Incomat Gets Raw and Potable Water Compatibility Certification

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Geosynthetic barriers and systems provide essential containment of fluids in a wide variety of applications. One of the most important is for the protection and management of water resources. Certification for suitability in these applications has become increasingly important, internationally. HUESKER’s Incomat geosynthetic concrete mattress, for example, has been granted raw and potable water co... »

PODCAST: Craig Benson on Sedimentation, Dams, and Watershed Health

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Geosynthetica opens its 2017 series of GeoTalk podcasts with a conversation about sedimentation, dams, and watershed health. Our guest is Craig Benson, an International Erosion Control Association Board Member and a division director for the private, non-profit Natural Resources Services in Eureka, California. NRS is a division of the Redwood Community Action Agency. There are more than 1000 commu... »

NZ’s Central Plains Headrace Canal Update: 600,000 Sq M of HDPE Geomembrane

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The ongoing infrastructure works in Canterbury, New Zealand’s ambitious Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme is centered around a 55m-high dam and affiliated storage and diversion canals. Up to 60,000 ha (148,230 acres) of land will be irrigated by the project. The Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers would be connected the 280 million cubic meter-capacity reservoir via a 56km-long headrace canal. The... »

REMINDER: 2018 IECA Abstracts Due May 31

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One reminds the engineering community that abstracts for the 2018 IECA Conference and Exhibition are due May 31. The 2018 IECA conference will be held 11 – 14 February 2018 in Long Beach, California. 2018 IECA CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Suggested topics for the 2018 IECA Technical Program include: Erosion and Sediment Control Managing Soil for Vegetativ... »

Solmax Seeks US Market Development Manager

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Solmax is one of the world’s top three manufacturers of geomembranes and affiliated fluid transportation solutions (e.g., HDPE pipes, valves, fittings and accessories). The company operates major manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, Malaysia, and Chile. Currently, Solmax is hiring a market development manager for the US territory. A description of requirements from Solmax follows... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Stormwater Equipment Manufactures Association 2017-2018 Board

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The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA) has announced its 2017 – 2018 Board of Directors. President: Derek Berg (Contech Engineered Solutions) Vice President: Fred Kraekel (Hydro International) Treasurer: Dan Fajman (Fresh Creek Technologies) At-Large: Ernie Carrasco (OldCastle Precast, Inc.) At-Large: John Moll (CrystalStream Technologies) At-Large: Will Harris (Bio Clean... »

Competitors to Partners: Western Excelsior Acquires North American Green

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Western Excelsior is celebrating its 40th anniversary in dramatic fashion. The company has entered into an agreement to acquire the 32-year-old company North American Green as of March 31. The move brings together two of the most well known names in erosion and sediment control. Since 2004, North American Green has operated under the Tensar International umbrella. In a release announcing the acqui... »

IECA Field Tours at Environmental Connection 2017

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One will offer a number of field tours at Environmental Connection 2017, the annual conference and exhibition from the association. Learn-in-the-field opportunities include: Research Showcase at the Auburn University Erosion and Sediment Control Facility (Pre-conference Session) – Learn proper design/installation techniques on various eros... »

IECA Offers Holiday Discount on Conference Registration

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The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is offering a special $100 discount on registration towards Environmental Connection 2017. The holiday discount is available through January 6. The conference will be held 21 – 24 February 2017 in Atlanta. Environmental Connection is a long-running, well-known show. The 2017 edition will feature a strong program of keynote speakers, technical ed... »

Environmental Connection 2017 Offers Much to Look Forward to

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The annual Environmental Connection conference and exhibition from the International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) is a long-running, well-known show, but it’s history isn’t stopping evolution. With Environmental Connection 2017, the organizers have modified the format, as well as have formed a strong program of keynote speakers, technical education, networking opportunities, and c... »

Exports to 50+ Countries Drive Record Year for Concrete Canvas

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In its latest financial results, Concrete Canvas Ltd has revealed another record year of growth for the South Wales-based manufacturer. Its international presence for its primary “concrete on a roll” geosynthetic product has grown significantly. Material has been supplied to more than 50 countries in the past year, including throughout Latin America and in high-profile projects (e.g., LNG facility... »

Jim Cantore, Craig Zeller to Deliver Environmental Connection 2017 Keynotes

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 The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has officially announced its keynote speakers for Environmental Connection 2017.  Renowned meteorologist Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel will deliver opening  remarks. The conference will also feature Craig Zeller, PE, Senior Regional Project Manager with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Zeller has the honor of deliverin... »

TenCate’s Water and Environment Website Uses Client-Led Redesign

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By Elizabeth Peggs – TenCate Geosynthetics has been working to up their digital media presence and strategy, and the effort is yielding great results. The company has just launched a revised water and environment website zone. The redesigned segment of their primary www.geotube.com portal is dedicated to geotextile tube technology and solutions. Christopher Timpson, who serves as a Technical Servi... »

Avoiding Whales in Anaerobic Digesters

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By Ian D. Peggs, P.E. – In 2014, shortly after being placed in service, one of two geomembrane-lined and covered anaerobic digesters generated extensive whales—“bubbles” in the lining system. Attempts to remove the apparent gas from under the cover were made unsuccessfully until it was realized that the cover was being uplifted by gas under the liner. Within two or three days, there were whales se... »

Jerry L Hatfiled Wins IECA 2017 Technical Paper Award

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has announced the winner of the 2017 Most Distinguished Technical Paper award: Dr. Jerry L Hatfield. Hatfield is a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His paper, “Enhancing Soil Begins with Soil Biology and a Stable Soil Microclimate,” will be presented at Environmental Connection 2017, 21 – 24 F... »

A Chemically Resistant Geomembrane on a GCCM

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When EuroGeo 2016 opens in Ljubljana, Slovenia this month, Concrete Canvas® will showcase its new barrier material: CC Hydro™. The product features a chemically resistant geomembrane backing. EuroGeo 2016 is the 6th European Conference on Geosynthetics. Concrete Canvas® is a Silver Sponsor of the September 25 – 28 event. Nick Kastoumis will present a paper on this new class of containment material... »

Additive Packages, Resins, and Geomembrane Performance

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How do additive packages, resins, HPOIT and OIT testing, and other components and quality control measures to geomembranes affect material durability and performance? Solmax engineer Mathieu Cornellier led a webinar on these topics earlier this month. The company has posted the presentation on its YouTube Channel. Cornellier focuses on polyethylene (PE) geomembranes, including high-density (HDPE) ... »

IGS India Ready for GeoAsia 6 in New Delhi

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Nearly 20 years ago, the GeoAsia conference series kicked off with an International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) conference in Bangalore. The event was hosted by IGS India. In 2016, GeoAsia 6 will bring the event back to India. The theme for GeoAsia 6 is “Geosynthetics for Infrastructure Development.” Roads, hydraulic structures, reinforcement, ground improvement, and geosynthetics test... »

Cartagena 2016: Changing Infrastructure, Changing Soils

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Changing infrastructure changes soils, and our responses to the geotechnical challenges of our soils—the solutions we choose—determine the sustainability and long-term economics and successful performance of our infrastructure. This is a central point to Cartagena 2016. This 8th Iberoamerican Congress on Erosion and Sediment Control (VIII CICES – Cartagena 2016) will be held 15 – 17 August 2016 an... »

East Coast Erosion Control Looks West in New Partnership

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Erosion and sediment control materials manufacturer East Coast Erosion Blankets, LLC (dba East Coast Erosion Control) is partnering with Valley Erosion Supply. The new venture gives the privately held, Pennsylvania-based company a manufacturing and distribution site in Montana for even more efficient service to markets in the Midwest and Western United States. “We are thrilled to partner wit... »

IAGI / GIGSA Lecture on Geomembrane Installations

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The Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa (GIGSA) and the International Association of Geosynthetic Installers (IAGI) will present a lecture on July 22. The topic: “Ensuring competent geomembrane installations and how the IAGI adds value to clients, consultants, and installers.” John Heap will lead the presentation. Heap brings experience from nearly 40 years of geomembrane inst... »

Jim Tanner Takes the Reins at Profile

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Jim Tanner is no stranger to the inner workings and business development success of Profile Products LLC. He has spent 18 years at the company, being part of its exceptional growth in providing in soil, water, and vegetation management solutions.  The company has announced that Jim Tanner has been named President. In his new role, he will also continue to serve at the company’s Chief Operating Off... »