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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NCTO endorses U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

December 7th, 2018

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) board of directors has endorsed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), according to a December 6th press release. The United States, Canada and Mexico signed the USMCA November 30. NCTO is a Washington, D.C. trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fiber producers. According...

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DFI to host 2019 Annual Conference on Deep Foundations in Chicago, Abstracts being accepted until December 14

December 6th, 2018

The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) is hosting its 44th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, Oct. 15-18, 2019, in Chicago. The theme of the conference is > Future > Forward. The 2019 conference serves a call to action to develop forward-thinking plans in deep foundation and geotechnical engineering and construction through technical presentations and panel discussions....

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Titan ranks high in geogrid manufacturer study

December 4th, 2018

Industry Research News recently ranked Titan among the top three of 31 international companies recognized as key players in the 2018 global geogrids market, the company announced. The report offers a competitive analysis and ranking of the key players involved in the manufacturing and distribution of geogrids in North America, Europe, Asia (Japan, China, India), Southeast...

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SGS and Cipatex release new PVC geomembranes

December 3rd, 2018

Southern Geosynthetics Supplies Pty. Ltd (SGS) is now offering new Cipatex DG and Hipertech R geomembranes. Cipatex and SGS collaborated on the development of the new DG200 which is a 0.8mm PVC geomembrane bonded on either side with 200 gsm nonwoven geotextile. The composite material provides a geomembrane with extraordinary puncture and tear resistance, as well...

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New game apps teach safe lifting and materials handling practices

December 1st, 2018

The Center for Construction Research and Training, an OSHA Alliance Program participant, has launched a number of new safety resources, including free game apps to help educate employees on how to prevent injuries that result from manually lifting and moving heavy materials. Lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the...

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IFAI’s Manufacturing for Good booth assembles duffel bags for homeless recovery center

December 1st, 2018

Businesses rallied together at the Manufacturing for Good demo booth at Expo 2018 to create duffel bags for The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center. Photo: © Mark Skalny, Mark Skalny Photography. IFAI’s Manufacturing for Good booth made its second appearance at Expo 2018 held in October in Dallas, Texas. Workers at the live manufacturing booth assembled...

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A dazzling duo: indoor fabrics and lighting

December 1st, 2018

Cooledge Lighting creates luminous ceilings, supplying the primary lighting for architectural spaces. Shown here is the stunning Conagra corporate lobby in Omaha, Neb., which recreates the immersive feel of being outdoors through the use of a luminous “cloud” of knitted polyester fabric for the ceiling. Photo: Cooledge Lighting Inc. Fabrics have always been an essential...

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Going the distance: Rob Kotowski rebuilds the family business

December 1st, 2018

Photos by Carlson Productions LLC We don’t anticipate that the completion of a project is the last time we talk with our clients,” says Rob Kotowski, owner and president of Lake Shore Boat Top Co., St. Clair Shores, Mich. “We typically follow up with them a couple of weeks after they’ve taken delivery of their...

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FGI accepting applications for engineering innovation award

November 30th, 2018

The Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award was created to recognize engineers who have creatively used fabricated geomembranes to successfully fulfill a client/owner’s needs, including technical requirements, scheduling and budget. Today’s engineers are working to solve environmental issues on a global scale. The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute’s (FGI’s) Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Award competition pays tribute to...

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GSI to host webinar on stability designs for landfill covers, GMA members get discounted rates

November 29th, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar “Stability Designs of Landfill Cover Soils,” on December 12, 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. This webinar focuses on the stability design of relatively thin soil layers over geosynthetics...

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