Congratulations, Joel Sprague and Grace Hsuan

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Two of the geosynthetics field’s most respected figures, Joel Sprague and Grace Hsuan, were honored on Thursday, June 15, at the ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics meetings in Toronto. JOEL SPRAGUE TRI Environmental‘s Senior Engineer Joel Sprague received the ASTM Award of Merit, a prestigious honor that earns him the title of Fellow. In a release from ASTM, Committee D3... »

Sprague Earns ASTM Award of Merit for Geosynthetics Work

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ASTM International’s Committee D35 on Geosynthetics will present its highest honor, the ASTM Award of Merit, to C. Joel Sprague, senior engineer for TRI Environmental. The Award of Merit will be presented on Thursday, June 15 as part of the D35 Committee Meeting Week in Toronto. The prestigious award bestows upon him the honorary title of fellow. It is the standards organization’s highest recognit... »

NAUE Asia Achieves SAMM Accreditation for Testing Geosynthetics

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When the international geosynthetics manufacturer NAUE GmbH & Co. KG founded NAUE Asia Sdn. Bhd. (NASB) in Malaysia in 2011, it did so to serve infrastructure markets in Asia and Oceania—and to do so with the same high-quality standards it employs at its renowned facilities in Germany. Now, the NAUE Asia testing laboratory has achieved SAMM accreditation for testing geosynthetics, in accordanc... »

New ASTM D35 Subcommittee on Geosynthetic Product Specification

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The influential ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics has established a new subcommittee: D35.06, Subcommittee on Product Specifications. The first meeting of the subcommittee is schedule for ASTM Committee Week, 14 – 16 June 2017 in Toronto, Canada. In a letter to committee members, the standardization body noted that the new subcommittee has come about through “discussion with the American Associa... »

Mark Wolschon Reaches 25 Years in Quality Control

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Environmental Protection Inc.’s (EPI) Mark Wolschon has achieved a career milestone: his silver anniversary in quality control. EPI honored Wolschon in late May for his 25 years of service to the Michigan-based fabricator and installer. Wolschon has been a strong influence not only within the 36-year-old company’s operations but within the geosynthetics industry. He has been a particip... »

Goddard Named Chair of ASTM D35 on Geosynthetics

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Industry veteran Jim Goddard has been named Committee Chair of ASTM D35 on Geosynthetics. He has served a member of D35 for nearly 30 years. He has previously been recognized by D35 with an Award of Merit (2009) for his record of activity. Goddard has worked as a consultant for the past six years, following a well-regarded career, most notably as chief engineer of Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS). ... »

Geotechnical Engineering Conference Tours DDRF

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The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) hosted the 46th Annual Southeastern Transportation Geotechnical Engineering Conference (STGEC) 19 – 23 October 2015 in Greenville. Among the highlights of the event was a field trip to the Denver Downs Research Facility (DDRF) in Anderson, South Carolina, where attendees saw up-close how geosynthetics, plastic pipe, and erosion and sediment c... »

Last Day to Register for Plastic Pipe Short Courses in Texas

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The extended registration period for the corrugated and solid wall plastic pipe training courses in Austin, Texas comes to a close on October 2. The two 1.5-day sessions, which are part of Pipe Week professional development activities, will feature expert instruction on pipe and conduit, applications, basic polymer chemistry, resins, polymeric properties, testing, specification, long-term performa... »

Plastic Pipe Training Courses Include PPI Experts

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Pipe Week returns with two 1.5-day plastic pipe training courses. The events will be held at TRI Environmental’s Austin, Texas campus. Both corrugated (October 6 – 7) and solid wall plastic pipe (October 8 – 9) will be addressed. Major topics include pipe and conduit, applications, basic polymer chemistry, resins, polymeric properties, testing, specification, long-term performanc... »

New Equipment Enables Transparent, 3D Soil-Geogrid Interaction Pullout Testing

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The September 2015 issue of ASTM’s Geotechnical Testing Journal will feature a new article from Dr. Julio Ferreira and Dr. Jorge Zornberg. The focus of their work is “A Transparent Pullout Testing Device for 3D Evaluation of Soil–Geogrid Interaction.” Derived from a new, small-scale transparent pullout testing device—one with transparent bottom plate and sidewalls that fit in load fram... »

Pipe Week Courses, October 6 – 9

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Pipe Week returns with two 1.5-day short courses to be held at TRI Environmental’s Austin, Texas campus. Both corrugated (October 6 – 7) and solid-wall plastic pipe (October 8 – 9) will be addressed. Major topics include pipe and conduit, applications, basic polymer chemistry, resins, polymeric properties, testing, specification, long-term performance, long-term hydrostatic stren... »

GSI White Paper 32 on HDPE Geomembranes

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The Geosynthetic Insitute (GSI) has accomplished a lot internationally with its generic specifications, often filling a void in or setting the stage for ASTM or ISO standardization developments in geosynthetics. One of the most significant specifications released by GSI’s Geosynthetic Research Institute is the GRI-GM13 Specification for HDPE Geomembranes. GSI White Paper 32, released early this ye... »

TRI Announces Plastic Pipe Short Course for April

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Mario Paredes, P.E., spent nearly 20 years working for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). His career there included a 6-year post as Florida’s State Corrosion Engineer, which included a broad level of responsibility for oversight of material durability, such as in plastic pipe applications. He’s now joined TRI Environmental as a Senior Engineer, and on April 22 and 23 he̵... »

Terracon’s Ebelhar Named 2015 Chairman of ASTM Board of Directors

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 8 January 2015—Ronald J. Ebelhar, P.E., D.GE, senior principal with Terracon in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been named chairman of the 2015 ASTM International board of directors. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ebelhar joined McClelland Engineers in Houston, Texas, as a staff engineer in 1977, work... »

Improve Your Business with CQA Week Training

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CQA Week was established 10 years ago to provide technically advanced but immediately implementable, revenue-generating expertise for geotechnical engineering businesses. The focus is on providing the type of training that will keep companies (and regulators) ahead of the field. Held twice per year, CQA Week will next take place 13 – 17 October 2014 in Austin, Texas at the TRI Environmental campus... »

CQA Week Short Courses and Certification, October 13 – 17

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TRI Environmental has announced the short course line up for the next CQA Week. Now in its 10th year, CQA Week will be 13 – 17 October 2014 in Austin, Texas and feature training and certification opportunities in liner integrity (leak location) surveys, CQA of geosynthetic installations, and CQA of compacted clay and GCL installations. REGISTER FOR CQA WEEK ONLINE DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE (PDF) The s... »

New Edition of Electrical Leak Location Guide

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TRI Environmental has published an updated Electrical Leak Location Survey General Guide. This publication (August 2014) closely follows the release of ASTM International Committee D35’s new standard, D7953 – Standard Practice for Electrical Leak Location on Exposed Geomembranes Using the Arc Testing Method. DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE ELL GUIDE (PDF) The most substantive change in the guid... »

Electrical Leak Location Method Receives New ASTM Designation

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AUSTIN, Texas – After having been in commercial use in Europe since 1999, the arc testing electrical leak location (ELL) method has finally found a home among other electrical leak location methods in ASTM International’s standards system. ASTM D7953-14, Standard Practice for Electrical Leak Location on Exposed Geomembranes Using the Arc Testing Method, has been approved by Committee D35 on ... »

D35 Proposing Standard for Stormwater Catch Basin Filters

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 17 July 2014 – A proposed new ASTM International standard will offer a means to reduce the impact of contaminated stormwater entering local drains. WK45326, Specification for Stormwater Catch Basin Filter, will aid community developments, sports facilities, fairgrounds, stadiums and factories in complying with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water initiatives... »

Kolbasuk Receives Award of Merit from ASTM Committee D35

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2 JULY 2014 — ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has honored Gary Kolbasuk, director of innovation and technology at Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with the Award of Merit. The Award of Merit and its accompanying title of fellow is ASTM’s highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to standards activities. A member of AST... »

ASTM Geosynthetics Committee Honors David Suits

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — 28 March 2014 — ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has established a new award in honor of L. David Suits, executive director of the North American Geosynthetic Society, Albany, N.Y. The award recognizes Suits’ long-term service and commitment to the committee and to the geosynthetic community at large. Suits is the inaugural recipient of the award. In the fut... »

ASTM Awards David Suits Johnson Award

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., October 23, 2013— L. David Suits, executive director of the North American Geosynthetics Society, Albany, N.Y., has received the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award from ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. This award is presented to a member whose efforts have produced a particular outstanding result or significant contribution to the work of the comm... »

D35 Publishes Geosynthetic Clay Liner Symposium Book

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During the June 2012 ASTM meeting of Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, a special symposium was held on “Current and Future Practices for the Testing of Multi-Component Geosynthetic Clay Liners.” This marked the third GCL symposia the committee had conducted, with the first two taking place in 1996 and 2003. Here in 2013, the book from that gathering has been published in print and digita... »

Committee D35 on Geosynthetics 30th Anniversary Dinner

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ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics is reaching a major milestone. During the January Committee Week gathering in Houston, Texas, the Committee will mark its 30th anniversary with a celebratory dinner. Committee D35’s standardization efforts have greatly helped develop the awareness, acceptance and use of geosynthetics.  ASTM Committee Week will take place 29-31 January 2014 at... »

New Standard on Electrical Methods for Locating Geomembrane Leaks

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2 August 2013—A proposed new ASTM International standard will describe all field-proven electrical methods for locating leaks in installed geomembranes. ASTM WK42576, Practice for Electrical Leak Location on Exposed Geosynthetics, is currently being developed by Subcommittee D35.10 on Geomembranes, part of ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics. “The technolo... »