GIGSA Bursary Applications Due November 1

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The Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa (GIGSA)—a chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society—has a strong history of supporting educational endeavors. The chapter’s support comes in the way of technical lectures, publications, event participation, and a regular GIGSA Bursary. The next deadline for applications for the GIGSA Bursary is 1 November 2017. Geosynthetica encourages its ... »

Ashley MacMillan Joins TenCate as an Engineering Business Manager

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TenCate Geosynthetics has announced the addition of Ashley MacMillan, PE as Engineering Business Manager – Northwest (United States). MacMillan is a 7-year veteran with a strong background in geotechnical applications. Among the skills she brings to TenCate is the ability to serve as a mechanically stabilized earth structures expert. MacMillan has been active in her career with the American Societ... »

PODCAST: The Push towards Reinvention in Geomembranes

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Many infrastructure applications rely upon geosynthetic barriers. Over time, we’ve seen the specification of 40 or 60-mil black high-density polyethylene geomembranes become so common that black HDPE can feel almost like a commodity product. In part, this seems at odds with the critical containment these geomembranes provide. But, it is also in part a testimony to how the geosynthetics manufacturi... »

Western ProLine Sets a Course for Geosynthetic Fabrication Success

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When Brawler Industries closed its four locations in the United States, its assets were bought up by various geosynthetics entities. The one location we hadn’t heard about was what happened to the Miles City, Montana assets and inventory. They have certainly not sat idle. Instead, William Phair acquired the site and established a new geosynthetics fabrication company, Western ProLine, LLC, in Marc... »

Strata’s New Geotechnical Software Focuses on GRS Design

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The recently launched StrataPro™ geotechnical software platform from Strata Systems, Inc. is a welcomed addition to the tools engineers can use to improve GRS design. Geosynthetically reinforced soil structures can improve the sustainability, economics, and safety of infrastructure, but they require significant care in planning and material selection. Programs such as StrataPro provide that suppor... »

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... »

Waterproof Membranes Conference Participating Companies

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The 11th annual Waterproof Membranes conference will be held November 14 – 16 in Cologne, Germany. Organized by AMI, the event delivers presentations and networking related to market dynamics, technical innovation, manufacturing, installation, performance of geomembranes and architecture membranes, and more. The early registration rate is available through September 8 and includes a savings of €20... »

WEBINAR: 10 Design Missteps That Affect Geomembrane Performance

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On August 31 at 1:00 pm EDT, Solmax will host a free webinar on a much welcomed topic: “Designing for success: a look at 10 design missteps that may affect the performance of geomembrane liners in service.” In announcing the webinar, Solmax notes: Performance may be thought of as a comparison between expected behavior and actual behavior. A high-performing containment facility is one in which comp... »

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... »

Relining a Tailings Dam Stormwater Channel with Limited Access

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By Concrete Canvas – In August 2016, a Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was used to line a drainage channel at Glenridding Mine, Ullswater, Cumbria. The objective was to re-line an existing 200m long channel on top of a tailings dam to prevent damage from runoff during severe rain storms. In recent years there have been a number of extreme rain storms in the La... »

PODCAST: Zornberg on Differing MSE Design Frameworks

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Mechanically stabilized earth walls have been the subject of the most read stories on Geosynthetica this year and a few of the most read stories in 2016 as well. This past spring, some of that field interest in MSE design became the focus of a unique meeting at the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference. There, the ASCE Geo-Institute Technical Committee on Geosynthetics brought together leading MS... »

New Leadership for Strata Systems as Fuller, Enger, Butchart Retire

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On the heels of establishing some dramatic global growth, Strata Systems, Inc. co-founders Chip Fuller (President) and Rich Enger (General Manager) have announced their impending retirement. Craig Bell, an industry veteran who currently serves as Strata Systems Northeast Regional Sales Manager, will transition in the role as General Manager. Also announcing his retirement is the company’s long-tim... »

Internet of Smart Materials Conference to Highlight Graphene’s Role

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The Internet of Smart Materials Conference will be held August 17 at Swinburne University (Australia) and explore manufacturing opportunities and how graphene-enhanced materials can help revolutionize data collection and performance understanding in infrastructure, science, daily life, and more. Imagine IM, which has developed the world’s first graphene-enhance geotextile with Geofabrics Australas... »

Waterproof Membranes 2017 Program Released

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Waterproof Membranes 2017 will be held November 14 – 16 in Cologne, Germany. The event is the 11th annual installment from AMI. Organizers remind interested attendees that the early registration rate, which is available through September 8, includes a savings of €200. The program has been released. Some of the presentations on the schedule that will immediately appeal to geosynthetics and ge... »

PODCAST: George Koerner on Exposed Geomembrane Performance

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George Koerner, Director of the Geosynthetic Institute, had the honor this year of delivering the first Koerner Lecture—a series named in honor of his father Dr. Robert Koerner, who is internationally recognized as one of the godfathers of geosynthetics and who continues his work as Director Emeritus at GSI. Last year, I had the pleasure to see both Koerners at an ASCE’s GeoChicago conference and ... »

The Year So Far: Most Popular Geosynthetics Stories

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We’ve rounded the corner into the second half of 2017, so it’s time to take stock of what Geosynthetica’s readers have made our most popular geosynthetics stories. Last year was the publication’s biggest year in overall unique readers and in page views, and 2017 has sustained that momentum. We are currently trending another 18% higher on 2016 and 65% greater than in this same period in 2015.... »

Defining Interaction Flexibility for Geogrid-Reinforced Structures

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By HUESKER – Key properties in effective geosynthetic reinforcement are adequate tensile stiffness and tensile strength coupled with good interaction behavior. The relatively new technical term interaction flexibility introduces a previously disregarded aspect: the flexibility of the geogrid in a reinforced structure. This property has been shown to improve the interaction between soils and the ge... »

Graphene-Based Materials Conference to Examine Smart Geotextiles

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Imagine IM opened Australia’s first commercial-scale graphene manufacturing plant in 2016. The company, working with Geofabrics Australasia, has helped developed the world’s first graphene-enhanced geotextile. A graphene-based materials conference, dedicated to smart technologies, will be held August 17 at Swinburne University (Australia) and explore manufacturing opportunities. What has been lear... »

Global Waste Management Symposium Extends Abstracts Deadline

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The biennial Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) offers international, comprehensive, critical content and research. The 2018 edition of the Global Waste Management Symposium will be held 11 – 14 February 2018 in Indian Wells, California. The organizers have extended the deadline for receipt of abstracts to July 10. GLOBAL WASTE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM TOPICS Enhanced Landfill Temperature ... »

Congratulations, Joel Sprague and Grace Hsuan

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Two of the geosynthetics field’s most respected figures, Joel Sprague and Grace Hsuan, were honored on Thursday, June 15, at the ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics meetings in Toronto. JOEL SPRAGUE TRI Environmental‘s Senior Engineer Joel Sprague received the ASTM Award of Merit, a prestigious honor that earns him the title of Fellow. In a release from ASTM, Committee D3... »

Global Waste Management Symposium 2018 Abstracts Deadline

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The biennial Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) offers international, comprehensive, critical content and research. The 2018 edition of the Global Waste Management Symposium will be held 11 – 14 February 2018 in Indian Wells, California. The organizers remind all interested parties that the deadline for abstracts is June 21. GLOBAL WASTE MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM TOPICS Enhanced Landfill Te... »

Geosynthetic Technology Seminar Schedules Three Stops in Australia/NZ

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The International Geosynthetics Society Australasian Chapter will host a multi-city seminar series on geosynthetic technology in water containment, waste disposal facility rehabilitation, and tunnelling. The seminar will be held in Auckland (New Zealand) on June 26, Melbourne (Australia) on June 28, and Brisbane (Australia) on June 30. Speaker and topic info is included below. DOWNLOAD THE EVENT F... »

Solmax USA Open and Manufacturing Geomembranes in Houston

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Two months ago, the 35-year-old international geosynthetics company Solmax Inc. announced that would for the first time begin manufacturing geomembranes in the United States. The company had acquired the Houston, Texas assets of the former Brawler Inc. Now, after spending weeks upgrading equipment and instituting its own quality control programs, Solmax USA is officially open for business and manu... »

Geosynthetics Education: A Case Study

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By Preston Kendall – The International Geosynthetics Society has set a goal of getting geosynthetics engineering information into undergraduate civil engineering programs. This is being accomplished in part through the international Educate the Educators program and the newly created Educate the Students program. The larger task of outreach is certainly ambitious.  The fields of civil and geotechn... »

Titan Environmental USA Opens Houston Office

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After a string of product development and research updates, Titan Environmental has announced a new Texas-based office for its US division. Titan Environmental USA has established an office in the Brittmoore Tanner Office Park in Houston. The company reports that industry veterans Robert West and Sonja Wilkerson will head up the location’s sales and administration. Both West and Wilkerson previous... »