IGS North America 2017 Photo Contest Winners

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The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS – NA) held its 2017 Photo Contest in January and February. Results were announced at the IGS – NA general assembly in Orlando, Florida in March. Congratulations are due to Paradox Access Solutions and Geomembranas y Geosinteticos. Paradox was awarded first place and G&G took home second and third-place recognition. 2017... »

Machina-TST Becomes Partner to 2nd Geosynthetics in Road Construction

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When the 2nd Geosynthetics in Road Construction conference gathers 19 May 2017 in Moscow at the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya, it will include broad discussion on how geosynthetics are growing in the large Russian transportation engineering market and affiliated international markets. Machina-TST, a fast-growing geosynthetics manufacturer based in Belarus, has signed onto the event in support ... »

Geosynthetic Response to Gas Pipeline Explosion

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By NAUE Geosynthetics – In the early hours of an October Saturday, a high-pressure gas pipeline exploded in Lithuania’s Širvintos region near the village of Medžiukai. The Lithuanian Emergency Response Facility arrived at the site to discover that more than 75m of pipe length had been destroyed in the blast. The explosion was powerful enough to have left behind a 15m-diameter, 3m-deep hole that ex... »

INTERVIEW: Dr. Julio Ferreira on Geosynthetics in the Americas

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Geosynthetica Latin America’s editor Natalia Rodado caught up with Dr. Julio Ferreira (TRI Ambiental, Brazil) during GeosPeru 2017. In the interview that followed, they discussed the growth of geosynthetics in Latin America, some of the things that connect and differentiate the practice in North and South America, and the field’s future. Natalia’s article follows, with translation and additional d... »

Fred Chuck Joins HUESKER’s Geosynthetics Team

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North Carolina-based HUESKER, Inc. oversees a broad base of geosynthetics operations in North and Central America. Over the past couple years, the company has invested significantly in new production capabilities, expanded production, and added expert personnel. The expertise level has just bumped up again, thanks to the addition of industry veteran Fred Chuck to HUESKER’s team. Fred Chuck is a li... »

Strata India Videos Showcase Geocell Advantages

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Strata Geosystems (India) has launched a series of videos to highlight geocell advantages. The company has helped considerably raise the profile of geocellular confinement systems in the fast-growing Indian infrastructure market. The new series of videos showcase the StrataWeb® geocell advantages in applications including load bearing, slope protection, and retaining walls. The concise videos focu... »

Looking back on Geosynthetics in Land and Water, as the Magazine Ends

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By Chris Kelsey – In mid-2006 I was providing freelance editorial services for Geosynthetica. At the time, the publication was owned by the geosynthetics engineering consultancy I-CORP International. The consultancy’s founder and president, Ian Peggs, encouraged me to write an article for Land and Water. He was working on a story for Land and Water too. In discussion with Geosynthetica’s Dir... »

12 ICG Bids and 2018 Award Nominations Lead IGS News Vol 33, Issue 1

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The first of 2017’s three issues of IGS News—the official newsletter of the International Geosynthetics Society—has been released. Two of the highlights include the 2018 call for award nominations and the invitation for chapters to submit bids to host the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics, which will be held in 2022. While both of these items take a long-term view, they epitomize one ... »

Solmax Invites CIM 2017 Attendees to Tour Manufacturing Plant

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The manufacturing process for geosynthetics is complex but learning more about these processes is extremely instructive for how to properly utilize and understand geosynthetic materials. During CIM 2017, one of the biggest mining conferences in Canada, Solmax will open its doors to tours of its state-of-the-art geosynthetics manufacturing plant in Montreal. CIM 2017 is the annual conference of the... »

New Short Course: Slope Stability of Containment Systems

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Containment facilities require multiple geosynthetics, which creates a need to design with a strong understanding of the interface between soils and geosynthetics and between different geosynthetics. The new short course, Slope Stability of Containment Systems, will address this topic May 23 – 24 in Austin, Texas. The presenters for the course represent the geosynthetics testing and environmental ... »

Geosynthetics 2017 Issues Call for Abstracts

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The organizers of Geosynthetics 2017, the First International Conference on Technology and Application of Geosynthetics, have invited abstracts of 200 – 300 words in either English or Spanish. Deadline for submission: May 4. The conference will be held 18 – 20 October 2017 Hotel Grand Hyatt in Santiago, Chile. SUBMIT ABSTRACTS ONLINE GEOSYNTHETICS 2017 TOPICS & SPONSORS The organizing committe... »

Newly Established HUESKER Australia Expands a Global Geosynthetics Brand

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In 2016, the HUESKER Group acquired Australia-based NBW Mining. Now, the company has announced the phase in this development: the establishment of HUESKER Australia Pty Ltd. The move is part of significant international expansion for the global geosynthetics provider, which has also opened new production facilities and headquarters in Germany, the United States, and Brazil in recent years. “Going ... »

New Website, New Services from Colorado Lining International

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One of the biggest names in geosynthetics installation and contracting, Colorado Lining International, continues to reinvent itself. In recent years, it has introduced a number of new products and services for floating covers and oil and gas applications. It has opened additional facilities and taken a larger presence in international work, including in the Middle East and Australia. Now, it has t... »

Upcoming Geosynthetics Engineering Webinars from HUESKER

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Webinars have grown significantly in their use for technical knowledge transfer, engineering training, and product and application introduction. HUESKER has been one of the active geosynthetics companies offering engineering webinars. The company is in the middle of a slate of new sessions, all of which are available free to participants. The 30-minute sessions in April and May will focus on irrig... »

GeoAfrica 2017 Expands Registration Payment Options

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Responding to requests from the many international delegates who will attend and exhibit at GeoAfrica 2017, the conference committee has announced that payment by credit card is now available in the online registration system. REGISTER ONLINE GeoAfrica 2017 will be held 8 – 11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, which is centered on the theme of “Geosynthetics in Sustai... »

Secondary Geogrid Reinforcement in MSE Walls

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By Paul C. Frankenberger, P.E.; Matthew M. Merritt, P.E.; and Mark Myers, P.E. – The concept of secondary geogrid layers located at the face of a mechanically stabilized earth wall is similar to the use of secondary geogrid reinforcement in MSE reinforced slopes. In slopes, the secondary geogrid layers are used to stabilize the slope face between the primary geogrid layers. The result is closely s... »

2nd Geosynthetics in Road Construction Examines Russian Market

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The 2nd Geosynthetics in Road Construction conference will be held 19 May 2017 in Moscow at the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya. The international event follows last year’s successful debut for the event, which is helping introduce wider discussion and adoption of geosynthetics in the large Russian transportation engineering market. It is also helping better link international countries with par... »

NAUE Asia Achieves SAMM Accreditation for Testing Geosynthetics

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When the international geosynthetics manufacturer NAUE GmbH & Co. KG founded NAUE Asia Sdn. Bhd. (NASB) in Malaysia in 2011, it did so to serve infrastructure markets in Asia and Oceania—and to do so with the same high-quality standards it employs at its renowned facilities in Germany. Now, the NAUE Asia testing laboratory has achieved SAMM accreditation for testing geosynthetics, in accordanc... »

INTERVIEW: Augusto Alza on Geosynthetics in Peru

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During the GeosPeru 2017 conference (March, Lima), the International Geosynthetics Society’s Peruvian Chapter president, Augusto Alza, sat down for an interview with Geosynthetica Latin America editor Natalia Rodado. They discussed the current state of geosynthetics in the country and the growth of IGS Peru. Natalia’s article follows, with translation and additional detail added by Geosynthetica e... »

April’s GSI Webinars Tackle Landfill Expansion and Heap Leach Mining

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The Geosynthetic Institute opened the year by increasing the number of webinars it offers in the calendar year. In April, this includes two very big topics: landfill expansion over existing landfills and geosynthetics in heap leach mining. The webinars will be held 11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST on April 12 (Landfill Exapnsion) and April 26 (Heap Leach Mining).  Each carries 1.5 PDHs, provided successful ... »

Agru America Opens Large Diameter Pipe Facility in Charleston

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One of the most eye-catching items in the exhibit hall at Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 (March, Orlando) was a large diameter pipe section. The product was stationed at Agru America’s booth. Now, the company has released details on its new manufacturing center in Charleston, South Carolina. The site is serving the growing international demand for next-generation large diameter pipe products, with a ... »

Waterproof Membranes 2017 Call for Presentations

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AMI has announced the dates of Waterproof Membranes 2017, the 11th installment in the annual series and issued a call for presentations. The international conference focuses on the market dynamics, technical innovation, manufacture, installation, and performance of waterproof membranes (e.g., geomembranes). It will be held 14 – 16 November 2017 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. VISIT... »

Pumped Storage Facility Revitalized by GCL Barrier

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By NAUE – After more than 50 years of operation, the Hohenwarte II pumped storage facility near Saalfeld/Thuringia had seen many changes both in the ways in which the facility needed to be used and in its infrastructure and performance. Numerous changes had occurred to the site’s inlets and outlets. The pumped storage facility began to exhibit high rates of leakage. The issue was the aging, ... »

Bituminous Geomembranes for Gas Depot Secondary Containment

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By Natalie Daly, Bertrand Breul, and Bernard Breul – The Chevron Willbridge Terminal is located in Portland, Oregon near the Willamette River. The facility stores refined petroleum products. Currently, the site features 11 light product tanks, 10 lube oil tanks of smaller diameter, and 3 waste tanks. The terminal has been in operation for more than 100 years, and the tanks are of varying sizes and... »

IGS North America Selects Kingston for Educate the Educators Event

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The International Geosynthetics Societey’s non-commercial Educate the Educators program was created in the 1990s to address the knowledge gap about geosynthetics in civil engineering practice. The program used a short course format to deliver practical geosynthetics engineering information to professors, who returned to their colleges with strategies for incorporating geosynthetics into their less... »