Delays in FAST Act funding distribution

March 31st, 2017

It is time for new infrastructure projects to get under way across the nation as the spring of 2017 commences and winter's storms and frozen ground fade into memory. But state departments of transportation are still waiting to access hefty amounts of funds left frozen by Congress. As reported by the AASHTO Journal of the […]

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IGS-NA offers geo educational opportunities

March 30th, 2017

IGS North America (IGS–NA) is actively training future users of geosynthetics, teaching geosynthetic educators, and promoting geosynthetics as part of engineering curricula through two educational programs: Educate the Educators and Educate the Students. Educate the Educators, a geosynthetics training program for university professors, is a two-day, funded training course at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., […]

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie signs $400 million transportation bill

March 29th, 2017

On Mar. 27, 2017, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill allocating an additional $400 million for state transportation projects, to be spent in the next three months. The law specifies $260 million for road and bridge projects. The spending is in addition to the $1.6 billion the state has already dedicated to […]

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Western Excelsior acquires NA Green from Tensar

March 27th, 2017

Evansville, Ind.–based Western Excelsior Corporation signed an agreement to acquire North American Green Of Poseyville, Ind., from Tensar International Corporation, effective Mar. 31, 2017. The two companies are major manufacturers of diverse products used to control soil erosion and sedimentation, and to assist with the establishment and reinforcement of vegetation on a wide range of […]

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Raven Industries Pleasanton, Texas, facility to open

March 23rd, 2017

Raven Industries announced that its Engineered Films division will open its newest facility on April 3, 2017, in Pleasanton, Texas. Raven purchased this facility through an asset liquidation sale. “This facility purchase was a sound strategic move for Raven to further expand our support of existing and future oilfield business in the southern regions of […]

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IECA issues Call for Papers for the IECA 2018 Annual Conference

March 22nd, 2017

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) issued their Call for Papers for the IECA 2018 Annual Conference in Long Beach, Ca., Feb. 11–14, 2018. The organization is particularly interested in papers on erosion and sediment control; storm-water management; wetland, stream bank, and shoreline restoration; MS4 management; and industry events and trends. The deadline for submission […]

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Speakers announced for EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium

March 21st, 2017

EDANA, formerly known as the European Disposables and Nonwovens Association, and the China Nonwovens and Industrial Textile Association (CNITA) announced speakers for the June 7–8, 2017, EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium in Beijing, China. For more information or to register, visit

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ASDM announces course on emergency action for dams and levees

March 20th, 2017

The Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDM) will host the course “Interactive Preparedness: Emergency Action Planning for Dams and Levees” Apr. 25–26 in Baltimore, Md. This basic-level course will address how to develop, update, and test effective Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for dams and levees. For more information or to register, visit

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2017 ASCE Report Card makes strong case for greater infrastructure investment

March 17th, 2017

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) issued on Mar. 9 the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card on American infrastructure, which argued that underinvesting in transportation infrastructure is failing America. "The grades in the ASCE Report Card provide yet another example of what occurs when a nation underinvests in […]

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Wisconsin DOT showcases use of GRS-IBS system on highway bridge

March 15th, 2017

As reported in the March/April 2017 issue of the Federal Highway Administration newsletter Innovator, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) released a time-lapse video demonstrating the use of geosynthetic reinforced soil–integrated bridge system (GRS-IBS) technology in the replacement of a bridge on County Highway S over Shaw Brook in Dodge County. This was one of […]

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