GMA’s geosynthetic education offerings make a difference on campus and Capitol Hill

October 1st, 2018

August 2018 was a great month for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the industry at large. Banner legislation promoting innovative materials was introduced in Congress by friend of the industry Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. GMA members and industry educators met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to educate students about the importance of […]

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IGS-NA focuses on the Geosynthetics Conference 2019, service award and webinars

August 1st, 2018

In this edition of the IGS-NA News column, the board of directors gives a special thank-you to John Allen for putting together a strong list of speakers for our educational webinars this year. IGS-NA supports Geosynthetics Conference 2019 The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS-NA) supports the next edition of the long-running […]

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‘Emerging Topics in Geosynthetics’ is focus of free all-day live-streaming short course

July 20th, 2018

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), in partnership with the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), will live-stream an all-day short course on “Emerging Topics in Geosynthetics,” Aug. 3, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. CDT. The short course is free to geosynthetics industry professionals. Designed as a series of […]

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Fabricated Geomembrane Institute highlights accomplishments and current activities

June 27th, 2018

It has been more than a year since the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new officers and a new board of directors, which occurred in March 2017 at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geotechnical Frontiers Conference in Orlando, Fla. Officers and directors currently serving include Patrick Elliott, […]

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DFI Educational Trust awards scholarships to engineering students

June 5th, 2018

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust recently awarded several scholarships to civil engineering students focusing on geotechnical and/or environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DFI said in a June 5, 2015, press release. The 2018 recipients of the Charles J. Berkel Memorial Scholarship were University of Illinois students Elisabeth Tarpey, Jessica […]

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GMA partners with FGI on free webinar program

April 1st, 2018

On Nov. 7, 2017, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) hosted a webinar entitled “Fabrication, Installation, and Testing of Geomembranes.” Dr. Timothy Stark of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who is also FGI’s technical director, presented the webinar, and GMA Executive Council member Andy Durham of Owens Corning moderated. […]

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A next-gen basin liner solution for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

April 1st, 2018

There are more than 100,000 miles (> 160,000 km) of levees throughout the United States, protecting lives and property from extreme weather-related flooding. Aging infrastructure and increasingly stronger storms have intensified the need to reinforce and protect levees, and emergency responders need solutions to repair a breached levee before it results in catastrophic damage. Therefore, […]

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FGI expands Summer Internship Program

November 28th, 2017

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) expanded its Summer Internship Program to three companies and six interns during the summer of 2017. The main objectives of the program are to introduce future civil engineers to the geosynthetics field and civil engineering construction, and to provide a connection between […]

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International Geosynthetics Society North American Chapter News

June 1st, 2017

A busy Geotechnical Frontiers conference for IGS–NA The International Geosynthetics Society–North American (IGS–NA) Chapter annual meeting was held on March 14, 2017, at Geotechnical Frontiers in Orlando, Fla. Among the key items discussed at the meeting were the appointment of the 2017–2019 board of directors, winners of the IGS–NA photo contest, and the 2017 Educate […]

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Protecting geomembranes from animal damage

June 1st, 2017

Resisting animal and insect attacks on geomembranes is an interesting problem. Geomembrane installers and manufacturers have had numerous geomembranes damaged by bears, deer, coyotes, birds, beavers, and ground squirrels (Figures 1 and 2). In most cases, the damage is incidental to something else the animal is seeking. Deer damage the liner with their hooves trying […]

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