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 ̶... »

IECA Establishes a Canadian Chapter

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The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA)  has formed a Canadian chapter. The association is setting the chapter up to serve as Canada’s “essential educational and networking resource for stormwater management, erosion and sediment control and stream protection and restoration.” “We believe that the large and diverse community in Canada will find value and benefits in the IEC... »

Reinforcing a Coke Landfill Barrier System

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By Jimmy Thomas and Sam Bhat – Upgrading bitumen from oil sands operations can produce a coke byproduct. In the case described here, it was a predominantly carbonaceous granular material which required environmentally sound disposal in a lined facility. It was known that the coke landfill needed an impervious geosynthetic barrier and a leachate collection system at the base; but deeper investigati... »

Major Savings in Modular Assembly Yard Construction

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By Nilex – For the Lac La Biche community, located 220 km north of Edmonton, Alberta, the surge in oil sands development has been accompanied by a more disciplined approach to planning and cost controls. A major part of those cost controls is in the design and execution of modular construction. When Lac La Biche Transport required a cost-effective solution for a low maintenance, unpaved yard, Nile... »

An Exemplary GCL Barrier for the City of Barrie

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When the City of Barrie (Ontario) landfill reached capacity, an extensive program was enacted to recycle material from the old cells. Non-recyclable material was then reburied with the additional protection of a multi-layered geosynthetic barrier system. The system utilized an HDPE geomembrane – GCL barrier system. BETTER GCL BARRIER SYSTEMS Terrafix installed the geosynthetic system, which ... »

Kerry Rowe Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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Prof. Kerry Rowe has made numerous, substantial contributions to barrier systems research, education, and regulation during his 30+ year career. The US-based National Academy of Engineering agrees. A February 8 NAE announcement named Rowe among just 22 other engineers from outside the United States who have been elected members here in 2016. It is a prestigious and well-earned achievement.  He is ... »

George Koerner to Speak at Two Terrafix Seminars

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The annual terrafix® Winter Seminar Series delivers updated engineering and geosynthetic product information in a concise, free-to-attend seminar in multiple cities across Canada. This year’s program involves substantial updates, following significant changes in the market, standards, construction techniques, and other aspects that impact how to properly design with, specify, and use geosynt... »

Terrafix Winter Seminar Series 2015 – 2016

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terrafix® has made substantial updates to the engineering information in its annual Winter Seminar Series, making this year’s offerings more important even for those who have attended previously. Much is changing in the field, and the company has responded with welcomed state-of-practice updates for participants. The company has long sponsored educational seminars, including special sessions... »

Capping the Farley Mine

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Mining is a vital activity for modern life. The metals, minerals, and other raw materials extracted enable the production and success of many (if not most) of the goods each of us utilizes directly and indirectly on a daily basis for communication, transportation, food production, safety, etc. But the legacy of mining, particularly for mines that were initiated before the advent of today’s contain... »

Solmax Names Jean-Louis Vangeluwe New CEO

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International geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has announced the appointment of company veteran Mr. Jean-Louis Vangeluwe as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vangeluwe has spent nearly two full decades with the company. He will serve as CEO for Solmax International (headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada) and Solmax International Asia-Pacific (headquartered in Malaysia). Mr. Vangeluwe, MBA,... »

The Use of Draining Geogrids to Reinforce Clay Backfill

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By Maccaferri – A unique geogrid has played an integral role in enabling a large industrial facility in Niagara (Ontario, Canada) to expand its production facility. Stormwater and clean process water from production would be kept in retention ponds before gradual release into nearby watercourses. Three ponds were required to handle this expansion. Engineers working on the project had detaile... »

Tensar Appoints Americas Executive Vice President

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ATLANTA – Nov. 24, 2014 – Tensar International, the global leader in geosynthetic construction technology, recently appointed Mike Lawrence as Executive Vice President of the Americas. Lawrence will spearhead strategic leadership support in the United States, Canada and Latin American regions and drive growth in these emerging markets. “We are proud to have Mike join our Tensar team in this ... »

Geomembranes in Mining: the State of Research

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An interview with Dr. Fady Abdelaal, GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, by Chris Kelsey The first conference dedicated exclusively to geosynthetics in mining was held in Vancouver, Canada in September 2014. One of the presenters was Dr. Fady Abdelaal, who for the past 6 years has been part of the long-running geosynthetic barrier systems research being led ... »

PRESS RELEASE: Tensar Files Patent Lawsuit in Canada over Geogrid

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ATLANTA – 7 October 2014 – Tensar International has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Canada against Enviro-Pro Geosynthetics Ltd, a reseller of geogrid manufactured in China by Taian Modern Plastics Co Ltd (TMP). The Canada lawsuit is pending in Federal Court, which is the national trial court in Ottawa. “We have a proven track record over several decades for investing heavily in innov... »

Zero-Leak Liners

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The dream of zero-leak liners has become a reality. While many geosynthetic containment systems have been installed and produced a zero-leak final product, this type of performance is not typical. In fact, a certain amount of leakage is expected and accounted for in proper geosynthetic designs. At Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014 (September 10 – 13, Vancouver), Glen W. Toepfer of CQA Solu... »

Shannon Goodrich Joins Layfield

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SAN DIEGO, California – The Layfield Group is pleased to announce the employment of Mr. Shannon Goodrich as Business Development Manager based out of San Diego, California. Shannon has over twenty six years of experience in geosynthetics engineering, construction management, and third party construction quality assurance services. Shannon will be responsible for business development activiti... »

Solmax Sponsors Rio Olympics Athlete for 2016

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Montreal (Qc) – Solmax, a world leader in manufacturing PE geomembranes and developing fluid containment and transportation solutions, is proud to announce its support for Antoine Valois-Fortier, Canadian Judoka and bronze medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics,  in anticipation of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Two goals, similar values Determination, audacity and passion are the shared values ... »

NAGS 2014 Webinar Series Opens with R. Kerry Rowe on GCLs

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On 19 March 2014, a new series of webinars from the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) will debut. Tentatively scheduled to be quarterly installments, NAGS and the Geosynthetics Division of the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) have tapped internationally-renowned geosynthetics expert Prof. R. Kerry Rowe to launch the series. His topic: “Recent insights on the performance of GCLs ... »

Layfield Awarded Major Enbridge Project

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EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada – Layfield Environmental Systems is pleased to announce the recent award of a contract to supply and install 105,000 m2 of Enviro Liner® 6040HD in a secondary containment application for Enbridge’s South Edmonton Terminal Expansion Project. Layfield was awarded the contract due in part to their superior performing Enviro Liner® 6040HD geomembrane. The product met th... »

GeoRegina 2014 Extends Abstracts Deadline to January 31

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Organizers for the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s (CGS) 67th Canadian Geotechnical Conference have extended the abstract submission window to January 31. GeoRegina 2014 (www.georegina2014.ca) will be held 28 September – 1 October 2014 at the Delta Regina Hotel in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. As of Januay 17, more than 215 abstracts had been submitted. To ensure the most comprehensive... »

terrafix® Winter Seminar Series Hits the Road

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The latest newsletter from terrafix® includes news of the company’s educational Winter Seminar Series hitting the road. The company has long sponsored educational seminars, including special sessions with expert speakers from the engineering field and academia joining the their own international in-house experts. This winter, the terrafix® team is making itself available to do special visits... »

InfoMine Announces Geosynthetics Mining Solutions 2014

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In September 2014, a new mining conference focused on the utilization of geosynthetics within this vital global engineering sector will convene. From 8-11 September 2014, the conference division of InfoMine will host Geosynthetics Mining Solutions. The conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This conference marks the first specialty focus of its sort targeted to the mini... »

CGS recognizes GeoEngineering Centre Members and Students

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OCTOBER 2013 – Several members of the GeoEngineering Centre and their students were recognized at CGS events held in conjunction with GeoMontreal, the 66th annual conference of the Canadian Geotechnical Society. PhD student Ryley Beddoe received the first prize for best Graduate Student Paper in 2013 for her paper titled “Physical modeling of rainfall induced landslides”. She gav... »

GeoMontreal 2013, “Geoscience for Sustainability”

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The organizers for GeoMontreal 2013 have released the latest updates for the event, including a reminder of the 31 July 2013 early-bird registration deadline. GeoMontreal 2013 will be held 29 September – 3 October 2013 at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is organized by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) in collaboration with the International Association of... »

GeoMontreal 2013: Paper Deadline Extended

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GeoMontreal 2013 will be held 29 September – 3 October, 2013 at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is organized by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) in collaboration with the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH/CNC) and the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS). The Technical Committee received and reviewed over 675 abstract submissi... »