Reflections on the IGS Technical Committee Workshops in Munich

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Dr. George Koerner, Director of the Geosynthetic Institute, published a very nice report from the International Geosynthetics Society’s IGS Technical Committee Workshops. The gathering, which included workshops organized by the IGS Technical Committees on Soil Reinforcement (TC-R) and the IGS Technical Committee on Barriers (TC-B) was held in June. We reprint here by permission George Koerner’s re... »

Geopipe Webinar to Examine Durability, Infrastructure Uses, and More

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UPDATE: IGS North America will move the webinar to the fall, due to interested attendee requests but difficulty arranging time during a very busy season of work. IGS North America will host a geopipe webinar on July 12. The session, led by Dr. Michael Pluimer (University of Minnesota – Duluth), tackles one of the most necessary elements of modern infrastructure. Pluimer is targeting the engi... »

11ICG Extends Pre-Registration Rate to July 30

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 at the COEX in Seoul, Korea. The program will feature 1,000 geotechnical engineering experts from more than 100 countries. Conference theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” Of note, the organizing committee has extended the pre-registration rate through July 30. Readers... »

Pluimer to Lead July 12 Geopipe Webinar for IGS North America

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The next IGS North America webinar will tackle one of the most necessary elements of modern infrastructure: geopipe. Dr. Michael Pluimer (University of Minnesota – Duluth) will lead the session, which is broadly targeted as an Introduction to Geopipe. The webinar will open a longer-term series on applications, specifications, and test methods associated with geopipe. Commonly offered in corr... »

Geotextile Tubes, Geotextile Filters: Two Webinars from GSI

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The Geosynthetic Institute’s GSI Webinar series provided high-level education and resources on all geosynthetic applications and materials. The next offerings will focus on geotextiles. Specifically, geotextile tubes and geotextile filters. June 13, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): Applications and Design of Geotextile Tubes July 11, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): Geotextile Filters: Concerns and Issues Each ... »

Four Australia Landfill Design Seminars Headline August Opportunities

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Global Synthetics is partnering with NAUE Geosynthetics (Germany and Malaysia) and Skaps (USA) to offer a series of four landfill seminars across Australia in August. The event, Advances in Landfill Design and Specification Using Geosynthetics, will feature international experts and state-of-practice insight into the latest technology in landfill and containment structures. Also of emphasis will b... »

IGS Young Members Committee Photo Contest

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In recent years, engineering societies and conferences have wisely put greater emphasis on younger participants in their fields. Geotechnical engineering experienced a substantial growth in materials innovation (e.g., geosynthetics) and project scopes over the past 50 years, and much of that growth was based on the work of engineers now retired or near retirement or who have moved into different d... »

GeoMEast 2018 Abstracts Call Closes April 15

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The GeoMEast 2018 International Congress and Exhibition is one of the leading Geosynthetics and Geotechnical Congresses in the Middle East. The event will be held to be held 24 – 28 November 2018 at the MENA House Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Geosynthetics has a major role in the technical program. Theme: “Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: Structural Integrity.” GeoMEast 2018 abstracts are invited thro... »

70 Years of Strong Economic Performance, Innovation, and Growth

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AGRU’s 2018 first quarter is off to a strong start. The company’s XXL Pipe Production Facility in South Carolina equipped to extrude the world’s largest high-density polyethylene pipe. The Los Angeles-based Foreign Trade Center of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber has recognized AGRU’s international business success with a top economic performance award. And, the company is marking its 70th an... »

IGS Develops 1st GeoReinforcement Workshop – Munich, June 4 – 5

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The International Geosynthetics Society Technical Committee on Reinforcement (TC-R) will welcome civil and geotechnical engineering professionals from around the world to the 1st GeoReinforcement Workshop 4 – 5 June 2018 in Munich, Germany. This unique gathering combines high-level presentations from leading practitioners in the field with significant audience discussion time, enabling participant... »

Join INTERMAS at 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11 ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 in Seoul, Korea. This event is not to be missed! Held once every four years, it is the world’s most influential gathering of professionals in geosynthetics manufacturing and affiliated construction industries. The 11 ICG offers an opportunity for the field’s professionals to showcase innovations a... »

Remediating a Concrete Flume in a Hydroelectric System

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In August 2017, a Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was used to remediate a dilapidated concrete flume, which was part of a hydroelectric system in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. A civil general inspection conducted a few years prior to the remediation found the flume to be in poor condition in significant areas. A few small localized repairs were carried out in 201... »

JOBS: Varicore Seeks Drainage Systems Sales Consultant

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Varicore Technologies, headquartered in Minnesota, is the manufacturer of the internationally distributed Multi-Flow Drainage Systems. The company seeks to add another sales consultant to support the continued growth of its drainage systems portfolio. These systems are used to improve the performance and dependability of athletic fields, civil engineering, commercial and residential construction, ... »

Desludging Wastewater Ponds Using Geotextile Dewatering Bags

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By Johnny Oriokot, Donovan Bate, and Gerard Dirks – When wastewater treatment ponds reach their capacity, the options available are either to build new or empty existing facilities. These ponds must be desludged to make available additional space for waste. Strict environmental regulations in wastewater treatment, though necessary, can complicate carrying out functional upgrades to a facility. Her... »

Presto Geosystems Releases a Porous Pavement Design Assistant

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Porous pavement solutions have drawn considerable interest in communities for the green engineering benefits they provide. Porous pavements can greatly reduce stormwater runoff by enabling a high infiltration or percolation rate of water into underlying soils. The permeability of these systems can also trap suspended solids, thus filtering them out of any residual runoff so water that is shed is c... »

MENA Nonwovens Symposium Offers Prominent Geotextiles Session

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When the international nonwovens association Edana convenes its 2018 MENA Nonwovens Symposium and Exhibition, it will do so with a prominent geotextiles program. The event, to be held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai February 6 – 7, includes a geotextiles session moderated by International Geosynthetics Society Past President Daniele Cazzuffi (CESI, Italy). MENA NONWOVENS – GEOTEXTILE ... »

Surface Stabilization Needs Drive Diamond Grid Growth in South America

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Polymeric-based, surface stabilization grids have attracted a lot of interest around the world. For stabilization system manufacturer Diamond Grid International, South America has become one of the fastest growing regions of use for its materials. Diamond Grid is utilized in a wide range of sectors in need of surface stabilization solutions, such as trail building, mining, agriculture, landscaping... »

Diverting Surface Water from Contaminated Spoils at a Former Mine

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In June 2017, Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (CC GCCM) was used to line a series of drainage channels at a remediated mining site in Wicklow, Ireland. The channels were engineered to divert surface water around the former contaminated spoils zones. The site had an extraordinarily long history of mining, with copper mining activities having been reported as far back as 172... »

ACIGS Seminar Series to Focus on Drainage Geocomposite Systems

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The International Geosynthetics Society Australasian Chapter (ACIGS) will host a multi-city seminar series on drainage geocomposite systems. The seminar will be held in Melbourne on November 27, Sydney on November 28, and Brisbane on November 29. In announcing the series, ACIGS writes: In response to the increasing use of drainage geocomposites systems as a drainage solution and the increasingly c... »

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... »

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) ... »

NOLA GeoHydraulics Engineering Event Schedule Released

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Civil engineers and construction professionals will meet international speakers, network with top-tier geohydraulics solutions companies, acquire practical engineering information to implement immediately, and have the opportunity to take part in high-level geohydraulics discussions in New Orleans. Two geohydraulics engineering events are coming to New Orleans, Louisiana 7 – 9 November 2017. Devel... »

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... »

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.... »