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A Primer on Soil and Geotextile Filter Design for MSE Walls
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A Primer on Soil and Geotextile Filter Design for MSE Walls

Drs. Robert and George Koerner of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) are no strangers to tackling challenging topics—subjects which are either difficult to motivate discussion on (e.g., failures) or difficult to document (e.g., developing and monitoring long-term studies). One of the information-sharing vehicles they’ve utilized over the years to keep information flowing has been to release influent... »

Revisiting the Fundão Tailings Dam Failure One Year Later
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Revisiting the Fundão Tailings Dam Failure One Year Later

On 5 November 2015, a catastrophic tailings dam failure occurred at an iron ore mine in Brazil. The reported  death toll from the event was 17 and 200 homes in the Bento Rodrigues are of Mariana were destroyed. The tailings dam breach caused a flood of 60 million cubic meters of waste to flow across the area and into the Doce River. A little over two weeks later, the polluted water reached the Atl... »

GSE to Expand Geonet and Geocomposite Manufacturing Capacity

2016 Geosynthetics Manufacturing Year in Review

The year 2016 has seen considerable activity in geosynthetics manufacturing, despite a slow start for many producers. As has often occurred, conditions such as resin supply fluctuations, geopolitical uncertainty, or stalled legislation in a country or multi-national body cools output. This year saw a bit of all of that affecting much of the world. Still, it gave a great many companies the time to ... »

Geo-U Professional Development for Engineers

Live and On-Demand Engineering Webinars in December

As the calendar year winds down, professional development opportunities such as engineering webinars are utilized more. For some, these sessions provide needed PDHs. For others, it is simply the best time of the year for them to take time for the education. In December, multiple live and on-demand sessions are available. GEO-U ENGINEERING WEBINARS The Geosynthetic Institute’s Dr. Robert Koerner ha... »

Video Story: Waterway Restoration after Mining Activities
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Video Story: Waterway Restoration after Mining Activities

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... »

BW Expo 2017 Offers Big Opportunities for Geosynthetics
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BW Expo 2017 Offers Big Opportunities for Geosynthetics

By Bruno Pedroni and Chris Kelsey – The BW Expo is Brazil’s most important gathering for service and technology presentations regarding the sustainable management of wastes, water, wastewater, energy, and air. With an international exhibit hall and conference program, the biennial show brings together key companies and thinkers for networking and technology transfer. BW Expo 2017 will be hel... »

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