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... »

Waterproof Membranes 2017 Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

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Waterproof Membranes 2017 with be held November 14 – 16 in Cologne, Germany. The event is the 11th annual installment from AMI. The program will soon be released, with presentations on market dynamics, technical innovation, manufacturing, installation, and performance of geomembranes and other (e.g., architectural) waterproof membranes. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities for this networki... »

SOBRATEMA Summit 2017 Includes Geosynthetics Module

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From June 7 to 9, professionals in construction, engineering, and equipment will gather in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the co-located events of BW Expo 2017, Construction Expo 2017 (International Fair of Buildings and Infrastructure Works), M & T Parts and Services 2017 (Congress of Technology and Management of Equipment for Construction and Mining), and the SOBRATEMA Summit 2017. The multi-event gat... »

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER! Slope Stability Short Course

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Containment facilities require multiple geosynthetics, which creates a need to design with a strong understanding of the interface between soils and geosynthetics and between different geosynthetics. The new short course, Slope Stability of Containment Systems, will address this topic May 23 – 24 in Austin, Texas. The presenters for the course represent the geosynthetics testing and environmental ... »

Geosynthetics 2017 Call for Abstracts Extended to May 30

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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 30. The conference will be held 18 – 20 October 2017 Hotel Grand Hyatt in Santiago, Chile. SUBMIT ABSTRACTS ONLINE GEOSYNTHETICS 2017 TOPICS & SPONSORS The organizing committ... »

Zinc and Copper Mine Gets Largest GCCM Installation to Date

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In August 2016, over 11,000m2 of Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was installed as a protective liner for a large diversion channel at an underground zinc and copper mine on Central Vancouver Island, Canada. The project marks one of the largest GCCM installations to date for this geosynthetic barrier system, which is sold as Concrete Cloth in North America and Concrete Canvas in the ... »

Photos from Geomembrane Welding Quality Workshop

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Geosynthetica organized a geomembrane welding quality workshop in São Paulo, Brazil on April 18 and 19. Our Brazil industry editor Bruno Pedroni attended and reports that more than 30 professionals participated in the event, which was the second workshop of its type in the country. The first workshop was held in 2015. The two-day geomembrane welding quality education was held at the Institute of E... »

FGI Announces New Officers and Board of Directors

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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... »

INTERVIEW: Dr. Julio Ferreira on Geosynthetics in the Americas

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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 South 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... »

Looking back on Geosynthetics in Land and Water, as the Magazine Ends

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By Chris Kelsey – In mid-2006 I was providing freelance editorial services for Geosynthetica. At the time, the publication was owned by the geosynthetics engineering consultancy I-CORP International. The consultancy’s founder and president, Ian Peggs, encouraged me to write an article for Land and Water. He was working on a story for Land and Water too. In discussion with Geosynthetica’s Dir... »

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

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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

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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... »

New Short Course: Slope Stability of Containment Systems

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Containment facilities require multiple geosynthetics, which creates a need to design with a strong understanding of the interface between soils and geosynthetics and between different geosynthetics. The new short course, Slope Stability of Containment Systems, will address this topic May 23 – 24 in Austin, Texas. The presenters for the course represent the geosynthetics testing and environmental ... »

Newly Established HUESKER Australia Expands a Global Geosynthetics Brand

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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 ... »

New Website, New Services from Colorado Lining International

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One of the biggest names in geosynthetics installation and contracting, Colorado Lining International, continues to reinvent itself. In recent years, it has introduced a number of new products and services for floating covers and oil and gas applications. It has opened additional facilities and taken a larger presence in international work, including in the Middle East and Australia. Now, it has t... »

Upcoming Geosynthetics Engineering Webinars from HUESKER

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Webinars have grown significantly in their use for technical knowledge transfer, engineering training, and product and application introduction. HUESKER has been one of the active geosynthetics companies offering engineering webinars. The company is in the middle of a slate of new sessions, all of which are available free to participants. The 30-minute sessions in April and May will focus on irrig... »

GeoAfrica 2017 Expands Registration Payment Options

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Responding to requests from the many international delegates who will attend and exhibit at GeoAfrica 2017, the conference committee has announced that payment by credit card is now available in the online registration system. REGISTER ONLINE GeoAfrica 2017 will be held 8 – 11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, which is centered on the theme of “Geosynthetics in Sustai... »

INTERVIEW: Augusto Alza on Geosynthetics in Peru

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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

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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

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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

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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... »

Pumped Storage Facility Revitalized by GCL Barrier

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By NAUE – After more than 50 years of operation, the Hohenwarte II pumped storage facility near Saalfeld/Thuringia had seen many changes both in the ways in which the facility needed to be used and in its infrastructure and performance. Numerous changes had occurred to the site’s inlets and outlets. The pumped storage facility began to exhibit high rates of leakage. The issue was the aging, ... »

Bituminous Geomembranes for Gas Depot Secondary Containment

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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... »