GMA is busy this spring and summer

June 1st, 2022

Government affairs, infrastructure spending and planning have been the watchwords for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) this spring. In April GMA hosted three morning geosynthetics sessions as part of the annual Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Outlook Conference, the premier leadership event for industries represented by IFAI’s 13 divisions. This year’s conference was held at […]

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ACE Geosynthetics wins IAAs in the geosynthetics category

April 1st, 2022

ACE Geosynthetics Inc. incorporated geogrids and geotextiles into mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls for a highway interchange project in the Middle East. Photograph courtesy of ACE Geosynthetics Inc. The northern part of a highway interchange project in the Middle East is adjacent to a developing industrial park; a densely populated city is located to the […]

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Ultralightweight foamed glass aggregate as MSE wall backfill

April 1st, 2022

FIGURE 1 Ultralightweight foamed glass aggregate (UL-FGA) MSE backfill in Ramp B at the Route 6/10 Interchange reconstruction project in Rhode Island. Photograph courtesy of Deirdre Paiva/Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) systems are a popular and economical option to construct retaining walls for highways and railways, wingwalls and abutments for […]

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GMA will host Geosynthetics Morning  

March 25th, 2022

GMA will host Geosynthetics Morning at Outlook Conference 2022, with a focus on infrastructure and coal combustion residuals, as well as other important topics and current trends. The lobby of the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., in 2016. Photograph by Antony-22. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) The Industrial Fabric Association International (IFAI) Geosynthetic Materials Association […]

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Resilient Roads Roundtable announces innovators/influencers list

March 15th, 2022

The Resilient Roads Roundtable announces infrastructure innovators and influencers in the public sector and government agencies. Photograph courtesy Resilient Roads Roundtable The Resilient Roads Roundtable—a consortium of business, academia and government working together toward roads that are safer, smoother, more sustainable and better able to rebound from extreme conditions, without increasing the cost to build and […]

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DOT hosting brainstorming call on strategic plan

March 10th, 2022

DOT hosting brainstorming call on the agency's Research, Development & Technology Strategic Plan on March 18. The March 18 DOT call for ideas will focus on the Research, Development & Technology Strategic Plan, including many aspects of U.S. infrastructure. Photograph by Npangarkar (WMF), Creative Commons license Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)   The U.S. […]

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The history of geocells

February 18th, 2022

By Ashley Beyer, Content and Marketing Specialist, Presto Geosystems Presto Geosystems, which invented geocells in the late 1970s, expands on the history of geocells technology. Side-by-side cost/performance testing of polymer and aluminum geocells at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Miss., circa 1979. Photograph courtesy of Presto Geosystems Geocell technology has come […]

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Flood reconstruction with geosynthetics

February 16th, 2022

The use of geogrid-reinforced earth allows reconstruction of a flood-destroyed German bridge in record time. The Swistbach Bridge in Heimerzheim, Germany, was destroyed by floods in July 2021. Photograph courtesy of Heitkamp BauHolding GmbH With the increase in extreme weather events worldwide because of climate change, such as those in July 2021 in Germany (in […]

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Tensar technical seminar to feature Arkansas governor

February 9th, 2022

Gov. Asa Hutchison and Arkansas Department of Transportation Director Lori Tudor will address the impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) on state transportation projects at the Tensar technical seminar. Tensar International Corp.’s InterAx geogrid, a new product released in August 2021. Photograph courtesy Tensar International Corp. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Director […]

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Reinforcement over soft soils with high-strength geogrids

February 1st, 2022

FIGURE 1 Port of Guaymas, Mexico, high-strength geogrid jobsite view Construction over soft foundation soils is usually associated with poor bearing capacity, excessive differential settlements and lateral sliding instability. Furthermore, the presence of poor ground conditions at a construction site is the most frequent cause of long construction durations. There are several alternatives that can […]

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