2019 IECA Annual Conference and Expo abstracts due Friday

May 29th, 2018

The deadline to submit abstracts for the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Conference and Expo, Feb. 19–22, 2019, in Denver, Colo., is this Friday, June 1, 2018, the association said.                 Speaking at the conference will allow participants to gain exposure for their work while providing advancements to the...

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AASHTO’s executive director to retire

May 28th, 2018

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced May 24, 2018, that Executive Director Frederick G. “Bud” Wright will retire at the end of 2018. “AASHTO is a wonderful place to work,” Wright said in a prepared statement from AASHTO. “In my experience—and that experience working in transportation now spans more than...

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2019 TRB Annual Meeting issues calls for papers

May 25th, 2018

TRB standing committees have issued calls for papers for the 98th TRB Annual Meeting, Jan. 13–17, 2019, in Washington, D.C, and/or the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR). Please create or update your profile on https://www.mytrb.org now if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, submit a paper for presentation or...

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Army Corps apportions funding for short-term natural disaster recovery projects

May 24th, 2018

On May 21, 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced short-term projects that it will complete with funding provided in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law Feb. 9, 2018. The act provides USACE a total of $17.398 billion in six appropriations accounts: Investigations; Construction; Mississippi River and Tributaries; Operation and...

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Hanes Geo Components acquires DDD Erosion Control

May 22nd, 2018

On May 21, 2018, Hanes Geo Components, of Winston-Salem, N.C., announced the company had reached an agreement to acquire DDD Erosion Control Inc. of Ashburn, Ga. “DDD Erosion Control is a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of Silt Fence, a core product segment for Hanes Geo Components,” John Dowdell, president of Hanes Geo Components,...

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ARTBA petitions USDOT to end federal rule blocking the use of innovative products in highway and bridge projects

May 22nd, 2018

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced it had formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to repeal a 102-year-old federal procurement rule the group says has blocked, since its inception, the use of products that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411,...

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Vivian Cowan, IFAI account manager, dies

May 22nd, 2018

Vivian Cowan, a longtime exhibit account manager at IFAI, died April 18th after a lengthy illness. Cowan retired in 2016 from IFAI, but she had continued until recently to work on a contract basis for the association. Her obituary is posted here.

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AASHTO announces passing of Kane

May 21st, 2018

On May 18, 2018, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the death of Dr. Anthony R. “Tony” Kane, the former director of engineering and technical services of AASHTO. Kane died last week after battling a long illness. He was 72. Kane served in his role at AASHTO from 2001 to...

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O-I chooses steel reinforced geosynthetic drainage improvements for a Texas landfill

May 17th, 2018

In December 2017, Owens-Illinois, commonly known as O-I and one of the largest glassmakers in the world, took action to improve the drainage system for their glass container landfill situated near the company’s O-I Waco manufacturing facility in Waco, Texas, Contech Engineered Solutions said in a press release. The consulting engineer worked closely with the...

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SKAPS Industries acquires Matrix Composites

May 16th, 2018

SKAPS Industries of Athens, Ga., completed an agreement on May 1, 2018, to acquire Matrix Composites of Henderson, Ky., and Seguin, Texas. The acquisition includes all Matrix Composites technologies, operations and assets, SKAPS said. Matrix Composites, Inc. was started in 1996 in Henderson to produce woven fiberglass fabrics, SKAPS said. Under the ownership of Don...

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