Modeling demonstrates benefit of geogrid-reinforced aggregate base

December 21st, 2018

Improved modeling of geogrid for use with the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s pavement design software, MnPAVE Flexible, will allow pavement designers to simulate field tests of stiffness and resiliency in pavements over bases with and without geogrid. The department, known as MnDOT, is using modeling results from a recent study to develop a design input that quantifies the...

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GSI to host short course on QA/QC in waste containment, GMA members get discounted rates

December 20th, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a short course “Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities,” Jan. 14–16, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 pm EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. This...

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GSI to host webinar on pond liners, GMA members get discounted rates

December 18th, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar “Pond Liner Design and Performance,” on Jan. 10, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. The first ponds lined with geomembranes were installed in the 1930s. That said, the...

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In memoriam: Curtis C. Crawford

December 17th, 2018

Curtis C. Crawford passed away on December 11, 2018, at age 86. Crawford was director of operations for Precision Dynamics and became an independent management consultant upon retirement. He served on the IFAI board of directors from 1987-1993 as director, and again from 1997-2001 as first and second vice chair. Crawford was recognized as an...

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FGI offers webinar on shear testing

December 17th, 2018

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) will sponsor a free webinar “Geosynthetic Interface Shear Testing,” on Jan. 22, 2019, from noon to 1 p.m. CDT. In this presentation, Robert Swan of Drexel University will discuss the different methods of measuring geosynthetic interface shear strength, describe industry standard test methods and explore the accreditation process for laboratories...

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TRD Steering Committee director Tom Markel dies

December 14th, 2018

IFAI Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient Thomas “Tom” Markel passed away Dec. 12. Owner of Bravo Events Expos Displays of Buffalo, N.Y., Markel was honored with the volunteer award in 2014 for his contributions to the Tent Rental Division (TRD) code committee. As a TRD steering committee director and chair of the TRD code committee, Markel...

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Christopher to present Koerner lecture series on ‘lessons learned’

December 14th, 2018

Barry R. Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., will present the first in the 2019 Dr. Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series on “Lessons Learned: An Adventure in 4 Decades of Geosynthetics Engineering” on Feb. 13, 2019, at the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 in Houston, Texas. The presentation will review his involvement in the development of geosynthetics engineering...

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EPT introduces new string-reinforced LLDPE geomembrane

December 13th, 2018

To meet the growing demand for linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) by geomembrane fabricators and installers, Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT) has announced a new string-reinforced LLDPE fabric. LLDPE has been in increasing demand due to its superior flexibility and better layflat versus high density polyethylene (HDPE). EPT has specially formulated its LLDPE fabric for high...

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

December 12th, 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. GMA’s executive council chair Fred Chuck (left) presents Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse with the GMA Leader of Year Award. “I’m honored to be recognized in this way by the...

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Geosynthetics Conference 2019 Technical Session Schedule released

December 12th, 2018

The Geosynthetics Conference 2019 Technical Session Schedule is now available online. The Technical Program was developed, presented and vetted by experts in the geotechnical industry. Practitioners, professors and students come together to provide high-quality education covering the full spectrum of geosynthetic uses. The conference, which runs Feb. 10–13, 2019, in Houston, Texas, will include a...

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