Geosynthetic Reinforcement for Wind Energy

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Subsidies and federal energy policies get most of the headlines, but with the increasing size of wind turbines and the scale of wind farms, few sites can be developed without soil reinforcement technologies. Geosynthetics provide the stable base for construction works and long-term access on wind energy sites. On-shore wind turbine hub heights increasingly crest 100m, and some are approaching 150m... »

Geosynthetica at GeosPeru 2017

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Geosynthetica will be at GeosPeru 2017 in Lima, Peru, March 29 – 31. If you or your colleagues will be part of the event at the Hotel Los Delfines, let us know. Our Spanish-language editor Natalia Rodado (Geosynthetica.com.es) and our international sales executive Andre Lacerda will be there. Geosperu 2017 is hosted by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Peruvian Chapter. The event analy... »

GEOSPERU 2017 Speakers, Topics, and Exhibitors

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GEOSPERU 2017 will be held 29 – 31 March 2017 at the Hotel Los Delfines in Lima, Peru. Hosted by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Peruvian Chapter, the event will analyze the rapid growth of geosynthetics in Peru and the surrounding region. The event will present exemplary projects, identify needs, and strengthen relationships between the field, regulators, educational institutes, and... »

GEOSPERU 2017 – 4th Peruvian National Conference on Geosynthetics

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GEOSPERU 2017 will be held 29 – 31 March 2017 at the Hotel Los Delfines in Lima, Peru. Hosted by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Peruvian Chapter, the event will analyze the rapid growth of geosynthetics in Peru and the surrounding region. The event will present exemplary projects, identify needs, and strengthen relationships between the field, regulators, educational institutes, and... »

INTERVIEW: Mallick on Geosynthetic-Reinforced Chip Seal

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During the 95th annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington DC (January 2016), Dr. Rajib Mallick of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) delivered four papers, including contributions on climate change and geosynthetic-reinforced chip seal (GRCS). Geosynthetica interview him about these topics and how they may forecast changes in future roadway designs and material selection.... »

Solmax Reflects on the 2015 Geosynthetics Market

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In 2015, there was little time for rest. Solmax launched four new products and filed two patents. We summarize some of the biggest developments here. These highlights are not just a story of our company; they are representative of where the geosynthetics market and containment applications are going, for improved value, efficiency, safety, and enhanced performance. Our “Get out of the Dark&#... »

Denver Downs to Host IECA Southeast Field Day, September 24

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The International Erosion Control Association Southeast Chapter (IECA Southeast) will host its annual Field Day on 24 September 2015 at the Denver Downs Research Facility (DDRF) in Anderson, South Carolina. The full-day event includes up to 6.5 professional development hour (PDH) credits. REGISTER ONLINE DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER (PDF) DDRF is an outdoor laboratory that enables full-scale, standardized... »

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,... »

Geosynthetics Support Wind Energy’s Rapid Growth

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Since 2008, the wind energy industry in the United States has attracted more than $100 billion in private investment. While the first three quarters of 2013 were slow amidst uncertain due to uncertainty around legislative support, the fourth quarter of 2013 added more capacity than the first three quarters combined; and in 2014, that growth continued. The April 2015-published US Wind Industry Annu... »

5 Stories on Geosynthetics for Earth Day

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Geosynthetics have played a substantial role in making constructions more economical and more sustainable. In honor of Earth Day 2015, we’ve selected five of Geosynthetica’s most popular sustainability-related stories. IGS Video on Sustainability The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) sponsored the creation and promotion of its first major video project, “Geosynthetics for Sustainable Devel... »

IGS UK Joint Meeting Revisits Award-Winning Reinforced Wall

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On 3 March 2015, the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) UK Chapter will offer a joint meeting of the IGS UK and Yorkshire Geotechnical Group. Presenter Dave Crowther (Maccaferri Ltd.) will present on the enormous, award-winning Pakyong Airport MSE wall in Sikkim, India. The presentation, “The tallest reinforced soil structure in the world?”, will profile 550m wide, 1.7 km long, and nearly 7... »

Project Story: Reinforcing Crusher Walls

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By Maccaferri – Crusher walls, also known as mine dump walls, are used to support vertical or near-vertical grade changes to minimize the footprint of the facility. Hoppers or crushers can be installed within these walls. Mined material is hauled to the upper terrace and unloaded into the hopper/crusher. These large structures are part of the concentration facilities within the mine and crush the ... »

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... »

Free Expo Passes to Environmental Connection 2015

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Geosynthetica has 25 expo hall passes to give away to Environmental Connection 2015. The event, which is hosted by the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One, will be held 15 – 18 February 2015 in Portland, Oregon. The expo will be held February 17 – 18. The first 25 to register for the expo-only option and use Geosynthetica’s special coupon code (trailblaze)... »

Five Questions to Ask a Geotextile Supplier

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By Geofabrics Australasia – When considering a nonwoven geotextile fabric for your next project there are a number of elements as a customer you should be considering before you buy. The following will help give you peace of mind that your purchase meets your expectations and will save you time and money. CAN YOU PROVE IT PERFORMS? To ensure your geotextiles perform as required, you should i... »

FINAL DAY of Early Reg Rates at Environmental Connection 2015!

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Don’t pay higher rates for Environmental Connection 2015 (15 – 18 February 2015). The early-bird registration deadline is today, Friday, January 9. This rate enables you to receive up to USD $100 off of your full conference pass registration at Environmental Connection 2015 in Portland, Oregon. REGISTER ONLINE Early-bird pricing means: Sunday Full-Days: Member: $299, Non-Member: $349 (... »

Terracon’s Ebelhar Named 2015 Chairman of ASTM Board of Directors

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 8 January 2015—Ronald J. Ebelhar, P.E., D.GE, senior principal with Terracon in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been named chairman of the 2015 ASTM International board of directors. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ebelhar joined McClelland Engineers in Houston, Texas, as a staff engineer in 1977, work... »

IECA Deadlines: Scholarships, Registration Discounts, Hotel Cut-Off

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The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One will hold its annual event, Environmental Connection, 15 – 18 February 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Readers should be aware of a number of key IECA deadlines related to the conference. SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: January 1 IECA has partnered with various sponsors to help provide financial assistance for industry professionals to attend Environ... »

Full-Scale Evaluation of Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs

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The December 2014 issue of Land and Water Magazine (www.landandwater.com) includes an extensive piece on “Independent, Full-Scale Evaluation of Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs.” Authored by C. Joel Sprague (TRI Environmental), Peter Kemp (Wisconsin DOT), and Katheryn Malusky (AASHTO NTPEP), the article describes the development of full-scale testing in erosion control materials, curr... »

IECA Product Practicum Schedule

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The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One will hold its annual conference and exhibition 15 – 18 February 2015 in Portland, Oregon. At Environmental Connection 2015, seven companies have been selected to present in the product practicum forum. Each presentation will be an hour and offer in-depth looks at cutting-edge environmental technologies. The schedule: Monday, Feb... »

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 ... »

GEOSPERU 2015 Update

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GEOSPERU 2015 will be held 4 – 6 March 2015 in Lima. Hosted by the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Peruvian Chapter, the event will analyze the rapid growth of geosynthetics in Peru and the surrounding region. It will present exemplary projects, identify needs, and strengthen relationships between the field, regulators, education institutes, and other stakeholders. In his invitation lett... »

JOBS: Technical Services Manager, Erosion Control

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An industry leading manufacturer of rolled erosion control products is seeking a dynamic, high-energy and results-driven technical services manager who is looking for a position with a continually growing company. The successful candidate must possess effective time management and organization skills, have a strong sense of customer service, confidently convey technical information through oral an... »

Press Release: Strata Systems Adds Midwest Regional Sales Manager

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CUMMING, Georgia – 14 October 2014 – Soil reinforcement product manufacturer and distributor, Strata Systems, Inc., has recently selected Scott Czewski, P.E. as its new Midwest Regional Sales Manager. Czewski joins Strata as part of an initiative to develop new business opportunities in the Midwest, and in Strata’s growing base reinforcement and road infrastructure business, and to manage all of S... »

Layfield Awarded U.S. Distribution Rights for E’GRID Biaxial Geogrids

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SAN DIEGO — Layfield Construction Products, a business unit of Layfield Group Ltd., has been awarded the rights to distribute E’GRID® Biaxial Geogrids in the United States, reinforcing the company’s position as a leading provider of polypropylene geogrids for use in road-building applications. The agreement between NewGrids Ltd. and Layfield Construction Products expands on Layfi... »