JOB OPPORTUNITY: Business Development Manager – Sales, Layfield

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Layfield is an industry leader in polymer film, geomembranes, and geotextiles with a mission to Protect Our Families, Our Communities, and Our Environment. Layfield is looking to add a highly motivated and hard-working sale professional to its San Diego, California-based team. A description of the opportunity is posted below. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER – CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL & WATER WASTEWAT... »

GSI Online Course: QA/QC of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities

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The Geosynthetic Institute’s Drs. Bob Koerner and George Koerner will lead a special online short course 3 – 5 October 2017 on QA/QC of Geosynthetics in Waste Containment Facilities. Worth 8 PDHs, the course will take place in two 90-minute blocks on each day (11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:00 – 3:30 pm. QA/QC OF GEOSYNTHETICS IN WASTE CONTAINMENT FACILITIES GSI writes: This online course is focused on... »

PODCAST: The Push towards Reinvention in Geomembranes

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Many infrastructure applications rely upon geosynthetic barriers. Over time, we’ve seen the specification of 40 or 60-mil black high-density polyethylene geomembranes become so common that black HDPE can feel almost like a commodity product. In part, this seems at odds with the critical containment these geomembranes provide. But, it is also in part a testimony to how the geosynthetics manufacturi... »

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... »

Storm Cistern Slope Protection with a GCCM

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In February 2017, Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was used for slope protection in a storm cistern in the Airport Industrial Park of Colón in Querétaro, Mexico. The urbanization of the Industrial Park PIA Airport by AM Developers required a rainwater catchment area for infiltration or for its treatment and reuse. This area was thought of as a storm cistern, in which... »

Project: HDPE Geomembranes Secure Storage Basin in Mexico

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An intense dry season across the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico, led to a water shortage in the community of El Muerto and San Juan. Without sufficient rainfall, the danger was that the future supply from the reservoirs would be incrementally reduced. To be prepared for these eventualities, a storage basin was proposed to collect water, storing it for future use when required. The contractor, San... »

FGI Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications Short Course

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The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) has organized a one-day short course on Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications. The event will take place 27 October 2017 in Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University. The course will cover proper design, specification, and construction of a variety of civil engineering applications such as water resources, conta... »

EuroGeo Transcript: Geomembrane Wrinkles, Bridging, Ballasting, Parts 3 – 5

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During EuroGeo 6, Dr. Ian D. Peggs, P.E., P.Eng chaired a special panel discussion on geomembrane wrinkles, bridging, uplift, and ballasting. The recorded session featured panelists Paul Guinard (SOPREMA), Adnan Berkay Özdemir (Atarfil), Michael Flynn (FLI Group), Catrin Tarnowski (GSE), and Richard Thiel (Thiel Engineering). We publish here, with permission of the EuroGeo 6 organizers (the Turkis... »

EuroGeo Transcript: Geomembrane Wrinkles, Bridging, Ballasting, Parts 1 and 2

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During EuroGeo 6, Dr. Ian D. Peggs, P.E., P.Eng chaired a special panel discussion on geomembrane wrinkles, bridging, uplift, and ballasting.  We publish here, with permission of the EuroGeo 6 organizers (the Turkish Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society) and the participating panelists the full transcript of the session. We thank Ian Peggs and Wendy Cortez of I-CORP International for... »

Western ProLine Sets a Course for Geosynthetic Fabrication Success

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When Brawler Industries closed its four locations in the United States, its assets were bought up by various geosynthetics entities. The one location we hadn’t heard about was what happened to the Miles City, Montana assets and inventory. They have certainly not sat idle. Instead, William Phair acquired the site and established a new geosynthetics fabrication company, Western ProLine, LLC, in Marc... »

Acquisition News: Raven Industries to Acquire Colorado Lining

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The geosynthetics industry has received some interesting acquisition news: South Dakota-based manufacturer Raven Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAVN) has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire fabrication, installation, and design-build service provider Colorado Lining International, Inc. The final acquisition will align under Raven’s Engineered Films Division, according to a company statement. R... »

In Memoriam: André Rollin, a Geosynthetics Pioneer

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By Chris Kelsey – The geosynthetics field has lost one of its earliest adopters and consistent champions, engineer André Rollin, M.Sc.A., Ph.D., FEIC, FCSME (1941 – 2017). André passed away on August 13 at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Home after a lengthy battle with illness. André’s long and active career was characterized by a constant interest in growth—of the geosynthetics field, of... »

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... »

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... »

PODCAST: Perspectives on Puncture Protection for Landfill Lining Systems

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The field of geosynthetics has often been defined by how these materials improve the performance and economics of a particular site or application. One of the ways that geosynthetics achieve such goals is through rigorous testing to ensure proper selection of a material. However, engineering approaches are often driven by a market’s level of infrastructure development and regulatory readiness. Thi... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

The Year So Far: Most Popular Geosynthetics Stories

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We’ve rounded the corner into the second half of 2017, so it’s time to take stock of what Geosynthetica’s readers have made our most popular geosynthetics stories. Last year was the publication’s biggest year in overall unique readers and in page views, and 2017 has sustained that momentum. We are currently trending another 18% higher on 2016 and 65% greater than in this same period in 2015.... »

New Adhesive Tape for Geomembrane Repair and Protection

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Owens Corning has introduced GeoLap™ adhesive tape, a taping solution designed specifically for RhinoMat® and RhinoSkin® geomembrane applications. The 4-inch-wide tape’s high-strength adhesive is designed for enhanced performance in geomembrane repair, patching, and protection. It is suitable for secondary repairs, seam protection, pipe boots and penetration sealing, batten reinforcement, and othe... »

Looking Back on the Geosynthetics Pavilion and Summit in Brazil

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The mid-June BW Expo 2017 brought thousands of civil and environmental engineering professionals to São Paulo, where they encountered a first: a Geosynthetics Pavilion. Geosynthetica’s Brazil-market publication organized the pavilion to introduce the materials and some key companies to the gathering. The BW Expo focused on sustainability in water, waste, air, and energy. It was co-located with the... »