Tenax presents GRAVEL LOCK, a composite for retaining gravel

March 20th, 2019

Italian company Tenax’s new product GRAVEL LOCK is a geocomposite made up of a cuspated, rolled high-density polyethylene geogrid coupled with a polypropylene nonwoven fabric. It is ideal for creating draining and stable gravel floors for pedestrian and vehicular passage, the shape in rolls and the reduced amount of gravel required for filling (less than...

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DFI to present S3: Slope-Support-Stabilization Seminar in Minneapolis

March 19th, 2019

Registration is open for the Deep Foundation Institute’s (DFI’s) S3: Slope-Support-Stabilization seminar, Aug. 6–9, 2020, at The Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, Minn. This two-day technical seminar, organized by eight DFI Technical Committees, focuses on the effective application of deep foundations, ground improvement and soil mixing for stabilization of slopes and excavation support. The state-of-the-practice technical program...

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Women leaders in textile industry share expertise—and encouragement

March 19th, 2019

More women than ever now own textile companies, and IFAI’s recent Women in Textiles Summit brought together many of these business leaders to share their unique expertise within a highly specialized industry. This year’s inaugural summit, held March 6–8 in Savannah, Ga., facilitated what IFAI President and CEO Steve Schiffman calls an “investment in the...

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GSI to host webinar on MSE inspection

March 15th, 2019

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall, Berm and Slope Construction Inspection,” on March 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. The inspection (aka monitoring) of MSE wall,...

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TRI Environmental hosting Short Course Training Week in April

March 11th, 2019

TRI Environmental will sponsor Short Course Training Week in Austin, Texas, April 7–12. The training week includes multiple courses with optional certification, including the following. Liner integrity surveys/assessments (LISA) April 7 Electrical leak location (ELL) surveys are the state-of-the-art nondestructive method of locating leaks in installed geomembranes. The Liner Integrity Survey and Assessment (LISA) course...

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FGI announces new officers and board of director members

March 7th, 2019

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new officers and a new board of directors during its biennial membership meeting in Houston, Texas, on February 12, at the Geosynthetics Conference 2019. The FGI’s membership meeting was attended by 57 people. In addition to introducing the new officers and directors, Timothy D. Stark, FGI technical director and...

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Early registration deadline approaches for NY solid waste conference and trade show

March 7th, 2019

The early conference registration deadline and the Sagamore Hotel room block deadline for the Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations 2019 Conference and Trade Show is April 15. The conference, to be held May 19–22 in Bolton Landing, N.Y., features some 700 attendees who come for the technical program of 90 presentations and the dynamic...

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Geosynthetics Conference 2019 roundtable focuses on geocomposite peel testing

March 6th, 2019

On February 12 during the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 in Houston, Texas, a roundtable discussion was held regarding geocomposite peel testing and a potential new approach for testing of this index property. The session was moderated by Richard Thiel and included approximately 65 attendees. The lively discussion focused on the previously unrecognized high variability of the...

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ResinFiber’s Forj wins innovation award

March 6th, 2019

Forj thermoplastic, a product of ResinFiber LLC, recently won an Outdoor Retailer Innovation award. Forj tape-ribbon is a pure polymer ribbon, that when heated, becomes moldable into any shape. Once cooled, its molecules couple and harden forming a tensile strength of 1,000 pounds. Each tin of Forj comes with 20 feet of white ribbon and...

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U.S. construction spending at record high for 2018

March 5th, 2019

The Department of Commerce announced March 4 that U.S. construction spending reached a record level in 2018, rising 4.1% to $1.3 trillion, beating the previous record high of $1.16 trillion set in 2006. Despite the record high, the percentage increase was the lowest since 2011. Public construction fell 0.6 percent, a drop fueled by a...

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Rebuilding roads, replacing transmission lines damaged during Hurricane Michael in Florida’s Panhandle

March 1st, 2019

Hurricane Michael caused extensive damage to Florida’s power grid network, leveling more than 100 transmission towers in a 34-mile (55-km) right-of-way from Port St. Joe to Callaway. This right-of-way crosses swampy, remote and hard-to-reach areas, making rebuilding the grid even more challenging. This extremely wet, muddy ground prevented Duke Energy repair vehicles from accessing the...

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Extreme sports, tough textiles

March 1st, 2019

Fabric, including these aerial silks, played a starring role in Circus Juventas’ 2018 performance of “Steam” in St. Paul, Minn. Circus Juventas is a nonprofit performing arts circus school for young people. Photo: Bill Raab. Fabricators go to great lengths to make sure every piece of material they produce or distribute will be up to...

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Thread technologies breaking through barriers

March 1st, 2019

Close-up bobbins with blue colored thread for industrial textile machines. The future of fabric or any manufactured product boils down to the components that make it up. For fabric that means yarns and threads—the building blocks of fabric possibilities. It’s an exciting time to be a part of yarn and thread innovations—innovations that include conductivity,...

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The parallax view

March 1st, 2019

“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?” ~Isaac Asimov   Since March 2008, our cover has featured...

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GSI to host webinar on MSE remediation and monitoring

February 28th, 2019

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar “MSE Wall Remediation and Monitoring,” on March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. The GSI database of failed MSE walls indicates that 44 out of...

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