As kind of a free library/periodical/discussion forum, Geosynthetica Corp.’s mission is to provide documents about geosynthetics that interest users. "If they don’t find them, we want to hear about it," says Elizabeth Peggs, managing director. "Feedback is invaluable to us."

The Ocean Ridge, Fla.-based company was founded by Ian Peggs, a materials scientist. His consulting work convinced him that more than 95% of the failures of geosynthetics are due to inappropriate materials selection, design, implementation or construction quality assurance. His solution was to create, an industry-supported but editorially independent Website that provides best-practice guidance and generic materials data.