Infrastructure funding remains uncertain

April 1, 2019

Nearly a year has gone by since we published the June/July 2018 issue with a theme of “Geosynthetics Used in Highways and Bridges.” The editorial in that issue noted, “As of this writing, the White House and U.S. Congress are working on an infrastructure bill or bills after President Donald Trump released an infrastructure proposal …

Christopher honored with 2018 Koerner award and lecture series

February 1, 2019

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

The magic of water and geosynthetics

Water is a fundamental issue in many projects using geosynthetics. From erosion control to reservoir liners and covers, from landfill leachate pond barriers to coal ash dewatering, handling water and the effects of water are considerations nearly every engineer employing geosynthetics considers. Geosynthetics can effectively manage water applications of erosion control, reinforcement, barriers, filtration and …

GMA honors Sen. Whitehouse as ‘leader of the year’

December 12, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) honored Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., with the GMA Leader of the Year Award during the fall Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., on November 14. “I’m honored to be recognized in this way by the Geosynthetic Materials Association,” Sen. Whitehouse said, “and I’m grateful for GMA’s excellent work bringing together leaders …

USACE shares infrastructure suggestions

October 17, 2018

Jeb Tingle, senior research engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss., delivered the plenary address at GeoDallas on Oct. 17 on “Advancing the Nation’s Infrastructure: The USACE Role.” “There’s a big role for research and innovation,” Tingle said. “Doing business as usual won’t give …

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

September 11, 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 …

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency updates geosynthetic liner guidelines for stormwater management

August 30, 2018

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Minnesota PCA) revised and released new geosynthetic liner guidelines for stormwater management in August. The guidelines specify where liners are required and where liners are recommended, liner specifications (e.g., HDPE, GCL, PVC), and how to select an appropriate liner. “Liners are designed to limit infiltration of water from a stormwater …

Geosynthetics use expands in mining and ore processing

August 1, 2018

The estimated value of nonfuel mining of raw materials in the United States alone totaled $75.2 billion in 2017, according to an annual report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Everything from aluminum to zinc falls into this massive category, but that dollar figure is dwarfed by the USGS’s estimate in that same report of …

Talking geosynthetics with Congressman Bruce Westerman

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 …

GMA extends GSI’s educational benefits to GMA members

June 23, 2018

The Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) announced June 23, 2018, an agreement with the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), bringing new educational benefits to GMA members. “The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has agreed to publicize the Geosynthetic Institute’s (GSI) online webinars and courses and, as such, will be giving its members the same discounted fees as with GSI members,” …