TenCate Geosynthetics Launches New High-Performance Turf Reinforcement Mats

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Turf reinforcement mats are engineered to solve more difficult, longer-term erosion control situations on slopes and in channels. These materials retain bare soil and stabilize and nurture vegetation while resist the challenges of precipitation and high-flow rates on soils. TenCate Geosynthetics has introduced two more high-performance turf reinforcement mats. The Mirafi® TM13C and TM14S TRMs are ... »

Hanes Geo Components Opens Saint Louis Branch

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Hanes Geo Components opened 2017 by officially announcing its acquisition of Canada-based Terrafix Geosynthetics (which will continue to operate under that name). The company is not letting its foot off the gas. It has announced the opening of a new Saint Louis branch. This is the second location for Hanes Geo in Missouri, with a Kansas City office having opening in August 2016. The company now bo... »

GCCM Remediates Brick Flume in Bath

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By Concrete Canvas – An old brick flume was taking water from a nearby canal. The water course traveled under a Network Rail line and into a river the other side in Bath. To remediate its aging, leaking design, Concrete Canvas ® GCCM* (CC) was installed as a long-term lining system. The works were carried out by Gardiners for The Canal & River Trust. CONCRETE CANVAS FOR A BRICK FLUME The origi... »

Video: Pambula Merimbula Uses Polymeric Mats for Access Road

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Diamond Grid has published a video story on the installation of its polymeric mat system to create an access road for Pambula Merimbula Golf Course in Australia. At the open of the story, Pat Wilson, course superintendent, says that the course has used the polymeric matting solution on several projects historically on the course in lieu of concrete. Diamond Grid notes that its primary material cos... »

IECA Field Tours at Environmental Connection 2017

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One will offer a number of field tours at Environmental Connection 2017, the annual conference and exhibition from the association. Learn-in-the-field opportunities include: Research Showcase at the Auburn University Erosion and Sediment Control Facility (Pre-conference Session) – Learn proper design/installation techniques on various eros... »

New Appointments for Andreas Lake and Brian Sparks with Thrace

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The Thrace Group continues its development through optimizing the roles for key personnel. Andreas Lake has been appointed to a newly created position as Group Development Director for the Technical Fabrics division. Brian Sparks, who previously served as a VP of Sales and Business Development, will replace Lake as the General Manager of the Thrace LINQ. Thrace LINQ is a supplier of woven and nonw... »

Hanes Geo Acquires Terrafix in Geosynthetics Growth Move

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As 2017 opens, the first acquisition announced in the industry is that of Terrafix by Hans Geo Components. The geosynthetics growth move combines the Hanes Companies’ distribution network for geotextile and erosion control products with one of Canada’s leading geosynthetics distributors. Hanes Geo is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Terrafix is headquartered in Toronto. GEOSYNTHETICS GROWTH... »

IECA Offers Holiday Discount on Conference Registration

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The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is offering a special $100 discount on registration towards Environmental Connection 2017. The holiday discount is available through January 6. The conference will be held 21 – 24 February 2017 in Atlanta. Environmental Connection is a long-running, well-known show. The 2017 edition will feature a strong program of keynote speakers, technical ed... »

Environmental Connection 2017 Offers Much to Look Forward to

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The annual Environmental Connection conference and exhibition from the International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) is a long-running, well-known show, but it’s history isn’t stopping evolution. With Environmental Connection 2017, the organizers have modified the format, as well as have formed a strong program of keynote speakers, technical education, networking opportunities, and c... »

Project Video: Geosynthetic Drainage Support for Athletic Facility

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Varicore Technologies documented the extensive drainage installation work its geocomposite materials were utilized in performed for the Annandale Regional Athletic Facility in Minnesota. The multi-sport site hosts a baseball stadium, four baseball/softball diamonds, two soccer pitches, and a football field. Additionally, parking, parkland, and trails were built into the 20+ acre location. To date,... »

Video Story: Waterway Restoration after Mining Activities

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The waters of the Schurenbach, a stream near Essen, Germany, formerly ran underground from the foot of an old coal slag heap (the Schurenbachhalde). As part of a land and waterway restoration scheme following the decline and decommissioning of mining activities in the area, the stream was moved above ground in a geosynthetic-lined ditch. HUESKER’s project video details how inadequate bearing capac... »

Jim Cantore, Craig Zeller to Deliver Environmental Connection 2017 Keynotes

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 The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has officially announced its keynote speakers for Environmental Connection 2017.  Renowned meteorologist Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel will deliver opening  remarks. The conference will also feature Craig Zeller, PE, Senior Regional Project Manager with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Zeller has the honor of deliverin... »

Polymeric Construction Mats Help Save AA Baseball Field after Sinkholes

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In North Little Rock, Arkansas, flooding and a drainage system issue led to the development of sinkholes in a minor league baseball field. Engineers utilized polymeric construction mats for immediate construction activity safety and efficiency. SINKHOLES ON THE DIAMOND Dickey Stephens Park is the home of the Arkansas Travelers, a AA affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anahei... »

TenCate’s Water and Environment Website Uses Client-Led Redesign

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By Elizabeth Peggs – TenCate Geosynthetics has been working to up their digital media presence and strategy, and the effort is yielding great results. The company has just launched a revised water and environment website zone. The redesigned segment of their primary www.geotube.com portal is dedicated to geotextile tube technology and solutions. Christopher Timpson, who serves as a Technical Servi... »

Jerry L Hatfiled Wins IECA 2017 Technical Paper Award

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has announced the winner of the 2017 Most Distinguished Technical Paper award: Dr. Jerry L Hatfield. Hatfield is a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His paper, “Enhancing Soil Begins with Soil Biology and a Stable Soil Microclimate,” will be presented at Environmental Connection 2017, 21 – 24 F... »

Geotextile Tubes for Breakwaters and Beach Restoration in Mexico

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By Angel Diaz and Chris Timpson – Geotextile tubes help to prevent storm damage and protect the environment through the building of custom marine structures. The installation of geotextile containers can be temporary or permanent, and in most cases the structures are invisible to the coastal environment. The technology involves the fabrication of a large containers made of a specially engineered t... »

IGS India Ready for GeoAsia 6 in New Delhi

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Nearly 20 years ago, the GeoAsia conference series kicked off with an International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) conference in Bangalore. The event was hosted by IGS India. In 2016, GeoAsia 6 will bring the event back to India. The theme for GeoAsia 6 is “Geosynthetics for Infrastructure Development.” Roads, hydraulic structures, reinforcement, ground improvement, and geosynthetics test... »

Cartagena 2016: Changing Infrastructure, Changing Soils

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Changing infrastructure changes soils, and our responses to the geotechnical challenges of our soils—the solutions we choose—determine the sustainability and long-term economics and successful performance of our infrastructure. This is a central point to Cartagena 2016. This 8th Iberoamerican Congress on Erosion and Sediment Control (VIII CICES – Cartagena 2016) will be held 15 – 17 August 2016 an... »

WINFAB Earns GAI-LAP Accreditation

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Willacoochee Industrial Fabrics (WINFAB), a manufacturer of geotextiles and erosion control materials, has earned accreditation from the Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute – Laboratory Accreditation Program (GAI-LAP). The program is highly respected in the international geosynthetics manufacturing and testing fields. George Koerner of the Geosyntietic Institute (GSI) conducted the GAI-LAP audit ... »

Participating Companies at VIII CICES, Cartagena

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The 8th Iberoamerican Congress on Erosion and Sediment Control (VIII CICES) will be held 15 – 17 August 2016 at the five-star Hotel las Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. This International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Iberoamerican Chapter event includes participating companies and institutions from throughout the Americas. Key topics include: Urban infrastructure and the biotic processes of ... »

Geosynthetic Coastal Protection in England

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By NAUE – From the arrival of the Romans to the Saxons and Normans clashing upon the shore, and from the Spanish Armada to Napolean and two World Wars, England has a long and well known history of coastal protection. Today, coastal protection remains a high priority—though it now focuses on erosion and flood control and civil infrastructure. The West Sands Beach Project at Medmerry near Selsey and... »

East Coast Erosion Control Looks West in New Partnership

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Erosion and sediment control materials manufacturer East Coast Erosion Blankets, LLC (dba East Coast Erosion Control) is partnering with Valley Erosion Supply. The new venture gives the privately held, Pennsylvania-based company a manufacturing and distribution site in Montana for even more efficient service to markets in the Midwest and Western United States. “We are thrilled to partner wit... »

Jim Tanner Takes the Reins at Profile

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Jim Tanner is no stranger to the inner workings and business development success of Profile Products LLC. He has spent 18 years at the company, being part of its exceptional growth in providing in soil, water, and vegetation management solutions.  The company has announced that Jim Tanner has been named President. In his new role, he will also continue to serve at the company’s Chief Operating Off... »

Installing CSPE Geomembrane in the Virgin Islands

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The island of Saint Thomas in the US Virgin Islands is one of the Caribbean’s most popular and cosmopolitan destinations. When an aging lining system began to fail in a well-known resort’s cistern system, Colorado Lining International (CLI) was called in to replace the membrane with a CSPE geomembrane. The underground installation presented a number of challenges. The vertical walls (16 ft.) of th... »

UNESCO and IECA Forge a Cooperative Agreement

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The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One Board of Directors have announced a cooperative agreement with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The agreement has been approved with UNESCO Bureau of Sciences for Latin America and the Caribbean through its International Hydrological Program (UNESCO IHP-LAC). “We are thrilled to work toget... »