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... »

INTERVIEW: An Insurance Policy for Geosynthetic Installations

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CQA Solutions (CQAS) has built a strong reputation in the geosynthetics field for its approach to quality assurance on geosynthetic installations. This has included pioneering work on the “zero leak” strategy at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, which is now in its seventh leak-free year. Beyond the company’s impressive site work, CQAS has developed software to improve documentation (Supe... »

CQA Solutions Adds Partner from Palo Verde Work

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The high-level geomembrane installation at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (2009 – 2013) has been well documented, particularly for its “Zero Leaks” approach. Glen Toepfer of CQA Solutions, Ltd. was instrumental on the CQA side of meeting that enormous goal. His company has now announced the addition of Mr. Shabbir Pittalwala as a consulting partner. Pittalwala was also closely involved ... »

High-Strength Geotextiles Flex Their Muscle

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Geotextiles have been developed and installed in civil engineering projects since the 1950s. Largely emerging in response to flooding and storm events in the Netherlands and the United States, these synthetic “technical textiles” have grown substantially in use. They commonly provide cushioning and protection, filtration and drainage, and soil separation characteristics. Few geosynthetic-related p... »

Toepfer Publishes Book on CQA and Geosynthetics Installation

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Glen Toepfer’s years in construction quality assurance (CQA) have brought him to a diverse range of geosynthetics installation sites. From conventional landfill and pond liner projects to the massive, multi-layer “zero leak” strategy of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Toepfer has seen the good, bad, and ugly that geotechnical engineering works can offer. His field insights have be... »