DOT announces historic bridge investment under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

January 17, 2022

More than $27 billion to states and tribal transportation facilities to fix an estimated 15,000 bridges nationwide Bridge at Overpeck Park in Bergen County, N.J. The DOT bridge guidance notes that federal funds can be used for 100 percent of the cost of repairing or rehabilitating locally owned bridges. Photograph by FeldBum. Creative Commons License: […]

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LOGISTEC Corp. names Bolduc president of LOGISTEC Environmental Services and SANEXEN Environmental Services

January 14, 2022

Jean-François Bolduc. Photograph courtesy of LOGISTEC Corp. LOGISTEC Corp. in Montreal, Que., Canada, appointed Jean-François Bolduc president of LOGISTEC Environmental Services Inc. and SANEXEN Environmental Services Inc., leading providers of innovative environmental engineering solutions. Bolduc brings an impressive track record as a global engineering, consulting and senior construction executive with 30 years’ experience delivering environmental […]

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DOT doubles investment in Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Grant Program

January 13, 2022

Program will provide $5 million more for expedited delivery of transportation infrastructure projects through innovative finance and delivery methods Fresno, Calif., is one of five Regional Infrastructure Accelerators chosen for grants in the Regional Infrastructure Accelerators Demonstration Program. Photograph by Etherealsmoke. Creative Commons License: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0). The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) […]

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Part 1: Top reasons chemical resistance is a very important geomembrane property

January 12, 2022

By Felon Wilson, Industrial Fabrics Business Director, Seaman Corp. XR-5 Geomembrane lined Metals Processing Wastewater Impoundment, North Carolina. Photograph courtesy of Seaman Corp. Editor’s note: This is part 1 of the 3-part series, “Understanding and Assuring Proper Geomembrane Chemical Resistance.” Parts 2 and 3 will be published on Jan. 19 and Jan. 26, 2022. In […]

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Western Green launches WattleFence for sediment control applications

January 11, 2022

Photograph courtesy of Layfield Geosynthetics Western Green has released WattleFence, a solution to evolve treatment of sediment-laden flows, quickly and cost-effectively replacing more traditional technologies for perimeter control, slope interruption, ditch checks and more, the company says. WattleFence combines the best features of wattles (aka, logs and sediment retention fiber rolls [SRFRs]) and silt fences. The […]

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Propex Global announces engineered mattress system for scour and erosion protection

January 10, 2022

Photograph courtesy of Propex Global Propex Global has launched the PYRAMATTRESS Engineered Mattress System, an erosion control solution designed to resist potential scour and erosion caused by the constant flow of water or high hydraulic stresses.  The system utilizes the durability and erosion resistance of PYRAMAT 75 High-Performance Turf Reinforcement Mat (HPTRM) to construct a […]

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Geocells stabilize steep Virginia stone cart path

January 7, 2022

Photograph courtesy of Presto Geosystems Lake Anna, near Belmont, Va., 70 miles (113 km) south of Washington, D.C., is one of the largest freshwater inland reservoirs in the state. The lake covers 13,000 acres (5,300 ha), making it a popular destination for sailing, waterskiing and sportfishing. Waterfront homes enjoy spectacular views and unlimited access to […]

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ASTM International going virtual for January Committee Week

January 6, 2022

Due to COVID-19 and ongoing safety concerns for members and staff, ASTM International announced that the January in-person standards development meetings scheduled for Jan. 26–28 in Houston, Texas, are transitioning to all virtual. These decisions were based on several factors, including, but not limited to: Input from ASTM International members whose organizations are increasingly concerned […]

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Associated General Contractors of America says construction spending in November increased

January 5, 2022

Association officials call on Congress to promptly enact funding to fulfill promises for wide range of highway, transportation and other public sector projects included in recent bipartisan infrastructure bill. Total construction spending increased in November compared to levels in October and a year earlier, as gains in private residential and nonresidential projects outweighed decreases in […]

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How pavements become more resilient with interlayers

January 4, 2022

By Andrew Dietz, Creative Influence LLC  Fragmentation and time breakup of yellow center line on old asphalt road (shallow depth of field). Photograph courtesy of Tensar Americas At first blush, the Biden Administration’s infrastructure bill appears to be very good news for road contractors. Clocking in at more than one trillion dollars, it holds the promise […]

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Fabricated Geomembrane Institute to stage webinar on textured geomembrane/nonwoven geotextile interfaces

January 3, 2022

Photograph courtesy of Layfield Group Ltd. The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) will present a webinar, “Behavior of Textured Geomembrane–Nonwoven Geotextile Interfaces,” on Jan. 13, 2022, beginning at noon CST. The webinar is free for industry professionals and students, and 1 professional development hour (PDH) is available. The webinar will provide insight into the post-peak strength […]

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Transitioning the mining industry to sustainability with geosynthetics

December 31, 2021

By Michael Dickey, P.E., Director, Presto Geosystems Geocells at a mining site. Photograph courtesy of Presto Geosystems Mined materials are essential to our everyday lives. We use these valuable minerals in nearly every sector of the economy—they are necessary to construct roads and buildings, manufacture vehicles, build computers and generate electricity. Additionally, the mining industry […]

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Geotextile covers preserve glacier resources

December 30, 2021

How geotextiles preserve natural snow and ice from melting in summer In this photograph, the geotextile-covered glacier to the right shows approximately 14.8 feet (4.5 m) of snow from the last winter season. To the left, an area that was not covered shows that the snow has melted down to the bare rocks. Photograph courtesy […]

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Pavement base reinforcement with geocells and geotextiles at a railway distribution facility

December 29, 2021

Installation of geotextile and GEOWEB panels. Photograph courtesy of Presto Geosystems In 2018, BNSF Orillia Railway began making extensive upgrades to its automotive distribution facility in Renton, Wash. The upgrades were required to support the increased demand for new automobiles. As new-car sales soared, so did the demand for rail capacity for vehicle shipments arriving […]

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Fabricated Geomembrane Institute issues guideline for desert installation of fabricated geomembrane panels

December 28, 2021

Fabricated geomembranes at a lithium mine in Chile. Photograph courtesy of the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) has issued this guideline to provide recommendations for installation and maintenance of fabricated geomembrane panels in desert environments, such as desert mining applications in North and South America. Guidelines for deploying geomembranes in elevated temperature […]

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