Upcoming GSI Webinars on MSE Walls – Remediation/Monitoring and Inspection

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The Geosynthetic Institute has a strong background in providing education and resources on all geosynthetic applications and particularly on MSE walls. The next GSI Webinars exemplify the quality offered in GSI’s webinar series. The next offerings: April 25, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): MSE Wall Remediation and Monitoring May 9, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (EDT): MSE Wall Inspection These live presentat... »

Slope Stability and Leak Location Highlight Early May Short Courses

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In the United States, geotechnical engineering short courses often take place just ahead of the warmer months during which so much work takes place. This gives engineering firms and their personnel a chance to enhance skills and strategies for immediate implementation and better long-term planning for business and career growth. In early May, the short course calendar is highlighted by two two-day... »

REMINDER: Register Now for IGS June Workshops in Munich

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The International Geosynthetics Society has two exceptional, standalone events being held back-to-back in Munich. The June workshops kick off with the 1st GeoReinforcement Workshop, June 4 – 5. Then, on June 6 – 7, the 1st GeoBarrier Workshop takes place. Each of the June workshops has a separate registration, but both registrations may be made at the events’ shared online regist... »

Kent von Maubeuge to Deliver Koerner Lecture at GeoMEast 2018

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For more than 25 years, Kent von Maubeuge (NAUE) has been an active member of various engineering professional associations and standards organizations (e.g., DIN, CEN, ISO, ASTM). He has become particularly known for his work in barrier geosynthetics. During the GeoMEast 2018 conference in Cairo, Egypt (24 – 28 November 2018), he will have the honor to deliver the Koerner Lecture, which is named ... »

Oman’s Enormous Geogrid Basal Reinforcement Project

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Maccaferri has an active global network and a very long history of success in geosynthetic and affiliated geotechnical engineering projects, but it continues to find new benchmarks. In Oman, the company’s ParaLink® high-strength geogrids are being used for basal reinforcement in the massive Duqm roads embankment designs. The use of geosynthetic reinforcement here has been found to be significantly... »

Soil Mechanics Video Series with Prof. John Burland

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What is soil mechanics? That is the question that launches a series of short videos featuring the renowned geotechnical engineer Prof. John Burland (Imperial College). His accomplishments over a career spanning 50+ years—accomplishments which have included helping stabilize the Leaning Tower of Pisa—led the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering to establish a geo-eng... »

ELL Seminar Series Continues with Dipole Method Webinar on April 24

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IGS North America’s webinar series has become a strong draw for the field. The International Geosynthetics Society chapter’s next offering lands April 24, when Abigail Gilson, M.S., P.E. delivers Part 2 of the Electrical Leak Location Seminar Series. Topic: “The Dipole Method (ASTM D7007): Advantages, Technique, and Necessary Site Conditions.” Gilson is Director of TRI Environmental’s Liner Integr... »

Andy Durham to Chair Environmental Focus Group

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Owens Corning’s Senior Geosynthetics Engineer, Andy Durham, has been appointed as the Environmental Focus Group Chairman for the Geosynthetic Materials Association. GMA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Durham represents Owens Corning on GMA’s Executive Council. In his new chairmanship role, Durham will focus on positioning geosynthetics as engineered best practice... »

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... »

Maccaferri’s Young Engineer Program Targets Recent Graduates

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Now in its third edition, the Young Engineer Program from Maccaferri  helps identify and develop young engineering talent. The company, which is well known internationally for its geosynthetics, geohazard, and affiliated geotechnical work, invites recent graduates with a Civil, Geotechnical, or Environmental Engineering degree to apply. SUBMIT APPLICATION Geosynthetica encourages its readers to sh... »

Bund Lining at a Petroleum Tank Farm in Athens, Greece

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Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) materials have grown quickly in adoption around the world in a large variety of containment applications. Bund lining has been one of the most common applications to take advantage of GCCM characteristics and performance. An exemplary case is the use of Concrete Canvas® GCCM (CC) for bund lining at a petroleum tank farm in Athens, Greece. The existing... »

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... »

1st GeoBarrier Workshop – Munich, June 6 – 7

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The International Geosynthetics Society Technical Committee on Barriers (TC-B) will host the 1st GeoBarrier Workshop 6 – 7 June 2018 in Munich, Germany. This highly anticipated gathering combines presentations from leading practitioners in the field with significant audience discussion time, enabling participants to share project experience, exchange technical concerns and solutions, and network w... »

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... »

Slope Stability Short Course Added to May 7 – 11 Training Week Offerings

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Short Course Training Week (May 7 – 11) is coming to Austin, Texas, where TRI Environmental will host four courses and two certification opportunities for professionals involved in CQA, waste management, lined facility design and management, and affiliated sectors. Of note, this year’s spring gathering includes a new course: Slope Stability of Containment Systems. The May 7 – 8 slope stability cou... »

Geocells Excel in Track Ballast Research Study

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Oregon State University’s Dr. Ben Leshchinsky, P.E. and the University of Kansas’s Dr. Jin Han, P.E. recently combined their wealth of geosynthetics knowledge in a track ballast research study. Specifically, they evaluated the performance of a high-density polyethylene geocellular system (HDPE GEOWEB® from Presto Geosystems) in a railway base stabilization system. The rigorous track testing quanti... »

VIDEO: Geomembrane Secures USACE Levee Breach Test Facility

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The United States Army Corps of Engineers controls more than 14,000 miles of levees. An additional 85,000+ miles of levees are privately owned and operated. To help improve strategies for preventing or responding to levee breach scenarios, USACE has constructed a Full-Scale Levee Breach and Hydraulic Test Facility in Vicksburg, Mississippi. A reinforced composite geomembrane lining system from Owe... »

Jim Olsta to Receive D18 Standards Development Award

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Jim Olsta is a veteran presence in the geosynthetics field, particularly in regards to barrier solutions that utilize clays (e.g., geosynthetic clay liners). He has also carved out a strong reputation as a consensus builder with ASTM International committees, and those years of work will be recognized this June. During the ASTM D18 Committee on Soil and Rock meetings in San Diego, California, Jim ... »

Elizabeth Peggs Retires from Minerva, Geosynthetics Field

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After nearly 18 years in geosynthetics, Elizabeth Peggs has announced her retirement from the field. Her roles have involved key positions with ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, the International Geosynthetics Society, and major conference organization and management (e.g., GeoAmericas 2016). She has also been the only Director Minerva Technology, Resources and Information and its flagship publ... »

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... »

Minerva Adds Bertuzzelli to Associations and Events Management Team

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To support its fast-growing portfolio of live and online events and nonprofit association client base, Minerva Technology, Resources, and Information has added Maria Bertuzzelli to its team. Bertuzzelli is a deeply experienced event management, budget management, and marketing professional. For the past seven years, Bertuzzelli has worked in the private sector managing brand assets, organizing eve... »

TenCate Seeks Technical Manager for Engineered Structures

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One of the largest geosynthetics companies in the world, TenCate Geosynthetics, is adding a technical manager to its engineered structures team. In this position, the Technical Manager focuses on North American markets for MSE walls, slopes, and embankments. APPLY ONLINE “This position is responsible for managing the technical data, product testing, and project design related to the reinforced wal... »

VIDEO: Asperity Concentration or Asperity Height for Geomembranes?

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In November, Solmax provided a technical webinar presentation on an important question for geomembranes:  Does asperity height or asperity concentration matter more for increasing interface shear resistance along a geomembrane surface? The presentation is now available for open viewing via the company’s YouTube Channel. More technical presentation videos are available in the Solmax Video Lib... »

Geo-Congress 2019 Seeks Case Studies, Heads to US Northeast

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The ASCE Geo-Institute’s long-running Geo-Congress conference is one of the most important annual gatherings in the United States on geotechnical engineering. With the announcement of Geo-Congress 2019, the Geo-Institute notes that the event, incredibly, has never been held in the Northeast. The 2019 edition will change that in bringing the event to Philadelphia. Conference theme: Case Studies Geo... »