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Barry R. Christopher honored with 2018 Koerner award and lecture series

September 11th, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), led by a Koerner awardee selection task force, selected Barry R. Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., as the recipient of the 2018 Dr. Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series. The award and lecture series is named for Dr. Robert M. Koerner, Ph.D., the founder and director emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute […]

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GMA News: GMA had a jam-packed start to the year

June 1st, 2018

In January 2018 members of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) participated in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. In February our executive council met in Charlotte, North Carolina, to review GMA’s goals and mission. In March a delegation of GMA executives met with representatives from the White House and the U.S. […]

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IGS-NA news

April 1st, 2018

The following are highlights of the many initiatives of IGS-NA over the last few months. IGS-NA supports Geosynthetics 2019 The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS-NA) is proud to support the Geosynthetics 2019 conference, which is organized by the Geosynthetic Materials Association, to be held Feb. 10–13, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis […]

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TRI Environmental opens registration for geosynthetics short courses in Texas

March 9th, 2018

On March 7, 2018, TRI Environmental opened registration for Training Week, May 7–11, 2018, in Austin, Texas. The company simultaneously announced it had added a new course to the week’s geosynthetics training and certification line-up, “Slope Stability of Containment Systems: Understanding Issues Related to Design and Interface Friction Testing.” The company said the short courses […]

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Executive council gathers in D.C.

February 1st, 2018

Twice a year, GMA’s governing executive council meets in Washington, D.C., to review GMA’s programing initiatives and direct the association’s mission of providing high-quality engineering support, facilitating valuable educational resources and maintaining a robust government-relations program. The council’s most recent meeting took place on Oct. 24, 2017, the eve of our biannual Lobby Day. It […]

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IGS-NA hosts free electrical leak location webinar  

November 17th, 2017

IGS North America (IGS-NA) presents the free webinar “Overview of Electrical Leak Location (ELL) Methods and Their Application” on Nov. 21, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. EST. All geomembrane-lined containment facilities should be tested for leaks before going into service. Early detection of leaks allows for swift and effective repair pre-service, protecting the engineer, contractor, owner […]

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Readers question ‘zero leaks’

October 1st, 2017

To the editor: Efforts toward achieving zero leaks in a waste containment system (“Achieving Zero Leaks on a Budget” in the June/July issue of Geosynthetics) are certainly laudable. Authors Gilson-Beck and Toepfer do a good job of explaining how electrical leak detection surveys can minimize leaks in a geomembrane liner system at the end of […]

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Achieving zero leaks on a budget with geomembranes

June 1st, 2017

For more than 30 years, the geomembrane industry has been told that “all geomembranes leak” (Giroud 1984), as if this were some foregone conclusion no matter what might happen from geomembrane manufacturing to the time it is put into service. But recently, the idea of “zero leaks” has been a hot topic at industry conferences, […]

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