, reminding geosynthetics industry companies to submit directory and product data chart information for the annual Specifier’s Guide by Geosynthetics magazine. Company directories include contact information and listings of geosynthetic products, applications, and services. Updated product data charts are included for: geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs), drainage […]

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