PODCAST: Zornberg on Differing MSE Design Frameworks

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Mechanically stabilized earth walls have been the subject of the most read stories on Geosynthetica this year and a few of the most read stories in 2016 as well. This past spring, some of that field interest in MSE design became the focus of a unique meeting at the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference. There, the ASCE Geo-Institute Technical Committee on Geosynthetics brought together leading MS... »

Why Geosynthetics Matter for the Future of American Infrastructure

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The American Society of Civil Engineers has just released the 2017 Report Card on American Infrastructure. As expected, the Society finds that the nation’s current infrastructure is grossly underfunded and in need of significant repair. One of the surprises in the report card—particularly to geosynthetics professionals—is that solid waste management has been downgraded. Solid waste has routinely b... »

FHWA Limit Equilibrium Design Framework for MSE Structures

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The innovative performance of geosynthetic reinforcement materials has led to mechanically stabilized earth walls and slopes becoming a mainstay of modern infrastructure—particularly with highways and commercial development. However, agreement is not so easy to find on the design framework best suited to consistent long-term performance and safe engineering and construction. Failures are rare, but... »

Design Frameworks for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls

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During Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, the Technical Committee – Geosynthetics from ASCE’s Geo-Institute will hold a special working committee meeting on Design Frameworks for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls. The gathering is certain to draw attention, promoting discussion at the conference and providing potential and highly beneficial input to future designs. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 tak... »

PanAm-UNSAT 2017 Call for Abstracts

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The Geo-Institute (G-I) of ASCE has issued the call for abstracts for PanAm-UNSAT 2017, the Second Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils (Unsaturated Soil Mechanics for Sustainable Geotechnics). The conference will be held in Dallas, Texas 12 – 15 November 2017 at the Intercontinental Dallas. Abstracts are invited through 23 November 2016. All submissions should be made through the online p... »

Geosynthetics Prove Key to GeoChicago 2016 Success

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Geosynthetics were a prominent part of ASCE Geo-Institute‘s GeoChicago 2016 conference, which was held August 14 – 18 at the Sheraton Grand in downtown Chicago. The riverfront location, just off Lake Michigan, gave attendees a vibrant urban area for social events and, with the substantial ongoing river walk, greenspace, and bridge network redevelopment, more than ample opportunity for observ... »

GeoChicago 2016: Koerner Symposium Speakers

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ASCE Geo-Institute‘s GeoChicago 2016 conference opens next week. Program co-chairs Dr. Krishna R. Reddy, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Dr. Nazli Yesiller, A.M.ASCE (Global Waste Research Institute) have helped line up an extraordinary plan, which includes two high-level sessions honoring pioneers in the field: Dr. Robert Koerner and Dr. David Daniel. Also of note... »

NAGS Voting on Name Change and Board Liaison Members

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After 28 years, the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) may be on the verge of a name change. The organization, which is a chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and which represents chapter members in Canada and the United States, is currently voting on proposed changes to its by-laws. It is also proposed to add non-voting board liaison seats. Voting opened to NAGS membe... »

60 Minutes on the State of American Infrastructure

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The long-running, renowned television news magazine 60 Minutes broadcast a report on American infrastructure on its 23 November 2014 episode. It has received a fair amount of attention for the more dire facts it shared with the public (but which are not all too surprising to the engineering community). WATCH “Falling Apart: America’s Crumbling Infrastructure” and related extras T... »

Responding to Change: An Interview with Allen Cadden, Geo-Institute

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The Geo-Institute (G-I) is one eight specialty institutes organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to facilitate networking, knowledge transfer, and professional development. The Geo-Institute is dedicated to geotechnical engineering, and it serves as the United States member of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). With 11,500+ indi... »

Call for Abstracts: ASCE Shale Energy Conference, July 2014

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A great opportunity is approaching for the geosynthetics field to play a larger role in the environmental side of the shale energy dialogue. Through August 6, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Shale Energy Conference will accept abstracts. Geosynthetic liners are providing essential environmental and operational efficiency containment for shale energy sites, geogrids and geotextiles a... »

ASCE-EWRI at Low Impact Development Symposium

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The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) has announced a number of short course opportunities during the Low Impact Development (LID) Symposium. The 2013 International LID Symposium will be held 18-21 August 2013 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ASCE-EWRI is currently promoting the following the courses for the event: Morning Session Short... »