New ASTM D35 Subcommittee on Geosynthetic Product Specification

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The influential ASTM D35 Committee on Geosynthetics has established a new subcommittee: D35.06, Subcommittee on Product Specifications. The first meeting of the subcommittee is schedule for ASTM Committee Week, 14 – 16 June 2017 in Toronto, Canada. In a letter to committee members, the standardization body noted that the new subcommittee has come about through “discussion with the American Associa... »

Solmax Establishes Solmax USA in Houston

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One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of geomembranes, Solmax Inc., is after 35 years of cross-border work establishing a physical presence in the United States. The company has acquired the Houston, Texas assets of the former Brawler Inc. in Houston, Texas. A new company has been incorporated: Solmax USA LLC. “[The facility] must undergo a major upgrade in the months ahead,” writes the company... »

Graphene Applications, Including with Geosynthetics, Draw Investment

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Imagine IM (Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd) has been expanding the possibilities in graphene applications, work which has included new materials development in geosynthetics. The Sydney, Australia-based has just raised another $2 million in new capital. The influx of capital will support further development of conductive coatings and sensing technologies for industrial textiles. In a releas... »

Inland Tarp & Liner Acquires Brawler’s Midland Assets

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Inland Tarp & Liner (ITL®), LLC has revealed news that many in the geosynthetics manufacturing sector had been looking for: an acquisition involving Brawler Industries. Inland released a notice that it had acquired the “physical assets and equipment of Brawler Industries and Brawler Environmental Containment located at Midland, Texas.” The company entered the acquisition carefully, keeping man... »

IGS Landslides Workshop: Geosynthetics for Slope Stabilization

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During the 4th World Landslide Forum, the Italian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (AIG-IGS) will hold a one-day workshop on 1 June 2017. Landslides workshop title: Geosynthetics for Slope Stabilization. Daniele Cazzuffi (IGS Past President, CESI SpA, Milano, Italy) and Sabatino Cuomo (University of Salerno, Italy) are organizing the event. LANDSLIDES WORKSHOP: GEOSYNTHETICS FOR ... »

New Base Reinforcement Brand from HUESKER

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The HUESKER Group has restructured its base reinforcement products, an endeavor that has led to a new base reinforcement brand: Basetrac®. The change in marketing is effective immediately. The Basetrac family includes the company’s well-established products, such as Fortrac® (biaxial), Fornit®, Base, Duogrid®, Comtrac®, Sefitec® and HaTe®. In a statement on the change, the company noted that the r... »

CCR-Oriented GSE CoalDrain Geocomposite Earns Patent

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The expansion of coal combustion residuals handling and storage work in the United States, in the wake of new regulations, has led to a strong growth in engineered materials and services developed for CCR work. GSE Environmental developed the GSE CoalDrain, a highly engineered geocomposite designed specifically for coal combustion residuals. The US Patent Office has awarded the company its officia... »

Lime-Stabilized Backfill in MSE Retaining Structures

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By Giulia Lugli and Sachin Mandavkar – Soil can be stabilized by using a wide range of materials, such as cement, lime, and fly ash. When lime and water are mixed with a clay soil, modification of the soil properties and stabilization reactions begin. In highly alkaline environments (pH >12 for a short period of time), this can cause corrosion of steel elements in an engineered reinforcement sy... »

Geosynthetics CQA Week Events, April 24 – 28

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CQA Week events highlight how important Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) is to geosynthetics. CQA activities ensure the effectiveness of the materials and their role in providing long-term service lives and economical performance for infrastructure. Essentially, the work performed by CQA professionals helps facilities go into service in as ideal a condition as possible. Held twice annually, th... »

GSI Issues Graduate Student RFP for 2017-2018 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects with geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics. GSI has now opened the global request for proposals for its 2017-2018 fellowships for graduate students. Masters and doctoral candidates are eligible to receive awards of up to $5,000 per r... »

Technical Note: CCR Closure and Geocomposite Drainage

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By GSE Environmental – This technical note focuses on CCR closure and post-closure care for facilities closing with the coal combustion residual waste remaining in place. In the United States, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) placed the authority and the responsibility on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish rules and regulations for solid waste disposal... »

IGS North America Photo Contest 2017 Opens

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The International Geosynthetics Society’s North American Chapter has opened its 2017 IGS North America Photo Contest. The contest is open to all IGS-NA members and runs January 24 – February 20. Entries in the IGS North America Photo Contest will be used to promote the ways in which geosynthetic materials, applications, and results improve infrastructures. The announcement of the contest’s o... »

GEOSPERU 2017 Speakers, Topics, and Exhibitors

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GEOSPERU 2017 will be held 29 – 31 March 2017 at the Hotel Los Delfines in Lima, Peru. Hosted by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Peruvian Chapter, the event will analyze the rapid growth of geosynthetics in Peru and the surrounding region. The event will present exemplary projects, identify needs, and strengthen relationships between the field, regulators, educational institutes, and... »

Presto’s New Website Highlights Geocells, Video, Construction Resources

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Presto Geosystems® has launched a new website (www.prestogeo.com) with a large range of construction resources for its soil stabilization and stormwater products. Much like the company’s successful international app for iPhone and Android systems, the new website was built around customer feedback and needs. “The way our customers expect to find products and solutions has changed over the past few... »

HUESKER Officially Opens New Manufacturing Facility in North Carolina

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In mid-December, HUESKER Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its state-of-the-art, new manufacturing facility in Shelby, North Carolina. The 150,000 sq. ft. facility was built on the site of the previous plant and represents a tripling of the space. The company also celebrated the 25th anniversary in 2016 for its North America operations. In a release on the new center’s opening... »

US Commerce Dept Finalizes Geogrid Product Dumping Case

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Two documents were published in the Federal Register on 11 January 2017 pursuant to the lengthy investigation into product dumping of “certain biaxial geogrids” from China into the United States. The case, which originated in July 2015 and collected documentation through the end of December 2015, led the US Department of Commerce, through its International Trade Administration arm, to determine th... »

Geosynthetics Events: 11ICG Abstracts Extended to Feb 28

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The 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics (11ICG) will be held 16 – 21 September 2018 in Seoul, Korea at the new COEX (Conference and Exhibition Center) in the city’s renowned Gangnam District. The organizing committee has announced an 11ICG abstracts extension to February 28. Conference  theme: “Geosynthetics: Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development.” 11ICG ABSTRACTS ̵... »

Boyd Ramsey Opens Engineering Consultancy

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After nearly two decades in engineering roles in North America and Asia with a global leader in geosynthetics manufacturing, Boyd Ramsey is taking on a new challenge: developing an engineering consultancy. The firm, Boyd Ramsey Consulting LLC, officially opened as the calendar year turned to 2017. A website has been launched in support of the venture: www.boydramseyconsulting.com BOYD RAMSEY CONSU... »

Video: Conductive Geomembranes and Enhanced CQA

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In November, Solmax provided the third of its high-level webinars on geomembranes with a session on “Enhancing Quality Assurance with Conductive Geomembranes.” The presentation is now available for free via the company’s YouTube channel, as are the previous two webinars. Those other sessions dealt with Blown Film vs. Flat Die Geomembranes and Geomembrane Resin and Additive Packages. ENHANCED CQA W... »

Top Stories in Geosynthetics for 2016

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As promised, we reveal here today (December 29) the top stories in geosynthetics for 2016 on Geosynthetica. The stories have been ranked by most read, with the further caveat that the story must have been published in 2016. (There are a few exceptions noted at the end of older stories that actually cracked the top 15 for this year despite they having been published in previous year’s on the ... »

IGS North America Elections Loom Larger in 2017

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The International Geosynthetics Society North America Chapter will hold its next round of leadership elections 3 – 27 January 2017. IGS North America members in good standing will be able to cast their ballots online. This election is perhaps the group’s highest profile and most important election. IGS North America has made many moves to advance its standing in providing education in recent years... »

IGS News Volume 32, Issue 3 Published

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The International Geosynthetics Society has published IGS News Volume 32, Issue. Here, in its conclusive issue for the 2016 year, the IGS promotes its new website, connects readers with the society’s new Secretariat Manager (Terry Ann Paulo), provides technical committee reports, revisits recent events, looks ahead to 2017’s opportunities, and much more. IGS NEWS VOLUME 32, ISSUE 3 HIGHLIGHTS Out ... »

Geosynthetic Institute Ups Webinar Offerings in 2017

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has run a highly successful series of monthly webinars over the past few years. The webinar offerings will increase in 2017, with two sessions per month from January through June followed by one per month from July through December. With January 4, GSI’s webinars will shift their traditional schedule. Instead of hosting a monthly session on the second Wednesday of ... »

Cold Weather Watch: Rapid Crack Propagation in Geomembranes

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By Ian D. Peggs and Chris Kelsey – Low temperatures, fast-dropping temperatures, and strong winds can provide the ideal conditions for rapid crack propagation (RCP)—“shattering”—in exposed high-density polyethylene geomembranes. The return of what’s called the “Polar Vortex” in the United States and Canada has brought these conditions with atypically low temperatures occurring quickly. (Editor’s N... »

Titan Unveils Geogrid Innovations for Roads, Mining, Concrete Reinforcement

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Innovations with additive packages and coatings have driven  many of the new product additions to the geosynthetics field in recent years. This has been especially true with geomembranes and geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs). Over the past year, however, we’ve seen geogrid innovations join this cycle of product development. This includes high temperature-resistant geogrids. Notably, Titan Environmen... »