Agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) rely on IFAI’s Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) to be the prime resource for consistent and accurate information on the correct use of geosynthetics. These groups often reach out to GMA for expert advice regarding geosynthetic applications, specifications and market information.
There are several recent examples of GMA members’ contributions to the industry and engagement with NGOs and government agencies:
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): Providing content for five Geosynthetics Installation Pocket Guides
- National Highway Institute (NHI): Providing content and expert advice on FHWA classes and publications used to educate agency and commercial engineers
- Transportation Research Board (TRB): Providing advice for the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Geotechnical Solution for Soil Improvement, Rapid Embankment Construction and Stabilization of Pavement Working Platform
- Government Accountability Office (GAO): Compiling data for case studies, peer-revised papers, and other documents that demonstrate the cost/benefit of using geosynthetics in roadways.
- Edison Institute: Providing guidance on the use of geomembranes in coal ash storage sites.
- Mexican Institute of Transport (IMT): Developing specifications for geosynthetics in transportation for the Mexican Transportation Institute.
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO): Serving as representatives on AASHTO’s National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP). The NTPEP recently updated its geotextile product testing to include an auditing of manufactures’ QAQC programs and to require printing the prime manufacturer’s name or ID on the fabric.