PODCAST: The Push towards Reinvention in Geomembranes

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Many infrastructure applications rely upon geosynthetic barriers. Over time, we’ve seen the specification of 40 or 60-mil black high-density polyethylene geomembranes become so common that black HDPE can feel almost like a commodity product. In part, this seems at odds with the critical containment these geomembranes provide. But, it is also in part a testimony to how the geosynthetics manufacturi... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Top Stories in Geosynthetics for 2016

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As promised, we reveal here today (December 29) the top stories in geosynthetics for 2016 on Geosynthetica. The stories have been ranked by most read, with the further caveat that the story must have been published in 2016. (There are a few exceptions noted at the end of older stories that actually cracked the top 15 for this year despite they having been published in previous year’s on the ... »

What Will Be Geosynthetica’s Most-Read Articles for 2016?

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As the year comes to a close, we take a closer look at the analytics to see how users have interacted with the site and to gauge our most-read articles. Readers do not interact with all content, of course. As expected, they focus on their particular areas of engineering interest. That might be a sector of engineering (e.g., transportation, coastal protection), a type of information (e.g, an abstra... »

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... »

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... »

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. ... »

Energy Solutions Magazine Published by Solmax

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International geomembrane manufacturer Solmax has released the second in its series of technical magazines on geosynthetic applications. Energy Solutions focuses primarily on polyethylene geomembranes in applications such as coal seam gas operations, coal ash containment, coal gasification, shale gas, petrochemical facilities, etc. Additional sections in the magazine describe polyethylene and PVC ... »

Latest Geofabrics Journal Focuses on Oil and Gas

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Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), coal seam gas, containment ponds, and access road stability are just a few of the oil and gas issues profiled in the latest issue of Geofabrics Journal. DOWNLOAD THE ISSUE (PDF) Published in late January 2014 by Geofabrics Australasia, the new issue provides a broad view of the various ways in which geosynthetics are being utilized in the Australian oil and gas field. ... »