AASHTO board elects officers for 2017–18

September 29, 2017

The AASHTO Journal announced Sept. 28, 2017, that the board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) elected Tennessee Department of Transportation commissioner John Schroer as president for the coming year; Schroer served as vice president during the past year. The board—made up of

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AECOM’s Cummings elected ARTBA chair

September 29, 2017

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced Matthew (Matt) G. Cummings, a Philadelphia-based executive vice president with global infrastructure company AECOM, was elected 2017–18 ARTBA chair. ARTBA said Cummings’ career in the transportation construction industry spans 30 years, including 23 years at AECOM. A registered professional engineer in

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GSI hosts QA/QC of geosynthetics online course

September 28, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer an online course entitled “QA/QC of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities,” Oct. 3–5, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT each day. This course focuses on the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of geosynthetics placed in permanent or

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Feds award California $274.5 million in additional transportation funding

September 27, 2017

 The federal government has awarded California $274.5 million in extra transportation funding for meeting all its deadlines for federally funded projects. “California has a reputation for maximizing its federal funding and successfully launching infrastructure projects, and these additional funds are our reward for that proven track record,” said Caltrans director

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George Koerner to deliver Koerner lecture at Geo-Carolinas

September 26, 2017

Dr. George Koerner will deliver the second lecture in the Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series at the Inaugural Geo-Carolinas Conference, hosted by the Geo-Carolinas Chapter of the Geo-Institute. The conference will take place October 9 and 10, 2017, in Charlotte, N.C. Koerner’s lecture, titled “Geosynthetic Successes Hidden in

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SWS opens registration for Webinar Fest

September 26, 2017

On Sept. 20, 2017, Storm Water Solutions (SWS) opened registration for Webinar Fest, a new, free three-day educational event featuring two keynote webinars, live and on-demand webinars, and a comprehensive agenda of storm water management and erosion control topics. The event is Oct. 17–19, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5

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GSI offers webinar on failed MSE walls with geosynthetics

September 25, 2017

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar entitled “A Data Base and Analysis of 301 Failed MSE Walls with Geosynthetic Reinforcement,” on October 11, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls, berms and slopes with geosynthetic reinforcement have been developed since the 1970s,

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EPA to review 2015 coal ash final rule

September 22, 2017

On Sept. 14, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted two petitions to reconsider substantive provisions of the Final Rule regulating coal combustion residuals (CCR) as nonhazardous waste under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). “In light of EPA’s new statutory authority, it is

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FiberVisions to raise geotextile fiber prices

September 21, 2017

FiberVisions of Duluth, Ga., will implement a 10% price increase on all grade of geotextile staple fibers, effective Oct. 1, 2017. The company says the price increase is independent of any movement in the index that sets fiber pricing. FiberVisions said it is making the price increases to return their

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NHI offers rockfall stabilization course online

September 19, 2017

The National Highway Institute (NHI) will offer a web-based course on rockfall stabilization. The beginning-level course, developed by the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC) in partnership with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and NHI, will introduce the key concepts in rockfall stabilization, including tools and

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