11 ICG Preview – Maccaferri Contributes a Wide Look at Geosynthetic Design

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Maccaferri is one of the world’s biggest geosynthetics companies. In this 11 ICG Preview, we look at the technical expertise the company will share with the global engineering community during the 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (16 – 21 September 2018) in Seoul. Maccaferri also invites attendees to visit its team at Booths 63 & 64 in the 11 ICG exhibit hall. 11 ICG PREVIEW – MA... »

Reinforced Berms at Kozcağız Dam in Turkey

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The Kozcağız Dam project is one of the biggest water-related investments by DSI in Turkey’s Bartin province. The dam provides water to a total of 6088 acres (2460 hectares) of agricultural area. The dam construction consists of clayish sand-gravel backfill and extends to a height of 54 meters. The aim of the Kozcağız Dam is two-fold: secure a constant water supply for Bartin’s agricultural activit... »

Improving Bridge Approaches on Soft Soil along the М6

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The M6 Highway is one of Belarus’s 14 major motorways. It provides essential connection from the capital of Minsk to Grodno near Poland and the Bruzgi border crossing point. In the larger European roadway network, the M6 is affiliated with the E28 road. The highway system in Belarus has been undergoing substantial expansion. As part of the M6 highway improvement works, a bridge connection and over... »

GeoForum Charlotte 2018 – Only a Few Seats Remain

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Charlotte, North Carolina-based HUESKER continues its annual series of high-level networking and geosynthetics discussions with GeoForum Charlotte 2018. The event will be held 17 – 19 October 2018 in Charlotte, with day one featuring a happy hour, day two a full-day of technical lectures and a dinner, and day three a tour of the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in nearby Shelby. T... »

New ASTM Standard Supports Geosynthetic Clay Liner Use

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Earlier in August, ASTM International announced a new standard in support of those who construct and install geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs):  ASTM Standard D8204, Standard Practice for Burial and Retrieval of Samples in a Test Pad to Evaluate Installation Effects on Geosynthetic Clay Liners. The organization cites applications that may benefit most from the new standard include: Landfills Coal co... »

14 GSI Fellows Announced for 2018 – 2019

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Ten years ago, the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) Board established the GSI Fellows program. Since then, the institute has provided an exceptional level of support to student-centered research and development projects involving geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics and the impact of the program is recognized in the field today. The 2018 R... »

Steep Slopes and the Use of GCCMs

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Geosynthetic cementitious composite mats (GCCMs) have been used widely for new construction and rehabilitation of containment and fluid conveyance infrastructure. The uses have extended to a diverse range of sectors, such as mining, road, rail, civil, petrochemical, and agriculture. The barrier solution, often summarized as “concrete on a roll,” has been particularly welcomed on sites that are cha... »

IGS Releases 5th Edition of Its Geosynthetics Specification Guide

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The International Geosynthetics Society is dedicated to promoting the awareness and proper utilization of geosynthetic technologies in infrastructure. In support of its mission and backed by its 4000+ global membership from the geotechnical engineering field, the IGS has released its Guide to the Specification of Geosynthetics 2018. This specification guide, available to all as a free PDF download... »

IAGI’s Inaugural GeoGames to Be Held in Houston in February 2019

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For years, members of the International Association of Geosynthetic Installers have discussed the possibility of a geomembrane welding competition at a major event. Attendees of these conferences routinely witness welding equipment demonstrations at equipment maker booths, but structuring an actual competition has been complicated. In 2019, though, the GeoGames will become a reality. “Twelve teams... »

Public Vote Opens for IGS Young Members Photo Contest

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The International Geosynthetics Society supports its young members through special symposia at major events, a committee to liaise with chapters and the IGS Council, and now through the first IGS Young Members Committee Photo Contest. The contest launched in May, and with finalists selected it now has opened a public vote to select a winner. Share this opportunity with your engineering colleagues ... »

Carbon Footprint Advantages of HDPE Geomembranes

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By José Miguel Muñoz Gómez – High-density polyethylene liners are renowned for containment performance in landfills, mining, wastewater, and other vital sectors. Less discussed but meriting evaluation is the superior carbon footprint rating that HDPE geomembranes provide versus traditional barriers like compacted clay. A 1.5mm (60-mil) HDPE liner can provide a seal similar to 0.6m of high-quality,... »

Boyd Ramsey Leads off Waterproof Membranes 2018

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Waterproof Membranes 2018 will be held 5 – 7 November 2018 at the Maritim Hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany. Geosynthetics veteran Boyd Ramsey has been added to the program as the first featured speaker (following the traditional market focus open from the hosts AMI). The international conference focuses on the market dynamics, technical innovation, and the manufacture, installation, and performance of... »

GAP 2019 Connects Pavement, Railway, and Airfield Engineers

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The inaugural Geo-Structural Aspects of Pavements, Airfields, and Railways Conference (GAP 2019) will be held 4 – 7 November 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The event, managed by Minerva (publisher of Geosynthetica), is being developed in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, and the U.S. Army Engineer Research an... »

Gabion Walls Support Foundation Platform at Ocean Sky

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In the construction of the foundation platform for a luxury housing development in Elche (Alicante), Spain, several gravity retaining walls were required. The complex was built on elevated ground and the walls were needed to properly contain the structural fill on which the foundation would lean. Gabion walls from Maccaferri were selected. The development, known as Ocean Sky, is located in a zone ... »

Reflections on the IGS Technical Committee Workshops in Munich

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Dr. George Koerner, Director of the Geosynthetic Institute, published a very nice report from the International Geosynthetics Society’s IGS Technical Committee Workshops. The gathering, which included workshops organized by the IGS Technical Committees on Soil Reinforcement (TC-R) and the IGS Technical Committee on Barriers (TC-B) was held in June. We reprint here by permission George Koerner’s re... »

ASTM International Awards Honor GSI and Robeson

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During the twice-yearly ASTM Committee Weeks, various standards committees and subcommittees recognize key contributions from their members for consensus building, technical expertise, leadership, and more. Two figures deeply tied to geotechnical engineering and erosion and sediment control were honored with ASTM International Awards during the late June gatherings: Dr. George Koerner (representin... »

Preliminary Injunction Upheld in GCCM Patent Dispute

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A follow up on a GCCM patent story from earlier this year: The preliminary injunction issued in a Polish court against Eurobent Sp.zo.o regarding potential infringement of Concrete Canvas’s patent PL/EP 2027319 has been upheld by the appeals court in Wroclaw. Concrete Canvas had challenged Eurobent’s material branded as Tiltex™. Both Concrete Canvas and Eurobent manufacture a new type ... »

Geopipe Webinar to Examine Durability, Infrastructure Uses, and More

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UPDATE: IGS North America will move the webinar to the fall, due to interested attendee requests but difficulty arranging time during a very busy season of work. IGS North America will host a geopipe webinar on July 12. The session, led by Dr. Michael Pluimer (University of Minnesota – Duluth), tackles one of the most necessary elements of modern infrastructure. Pluimer is targeting the engi... »

Reinforcing Megastructure Foundations with Geosynthetics

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The 74m-high reinforced soil structure at the Sikkim Airport (India) is one of the largest geosynthic megastructure projects in the world.  The 50m-high reinforced, vegetated wall at the Shennongjia Airport in Hubei Province (China) is another. Both projects have been engineered with Maccaferri soil reinforcement solutions. MAKING MEGASTRUCTURE DESIGNS POSSIBLE High-performance geogrids reinforce ... »

11ICG Extends Pre-Registration Rate to July 30

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 at the COEX in Seoul, Korea. The program will feature 1,000 geotechnical engineering experts from more than 100 countries. Conference theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” Of note, the organizing committee has extended the pre-registration rate through July 30. Readers... »

Landfill Expansion and Mondernization in Shenzhen

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Shenzhen is one of China’s many cities on a fast modernization track. Not unexpectedly, the city’s rapid industrial and residential growth has created numerous environmental quality challenges. The Hong Hua Ling Landfill is a unique piece of Shenzhen’s development, for the landfill exemplifies not only the challenges of the city’s past waste practices but how its future is being protected. H... »

A Primer for Preventing HDPE Geomembrane Whales

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By Ian D. Peggs, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng  – There continue to be failures of HDPE geomembrane lining systems in waste water treatment plant (WWTP) lagoons and farm manure ponds. These geomembrane whales, which are bubbles that develop under the geomembrane, are generally caused by leakage through the liner, the inability to remove leakage, the generation of methane, and the subsequent inability to vent... »

Pluimer to Lead July 12 Geopipe Webinar for IGS North America

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The next IGS North America webinar will tackle one of the most necessary elements of modern infrastructure: geopipe. Dr. Michael Pluimer (University of Minnesota – Duluth) will lead the session, which is broadly targeted as an Introduction to Geopipe. The webinar will open a longer-term series on applications, specifications, and test methods associated with geopipe. Commonly offered in corr... »

Sand Mats Protect World Cultural Heritage Site Underwater

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The prehistoric pile dwellings in upper Lake Zurich, Switzerland originated 4000 years ago and were awarded the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. These unique sites provide essential insight into Alpine European communities the in the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The pile dwellings around Lake Zurich represent 10% of all known sites of this nature through Europe. When natural erosion an... »

Geotextile Tubes, Geotextile Filters: Two Webinars from GSI

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The Geosynthetic Institute’s GSI Webinar series provided high-level education and resources on all geosynthetic applications and materials. The next offerings will focus on geotextiles. Specifically, geotextile tubes and geotextile filters. June 13, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): Applications and Design of Geotextile Tubes July 11, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): Geotextile Filters: Concerns and Issues Each ... »