NSF International president and CEO Lawlor to retire; Sancha to take over

February 17th, 2022

NSF International president and CEO Kevan P. Lawlor will step down, making way for the Pedro Sancha era at the standards organization. Retiring NSF International president and CEO Kevan P. Lawlor NSF International of Ann Arbor, Mich., announced that president and CEO Kevan P. Lawlor will retire in 2022, and Pedro Sancha will become the next NSF International president and […]

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New ASTM geosynthetics standard provides specifications for vinyl sheet piling

January 28th, 2022

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheet piling. Photograph courtesy CeTeau B.V. ASTM International’s Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has approved a new standard that will help engineers, designers and specifiers who work with vinyl sheet piling. Applications for such piling include the construction of seawalls, retaining walls and chemical cut-off walls.   “The new specification will standardize the materials […]

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Proposed ASTM geosynthetics standard will aid in road and pavement design

November 11th, 2021

Photograph courtesy of Tensar Corp. ASTM International’s geosynthetics committee (D35) is developing a proposed standard that will provide engineers with specific information for components necessary for road and pavement design. The proposed standard (WK70888) outlines a commonly used test to characterize the performance of geosynthetics for roadway applications. Specifically, it describes the use of the […]

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ASTM signs MoU with Mexico’s national standards body

November 5th, 2021

ASTM International and Mexico’s national standards body, Dirección General de Normas (DGN), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Oct. 29, 2021. DGN, part of the Secretaría de Economía (Ministry of Economy), coordinates the development of standards and regulations and promotes standardization use in Mexico. Kathie Morgan, president, ASTM International, and Alfonso Guati Rojo Sánchez, […]

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IECA releases design standards for silt fences and sediment basins

August 12th, 2021

Silt fence. Photograph courtesy of WINFAB USA The standards and practices committee has been convened by the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) board of directors to develop standards for the construction stormwater industry. The board recognizes local and regional differences in terminology and design of erosion and sediment control practices. The board also recognizes that […]

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DFI launches DFI Europe BIM/Digitalisation Committee

April 2nd, 2018

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) announced the formation of the BIM/Digitalisation (DFI Europe) Committee. The goal of this committee, which liaises with DFI’s Project Information Management Systems Committee, is to promote digitalization and BIM (Building Information Modeling) processes within the European membership and the wider geotechnical industry worldwide. The committee will discuss and develop guidance […]

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TRB offers webinar on geofoam applications for slope stability

July 18th, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a webinar on July 27, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, that discusses ways to use geofoam to address slope-stability problems. Moderated by Mohammed Mulla of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the webinar panel includes David Arellano of the University of Memphis, Steven Bartlett of the […]

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WisDOT publishes study on ASTM D4833 and D6241 geotextile puncture test methods

July 17th, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funded research into puncture test methods for geotextiles, and the report from this study is now available online. Various tests are conducted to assess and classify a geotextile’s suitability for different applications. One of these tests is the puncture strength test. This test […]

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