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GMA NEWS

By Fred C. Chuck

Letter from the chair
GMA is dedicated to
our members' success.
GMA actively identifies,
assesses, analyzes
and acts upon market
growth opportunities
and issues that affect
its member companies.
The activities of
the association are
proactive in nature and
center on five areas:
» Engineering support
» Business development
» Education
» Government relations
» Geosynthetics industry
recognition

Fred C. Chuck is the chair of
the GMA executive council.

Division
Geosynthetics is the official
publication of the Geosynthetic
Materials Association.

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s I sat down to write this update of all the great things GMA has been doing,
my computer screen interrupted me with an email, and now I type with a heavy
heart as the email announced the passing of Robert M. Koerner. I had the privilege
of knowing Bob for the last 38 years as we watched our industry grow from hoping
to sell a single roll of geotextile to expecting to ship multiple truckloads each day.
In 2017 at the Geosynthetics Conference, GMA established the Robert M. Koerner
Award and Lecture Series. I was honored at that time to assist in Bob's introduction
during which I related Bob's contributions to the industry with three words: Visionary,
Leader and Solid. His vision in 1986, led him to write the first edition of Designing
with Geosynthetics, which is now in its sixth edition, a two-volume set. His leadership
brought 23 companies together in 1986 to help him form the Geosynthetic Research
Institute (GRI) and continued to grow that cooperation to more than 60 companies
now helping to fund the Geosynthetics Institute (GSI), the leading source for information and education in our industry. Throughout the growth, Bob was the steadfast icon
that the industry could always rely on to be open and honest for any and all questions
(I know personally that I called many times), remaining as solid as the subgrades and
foundations that we try to create using our varied solutions. Bob will be missed, George
Koerner will continue GSI/GRI, and, in Bob's honor, we should strive to cooperate to
grow the industry.
Fred C. Chuck, P.E.

GMA news for Fall 2019
Fall 2019 was a busy time for GMA, starting with quarterly meetings with the American
Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the National
Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) and the Virginia Department of
Transportation; the repeal of a century-old restrictive ruling; state and local visits to Rhode
Island and Massachusetts; the 4th Koerner Lecture presentation; and culminating in a
D.C. Lobby Day that Keith Gardner, past chair of the Executive Council, termed "Nothing
short of a grand slam" (our meetings were being held during the World Series). And as we
prepare for the winter rush of events and presentations in the early part of 2020, including TRB, NY DEQ-sponsored 4th Waste Containment seminar in conjunction with our
Geomembrane Focus Group, IECA, Geosynthetics Conference 2020: CASE STUDIES,
GeoAmericas 2020 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, among others, there is still work to be done
this fall as evidenced by the Interlayer Task Force meeting with the Indiana Department
of Transportation in December.

Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar
Dr. Barry Christopher, the 2018 Koerner Award and Lecture Series recipient, presented his Koerner Lecture at the 50th annual Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar



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