Elizabeth Peggs Retires from Minerva, Geosynthetics Field

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After nearly 18 years in geosynthetics, Elizabeth Peggs has announced her retirement from the field. Her roles have involved key positions with ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, the International Geosynthetics Society, and major conference organization and management (e.g., GeoAmericas 2016). She has also been the only Director Minerva Technology, Resources and Information and its flagship publ... »

TRI Expands Testing Capabilities and Enhances Services for 2018

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The annual letter from TRI Environmental to its clients and the general geosynthetics community merits review for a number of its highlights. The company notes the considerable expansion testing capabilities, both through the addition of key equipment and through the re-location of its outdoor, large-scale testing facility for trafficking studies and erosion and sediment control testing. Furthermo... »

Minerva Adds Bertuzzelli to Associations and Events Management Team

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To support its fast-growing portfolio of live and online events and nonprofit association client base, Minerva Technology, Resources, and Information has added Maria Bertuzzelli to its team. Bertuzzelli is a deeply experienced event management, budget management, and marketing professional. For the past seven years, Bertuzzelli has worked in the private sector managing brand assets, organizing eve... »

TenCate Seeks Technical Manager for Engineered Structures

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One of the largest geosynthetics companies in the world, TenCate Geosynthetics, is adding a technical manager to its engineered structures team. In this position, the Technical Manager focuses on North American markets for MSE walls, slopes, and embankments. APPLY ONLINE “This position is responsible for managing the technical data, product testing, and project design related to the reinforced wal... »

VIDEO: Asperity Concentration or Asperity Height for Geomembranes?

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In November, Solmax provided a technical webinar presentation on an important question for geomembranes:  Does asperity height or asperity concentration matter more for increasing interface shear resistance along a geomembrane surface? The presentation is now available for open viewing via the company’s YouTube Channel. More technical presentation videos are available in the Solmax Video Lib... »

Geo-Congress 2019 Seeks Case Studies, Heads to US Northeast

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The ASCE Geo-Institute’s long-running Geo-Congress conference is one of the most important annual gatherings in the United States on geotechnical engineering. With the announcement of Geo-Congress 2019, the Geo-Institute notes that the event, incredibly, has never been held in the Northeast. The 2019 edition will change that in bringing the event to Philadelphia. Conference theme: Case Studies Geo... »

Presto Geosystems Seeks a Business Development Manager

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The Presto Geosystems team continues to grow. The company has announced that it is adding a Business Development Manager for a technical sales position in North America. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER The ideal Business Development Manager candidate will be a dynamic leader with success developing distribution networks and overseeing territory projects, promoting technical construction solutions to ... »

Remediating a Concrete Flume in a Hydroelectric System

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In August 2017, a Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was used to remediate a dilapidated concrete flume, which was part of a hydroelectric system in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. A civil general inspection conducted a few years prior to the remediation found the flume to be in poor condition in significant areas. A few small localized repairs were carried out in 201... »

OSHA Outreach Training & Safety in Geosynthetic Installation

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Environmental Specialties International is a top-tier installer of geosynthetic materials, with projects in all regions in major infrastructure segments such as waste management, oil and gas, mining, and coal ash. The company may in fact handle more installation projects in the US than any other firm. Despite the scale of ESI’s operations, it maintains a very low Experience Modification Rate... »

Logistics Center on Geogrids in Belarus to Be New Silk Road

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In late 2017, construction began on a multimodal transportation, industrial, and logistics center in Bolbasovo, which is located in the Orsha region of Belarus. The 230-ha site will function as the linchpin in a “new silk road” between China and Europe. The area is supported by convenient access to railways, an airport, and the intersection of major west-east and north-south Trans-European highway... »

GSI Webinar: Wave Management for Proper Deployment of Geomembranes

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The Geosynthetic Institute will host a webinar on “Wave (or Wrinkle) Management for Proper Deployment of Geomembranes” on February 14 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST. GSI Webinars offer a convenient way to get high-level updates and expert-led engineering information on geosynthetics in infrastructure. The wave management webinar will be taught by Dr. Robert Koerner, Director Emeritus of GSI. The pote... »

Reinforced Soil Wall Supports 1000-Ton Crane Working Platform

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The Elan Valley Aqueduct (EVA) is an important part of the water supply for Birmingham City (Wales) and its surrounding area. The principal structure is 100 years old. The 120 km long EVA discharges 300 million liters of water per day in the Frankley Water Treatment Works (WTW), supplying 1.2 million people with potable water and future reserves in the event of emergency. When Severn Trent Water d... »

Geoelectric Liner Survey Equipment and Expertise in Australia

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After performing geoelectric liner leak location and integrity surveys worldwide since about 1985 and teaching others how to do so since 2004, Dr. Ian D. Peggs, P.E., P.Eng. (I-CORP INTERNATIONAL Inc.) reports that he has sold his survey equipment to Tom Seymour of Terra Firma Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia. The transfer occurred during what was Dr. Peggs’s fifth trip to Oz in 2017. During t... »

JOBS: Varicore Seeks Drainage Systems Sales Consultant

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Varicore Technologies, headquartered in Minnesota, is the manufacturer of the internationally distributed Multi-Flow Drainage Systems. The company seeks to add another sales consultant to support the continued growth of its drainage systems portfolio. These systems are used to improve the performance and dependability of athletic fields, civil engineering, commercial and residential construction, ... »

Waterproof Membranes 2018 Call for Presentations

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AMI has announced the dates of Waterproof Membranes 2018, the 12th installment in the annual series. The call for presentations has been issued. The international conference focuses on the market dynamics, technical innovation, and the manufacture, installation, and performance of membranes (e.g., geomembranes, roofing systems). The conference will be held 5 – 7 November 2018 at the Maritim ... »

HDPE-Lined Reservoir for Artificial Snow on an Alpine Slope

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Ischgl is an internationally renowned ski resort in the Silvretta Mountains of Tyrol. Plenty of natural snowfall supports 200km of downhill pistes (compacted snow runs), but the ability to provide artificial snow early in the season enables the resort to open sooner and gives skiers a longer and more dependable window for time on the slopes. Large reservoirs are needed to support artificial snow p... »

Safety and Geosynthetics Installation

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Over the past 22 years, Environmental Specialties International, Inc. (ESI) has built itself into a top-tier installer of geosynthetic liner materials for environmental containment applications in the United States. The company notes that it has now installed more than 2.5 billion ft.2 geosynthetic materials (>55,000 acres). One of the hallmarks of its growth has been an emphasis on safety. In ... »

REMINDER: Pond Liner System Design and Operation Webinar, January 30

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DON’T MISS THIS WEBINAR OPPORTUNITY! Though pond lining applications are common, the proper design and operation of a pond liner system requires great care. A large number of facilities in need of liquid containment are sensitive sites at which pond leakage could result in heavy repair costs, operational shutdowns, and environmental damage. The North American Chapter of the International Geo... »

New Ownership, Location, and Key Hire for Titan Environmental

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In its 2017 year-end newsletter, Titan Environmental hinted at some positive changes coming to the company. More details are emerging, and they include an announcement of new ownership. Company co-founders Brett Burkard and Kelly Sitarz are still involved, certainly; but they have now welcomed the addition of Juice Lambert (VP of Sales) and Derek Bishop (Chief Financial Officer) to Titan’s ownersh... »

Desludging Wastewater Ponds Using Geotextile Dewatering Bags

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By Johnny Oriokot, Donovan Bate, and Gerard Dirks – When wastewater treatment ponds reach their capacity, the options available are either to build new or empty existing facilities. These ponds must be desludged to make available additional space for waste. Strict environmental regulations in wastewater treatment, though necessary, can complicate carrying out functional upgrades to a facility. Her... »

Presto Geosystems Releases a Porous Pavement Design Assistant

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Porous pavement solutions have drawn considerable interest in communities for the green engineering benefits they provide. Porous pavements can greatly reduce stormwater runoff by enabling a high infiltration or percolation rate of water into underlying soils. The permeability of these systems can also trap suspended solids, thus filtering them out of any residual runoff so water that is shed is c... »

Lining a South African Mine’s Gravity Thickener Tank Floor

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The gravity thickener infrastructure at Exxaro’s Grootegeluk mine in Lephalale, South Africa plays a pivotal role in the recycling of water used for settlement of fines generated through fragmentation (blasting from mining) and degradation (handling processes in pit and plant; loading of trucks, bunkers, silos, chutes, transfer points). When the site operator’s maintenance program deemed it necess... »

MENA Nonwovens Symposium Offers Prominent Geotextiles Session

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When the international nonwovens association Edana convenes its 2018 MENA Nonwovens Symposium and Exhibition, it will do so with a prominent geotextiles program. The event, to be held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai February 6 – 7, includes a geotextiles session moderated by International Geosynthetics Society Past President Daniele Cazzuffi (CESI, Italy). MENA NONWOVENS – GEOTEXTILE ... »

Asphalt Reinforcement with Geogrid on Europe’s M1 Highway

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The M1 Highway is a major European route, connecting Moscow and Warsaw. Along the way, the trunk road passes through Smolensk and crosses into Belarus to connect the major cities of Minsk and Brest to the roadway system. When a section along the Brest – Moscow portion suffered fatigue cracking, a geosynthetic asphalt reinforcement solution was specified. M1 ASPHALT REINFORCEMENT The problematic cr... »

New Website for Fabricated Geomembrane Institute

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The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) is an industry-sponsored Institute at the University of Illinois focused on advancing the use of fabricated geomembranes through education, research, and technology transfer. FGI invites members and industry professionals to explore its new website at www.fabricatedgeomembrane.com.  One of the highlights of the new website is a pond liner calculator tool.... »