TRB webinar: Celebrating TRB鈥檚 centennial by exploring the future of transportation research

November 3rd, 2020

What is the future of transportation research and what is TRB鈥檚 role in that future? Learn from our panel of experts about how the scale and scope of TRB鈥檚 activities expanded steadily over the last 100 years, and what we might expect in the transportation field during the next 100 years. Join us on Thursday, […]


Publishing opportunity: Geosynthetics experts invited to send case studies

November 2nd, 2020

Geosynthetics magazine is encouraging industry experts to submit innovative case studies and other news for publication consideration. Geosynthetics delivers technical information for engineers, specifiers, landscape architects, government agencies, academics and installers. This publishing opportunity is extended to geosynthetics experts who possess solutions and case study content that will help readers drive projects forward. The articles […]


Ground improvements using geofoam: A case history

October 14th, 2020

By Javaid M. Alvi, Ph.D., and Jahangir J. Kabir, Ph.D., P.E The project site is a triangular-shaped property located at the intersection of Raleigh Avenue and West Liberty Avenue in the Borough of Dormont, Allegheny County, Pa. (Figure 1). The site housed two Nissan buildings, one with a showroom at the top floor and the […]


The urgent call for PPE

April 9th, 2020

Manufacturers new to PPE face challenges in supply chains and specs. by Janet Preus The rapid spread of the coronavirus was accompanied by an urgent call for personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly face masks. There were plenty of manufacturers who wanted to join the effort to provide PPE, but they had never made these products […]


Geosynthetics Conference 2021 Call for Proposals and Abstracts Now Open

March 31st, 2020

ROSEVILLE, MN 鈥 Proposals and abstracts are now being accepted for聽Geosynthetics Conference 2021. Submissions聽include short course, workshop, training lecture, technical session and panel discussion proposals, as well as abstract submissions for technical papers of all types. Submissions will be accepted through May 1, 2020.聽 The 2021 Geosynthetics Conference takes place Feb. 21鈥24, 2021 in Kansas […]

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Taking action

March 30th, 2020

The textile industry moves quickly to provide critical supplies to fight COVID-19. This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)鈥攁lso known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19鈥攊solated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Photo: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 鈥 Rocky […]


Overcoming expansive soils with Tensar鈥檚 TriAx Geogrid

November 13th, 2019

Expansion: it鈥檚 a win for communities when roads reach out and connect people to business, resources and formerly rural areas. But another form of expansion鈥攕oil that expands when water is added and shrinks when it dries out鈥攃an thwart this progress by making it hard to economically build and maintain long-lasting roads. 鈥淓xpansive soil鈥 is in […]


Crafting shade at Auvents Ombrasole Awning

April 1st, 2019

Ombrasole designs, manufactures and installs awnings of all types for North American climates鈥攎any of which feature Emilio Petrongolo鈥檚 custom and patented motors. Emilio Petrongolo can trace his fascination with canvas and sewing back to his childhood in Italy, where his grandmother made jute bags for storing wheat. Petrongolo, director of R&D and marketing at Auvents […]


Rebuilding roads, replacing transmission lines damaged during Hurricane Michael in Florida鈥檚 Panhandle

March 1st, 2019

Hurricane Michael caused extensive damage to Florida鈥檚 power grid network, leveling more than 100 transmission towers in a 34-mile (55-km) right-of-way from Port St. Joe to Callaway. This right-of-way crosses swampy, remote and hard-to-reach areas, making rebuilding the grid even more challenging. This extremely wet, muddy ground prevented Duke Energy repair vehicles from accessing the […]


Extreme sports, tough textiles

March 1st, 2019

Fabricators go to great lengths to make sure every piece of material they produce or distribute will be up to difficult tasks. But sometimes the task is so specialized鈥攐r so extreme鈥攖hat production requires a truly exceptional level of care, expertise and, often, regulation. Products such as the ropes that firefighters use to rappel from helicopters […]