IGS North America 2017 Photo Contest Winners

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS – NA) held its 2017 Photo Contest in January and February. Results were announced at the IGS – NA general assembly in Orlando, Florida in March. Congratulations are due to Paradox Access Solutions and Geomembranas y Geosinteticos. Paradox was awarded first place and G&G took home second and third-place recognition. 2017... »

FGI Announces New Officers and Board of Directors

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new Officers and Board of Directors at the ASCE Geo-Frontiers Conference, March 13, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The annual FGI membership meeting, held in conjunction with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), was attended by forty-seven people. Timothy D. Stark, FGI Technical Director and Professor of Civil Engineering at the U... »

Machina-TST Becomes Partner to 2nd Geosynthetics in Road Construction

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

When the 2nd Geosynthetics in Road Construction conference gathers 19 May 2017 in Moscow at the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya, it will include broad discussion on how geosynthetics are growing in the large Russian transportation engineering market and affiliated international markets. Machina-TST, a fast-growing geosynthetics manufacturer based in Belarus, has signed onto the event in support ... »

Geosynthetic Response to Gas Pipeline Explosion

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

By NAUE Geosynthetics – In the early hours of an October Saturday, a high-pressure gas pipeline exploded in Lithuania’s Širvintos region near the village of Medžiukai. The Lithuanian Emergency Response Facility arrived at the site to discover that more than 75m of pipe length had been destroyed in the blast. The explosion was powerful enough to have left behind a 15m-diameter, 3m-deep hole that ex... »

INTERVIEW: Dr. Julio Ferreira on Geosynthetics in the Americas

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

Geosynthetica Latin America’s editor Natalia Rodado caught up with Dr. Julio Ferreira (TRI Ambiental, Brazil) during GeosPeru 2017. In the interview that followed, they discussed the growth of geosynthetics in Latin America, some of the things that connect and differentiate the practice in North and South America, and the field’s future. Natalia’s article follows, with translation and additional d... »

Fred Chuck Joins HUESKER’s Geosynthetics Team

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

North Carolina-based HUESKER, Inc. oversees a broad base of geosynthetics operations in North and Central America. Over the past couple years, the company has invested significantly in new production capabilities, expanded production, and added expert personnel. The expertise level has just bumped up again, thanks to the addition of industry veteran Fred Chuck to HUESKER’s team. Fred Chuck is a li... »

12 ICG Bids and 2018 Award Nominations Lead IGS News Vol 33, Issue 1

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

The first of 2017’s three issues of IGS News—the official newsletter of the International Geosynthetics Society—has been released. Two of the highlights include the 2018 call for award nominations and the invitation for chapters to submit bids to host the 12th International Conference on Geosynthetics, which will be held in 2022. While both of these items take a long-term view, they epitomize one ... »

Solmax Invites CIM 2017 Attendees to Tour Manufacturing Plant

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

The manufacturing process for geosynthetics is complex but learning more about these processes is extremely instructive for how to properly utilize and understand geosynthetic materials. During CIM 2017, one of the biggest mining conferences in Canada, Solmax will open its doors to tours of its state-of-the-art geosynthetics manufacturing plant in Montreal. CIM 2017 is the annual conference of the... »

Geohazard Monitoring and Instrumentation Webinar, Part II

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

The Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) will be present Part II of its Geohazard Monitoring and Instrumention Webinar, featuring Steve Borron, on 16 May 2017 at 2:00 pm (EDT). The hour-long session will focus on “Landslide Examples Showing How Near Real-time TinSAR Data and Movement Trend Analysis Can Decrease Risk.”  Steve Borron is Principle Geologist at Global Slope Monito... »

Geosynthetics 2017 Issues Call for Abstracts

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

The organizers of Geosynthetics 2017, the First International Conference on Technology and Application of Geosynthetics, have invited abstracts of 200 – 300 words in either English or Spanish. Deadline for submission: May 4. The conference will be held 18 – 20 October 2017 Hotel Grand Hyatt in Santiago, Chile. SUBMIT ABSTRACTS ONLINE GEOSYNTHETICS 2017 TOPICS & SPONSORS The organizing committe... »

Newly Established HUESKER Australia Expands a Global Geosynthetics Brand

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

In 2016, the HUESKER Group acquired Australia-based NBW Mining. Now, the company has announced the phase in this development: the establishment of HUESKER Australia Pty Ltd. The move is part of significant international expansion for the global geosynthetics provider, which has also opened new production facilities and headquarters in Germany, the United States, and Brazil in recent years. “Going ... »

INTERVIEW: Augusto Alza on Geosynthetics in Peru

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

During the GeosPeru 2017 conference (March, Lima), the International Geosynthetics Society’s Peruvian Chapter president, Augusto Alza, sat down for an interview with Geosynthetica Latin America editor Natalia Rodado. They discussed the current state of geosynthetics in the country and the growth of IGS Peru. Natalia’s article follows, with translation and additional detail added by Geosynthetica e... »

April’s GSI Webinars Tackle Landfill Expansion and Heap Leach Mining

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

The Geosynthetic Institute opened the year by increasing the number of webinars it offers in the calendar year. In April, this includes two very big topics: landfill expansion over existing landfills and geosynthetics in heap leach mining. The webinars will be held 11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST on April 12 (Landfill Exapnsion) and April 26 (Heap Leach Mining).  Each carries 1.5 PDHs, provided successful ... »

Agru America Opens Large Diameter Pipe Facility in Charleston

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

One of the most eye-catching items in the exhibit hall at Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 (March, Orlando) was a large diameter pipe section. The product was stationed at Agru America’s booth. Now, the company has released details on its new manufacturing center in Charleston, South Carolina. The site is serving the growing international demand for next-generation large diameter pipe products, with a ... »

Waterproof Membranes 2017 Call for Presentations

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

AMI has announced the dates of Waterproof Membranes 2017, the 11th installment in the annual series and issued a call for presentations. The international conference focuses on the market dynamics, technical innovation, manufacture, installation, and performance of waterproof membranes (e.g., geomembranes). It will be held 14 – 16 November 2017 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. VISIT... »

Bituminous Geomembranes for Gas Depot Secondary Containment

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

By Natalie Daly, Bertrand Breul, and Bernard Breul – The Chevron Willbridge Terminal is located in Portland, Oregon near the Willamette River. The facility stores refined petroleum products. Currently, the site features 11 light product tanks, 10 lube oil tanks of smaller diameter, and 3 waste tanks. The terminal has been in operation for more than 100 years, and the tanks are of varying sizes and... »

IGS North America Selects Kingston for Educate the Educators Event

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

The International Geosynthetics Societey’s non-commercial Educate the Educators program was created in the 1990s to address the knowledge gap about geosynthetics in civil engineering practice. The program used a short course format to deliver practical geosynthetics engineering information to professors, who returned to their colleges with strategies for incorporating geosynthetics into their less... »

New Coal Ash Pond Capping Series from TenCate

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

One of the fastest-growing markets for civil engineering in the United States is in capping coal combustion residuals. Tencate, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of geosynthetics, has been well involved in the sector and now has added the Mirafi® CR-Series Pond Capping Geosynthetic Solutions to its engineered offerings. The CR-Series features high-performance geosynthetics for the stabiliza... »

Managing Geomembrane Wrinkles: A Manufacturer’s Approach

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

On April 27 at 1:00 pm EST, Solmax will tackle a very hot topic with a free webinar: managing geomembrane wrinkles. This session follows the discussion created by the Geosynthetic Institute’s (GSI) recent webinar in which Dr. Robert Koerner spoke strongly against wrinkles left in or left to develop in a geomembrane installation. The GSI webinar highlighted a number approaches that might be used to... »

2017 IAGI Installation Awards Winners

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

During Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, the International Association of Geosynthetic Installers announced the winners of its 2017 IAGI Installation Awards. The not-for-profit geotechnical organization is dedicated to bettering geosynthetic installation and construction technologies. The IAGI Installation Awards recognize exceptional work by geosynthetic installers and help the industry tell the story... »

Video: ILT Coal Ash Containment Installation at Reid Gardner

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

International Lining Technology began work on a coal ash containment project at the Reid Gardner Generating Station in late November 2016. The 557-MW plant sits on 480 acres near Moapa, Nevada and has been undergoing closure activities in recent years. Three of the sites four units (totally 300 MW of capacity) have service records extending back in the 1960s and 1970s. The site operators began dec... »

GSE Environmental Introduces Next Generation Capping System

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

GSE Environmental is enjoying a very active year. In February, the company was awarded a patent for its CoalDrain geocomposite, which is designed specifically for work with coal combustion residuals. It also released a series of three RoaDrain subsurface drainage control products for roadway performance. Now, GSE has announced the launch of GSE LiteEarth™, a patented synthetic grass capping system... »

Geosynthetics Apps for iPhone and Android Smartphones

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

Updated March 24: We’ve added a seventh geosynthetics app, the EPI Geomembrane Product Locator, which was released in March 2017 after this article had already been compiled. Smartphones are ubiquitous, as we all know; but they are also indispensible for information-intensive fields like civil and geotechnical engineering. A massive amount of communication takes place between sharing quotes ... »

Raven Adds New Reinforced Geomembranes to DURA-SKRIM Series

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division has extended its well-known reinforced geomembranes family. The new DURA-SKRIM® materials include the N-Series (scrim-reinforced polyethylene line), NT-Series (scrim-reinforced, textured polyethylene), and NQ-Series (scrim-reinforced polypropylene). The NT’s texturing is rooted in the company’s GeoGrip™ texture technology. “DURA-SKRIM N, NT and NQ-Series... »

Brazil Workshop on Geosynthetics Installation

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

Geosynthetica’s Portuguese-language publication, Geosynthetica.net.br, has organized the 2nd Brazil Workshop on Quality in Geosynthetics Installation. The event will be held April 18 – 19 at the Engineering Institute in São Paulo, Brazil. The event is organized by Geosynthetica’s Portuguese-language, Brazil-market publication Geosynthetica.net.br. Participants will also have an opportunity o... »