Gilbey Part of New Investment Group for Graphene-Geotextile Innovator

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In a short statement, graphene producer and materials developer Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd., has announced that Pacific American Coal Ltd (PAK) has sold its 30% stake in Imagine IM to a new investment group. The investors include Chris Gilbey, Imagine’s CEO and one of the most vocal supporters for graphene-enhanced materials. Imagine IM is one of the co-organizers of the Internet of Sma... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Coal Seam Gas Site Uses Graphene-Enhanced Geotextiles

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A coal seam gas facility in Australia has become the site of the world’s second commercial-scale use of graphene-enhanced geotextiles. The product utilizes Imagine Intelligent Materials’ imgne® X3 coating, which is applied to Geofabrics Australasia’s bidim C geotextile. The Queensland CSG operation installed 10,000 m2 of the graphene-enhanced geotextile, which enables the the detection of holes in... »

Imagine IM to Present Graphene Solutions at Startup Booster Competition

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Australia-based graphene solutions company Imagine Intelligent Materials (Imagine IM) has been selected to compete in the Startup Booster competition at JEC World 2017, the world’s largest composites show. JEC World takes place 14 – 16 March 2017 in Paris. The Startup Booster event will be held on March 14. GRAPHENE SOLUTIONS AT JEC WORLD Graphene solutions are arriving for a great many materials,... »

Graphene Applications, Including with Geosynthetics, Draw Investment

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Imagine IM (Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd) has been expanding the possibilities in graphene applications, work which has included new materials development in geosynthetics. The Sydney, Australia-based has just raised another $2 million in new capital. The influx of capital will support further development of conductive coatings and sensing technologies for industrial textiles. In a releas... »

Geosynthetics CQA Workshop at Australian Landfill Conference

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During the 7th Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations Conference, a one-day CQA workshop will be held with a focus on construction quality assurance (CQA) for geosynthetic liners. These barrier systems are vital to the long-term performance and environmental security of waste management installations. The CQA conducted on site ensures that these systems go into operation in ideal condition to b... »

Successful Field Trial for Graphene-Enhanced Geotextiles

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The first field trial in Australia for conductive geotextiles enhanced with graphene have been a success, Imagine IM reports. The company, which built Australia’s first commercial scale graphene production plant this year, has worked with Australia’s largest geosynthetics manufacturer (Geofabrics Australasia) to create this new type of geotextile. The trial was conducted August 18 in Melbourne. Th... »

Brine Ponds for Coal Seam Gas Operations

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By Fred Gassner – In the past decade, Australia has developed large coal seam gas (CSG) resources.  Golder has been closely involved in the water management part of this development, with the temporary storage of shallow groundwater that is liberated as part of the gas extraction process. The groundwater is saline and the soils generally are highly dispersive so most of the extracted water is stor... »

GCL Transforms Australian Quarry into Landfill

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By NAUE – An Australian quarry became of the country’s largest landfills, with the installation of a geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) barrier system. The site, known as the Western Landfill, has an available airspace totaling more than 15,000,000m3. Since 1999, the facility has offered municipal and commercial waste management services to metropolitan Melbourne. Today, more than 30% of Vi... »

Concrete Canvas Wins Major LNG Contract in Australia

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Concrete Canvas has won a major contract to supply its Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) for one of Australia’s largest resource projects: the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Western Australia. Worth more than US$1M, the contract supplies more than 32,000 m2 of Concrete Canvas® GCCM (CC) for a range of erosion control measures. The work is part of the long-term s... »

Coming Soon: Graphene-Enhanced Geotextiles

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On June 14, Imagine IM officially opened Australia’s first commercial graphene production facility. The grand opening of the North Geelong (Victoria) site included Imagine’s team and representatives from Geofabrics Australasia. The companies discussed graphene-enhanced geotextiles. Also on hand were representatives of the graphene production plant’s developers (Austeng), members ... »

Controlling Coastal Flooding with Geocontainers

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By Geofabrics Australasia – The ferocious storms which pounded the NSW and Southern Queensland coasts in early June brought into focus the Climate Council’s 2014 report Counting the Costs: Climate Change and Coastal Flooding. Download a copy of the report here (PDF) The report predicts that more than $226 billion in commercial, industrial, road and rail, and residential assets around Austral... »

Geofabrics Australasia Wins Manufacturing Award

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The 2016 Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards honored Geofabrics Australasia as Manufacturer of the Year during a May 12 ceremony in Sydney. Geofabrics was recognized for its production of Trinet® and Flownet® geonet geocomposite drainage systems. The manufacturing award was given in the Industrial Product category. Flownet® is a lightweight drainage net used for landfill caps, tunnels, r... »

Imagine’s First Commercial Graphene Manufacturing Plant in Australia

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Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Limited (Imagine IM) is set to build Australia’s first commercial graphene manufacturing plant. This is significant for the quickly emerging field of graphene-enhanced materials, and those materials include geosynthetics. Graphene offers high electrical and thermal conductivity, hydrophobicity, strength, and impermeability to all gases. Layers of graphene could gi... »

Flood-Damaged Highway Gets Panel Drains

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By Geofabrics Australasia – After the Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley experienced devastating floods, one of the many road rebuilding projects involved a section of the Warrego Highway between Withcott and Helidon. Withcott is a small village at the western end of the fertile Lockey Valley and at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, just a few minutes frorm Toowoomba and theDarling Downs. ... »

Subsurface Drainage Design Software Assists Road Designs

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Geofabrics Australasia has developed a web-based road design app focused on drainage performance and cost calculation. Subsurface Drainage Design Software (SuDDS) produces net cost and design comparative reports based upon user-entered project/design data. The program summarizes the notable calculations and can include CAD files of drainage profiles. Videos on the advantages and functionality of t... »

Jie Han to Lead Geosynthetics Lecture Series in Australia and NZ

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Annually, Geofabrics Australasia brings a top-tier geosynthetics lecture series to Australia and New Zealand. This year’s series, which will be held on multiple dates in September, will be led by internationally renowned, independent expert Dr. Jie Han. His topic will be “Understanding and Harnessing the Stabilisation Effect of Geogrids in Pavement Designs.” DOWNLOAD THE SEMINAR ... »

AUSTRALIA: Bouazza to Give E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture

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The field of geosynthetics will be front and center when the Australian Geomechanics Society’s E.H. Davis Memorial Lecture tour kicks off in August. Dr. Malek Bouazza, a longtime active member of the International Geosynthetics Society, has been honored with the biennial lecture award. The topic of his lecture series is “Geosynthetics in Geoenvironment Systems: Pushing the application ... »

VIDEO: Subsoil Drainage Systems

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On its YouTube channel, Geofabrics Australasia has published a new video detailing the advantages of subsoil drainage systems, such as the Megaflo® system. The rigid, high-flow velocity panel drain is utilized in improving roadway integrity and maintaining the playability of sports fields. The subsoil drainage solution is also quite strong. With its crush resistance, it is even used in mining oper... »

The Rise of Raincoat Liners in Mining

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Mining operations continue to scale up, achieving previously thought “impossible” designs  every few years. These engineering feats enable new impossibilities to be proposed. While heap leach engineering and technology is driving much of the escalation in mining scale, a rather simple solution is helping make these installations safer and more efficient—which is to say more profitable: raincoats. ... »

AUSTRALIA: Rowe Headlines Multi-Component GCL Seminar

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Renowned researcher and educator, Dr. R. Kerry Rowe, P.Eng., has been announced as the featured presented during a multi-city seminar tour of Australia. The topic, “Multi-component Geosynthetic Clay Liners,” will feature research, design, and local case studies. DOWNLOAD THE EVENT BROCHURE (PDF) Key topics in the session include landfill applications, water resource management, tailings dams, inte... »

AUSTRALIA: 3D Confinement System (Geoweb®) Seminars

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In April, Geofabrics Australasia and Presto Geosystems are delivering a multi-city engineering seminar on “Solving Soil Stability Problems with GEOWEB®.” The event, which is built on knowledge transfer of 3D confinement system utilization, will be offered in three key cities: Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Bryan Wedin, P.E., and Matt Kuester will provide the expert instruction. DOWNL... »

Geofabrics Australasia Acquires Maccaferri Australia and NZ

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Geofabrics Australasia has enjoyed a successful partnership with Maccaferri Australia Pty Ltd and Maccaferri New Zealand Ltd. Since 2002, Geofabrics has been the majority shareholder of these enterprises. Now, the companies are growing even closer. Gefabrics has acquired 100% of the shares. The companies have worked very well together across the broad Oceania marketplace, building business in mini... »