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... »

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... »

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). ... »

ASTM D35 Program for Seminar on Geosynthetics in India

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ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics will hold a seminar on geosynthetics in India 2 – 4 December 2015. The event will be held at the Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) headquarters in Mumbai. The program for the full-day seminar and 1.5-day meetings includes: December 2 (Seminar) Introduction and welcoming remark – Dr. Desai, BTRA ASTM International Presentation – Katerina Ko... »

ASTM D35 Announces Geosynthetics Seminar in India

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ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has announced a special geosynthetics seminar and associated committee meetings to held in Mumbia, India 2 – 4 December 2015 at the Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) headquarters. VISIT THE D35 EVENT PAGE The move is welcomed. India is home to the world’s fastest growing population and one of the most ambitious and dynamic infr... »

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... »

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... »

Standards Updates: ASTM D35 & D18

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On the heels of the June ASTM International Committee Week meetings in Indianapolis, a number of new and revised standards and work items have been announced by Committees D35 on Geosynthetics and D18 on Soil and Rock. While D18 has withdrawn a few items, we include here only one work item from that committee: a work item related to rolled erosion control products (RECPs). D35’s announcement mostl... »

George Koerner Earns ASTM Award of Merit

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During the recent ASTM International Committee Week meetings in Indianapolis (12-14 June 2013), George Koerner, Ph.D., P.E., CQA of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) was honored with the “Award of Merit” and the title of “Fellow” by ASTM International. In a June 13 ceremony, Dr. Mary C. McKiel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who serves as ASTM International Chairman o... »

ASTM Committee D35 Updates

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With ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics to meet shortly in Indianapolis, we summarize here the most recent updates from the committee. GEOMEMBRANES 4 June 2013 – ASTM International has reapproved D5721 – Standard Practice for Air-Oven Aging of Polyolefin Geomembranes. Developed by Committee D35.02, this practice covers a means for estimating the resistance of polyolefin geomembranes t... »

Standards Update from D35 on Geosynthetics

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There are two ASTM International standards updates to report for 8 April 2013 from Committee D35 on Geosynthetics: * Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has published a new standard, D7853 – Standard Test Method for Hydraulic Pullout Resistance of a Geomembrane with Locking Extensions Embedded in Concrete. As the committee notes in the Significance and Use section of the standard, “Due to h... »

McCartney Receives ASTM International Leadership Award

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – John S. McCartney, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., is a recipient of the 2013 President’s Leadership Award from ASTM International. The President’s Leadership Award recognizes individuals early in their ASTM career who have significantly advanced the Society’s mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example... »

D35 on Seam Strength of Geotextiles

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ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has announced work item, WK41425 – Standard Test Method for Strength of Sewn or Thermally Bonded Seams of Geotextiles. This work item is a revision to existing standard D4884-12. The proposed changes are to the scope and references sections as well as to clean up some wording. See also: D35 home page »

From the Archives: D35 Guide for Evaluating GCL Direct Shear

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One from the archives: ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics’ March 2013 announcement of a direct shear-related revised test for geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) has us recalling Geosynthetica’s May 2011 article on an at-the-time new direct shear guide. The March 2013 revised standard is ASTM D6243-13 – Standard Test Method for Determining the Internal and Interface Shear Resistance... »