Raven Expands Production Capacity in Midland, Texas

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Raven Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAVN) is the latest geosynthetics company to announce production capacity expansion. Raven’s Engineered Films Division, which manufactures geomembranes along with various other film and sheet materials, is increasing production capacity at its Midland, Texas facility. The company noted that the move is in response to increased demand for geomembranes, particularly fo... »

Customized Geomembranes and a New Website for Solmax

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The energy continues to flow from Solmax’s international headquarters near Montreal. The company acquired the Houston-based assets of the former Brawler Industries, providing even more efficient service to key markets in the US. Now, it has announced the availability of a cost-controlling, bespoke service: customized geomembranes. Further, the company has launched a new website with tools such as ... »

FHWA Limit Equilibrium Design Framework for MSE Structures

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The innovative performance of geosynthetic reinforcement materials has led to mechanically stabilized earth walls and slopes becoming a mainstay of modern infrastructure—particularly with highways and commercial development. However, agreement is not so easy to find on the design framework best suited to consistent long-term performance and safe engineering and construction. Failures are rare, but... »

Imagine IM to Present Graphene Solutions at Startup Booster Competition

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Australia-based graphene solutions company Imagine Intelligent Materials (Imagine IM) has been selected to compete in the Startup Booster competition at JEC World 2017, the world’s largest composites show. JEC World takes place 14 – 16 March 2017 in Paris. The Startup Booster event will be held on March 14. GRAPHENE SOLUTIONS AT JEC WORLD Graphene solutions are arriving for a great many materials,... »

Geofabrics Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Concrete Canvas in AUS/NZ

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Geofabrics Australasia Pty Ltd has been named the exclusive distributor for Concrete Canvas Ltd.’s Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat products in Australia and New Zealand. Concrete Canvas is a flexible concrete-impregnated fabric that hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable, waterproof and fire-resistant concrete layer. This “concrete on a roll” barrier solution can be ... »

LEISTER’s New Quality System Shares GPS-Based Seam Data

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Two years ago, Leister Technologies AG debuted the GEOSTAR wedge welder line at Geosynthetics 2015, a biennial event. During the forthcoming edition (Geotechnical Frontiers 2017) in Orlando, Leister returns with a major advance for the GEOSTAR geosynthetic welding equipment: GPS-based, wireless seam data sharing. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 will be held 12 – 15 March 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Leis... »

New ASTM D35 Subcommittee on Geosynthetic Product Specification

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The influential ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics has established a new subcommittee: D35.06, Subcommittee on Product Specifications. The first meeting of the subcommittee is schedule for ASTM Committee Week, 14 – 16 June 2017 in Toronto, Canada. In a letter to committee members, the standardization body noted that the new subcommittee has come about through “discussion with the American Associa... »

Solmax Establishes Solmax USA in Houston

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One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of geomembranes, Solmax Inc., is after 35 years of cross-border work establishing a physical presence in the United States. The company has acquired the Houston, Texas assets of the former Brawler Inc. in Houston, Texas. A new company has been incorporated: Solmax USA LLC. “[The facility] must undergo a major upgrade in the months ahead,” writes the company... »

Graphene Applications, Including with Geosynthetics, Draw Investment

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Imagine IM (Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd) has been expanding the possibilities in graphene applications, work which has included new materials development in geosynthetics. The Sydney, Australia-based has just raised another $2 million in new capital. The influx of capital will support further development of conductive coatings and sensing technologies for industrial textiles. In a releas... »

Inland Tarp & Liner Acquires Brawler’s Midland Assets

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Inland Tarp & Liner (ITL®), LLC has revealed news that many in the geosynthetics manufacturing sector had been looking for: an acquisition involving Brawler Industries. Inland released a notice that it had acquired the “physical assets and equipment of Brawler Industries and Brawler Environmental Containment located at Midland, Texas.” The company entered the acquisition carefully, keeping man... »

Design Frameworks for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls

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During Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, the Technical Committee – Geosynthetics from ASCE’s Geo-Institute will hold a special working committee meeting on Design Frameworks for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls. The gathering is certain to draw attention, promoting discussion at the conference and providing potential and highly beneficial input to future designs. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 tak... »

IGS Landslides Workshop: Geosynthetics for Slope Stabilization

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During the 4th World Landslide Forum, the Italian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (AIG-IGS) will hold a one-day workshop on 1 June 2017. Landslides workshop title: Geosynthetics for Slope Stabilization. Daniele Cazzuffi (IGS Past President, CESI SpA, Milano, Italy) and Sabatino Cuomo (University of Salerno, Italy) are organizing the event. LANDSLIDES WORKSHOP: GEOSYNTHETICS FOR ... »

New Base Reinforcement Brand from HUESKER

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The HUESKER Group has restructured its base reinforcement products, an endeavor that has led to a new base reinforcement brand: Basetrac®. The change in marketing is effective immediately. The Basetrac family includes the company’s well-established products, such as Fortrac® (biaxial), Fornit®, Base, Duogrid®, Comtrac®, Sefitec® and HaTe®. In a statement on the change, the company noted that the r... »

TenCate Geosynthetics Launches New High-Performance Turf Reinforcement Mats

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Turf reinforcement mats are engineered to solve more difficult, longer-term erosion control situations on slopes and in channels. These materials retain bare soil and stabilize and nurture vegetation while resist the challenges of precipitation and high-flow rates on soils. TenCate Geosynthetics has introduced two more high-performance turf reinforcement mats. The Mirafi® TM13C and TM14S TRMs are ... »

Will Crawford to Speak on GCCMs and Erosion Control in Hong Kong

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On February 21, Will Crawford of Concrete Canvas will be a featured speaker at an Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists (Hong Kong) engineering event. The lecture, “Introducing GCCMs (Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats): A new material for erosion control,” will be delivered at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. There is no charge to attend and... »

Hanes Geo Components Opens Saint Louis Branch

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Hanes Geo Components opened 2017 by officially announcing its acquisition of Canada-based Terrafix Geosynthetics (which will continue to operate under that name). The company is not letting its foot off the gas. It has announced the opening of a new Saint Louis branch. This is the second location for Hanes Geo in Missouri, with a Kansas City office having opening in August 2016. The company now bo... »

CCR-Oriented GSE CoalDrain Geocomposite Earns Patent

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The expansion of coal combustion residuals handling and storage work in the United States, in the wake of new regulations, has led to a strong growth in engineered materials and services developed for CCR work. GSE Environmental developed the GSE CoalDrain, a highly engineered geocomposite designed specifically for coal combustion residuals. The US Patent Office has awarded the company its officia... »

Lime-Stabilized Backfill in MSE Retaining Structures

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By Giulia Lugli and Sachin Mandavkar – Soil can be stabilized by using a wide range of materials, such as cement, lime, and fly ash. When lime and water are mixed with a clay soil, modification of the soil properties and stabilization reactions begin. In highly alkaline environments (pH >12 for a short period of time), this can cause corrosion of steel elements in an engineered reinforcement sy... »

Geosynthetics CQA Week Events, April 24 – 28

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CQA Week events highlight how important Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) is to geosynthetics. CQA activities ensure the effectiveness of the materials and their role in providing long-term service lives and economical performance for infrastructure. Essentially, the work performed by CQA professionals helps facilities go into service in as ideal a condition as possible. Held twice annually, th... »

GSI Issues Graduate Student RFP for 2017-2018 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects with geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics. GSI has now opened the global request for proposals for its 2017-2018 fellowships for graduate students. Masters and doctoral candidates are eligible to receive awards of up to $5,000 per r... »

Geosynthetic Strip Reinforcement for Port of Miami Tunnel

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The Florida Department of Transportation’s impressive tunnel project has connected the Port of Miami directly with US Interstate’s 395 and 95. The well-publicized work has been designed to alleviate cargo-related congestion created by the busy port and to reduce the amount of cargo-carrying vehicles throughout the city’s downtown districts. The success of the project has been secured through the u... »

GCCM Remediates Brick Flume in Bath

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By Concrete Canvas – An old brick flume was taking water from a nearby canal. The water course traveled under a Network Rail line and into a river the other side in Bath. To remediate its aging, leaking design, Concrete Canvas ® GCCM* (CC) was installed as a long-term lining system. The works were carried out by Gardiners for The Canal & River Trust. CONCRETE CANVAS FOR A BRICK FLUME The origi... »

Video: Pambula Merimbula Uses Polymeric Mats for Access Road

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Diamond Grid has published a video story on the installation of its polymeric mat system to create an access road for Pambula Merimbula Golf Course in Australia. At the open of the story, Pat Wilson, course superintendent, says that the course has used the polymeric matting solution on several projects historically on the course in lieu of concrete. Diamond Grid notes that its primary material cos... »

New Geocomposite Drainage System for Roadways

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Roadway integrity can be undermined by poor drainage on the surface and in the subgrade of the road. The new GSE RoaDrain™ geocomposite drainage system has been engineered to provide high compressive strength (> 50,000 psf), a permeability greater than 10x that of drainage stone, and long-term performance under roads and at expansion joints to provide an effective capillary break that stops the... »

Technical Note: CCR Closure and Geocomposite Drainage

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By GSE Environmental – This technical note focuses on CCR closure and post-closure care for facilities closing with the coal combustion residual waste remaining in place. In the United States, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) placed the authority and the responsibility on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish rules and regulations for solid waste disposal... »