Better Bearing Capacity for Container Yard on Geocells

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Constructing on weak subgrade is always a challenge, but geosynthetics provide high-quality, efficient, and economical solutions. An exemplary case can be found in the busy city of Kolkata, India, where a logistics company needed to improve a weak subgrade at the site of a new container yard. Geocells provided the answer. ALLCARGO LOGISTICS Ltd.’s container yard was to be located at Kidderpore Doc... »

GSI Webinar: MSE Wall Back Drainage Design

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The Geosynthetic Institute will host its next GSI Webinar on 25 October 2017. The topic is MSE Wall Back Drainage Design. GSI Webinars are 80-minute sessions (with Q&A time added to the end) on the second Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am (EDT). Participants may be eligible to receive 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs) with completion of a 10-question multiple choice test following t... »

Geosynthetic Support Pad Offers More Than 800 t Capacity

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HUESKER has developed a geosynthetic support pad (Fortrac Heavy Load). The system has been engineered for storing extra-heavy units, such as monopoles for offshore wind turbines or ship components. The load capacity of this geosynthetic support pad is greater than 800 t. “Traditional constructions with custom-made steel and concrete support posts tend to be very expensive,” the company writes. “[T... »

11 ICG Young IGS Members Call Extended to October 31

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DEADLINE EXTENSION! The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics, organized by the International Geosynthetics Society’s Korean Chapter, will be held in Seoul, South Korea 16 – 21 September 2018. The Young IGS Members will host a special session during 11 ICG as part of the technical program. The Call for Papers for that special session has been extended to 31 October 2017. Abstracts should ... »

Ashley MacMillan Joins TenCate as an Engineering Business Manager

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TenCate Geosynthetics has announced the addition of Ashley MacMillan, PE as Engineering Business Manager – Northwest (United States). MacMillan is a 7-year veteran with a strong background in geotechnical applications. Among the skills she brings to TenCate is the ability to serve as a mechanically stabilized earth structures expert. MacMillan has been active in her career with the American Societ... »

PODCAST: The Coming Wave of Biogeotechnical Engineering

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Biogeotechnical engineering is adding enzymes, microbes, and much more to the engineer’s toolbox Geosynthetics have achieved some remarkable levels of performance in infrastructure. They play a big role, but they are only a small part of a project. Other materials, such as soils, aggregates, and concrete make up the rest of infrastructure. Increasingly, we find geosynthetics being used in co... »

ECTC Revises the Rolled Erosion Control Products Specification

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The Erosion Control Technology Council provides a voice for the large field of professionals who focus on engineering solutions to control soil loss and assist with vegetation establishment.  One of the effective tools ECTC has developed is a Rolled Erosion Control Products specification. The organization announced in late August that its members have revised the RECP spec. The Rolled Erosion Cont... »

Geocells Create Sloped Greenroof in India

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By Strata Geosystems (India) – Greenroofs have continued to gain support in the roofing community. They meet the goal for higher performance buildings. They provide a sustainability angle for large and small structures. They reduce stormwater runoff in hardscape environments. And, greenroofs provide visual aesthetics. As an essentially vegetated landscape on a flat or sloped roof, greenroofs are s... »

GeoPASS II Offers a Strong Geotechnical Program – October 11

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Last year, Charlotte, North Carolina-based HUESKER hosted a high-level, invitation-only geosynthetics technical networking event called GeoPASS. The inaugural series delivered top-tier lectures and perspectives on diverse topics such as the Limit Equilibrium Design Framework, coal ash disposal, contractor’s views on geosynthetics in geotechnical engineering, and more. GeoPASS II, to be held Octobe... »

VIDEO: Chungsik Yoo and Erol Güler Discuss Underground Construction

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At EuroGeo 6, the International Geosythetics Society recorded one of its “Two for a Few” installments, which brings together field experts for brief talk on a high-level issue. This time around, IGS Vice President Prof. Chungsik Yoo and IGS Council Member Dr. Fazli Erol Güler sat down to discuss geosynthetics in underground construction. Dr. Güler opens the 9:00-minute conversation by asking Prof.... »

Strata’s New Geotechnical Software Focuses on GRS Design

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The recently launched StrataPro™ geotechnical software platform from Strata Systems, Inc. is a welcomed addition to the tools engineers can use to improve GRS design. Geosynthetically reinforced soil structures can improve the sustainability, economics, and safety of infrastructure, but they require significant care in planning and material selection. Programs such as StrataPro provide that suppor... »

PODCAST: Bob Mackey on the State of Geosynthetics Education

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A few years ago, the International Geosynthetics Society revived its Educate the Educators program. The initiative was developed in the early 1990s to help educate engineers, regulators, and academics about geosynthetic materials, which were flourishing in field use. More than 20 years later, the field of geosynthetics had grown enormously—but how to engineer with these materials had not become st... »

Geocell-Supported Design Restores Indian Highway

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By Strata Geosystems (India) – Several days of torrential rain in March 2016 completely destroyed a stretch of National Highway 44 (NH-44) in India. The roadway is the main throughway for commercial traffic to the State of Tripura. The failed road zone was located on the Assam side of the Assam-Tripura border. A geocell-supported road solution was specified to repair the damage quickly. The ... »

Waterproof Membranes Conference Participating Companies

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The 11th annual Waterproof Membranes conference will be held November 14 – 16 in Cologne, Germany. Organized by AMI, the event delivers presentations and networking related to market dynamics, technical innovation, manufacturing, installation, performance of geomembranes and architecture membranes, and more. The early registration rate is available through September 8 and includes a savings of €20... »

WEBINAR: 10 Design Missteps That Affect Geomembrane Performance

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On August 31 at 1:00 pm EDT, Solmax will host a free webinar on a much welcomed topic: “Designing for success: a look at 10 design missteps that may affect the performance of geomembrane liners in service.” In announcing the webinar, Solmax notes: Performance may be thought of as a comparison between expected behavior and actual behavior. A high-performing containment facility is one in which comp... »

GeoAfrica 2017 Releases Promotional Video

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GeoAfrica 2017 will be held 8 – 11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, which is centered on the theme of “Geosynthetics in Sustainable Development in Africa”, is the 3rd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics, following installments in South Africa (2009) and Ghana (2013). It will be held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society(IGS) and hosted and organi... »

270m-Long Reinforced Soil Structure for a South African Highway

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By Maccaferri – When the improvement works to the main road P728 in the Umgababa area were approved by the eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, a mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall was needed to complete the project. Maccaferri designed and supplied a 270m-long, 9m-high reinforced soil structure using the Terramesh® System reinforced with ParaGrid® primary geogrid. T... »

Relining a Tailings Dam Stormwater Channel with Limited Access

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By Concrete Canvas – In August 2016, a Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was used to line a drainage channel at Glenridding Mine, Ullswater, Cumbria. The objective was to re-line an existing 200m long channel on top of a tailings dam to prevent damage from runoff during severe rain storms. In recent years there have been a number of extreme rain storms in the La... »

Geosynthetics Presentations at Sardinia 2017

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The preliminary schedule for Sardinia 2017 has been released. The Sardinia Symposium is a long-running international series of waste management and affiliated landfill-related. The biennial event is, in fact, celebrating its 30th anniversary. Geosynthetics will be found throughout the expansive program, but some of the immediate highlights are noted below. Sardinia 2017 will be held 2 – 6 October ... »

PODCAST: Zornberg on Differing MSE Design Frameworks

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Mechanically stabilized earth walls have been the subject of the most read stories on Geosynthetica this year and a few of the most read stories in 2016 as well. This past spring, some of that field interest in MSE design became the focus of a unique meeting at the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference. There, the ASCE Geo-Institute Technical Committee on Geosynthetics brought together leading MS... »

New Leadership for Strata Systems as Fuller, Enger, Butchart Retire

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On the heels of establishing some dramatic global growth, Strata Systems, Inc. co-founders Chip Fuller (President) and Rich Enger (General Manager) have announced their impending retirement. Craig Bell, an industry veteran who currently serves as Strata Systems Northeast Regional Sales Manager, will transition in the role as General Manager. Also announcing his retirement is the company’s long-tim... »

Internet of Smart Materials Conference to Highlight Graphene’s Role

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The Internet of Smart Materials Conference will be held August 17 at Swinburne University (Australia) and explore manufacturing opportunities and how graphene-enhanced materials can help revolutionize data collection and performance understanding in infrastructure, science, daily life, and more. Imagine IM, which has developed the world’s first graphene-enhance geotextile with Geofabrics Australas... »

Waterproof Membranes 2017 Program Released

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Waterproof Membranes 2017 will be held November 14 – 16 in Cologne, Germany. The event is the 11th annual installment from AMI. Organizers remind interested attendees that the early registration rate, which is available through September 8, includes a savings of €200. The program has been released. Some of the presentations on the schedule that will immediately appeal to geosynthetics and ge... »

PODCAST: George Koerner on Exposed Geomembrane Performance

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George Koerner, Director of the Geosynthetic Institute, had the honor this year of delivering the first Koerner Lecture—a series named in honor of his father Dr. Robert Koerner, who is internationally recognized as one of the godfathers of geosynthetics and who continues his work as Director Emeritus at GSI. Last year, I had the pleasure to see both Koerners at an ASCE’s GeoChicago conference and ... »

Improving Drainage at Expansion Joints in Rigid Pavements

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By GSE Environmental – Repairing damaged expansion joints in rigid pavements is a costly endeavor. Not only is the cost of the repairs high, but repair projects can go on for miles and shut down vital lanes of traffic important to commuters and local commerce. The primary cause of premature damage is insufficient drainage under rigid pavements. MANAGING EXPANSION JOINTS Expansion joints are partic... »