Steep Slopes and the Use of GCCMs

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Geosynthetic cementitious composite mats (GCCMs) have been used widely for new construction and rehabilitation of containment and fluid conveyance infrastructure. The uses have extended to a diverse range of sectors, such as mining, road, rail, civil, petrochemical, and agriculture. The barrier solution, often summarized as “concrete on a roll,” has been particularly welcomed on sites that are cha... »

ASTM International Awards Honor GSI and Robeson

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During the twice-yearly ASTM Committee Weeks, various standards committees and subcommittees recognize key contributions from their members for consensus building, technical expertise, leadership, and more. Two figures deeply tied to geotechnical engineering and erosion and sediment control were honored with ASTM International Awards during the late June gatherings: Dr. George Koerner (representin... »

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... »

IGS North America Webinar: Erosion Control with Geosynthetics – May 29

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The next IGS North America webinar will focus on Erosion Control with Geosynthetics. Presenter Markus Wilke (HUESKER) brings more than a decade of experience to the presentation, including a very deep background in hydraulic engineering and coastal protection and remediation.  He has published extensively on topics such as dewatering, port maintenance, bank stabilization, and waterway engineering.... »

An Innovative Application of Technology Award for East Coast Erosion Control

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Congratulations are due to East Coast Erosion Control, which was honored as one of six companies to receive the iXchange Innovation Award from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The company was recognized for Innovative Application of Technology. The Innovation Application of Technology award is given by Ben Franklin Technology Partners to “the company that strongly dem... »

TRI Expands Testing Capabilities and Enhances Services for 2018

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The annual letter from TRI Environmental to its clients and the general geosynthetics community merits review for a number of its highlights. The company notes the considerable expansion testing capabilities, both through the addition of key equipment and through the re-location of its outdoor, large-scale testing facility for trafficking studies and erosion and sediment control testing. Furthermo... »

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... »

Early Registration Deadline for IECA 2018 – January 15

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The International Erosion Control Association 2018 Conference and Exhibition (IECA 2018) is will take place 11 – 14 February 2018 in Long Beach, California. This annual event is one of the most important gatherings for soil and water quality, construction best practices, and erosion and sediment control. Readers are reminded that the early registration deadline for IECA 2018 is January 15. Registe... »

PODCAST: Disturbed Land Reclamation with Tom Williams

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In this episode of GeoTalk, we check in with Tom Williams, a 40-year veteran of disturbed land reclamation work, much of which has been in connection with mining. Mining activities are integral to the success of an enormous number of industries, and many of them are inextricably part of our lives. Communications. Construction. Healthcare. Energy. Transportation. Essentially, everything built in mo... »

IECA 2018 Program Highlights and Opening Keynote

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The International Erosion Control Association 2018 Conference and Exhibition (IECA 2018) is fully ready for attendees to reserve accommodation and register for the conference. The program has been published with an advanced online version that enables users to click through for detailed session and presenter information. IECA 2018 will take place 11 – 14 February 2018 in Long Beach, California. Vi... »

Erosion Control Technology Council Marks 25 Years

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In a November 15 release, the Erosion Control Technology Council has marked its 25 years of industry collaboration towards better erosion and sediment control practices. “Through leadership, standardization and educational efforts,” the organization writes, “the Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) has had a positive influence on the industry since being established by a small group of people... »

Roadway Slope Erosion Control in the Port d’Envalira Mountain Pass

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The problem of slope superficial instability at the Port d’Envalira mountain pass in Andorra has been solved with a geomat erosion control solution. Maccaferri’s MacMat® product provided the environment to enhance the growth of vegetation through the mat. After a year in the field, the slope has successfully revegetated. By Maccaferri – Port of Envalira is a mountain pass and the highest paved roa... »

IECA Update: Hurricane Response, Board of Directors Election Results

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As communities throughout the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, southeast Texas, and Florida recover from hurricane flood damage, the International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has issued a statement, extending its sympathies to affected communities and emphasizing its membership’s interest in being part of the recovery process. “Our members have a vast knowledge of drainage, stormwater and... »

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... »

How RUSLE2 Benefits Ag, Mining, Urban Design, and Other Sectors

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Nearly 80 years of erosion data in the United States informs the massive RUSLE2 database, led by the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. In this episode, Dave Lightle shares his 40+ years of experience with the RUSLE2 mathematical prediction tool for erosion processes and better land management planning, including how the system extended beyond being a tool... »

IECA 2018 Opens Housing and Registration, Publishes Full Program

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The International Erosion Control Association 2018 Conference and Exhibition (IECA 2018) is fully ready for attendees to reserve accommodation and register for the conference. The program has been set and published with an advanced online version enable users to click through for detailed session and presenter information. IECA 2018 will take place 11 – 14 February 2018 in Long Beach, California. ... »

PODCAST: Improving Waterways and Coasts with Geosynthetics

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Waterway health and coastal resiliency are some of the most highly debated topics in infrastructure, as work or lack of addressing an issue in one locality can greatly impact another further down the river or coast. This complicates permitting and finalizing solutions. Joe Little of Little Environments PLLC spent some years working in Australia, where geosynthetics have frequently been deployed in... »

Erosion Control App Calculates Engineering Data from Job Site Photos

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Erosion and sediment control professionals can now use the high-quality lens technology in their iPhone and Android-based mobile devices to determine slopes and evaluate erosion control needs. ECDesigner™2.0 was developed by East Coast Erosion Control as a substantial enhancement of its original web-based engineering calculator and product recommendation tool. The mobile interface of this erosion ... »

GSI Webinar on Geosynthetics in Erosion Control to Address Landslides

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The Next GSI Webinar from the Geosynthetic Institute will focus on “Geosynthetics in Erosion Control.” This high-quality professional development opportunity will be held on 13 September 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT). One of the major topics within this is the relationship between erosion and landslides. WEBINAR COST: GSI Members – USD $200 Non GSI Members – $250 For more information an... »

PODCAST: Creating Strong Environmental Programs

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Infrastructure projects often shape our futures for the better, but they can also be tremendous sources of pollution—especially without proper attention to erosion and sediment control—and lead to poor relations with a community for a project’s stakeholders. How do we improve these relationships? How do we create strong environmental programs on construction sites? How do we give communities a sen... »

Protecting a Caribbean Shoreline and Coal-Fired Power Plant

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TenCate Geosynthetics has published a new video that features how TenCate Geotube® technology was used to repair and protect a Caribbean shoreline. The immediate area included a large utility company, which had seen the shoreline erode significantly over a period of years. Storm surges with waves exceeding 3m had been a major factor in the waterfront deterioration, which had taken 50m of beach. Th... »

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... »

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... »

Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society 50th Anniversary Symposium

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The Thai Geotechnical Society will host the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society’s 50th Anniversary Symposium. The international event, featuring 35 invitation-only presentations, will be held 14 – 15 September 2017 at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Campus in Bangkok. Key topics include transportation geotechnics, slope stability and stabilization technologies, embankment desi... »