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... »

Chapter Activities Lead IGS News 32-2

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) had trouble fitting all of its content into IGS News, Volume 32, Issue 2. The 62-page, just-released digital publication includes chapter updates, event stories, case studies, profiles, and more. IGS Chapter activities are certainly the standout. DOWNLOAD A COPY OF IGS NEWS V32, ISSUE 2 (PDF) “The chapters are getting more active,” writes IGS Vice Pres... »

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... »

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). ... »

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Cazzuffi on Geosynthetics Standardization

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Following the recent meetings of ISO TC 221 – Geosynthetics, Past President of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Daniele Cazzuffi sat down to discuss geosynthetics and how standardization efforts at the national and international level benefit the global civil engineering community, including through the Europe-wide CEN TC 189 – Geosynthetics Committee, of which Cazzuffi is Chair... »

Mid-Term Elections Lead IGS News 32-1

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The first 2016 issue of IGS News from the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has been released. The issue includes some prominent support of the Society’s first major regional conference of the year—GeoAmericas 2016—and reminds members of the forthcoming mid-term elections for the IGS Council (2016 – 2020). The IGS has worked hard over the years to promote more equal representat... »

Golder Seeks Geosynthetics Laboratory Technician

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Golder Associates has an entry-level Laboratory Technician position open in its Atlanta, Georgia office. Specifically, the position will work in the Materials Testing Laboratory and Geosynthetics Laboratory. The technician will also assist in the Geotechnical Laboratory. Golder is a global, employee-owned organization that provides independent consulting, design, and construction services. Its are... »

GeoAsia 6 Extends Abstracts Deadline

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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, which celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2013. In 2016, GeoAsia 6 will bring the event back to India. Organizers have announced an extension to the deadline for abstracts. Due date: 31 January 2016. The theme for GeoAsia 6 is ... »

Geosynthetic Liners: Technical Note on ULC S668-12

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Solmax’s new series of technical notes includes a just-released one regarding ULC S668-12, Standard for Liners Used for Secondary Containment of Aboveground Flammable and Combustible Liquid Tanks. The standard provides minimum properties and performance requirement for secondary containment liners. VIEW & DOWNLOAD A COPY Solmax’s technical note efficiently summarizes the standard, ... »

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... »

SLIDESHOW: Brazil Workshop on Geomembrane Installation Quality

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By Bruno Pedroni and Chris Kelsey – On June 9, a two-day workshop on Geomembrane Installation Quality convened in São Paulo, Brazil. Organized and promoted by Geosynthetica and its sister publication Geosynthetica.net.br (a Portuguese-language online magazine), the workshop was held at the Engineering Institute. Expert instruction for “Qualidade na Instalação de Geomembranas” was provi... »

Geosynthetics Installation Workshop in Brazil

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Geosynthetica’s partner publication in Brazil—Geosynthetica.net.br—has organized a two-day training session on geosynthetic installation. “Qualidade Na Instalação De Geomembranas” will take place 9 – 10 June 2015 in São Paulo and feature expert instruction from Luduik Rosales, Indiara Giugni, and Julio Ferreira. DOWNLOAD THE EVENT FLYER (PDF – Portuguese) The opportunity has already drawn nu... »

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... »

Full-Scale Evaluation of Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs

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The December 2014 issue of Land and Water Magazine (www.landandwater.com) includes an extensive piece on “Independent, Full-Scale Evaluation of Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs.” Authored by C. Joel Sprague (TRI Environmental), Peter Kemp (Wisconsin DOT), and Katheryn Malusky (AASHTO NTPEP), the article describes the development of full-scale testing in erosion control materials, curr... »

EMPLOYMENT: East Coast Erosion Control Seeks Technical Services Manager

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BERNVILLE, Pa. – East Coast Erosion Blankets, LLC, dba East Coast Erosion Control, a privately held erosion control product manufacturing company, has an immediate employment opening for a Technical Services Manager. Competitive wages and benefits are offered. Position duties include: Provide product use expertise for distributors, end users, and customer service colleagues Maintain a working know... »

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... »

TenCate Excels in Transportation Study

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TenCate Mirafi® RS580i outperformed all geosynthetics tested by the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University in Bozeman, (MT) USA. This independent full-scale unpaved roadway performance study – called “The Relative Operational Performance of Geosynthetics Used as Subgrade Stabilization” – was recently completed. The study was fully funded by nine US Sta... »

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... »

UK Environment Agency Republishes Geomembrane Publications

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You may be seeing a lot of familiar material returning from the Environment Agency of the United Kingdom online. A new website for www.uk.gov has started reissuing reports as it replenishes its online library. Some of these materials feature updated layouts and sections, but some are also older reports (e.g., from 2009’s series) bearing only a new date (the date of reposting to the site). That cer... »

European Standards Address the Silver Economy

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ISTANBUL – The European Standardization Organizations are ready to work with business and other stakeholders, including groups representing older citizens and consumers, to develop age-friendly standards that will meet the needs of an ageing population and support the growth of the silver economy in Europe. This is the main conclusion to be drawn from the discussions that took place at the 3... »

Final Report #2: Geosynthetics in Subgrade Stabilization

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From December 2011 through the end of May 2014, the Montana Department of Transportation led a pooled fund study on “Performance of Geosynthetics in Subgrade Stabilization.” The research, which was carried out by the Western Transportation Institute (WTI, based at Montana State University) follows a smaller Phase I, which was carried out in 2008 and 2009 by WTI. DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE ... »

Upcoming IECA Region One Webinars

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The International Erosion Control Association (IECA Region One) offers a wide range of webinar education opportunities. These programs focus on a diverse range of applications, industries and products. Multiple courses, for example, touch upon erosion and sediment control angles in the oil and gas industry (May 7, May 21, June 18). On August 20, a Spanish-language session on RUSLE tools for evalua... »

Last Chance to Join Special Sessions at Geosynthetics 2015

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Geosynthetics 2015 will be held 15 – 18 February 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Today (April 15) is the final day to submit abstracts to the conference’s technical sessions. Ian Peggs of I-CORP INTERNATIONAL reminds readers that there are two exceptional opportunities to contribute to sessions at the conference: “Critical Applications of Geosynthetics” (high walls, critical cont... »

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... »