ASTM International honors Kurt Kelsey with Outstanding Achievement Award

March 8th, 2024

Kurt Kelsey, left, receiving the A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award from D18 Chairman Bill Quinn.  ASTM International’s soil and rock committee (D18) has presented its A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award to Kurt Kelsey, director of earth science division at American Excelsior Company. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding and significant contributions to […]

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ASTM updates D7322

February 23rd, 2024

ASTM International recently announced the approved revision of ASTM D7322, Standard Test Method for Determination of Erosion Control Product (ECP) Ability to Encourage Seed Germination and Plant Growth Under Bench-Scale Conditions. This standard is used widely throughout the sediment and erosion control industry. The standard should inform end users if a product is found to […]

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ASTM International honors Solmax director with top annual award

August 3rd, 2023

ASTM International has presented its top annual award, the Award of Merit, to Melissa Holbrook for her contributions to ASTM’s geosynthetics committee (D35). Melissa Holbrook accepts the Award of Merit from Gary T. Torosian, chairman of ASTM International's Committee D35 on Geosynthetics. The prestigious award, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM’s highest […]

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New ASTM geosynthetics standard provides specifications for vinyl sheet piling

January 28th, 2022

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheet piling. Photograph courtesy CeTeau B.V. ASTM International’s Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has approved a new standard that will help engineers, designers and specifiers who work with vinyl sheet piling. Applications for such piling include the construction of seawalls, retaining walls and chemical cut-off walls.   “The new specification will standardize the materials […]

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Proposed ASTM geosynthetics standard will aid in road and pavement design

November 11th, 2021

Photograph courtesy of Tensar Corp. ASTM International’s geosynthetics committee (D35) is developing a proposed standard that will provide engineers with specific information for components necessary for road and pavement design. The proposed standard (WK70888) outlines a commonly used test to characterize the performance of geosynthetics for roadway applications. Specifically, it describes the use of the […]

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ASTM signs MoU with Mexico’s national standards body

November 5th, 2021

ASTM International and Mexico’s national standards body, Dirección General de Normas (DGN), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Oct. 29, 2021. DGN, part of the Secretaría de Economía (Ministry of Economy), coordinates the development of standards and regulations and promotes standardization use in Mexico. Kathie Morgan, president, ASTM International, and Alfonso Guati Rojo Sánchez, […]

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ASTM International’s Geotechnical Testing Journal receives increased impact factor rating

July 30th, 2021

ASTM International announced today the Geotechnical Testing Journal received an increased 2020 impact factor rating of 1.469, up nearly 14% from the previous year. The impact factor is calculated each year by Clarivate Analytics and given to journals that appear in their database, Science Citation Index. Launched in 1978, the Geotechnical Testing Journal covers test […]

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Get involved in ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics

June 24th, 2021

By Gary T. Torosian, Chief Operating Officer, Geocomp/GeoTesting Express ASTM is the abbreviation for the American Society for Testing and Materials. ASTM International is a consensus standard writing organization that is involved with almost every type of material engineers work with, including soil, rock, geosynthetics, concrete, steel and plastic. If you’ve worked on a tunnel, highway, deep […]

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