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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Each year, the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One elects board members to serve as association officers at the IECA Annual Conference in February. The following board members were re-elected to their current officer positions: Charles R. Riling Jr., TRETCNO, ABI, CESSWI, administrative vice president Don Thieman, CPESC, LEED-AP, secretary Jonathan Koepke, CPESC, LEED-AP, …

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) will sponsor a webinar “GCL Shear Testing,” on February 28, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST. The webinar is free to student and industry professionals. In this presentation, Chris Bareither, P.E., Ph.D., will discuss the internal and interface shear strength of geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs). General topics covered will …

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and IGS North America will sponsor a webinar “An Introduction to Geopipe,” on March 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. The webinar is free to students and industry professionals. In this webinar, Dr. Michael Pluimer, P.E., Ph.D., will open a series on applications, specifications and test methods associated with …