PODCAST: Improving Waterways and Coasts with Geosynthetics

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Waterway health and coastal resiliency are some of the most highly debated topics in infrastructure, as work or lack of addressing an issue in one locality can greatly impact another further down the river or coast. This complicates permitting and finalizing solutions. Joe Little of Little Environments PLLC spent some years working in Australia, where geosynthetics have frequently been deployed in... »

Geotextile Tubes for Breakwaters and Beach Restoration in Mexico

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By Angel Diaz and Chris Timpson – Geotextile tubes help to prevent storm damage and protect the environment through the building of custom marine structures. The installation of geotextile containers can be temporary or permanent, and in most cases the structures are invisible to the coastal environment. The technology involves the fabrication of a large containers made of a specially engineered t... »

Geosynthetic Coastal Protection in England

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By NAUE – From the arrival of the Romans to the Saxons and Normans clashing upon the shore, and from the Spanish Armada to Napolean and two World Wars, England has a long and well known history of coastal protection. Today, coastal protection remains a high priority—though it now focuses on erosion and flood control and civil infrastructure. The West Sands Beach Project at Medmerry near Selsey and... »

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... »

Broward County Leader Joins Climate Change Keynote

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The threat of rising sea levels and more intense hurricanes through climate change makes South Florida a perfect location for a coastal protection keynote address. At GeoAmericas 2016 (10 – 13 April 2016, Miami), two Netherlands-affiliated speakers will be joined by Broward County, Florida’s Dr. Jennifer L. Jurado. The team will present a talk under the heading “Call to Action: The Urg... »

Coastal Engineering Opportunities at GeoAmericas 2016

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Geosynthetic materials are used extensively in coastal engineering and protection projects. The modern geotextiles industry, in fact, emerged in the 1950s in response to flooding in the Netherlands and tropical storm damage in the United States. Since then, a large industry and innovative designs have come along. Geosynthetic tubes and containers provide dewatering and solids separation for large-... »

NAUE Reviews 2015 Geosynthetic Projects and Markets

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Though 2015 saw a number of enormous challenges for manufacturers, the geosynthetics market found a number of successes. NAUE, which has its international headquarters in Germany, has just released its year-end edition of NAUE News. The issue includes a number of interesting geosynthetic projects from year, and, in keeping with tradition, it opens with a letter about the how the company and the la... »

RemTech 2014 – The Future of Remediation

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It is very rich and prestigious the audience of stakeholders who will take part in RemTech Expo (www.remtechexpo.com), the most specialized event in Italy on the remediation of contaminated sites and the requalification of the territory, scheduled at Ferrara Fiere from 17 to 19 September 2014: the Regions and Municipalities, ISPRA and Arpa, the industry, the oil sector, Ports, Autostrade, Railways... »

Geotextile Containers Support Mangrove Growth, Healthier Ecosystems

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By Geofabrics Australasia – Coastline mangrove growth can play a vital role in the health of marine ecosystems. The disappearing mangrove growth on the Jam Jerrup coastline in Western Port Bay, Victoria has been a cause of concern for the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). Geotextile containers have provided a strong solution. Mangroves intricately entangle above-g... »