Geosynthetic Institute Awards 11 with 2017 – 2018 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute has announced 11 recipients for the 2017 – 2018 Fellowships. These annually awarded GSI research grants are given out, in consultation with the GSI Board of Directors, to master’s and doctoral level applicants studying geosynthetics. GSI’s program issues numerous awards, each worth up to USD $5,000, during the fellowship awards cycle. Candidates with a vision of longer-t... »

MSE Wall Failures vis-à-vis the Lack of Geotechnical Filters

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By Dr. Robert M. Koerner – Since 2001, the Geosynthetic Institute has accumulated data on failures of geosynthetic-reinforced mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls. Our MSE wall failures database presently has 301 cases, of which 191 (63%) have been caused in whole or part by water within, or adjacent to, the reinforced soil zone. We sincerely hope that our past writings and webinars... »

GSI Issues Graduate Student RFP for 2017-2018 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects with geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics. GSI has now opened the global request for proposals for its 2017-2018 fellowships for graduate students. Masters and doctoral candidates are eligible to receive awards of up to $5,000 per r... »

SWANApalooza Includes Geosynthetics Panel on Failure and Value

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At the open of promotional video for the March 28 geosynthetics panel discussion on failure and project value, the narrator quotes renowned investor Warren Buffet: Price is what you pay; value is what you get. This is an especially apt comment for geosynthetics, where the decline of a simple quality assurance service can lead to millions of dollars of litigation, clean up, and repair due to failur... »

Geosynthetic Institute Ups Webinar Offerings in 2017

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has run a highly successful series of monthly webinars over the past few years. The webinar offerings will increase in 2017, with two sessions per month from January through June followed by one per month from July through December. With January 4, GSI’s webinars will shift their traditional schedule. Instead of hosting a monthly session on the second Wednesday of ... »

A Primer on Soil and Geotextile Filter Design for MSE Walls

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Drs. Robert and George Koerner of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) are no strangers to tackling challenging topics—subjects which are either difficult to motivate discussion on (e.g., failures) or difficult to document (e.g., developing and monitoring long-term studies). One of the information-sharing vehicles they’ve utilized over the years to keep information flowing has been to release influent... »

Live and On-Demand Engineering Webinars in December

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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. GEO-U ENGINEERING WEBINARS The Geosynthetic Institute’s Dr. Robert Koerner ha... »

Geosynthetics Asia 2016 Makes Last-Minute Venue Change

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Only days away, the 6th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (Geosynthetics Asia 2016) has had to make a venue change due to unresolvable logistical contraints with the original site. The new site–the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel–is able to hold the November 8 – 11 event on the same schedule as planned by IGS India and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Counci... »

GSI Webinar: MSE Wall Remediation and Monitoring

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a strong background in providing education and resources on all types of geosynthetics; but GSI is particularly versed in retaining wall-related education. The monthly GSI Webinars are presented on the second Wednesday of a month. The next offering (November 9, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EST)) will focus on “MSE Wall Remediation and Monitoring.” This particular webina... »

October 12 Webinar: MSE Wall Back Drainage Design

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The Geosynthetic Institute will host its next GSI Webinar on 12 October 2016. The topic is MSE Wall Back Drainage Design.  GSI offers these 75-minute sessions (with Q&A time added to the end) on the second Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am (EDT). Participants may be eligible to receive 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs) with completion of a 10-question multiple choice test following ... »

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... »

Lifetime Predictions of Geosynthetics Webinar

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Interest in the topic of lifetime predictions for geosynthetics has grown substantially as project records extend beyond 40 years. Research projects on material service life continue to be tracked. And, test methods on geosynthetic durability are enhanced each year. The  Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) makes this topic–lifetime predictions–the subject its next GSI Webinar, to be held Augu... »

IGS India Ready for GeoAsia 6 in New Delhi

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Nearly 20 years ago, the GeoAsia conference series kicked off with an International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) conference in Bangalore. The event was hosted by IGS India. In 2016, GeoAsia 6 will bring the event back to India. The theme for GeoAsia 6 is “Geosynthetics for Infrastructure Development.” Roads, hydraulic structures, reinforcement, ground improvement, and geosynthetics test... »

WINFAB Earns GAI-LAP Accreditation

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Willacoochee Industrial Fabrics (WINFAB), a manufacturer of geotextiles and erosion control materials, has earned accreditation from the Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute – Laboratory Accreditation Program (GAI-LAP). The program is highly respected in the international geosynthetics manufacturing and testing fields. George Koerner of the Geosyntietic Institute (GSI) conducted the GAI-LAP audit ... »

Geosynthetic Institute Announces 2016 – 2017 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has announced the winners of the 2016 – 2017 GSI Fellowships. The annually awarded research grants are giving out, in consultation with the GSI Board of Directors, to master’s and doctoral level applicants studying geosynthetics. GSI’s program issues numerous awards, each of USD $5,000, during the fellowship awards cycle. Candidates with a vision of longer-term res... »

PODCAST: Coal Combustion Residuals and GCLs

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Geosynthetica’s Director, Elizabeth Peggs, interviewed Dr. Craig Benson (University of Virginia) and engineer John Allen (CETCO) about coal combustion residuals (CCRs) and new barrier system regulations governing CCR handling and storage. Both Benson and Allen will be at the Coal Ash Management Forum on July 21 and 22 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Benson is a speaker at the event. In their discuss... »

Additional Details on Coal Ash Management Forum

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During the past week, Geosynthetica has interviewed waste management operators, utilities, design engineering firms, geosynthetics manufacturers, and fabricators and installers about coal combustion residuals (CCRs). The interviews are part of a series of stories we will publish on the sector and participants in the Coal Ash Management Forum, which takes place July 21 and 22 in Charlotte, North Ca... »

Coal Ash Management Forum Program

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The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) and the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) are holding the Coal Ash Management Forum July 21 and 22 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event features a 1.5-day technical program that will take participants through a comprehensive range of topics: Perspectives on CCR Management Current Research on Coal Combustion Residuals G... »

GRI-GM30 Delivers a Woven-Coated Geomembrane Spec

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On May 24, Interwrap’s Jimmie Eloff was discussing a canal lining option with an engineer in Idaho. The next morning, Eloff contacted the engineer with a woven-coated geomembrane specification from the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI). The engineer told him he’d looked for that very type of standard specification from GRI but had been unable to find one. GRI had just officially approved... »

GSI Launches Online Designing With Geosynthetics Course

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) continues to push geosynthetics education and professional development in forward-thinking ways. In 2012, GSI Director Emeritus Dr. Robert Koerner acquired full publishing rights to his seminal Designing with Geosynthetics textbook and released its 6th edition with a two-volume electronic option (e.g., Amazon Kindle) available for less than $4 per volume. The Insti... »

20 Landfill Failures in Next GSI Live Webinar

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On Wednesday, March 9, the Geosynthetic Institute will hold a live webinar on “Behavior and Analysis of 20 Solid Waste Landfill Failures.” The session will begin at 11:30 am (EST) promptly and last for approximately 75 minutes. Question time will be available at the end. Participants may earn 1.5 PDHs, with successful completion of a 10-question multiple choice test. Register online Co... »

GSI Issues RFP for Graduate Student Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects with geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics. GSI has now opened the global request for proposals for its 2016 – 2017 graduate student fellowships. Awards of up to $5,000 per research and development project. Masters and doctoral candi... »

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... »