InterWrap Earns GAI-LAP Laboratory Accreditation in India

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International Packaging Products Pvt. Ltd (IPP), a wholly owned InterWrap Inc. company (now part of Owens Corning), has received GAI-LAP laboratory accreditation for its Silvassa, India location. In an announcement about the achievement, InterWrap noted that it is the first company in India to have received GAI-LAP accreditation in a manufacturing facility. It is also, according to the company, on... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Extends Early Registration to January 29

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We open the week with an unexpected gift: The early registration discount for GeoAmericas 2016 has been extended to January 29. The conference, which is the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, will be held 10 – 13 April 2016 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami. REGISTER ONLINE Highlights for the event include: 13 short courses 49 technical sessions, each of which averages 6 papers pe... »

George Koerner to Speak at Two Terrafix Seminars

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The annual terrafix® Winter Seminar Series delivers updated engineering and geosynthetic product information in a concise, free-to-attend seminar in multiple cities across Canada. This year’s program involves substantial updates, following significant changes in the market, standards, construction techniques, and other aspects that impact how to properly design with, specify, and use geosynt... »

Live and On-Demand Professional Development

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As the calendar year winds down, professional development opportunities such as engineering webinars are utilized more. For some, these sessions provide needed PDHs. For others, it is simply the best time of the year for them to take time for the education. In December, multiple live and on-demand sessions are available. Live and pre-recorded webinar-based and online education tools have expanded ... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Registration Opens

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GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, has been years in the making. After successful iterations in Mexico (2008) and Peru (2012), the Americas-uniting geotechnical conference returns. Organizers have announced the opening of the GeoAmericas 2016 registration. REGISTER ONLINE The event has already sold out the exhibit hall and the organizers have added extra rooms to t... »

Webinar: MSE Wall, Berm and Slope Construction Inspection

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) reminds readers that November 11 is the next date to take part in the popular webinar on MSE Wall, Berm and Slope Construction Inspection. Mechanically Stabilized Earth structures with geosynthetic reinforcements have become an enormous market across multiple infrastructure segments. Proper inspection and knowledge of them is essential to ensuring safety and durabi... »

Hotel Booking Scams: Warning Issued by GeoAmericas 2016

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Many conferences are targeted by hotel booking scams and room resellers who are not associated with the event. These non-sanctioned buyers convince potential attendees that rooms are selling out and that they hold the last few available rooms.  They sell rooms at rates well-above the conference rate and often tack on hidden fees and expensive cancellation policies. Conference organizers and host h... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Sells Out Hall and Adds Hotel Rooms

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The exhibit hall has been sold out and organizers of GeoAmericas 2016 have had to add hotel rooms to the conference block at the venue, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and Resort, due to the early surge in booking. All this and registration has yet to open. (It opens next week.) To say the least, GeoAmericas 2016 is shaping up for success. The 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics is enjoying e... »

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... »

Geosynthetic Institute Announces 2015 – 2016 Fellowship Awards

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long and successful record of promoting geosynthetics research in university engineering programs through is GSI Fellowship Awards program. The 2015 – 2016 Fellowship Awards further extended the reach of eligible candidates, opening for the first time to Master’s Degree students too instead of only doctoral candidates. The outreach was a huge success, broaden... »

IGS Educate the Educators Succeeds in Texas

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More than 40 civil and geotechnical engineering professors from across the US and Canada gathered in Austin, Texas in late July to take part in the Educate the Educators™ (EtE) event. Following the mission of the original EtE from the 1990s, the International Geosynthetics Society‘s (IGS) two-day program in Austin sought to increase geosynthetics education in university engineering curricula... »

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 Asia and IGS Council Gather in Seoul

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Despite some anxiety over recent cases of the viral Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in some places in Korea, the geosynthetics community kept to its schedule and gathered for the long-anticipated 2nd GSI Asia conference from the Geosynthetic Institute. The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) also took the opportunity to call together its IGS Council for high-level meetings. Korea, as... »

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... »

GSI Fellowships Now Open to Master’s Engineering Students

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has invested tens of thousands of dollars in its engineering research fellowship program over the years. The 2015 – 2016 academic year fellowship Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued. It is notable for its expansion of eligibility to master’s engineering students. Previously, the program was open only to doctoral program candidate research. The RFP is ... »

GSI Asia 2015 Opens for Abstracts

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) international affiliate GSI Korea will host the GSI Asia 2015 Conference 24 – 26 June 2015 at the Textile Center in Seoul, Korea. This marks the 2nd GSI-Asia International Geosynthetics Conference. The event has launched a website and abstracts are invited for consideration through January 25. EVENT WEBSITE Key session topics: Stabilized and Reinforced Soil Structu... »

November Webinar: Geosynthetics in Hydraulic Structures

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Live and on-demand education for engineers has really taken off. The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) ran a successful webinar series in 2014. The online site Geo-U.com has been delivering geosynthetics-related on-demand presentations from international experts. And the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) hosts monthly webinars. On November 12, Dr. Robert Koerner will continue the series with ... »

Geosynthetic Institute June Short Courses

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has opened registration for its next geosynthetics training sessions. To be held at the Folsom, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) headquarters of GSI, the following courses will be offered: QA/QC of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities – Thursday, 19 June 2014 Construction Inspection of MSE Walls, Berms and Slopes – Friday, 20 June 2014 All GSI one-day courses c... »

GSI Webinar on Landfill Closures, May 14

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By Robert M. Koerner – The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will host its twelfth in a series of monthly GSI Webinars on May 14 (11:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT). The topic: “Landfill Closures:  Past-Present-Emerging.” Participants will be able to assess past landfill cover practices and gain comparisons to present practice as required by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency through RCRA and Superfund reg... »

Wednesday Webinar: Landfill Expansion

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By Robert Koerner – With literally thousands of old landfills scattering the worldwide landscape, their upgrading (via lateral and vertical expansions) to an engineered landfill is clearly possible to accomplish.  This is obviously the case for existing landfills needing greater capacity as well.  A key aspect for old landfills is to provide proper liner systems; these being geosynthetic mat... »

Geo-U Launches with 14 Lectures from Koerner and Peggs

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Live and pre-recorded webinar-based and online education tools have expanded rapidly in engineering circles. The launch of Geo-U (www.geo-u.com) adds to this movement the insight of some of the world’s foremost experts on geosynthetics. Geo-U has debuted with 12 lectures from Dr. Robert Koerner of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) and two from Dr. Ian D. Peggs (I-CORP INTERNATIONAL). The lectures a... »

Behavior and Analysis of 20 Solid Waste Landfill Failures

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By Robert M. Koerner – The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) holds a monthly webinar, and the February 12 session is sure to interest a great many who work in or whose work intersects with the discipline of geosynthetics. The topic: “Behavior and Analysis of 20 Solid Waste Landfill Failures.” REGISTER ONLINE Date: February 12 Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST In comparison to the number of... »

GSI Webinar Focuses on Lifetime Prediction of Geosynthetics

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By Robert Koerner – The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will hold its first webinar of 2014 on Wednesday, January 8, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EST). This monthly webinar series is held every second Wednesday of a month. GSI members enjoy discounted attendance. The January 8 topic focuses on the lifetime prediction of geosynthetics, including both exposed and non-exposed materials. A FREQUENT QUE... »

Anniversaries in Geosynthetics 2013

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Each year one finds a good number of anniversaries to recognize. In engineering, you might recognize company milestones, professional society anniversaries, a particular geotechnical event, the invention of a material, etc. Here, we’ve compiled a handful of the anniversaries in geosynthetics that passed in 2013. NOTE: Slideshow will run automatically. Scroll over and use the arrows on either side ... »

Dec 11 Webinar: Geosynthetics in Agriculture and Aquaculture

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By Dr. Robert M. Koerner, P.E. – On Wednesday, December 11, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Eastern), the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will continue its monthly webinar series. The forthcoming topic is “Geosynthetics in Agriculture and Aquaculture.” REGISTER ONLINE This webinar illustrates the many and varied applications of geosynthetics which can be (and have been) used in agric... »