Distinctive uses of geosynthetics

October 1st, 2020

This issue of Geosynthetics takes a look at bridges, drainage/coal combustion residuals and highways/geosynthetic wall systems. It’s a diverse issue showing the breadth of geosynthetics applications. Patricia Guerra-Escobar’s “Reinforced embankments for the causeway for a North Wales bridge project” examines the use of geogrids in the replacement of a 160-year-old bridge in the U.K. “CCR […]

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ARTBA testifies to House committee against century-old rule ‘stifling’ innovation in transportation

September 7th, 2018

A 1916 rule enacted by President Woodrow Wilson’s administration is curbing 21st-century transportation innovations that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said in Sept. 5 testimony submitted to the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411, a 102-year-old federal […]

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Talking geosynthetics with Congressman Bruce Westerman

August 1st, 2018

One of the few professional engineers in Congress, Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas pulls no punches when discussing the potential use of geosynthetics in federal infrastructure projects. “I think geosynthetics should be part of the toolkit,” Westerman said during a phone interview with Geosynthetics magazine on May 19. First elected to Congress in 2014 […]

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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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GSI’s Koerner to host webinar on slope stabilization using nailed or anchored geosynthetics

July 19th, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “In-Situ Stabilization of Soil Slopes Using Nailed or Anchored Geosynthetics,” on Aug. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course […]

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ARTBA petitions USDOT to end federal rule blocking the use of innovative products in highway and bridge projects

May 22nd, 2018

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced it had formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to repeal a 102-year-old federal procurement rule the group says has blocked, since its inception, the use of products that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411, […]

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NHI hosting course on earth retaining structures in New Mexico and California

April 30th, 2018

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Highway Institute (NHI) will host a three-day instructor-led course on earth retaining structures twice this summer, in Sacramento, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The course (Course Number FHWA-NHI-132036) will provide state-of-the-practice design tools and construction techniques to expand implementation of safe and cost-effective earth retention technologies, NHI said. […]

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USDOT announces $1 billion in emergency relief for road and bridge repairs

April 17th, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced April 13, 2018, the release of more than $1 billion in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 32 states, several U.S. territories and some federal land management agencies repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other unexpected events. FHWA’s ER program reimburses […]

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2018 GeoEdmonton abstracts due Dec. 31, 2017

December 19th, 2017

Abstracts of up to 300 words for presenters are due by Dec. 31, 2017, for GeoEdmonton 2018, which will take place Sept. 23–26, 2018, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. All abstracts and papers must be submitted online via the Abstract Submission feature on the GeoEdmonton 2018 website. The Geotechnical Society of Edmonton and the Canadian Geotechnical […]

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Using geosynthetics for macroencapsulation for CCR on-site clean closure

August 1st, 2017

Coal combustion residuals (CCR) have been used for many years in the construction of berms and engineered structural fill applications, including embankments for highways, dikes, and levees. However, large, unencapsulated structural fill projects have become a focus of environmental concerns due to potential leaching of metals and structural failures. Cap-in-place of CCR surface impoundments is […]

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