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.... »

New Adhesive Tape for Geomembrane Repair and Protection

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Owens Corning has introduced GeoLap™ adhesive tape, a taping solution designed specifically for RhinoMat® and RhinoSkin® geomembrane applications. The 4-inch-wide tape’s high-strength adhesive is designed for enhanced performance in geomembrane repair, patching, and protection. It is suitable for secondary repairs, seam protection, pipe boots and penetration sealing, batten reinforcement, and othe... »

Effective Education for Erosion and Sediment Control System Adoption

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Erosion and sediment control advances have produced enormously beneficial results, in infrastructure performance and economics; yet, rates of erosion and sediment control system adoption rates have lagged behind the research supporting them. Dr. Eve Brantley, an extension specialist and associate professor with Auburn University’s Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Department in the renowned C... »

Looking Back on the Geosynthetics Pavilion and Summit in Brazil

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The mid-June BW Expo 2017 brought thousands of civil and environmental engineering professionals to São Paulo, where they encountered a first: a Geosynthetics Pavilion. Geosynthetica’s Brazil-market publication organized the pavilion to introduce the materials and some key companies to the gathering. The BW Expo focused on sustainability in water, waste, air, and energy. It was co-located with the... »

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... »

PODCAST: Leap Frog Ideas for Low Impact Development

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How do we create a more water-centric infrastructure? That’s a question LimnoTech senior engineer Dr. Daniel Medina, P.E., D.WRE addresses in his work. Low impact development strategies are very important to his work. It’s trickier than just saying “use LID,” though. Inequalities between cities and countries make is harder for some infrastructure strategies to get adopted. Priorities are different... »

Hydraulic Engineering Solutions Seminar, July 14

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Waterways are dynamic environments. Strong hydraulic engineering solutions are needed to create resilient infrastructures that minimize environmental impact, control costs, and provide long-term performance. On July 14, Maccaferri will host  an exclusive breakfast seminar (7:30 am – 11:00 am) in Gaithersburg, Maryland focused on the application and design of hydraulic solutions. The seminar is fre... »

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 ... »

Drainage and Venting of Geosynthetic Containment Systems

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The recent increase in discussion on finer points to geomembrane installations (e.g., managing geomembrane wrinkling) has us revisiting stories on other significant points regarding geomembrane system performance. Here, we look at an article authored by Andrew Plowman (Varicore) about the importance of proper drainage and venting design and how it impacts the integrity of geosynthetic containment ... »

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... »

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... »

IGS Technical Committee Organizes November Hydraulics Events in NOLA

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Two hydraulics events are coming to New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2017 thank to a technical committee of the International Geosynthetics Society. The engineering professional development gathering will consist of two independent but complementary hydraulics events: a full-day think tank (November 7) followed by two days of technical presentations on coastal and river protection (November 8 &#... »

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... »

Incomat Gets Raw and Potable Water Compatibility Certification

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Geosynthetic barriers and systems provide essential containment of fluids in a wide variety of applications. One of the most important is for the protection and management of water resources. Certification for suitability in these applications has become increasingly important, internationally. HUESKER’s Incomat geosynthetic concrete mattress, for example, has been granted raw and potable water co... »

PODCAST: Craig Benson on Sedimentation, Dams, and Watershed Health

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Geosynthetica opens its 2017 series of GeoTalk podcasts with a conversation about sedimentation, dams, and watershed health. Our guest is Craig Benson, an International Erosion Control Association Board Member and a division director for the private, non-profit Natural Resources Services in Eureka, California. NRS is a division of the Redwood Community Action Agency. There are more than 1000 commu... »

Best Practices for Minimizing Geomembrane Wrinkling

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By Catrin Tarnowski –  Geomembrane wrinkling occurs, but it can be minimized. “Lay flat” geomembrane installations are quite possible, as they are documented all over the world. Truly, we can achieve this; yet, geomembrane wrinkling still happens. How does wrinkling occur? It is connected to numerous decisions made in design, product selection, and installation procedures, and with boundary condit... »

NZ’s Central Plains Headrace Canal Update: 600,000 Sq M of HDPE Geomembrane

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The ongoing infrastructure works in Canterbury, New Zealand’s ambitious Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme is centered around a 55m-high dam and affiliated storage and diversion canals. Up to 60,000 ha (148,230 acres) of land will be irrigated by the project. The Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers would be connected the 280 million cubic meter-capacity reservoir via a 56km-long headrace canal. The... »

Custom Nonwoven Geotextiles Fight Lake Eutrophication

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Can nonwoven geotextiles prevent the suffocating damage of eutrophication in waterways? That is a question Titan Environmental Containment is helping answer in a collaborative project with environmental engineering professor Catherine Milligan and Concordia University (Canada). The NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant has been awarded for 2017-19 for the research project titled ̶... »

IGS Brasil to Celebrate 20 Years of Activity with Special Program

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One of the world’s most active chapters of the International Geosynthetics Society was created 20 years ago. This year, when IGS Brasil members gather for the chapter’s annual meeting, a special program, open to all, will be added to recognize the anniversary milestone. The June 22 program for this 7th IGS Brasil Geosynthetics Conference and Annual Meeting will feature a presentation by Prof. Enni... »

Expert Geosynthetics Installation for Better Silver and Gold Mining ROI

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The Coeur Rochester mine in Rochester, Nevada produced 4.6 million ounces of silver and 52,600 ounces of gold in 2016. One of the reasons for the success of the open pit and surface mining operation, with its on-site heap leach pads, has been the use of 80-mil high-density polyethylene geomembranes and geosynthetic clay liners for the various containment needs and geotextiles for cushioning, prote... »

REMINDER: 2018 IECA Abstracts Due May 31

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One reminds the engineering community that abstracts for the 2018 IECA Conference and Exhibition are due May 31. The 2018 IECA conference will be held 11 – 14 February 2018 in Long Beach, California. 2018 IECA CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Suggested topics for the 2018 IECA Technical Program include: Erosion and Sediment Control Managing Soil for Vegetativ... »

Engineering Professors: Educate the Educators Applications Due June 1

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The deadline for engineering professors to apply for a seat in the International Geosynthetics Societey’s non-commercial Educate the Educators program (4 – 5 December 2017, Kingston, Ontario) is approaching. All interested engineering professors must submit their application by June 1 to IGS North America. APPLY ONLINE The two-day geosynthetics training program delivers practical engineering... »