FHWA video features GRS–IBS history and construction techniques

October 5th, 2018

A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) YouTube video showcases the history and construction techniques of the geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS–IBS). The video illustrates how to build a GRS–IBS. It is intended to educate designers, engineers, contractors and inspectors on the fundamentals of the GRS–IBS. The video follows the GRS–IBS Interim Implementation Guide (FHWA-HRT-11-026). The...

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Two Fleischmann amendments related to geosynthetics included in final FAA reauthorization

October 5th, 2018

Two amendments introduced by Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., both related to geosynthetics, were included in the final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2019 that was approved by both the House and Senate and sent to the White House. The House passed the legislation in May, and the Senate passed it 93-6 earlier this week....

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Sunbrella® debuts shade solutions at IFAI Expo

October 4th, 2018

Sunbrella® brings innovation to shade structures at IFAI Expo, October 15-18, in Dallas, Texas, demonstrating ways to make shade do more no matter what the challenge. Alongside its portfolio of shade fabrics, Sunbrella will feature textiles that elevate the design, function and customization of shade structures. This year, two new pattern additions to Sunbrella Decorative...

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Alger of Lane Construction elected ARTBA chair

October 4th, 2018

Robert E. “Bob” Alger, P.E., president and chief executive officer of Cheshire, Conn.-based The Lane Construction Corporation, has been elected 2018–2019 American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) chair. The association made the announcement October 1 at its national convention in New York City. Alger’s entire 40-year career in the transportation construction industry has been spent...

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GSI on-demand online course details designing with geosynthetics

October 2nd, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is offering an on-demand online course entitled “Designing with Geosynthetics,” based on the book of the same title by Robert M. Koerner. Dr. Koerner, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Drexel University and director emeritus of GSI, teaches the course. All Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees will receive...

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Get listed in the Geosynthetics 2019 Specifier’s Guide

October 1st, 2018

The annual call for listings in the Geosynthetics 2019 Specifier’s Guide opened September 19. Thousands of companies, engineers and government agencies turn to this annual guide to purchase products and services. This comprehensive resource lists suppliers of geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, drainage materials, geocells and erosion control materials, as well as services related...

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Royalty checks

October 1st, 2018

“The question isn’t who is  going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?” ~Ayn Rand The first time Minnesota hosted a Super Bowl, it was January 26, 1992. The Washington Redskins met the Buffalo Bills at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for Super Bowl XXVI, with the Redskins on top 37–24. The...

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Riding the pendulum of industry change: Awnings by Bigley and Hogshire

October 1st, 2018

Photos by Carl Anderson from Hampton Roads Photography “We have to be diverse and knowledgeable about the various types of products people are making in the industry,” says Taylor Bigley, co-owner and president of Awnings by Bigley & Hogshire, Hampton Roads, Va. “What’s in demand changes—the pendulum swings each way—and we have to react to...

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Sustainable recycling: from textile waste to chindi rugs

October 1st, 2018

The northern Indian states boast multiple hand-loom weaving clusters. This export-oriented activity is supported by the Indian government to assist local communities of weavers; the government specifically liberalized the import of new trim cutting waste for use in chindi rugs by removing any controls on quantities imported. All photos: Enkad Sciences. In India, the most...

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Safety Components puts its business acumen to work for charity

October 1st, 2018

From left to right: Bob Towe, Nick Curtis, Joey Underwood and Jim Reid at the 2015 charity golf tournament hosted by the Safety Components First Responders 911 Foundation. Photos: Safety Components. Following the events of 9/11, Joey Underwood, senior vice president of Safety Components in Greenville, S.C., witnessed several neighborhood efforts to raise money for...

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