WEBINAR: Asperity Height or Asperity Concentration for Geomembranes?

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For its next technical webinar presentation, Solmax is asking a unique and important question for geomembranes:  Does asperity height or asperity concentration matter more for increasing interface shear resistance along a geomembrane surface? Register online for this free, November 28 (1:00 pm EST) technical webinar. Space is limited! ASPERITY HEIGHT VS ASPERITY CONCENTRATION The objective of text... »

GSE Environmental Awarded High Temperature Geomembrane Patent

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Four years ago, GSE Environmental formally announced the development of polyethylene geomembranes for use in applications with prolonged exposure to temperatures above 60°C (140°F). Now, the company has been awarded US Patent No. 9,518,176 B2 for its High Temperature Geomembrane Liners and Master Batch Compositions. The newest addition to the series, GSE High Temperature Liner, is engineered to wi... »

Geomembranes, Covers, and Containment Systems Webinar – Nov 16

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AGRU America continues its series of geosynthetic engineering webinars on November 16 at 12:00 EST. This new geomembranes and geosynthetic cover and containment systems webinar will address a range of topics.  Engineer Nick Rauh will lead the session and foster discussion on multiple geosynthetic solutions and the various factors that influence performance and improve project economics and efficie... »

Translated: General Recommendations for Geomembranes in Barrier Systems

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The International Geosynthetics Society’s French Chapter (CFG – Le Comité Français des Géosynthétiques) has published an English-language version of its key document Fascicle 10, “General recommendations for the use of geomembranes in barrier systems.”  The resource, which is free for downloading on the IGS French Chatper’s website, pertains to design, construction, and site inspection. The ... »

Graphene-Enhanced Geotextiles Coming to US with Haydale Agreement

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Australia-based Imagine Intelligent Materials has quickly scaled up production of its innovative imgne® X3 coating. The product has enabled the manufacture of the world’s first graphene-enhanced geotextiles, which are currently being manufactured by Geofabrics Australasia. Now, an agreement between Imagine IM and Haydale Technologies Inc. will bring this manufacturing potential to North America. H... »

Success of Geosynthetics 2017 Sets the Stage for 2018 Edition in Chile

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Geosynthetics 2017, the First International Conference on Technology and Application of Geosynthetics, took place in Santiago, Chile 18 – 20 October 2017. The event met all of its inaugural expectations, enjoyed strong industry support, and featured a wide-range of topics and international representation in the short courses and technical programs. Roughly 50 papers (English and Spanish language) ... »

PODCAST: The Rise of ClosureTurf® in Final Cover Systems

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Landfill engineering has advanced significantly over the past 35 years. Geosynthetic lining, capping, and final cover systems have had a lot to do with the tremendous success landfill operators have had in controlling leachate, protecting groundwater, and improving the long-term economics of active landfills and post-closure care periods. In regards to responsible closure of sites, one of the fast... »

United Concrete Canvas Russia Opened a Demo Park

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Though Concrete Canvas opened a unique demo park near Moscow in Russia in 2016, it wasn’t until mid-way through this year that the company officially announced it. The site, run by United Concrete Canvas Russia, introduces visitors to the wide variety of applications and sectors in which Concrete Canvas rolls are being used: road construction, railways, canal lining, mining, secondary containment ... »

VIDEO: A Manufacturing Approach to Geomembrane Wrinkles Management

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Earlier this year, Solmax took on a very hot topic with a free webinar: managing geomembrane wrinkles. This session followed the discussion created by a Geosynthetic Institute webinar in which Dr. Robert Koerner spoke strongly against wrinkles left in or left to develop in a geomembrane installation. Solmax delivered a welcomed talk on the manufacturing approach to the subject. Technical manager D... »

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Raven Seeks to Add Product Development Engineer

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Job Opportunity – Product Development Engineer (Raven Industries): For 60 years, Raven has developed, marketed, and produced technical solutions to great challenges. Utilizing our strength in engineering, manufacturing, and technological innovation, Raven today is a leader in precision agriculture, high performance specialty films, and situational awareness markets. Our purpose to Solve Grea... »

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 ... »

CQA Training and Certification, November 2017

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TRI will host three geosynthetics CQA training short courses and two certification opportunities November 27 – December 1 in Austin, Texas The next CQA Week will present multiple opportunities for high-level CQA training and certification. Construction Quality Assurance experts in projects utilizing geosynthetics, such as in waste management and mining, ensure the effectiveness of the materi... »

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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A crew of 6 – 8 people installed the 1000m2 of CC5TM slope protection over five days. 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... »

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... »