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... »

IGS Technical Committee Organizes November Hydraulics Events in NOLA

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Two hydraulics events are coming to New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2017 thank to a technical committee of the International Geosynthetics Society. The engineering professional development gathering will consist of two independent but complementary hydraulics events: a full-day think tank (November 7) followed by two days of technical presentations on coastal and river protection (November 8 &#... »

Project Video: Geosynthetic Tubes for Coastal Protection

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A new project video from HUESKER details a 1500m-long coastal protection installation of geosynthetic tubes along Lake Sedlitz in Germany’s Lusatian Lake District. The 1400 ha (3460 acre) lake is the largest of the manmade lakes in the former lignite mining area. The old mines have been flooded, a process that has restored the region to its historical natural beauty. As the waters of Lake Sedlitz ... »

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... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings Now Available

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The GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings have been released to the engineering community. The conference, which was the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, was held 10 – 13 April 2016 in Miami. More than 1100 participated in the event, which featured 200+ presentations, 95 exhibitors, multiple high-level sponsors, 49 technical sessions, and 4 keynote addresses. The GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings h... »

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... »

Geosynthetics and Counting Carbon in Construction

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Dr. Neil Dixon will deliver a keynote lecture, jointly authored with Dr. Gary Fowmes, at GeoAmericas 2016 (April 10 – 13, Miami). Their topic is “Global Challenges, Geosynthetic Solutions and Counting Carbon.” The contribution enhances a program that is deep in sustainability and environmental engineering topics. The co-authored lecture will discuss the drivers for change in the way in... »

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-... »

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... »

MARCH 21 WEBINAR: Coastal Protection Project with Geotextile Containers and Marine Mattresses

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This instructional webinar will provide attendees with knowledge on the use of geotextile containers and polymeric marine mattresses for island breakwater creation. On-site project experience from the City of Ft. Pierce Marina in Florida will be shared. This project features a permanent wave barrier, configured as a carefully sculpted, but naturally appearing, artificial island breakwater. This ... »

Staten Island Gabion Wall after Super Storm Sandy

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In response to a Nor'easter that hit the coast of Staten Island in March of 2010, a gabion retaining wall was installed along the oceanfront property to protect upland infrastructure from storm damage and wave action. The original wall design consisted of PVC coated galvanized steel gabions, spanning 100' parallel to the shore direction with a 9 ft. vertical height and two 30 ft. return walls at e... »

Geosynthetics in Coastal Protection – Video Series

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Geofabrics Australasia and Monash University have posted a two-part (two "chapter") educational video series on geosynthetics in coastal protection applications. Part 1 (above) looks at the history and properties of the materials used; Part 2 (below) looks at installation. The series takes full advantage of the longer video capability now allowed on video-hosting sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. T... »