In an open letter to geotechnical engineers and agencies that specify geosynthetics on their projects, the Geosynthetics Manufacturers Association (GMA) has requested that specifiers use the correct standards when referring material properties of geotextiles and other geosynthetics. For example, they refer to two standards that are now out of date, The Mullen Burst Strength and the Puncture Test which were both originally designed for paper. The correct standard is the Static (CBR) Puncture ASTM D6241. See the entire letter on Geosyntheticsmagazine.com. (Photo of Geotextiles from Nilex.com)
In the May 2007 edition of Foundation Drilling Magazine, a publication of the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors (ADSC), Silas Nichols, PE of the Federal Highway Administraton provided a summary of the FHWA’s role in providing guidance on drilled shaft design and construction over the years through research funding, publications and involvement in AASHTO and other agencies. Also in the article is an overview of upcoming updates to AASHTO codes, and FHWA publications. Read on for more details.