Looking Back on the Geosynthetics Pavilion and Summit in Brazil

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The mid-June BW Expo 2017 brought thousands of civil and environmental engineering professionals to São Paulo, where they encountered a first: a Geosynthetics Pavilion. Geosynthetica’s Brazil-market publication organized the pavilion to introduce the materials and some key companies to the gathering. The BW Expo focused on sustainability in water, waste, air, and energy. It was co-located with the... »

Custom Nonwoven Geotextiles Fight Lake Eutrophication

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Can nonwoven geotextiles prevent the suffocating damage of eutrophication in waterways? That is a question Titan Environmental Containment is helping answer in a collaborative project with environmental engineering professor Catherine Milligan and Concordia University (Canada). The NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant has been awarded for 2017-19 for the research project titled ̶... »

Raven Adds New Reinforced Geomembranes to DURA-SKRIM Series

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Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division has extended its well-known reinforced geomembranes family. The new DURA-SKRIM® materials include the N-Series (scrim-reinforced polyethylene line), NT-Series (scrim-reinforced, textured polyethylene), and NQ-Series (scrim-reinforced polypropylene). The NT’s texturing is rooted in the company’s GeoGrip™ texture technology. “DURA-SKRIM N, NT and NQ-Series... »

Raven Expands Production Capacity in Midland, Texas

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Raven Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAVN) is the latest geosynthetics company to announce production capacity expansion. Raven’s Engineered Films Division, which manufactures geomembranes along with various other film and sheet materials, is increasing production capacity at its Midland, Texas facility. The company noted that the move is in response to increased demand for geomembranes, particularly fo... »

Will Crawford to Speak on GCCMs and Erosion Control in Hong Kong

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On February 21, Will Crawford of Concrete Canvas will be a featured speaker at an Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists (Hong Kong) engineering event. The lecture, “Introducing GCCMs (Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats): A new material for erosion control,” will be delivered at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. There is no charge to attend and... »

Geosynthetica Organizing Geosynthetics Pavilion for BW Expo

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By Bruno Pedroni and Chris Kelsey – When BW Expo 2017 takes place in São Paulo 7 – 9 June 2017, it will do so with a first for the 3000+ attendee show: a geosynthetics pavilion. The Brazil-market publication Geosynthetica.net.br is organizing the pavilion, with space for six geosynthetics companies. The show focuses on sustainability in water, waste, air, and energy. “It is a unique opportun... »

Exports to 50+ Countries Drive Record Year for Concrete Canvas

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In its latest financial results, Concrete Canvas Ltd has revealed another record year of growth for the South Wales-based manufacturer. Its international presence for its primary “concrete on a roll” geosynthetic product has grown significantly. Material has been supplied to more than 50 countries in the past year, including throughout Latin America and in high-profile projects (e.g., LNG facility... »

BW Expo 2017 Offers Big Opportunities for Geosynthetics

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By Bruno Pedroni and Chris Kelsey – The BW Expo is Brazil’s most important gathering for service and technology presentations regarding the sustainable management of wastes, water, wastewater, energy, and air. With an international exhibit hall and conference program, the biennial show brings together key companies and thinkers for networking and technology transfer. BW Expo 2017 will be hel... »

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... »

GCL Transforms Australian Quarry into Landfill

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By NAUE – An Australian quarry became of the country’s largest landfills, with the installation of a geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) barrier system. The site, known as the Western Landfill, has an available airspace totaling more than 15,000,000m3. Since 1999, the facility has offered municipal and commercial waste management services to metropolitan Melbourne. Today, more than 30% of Vi... »

Celebrating 10 Years and Looking More Like a Titan Each Day

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As Titan Environmental Containment celebrates its 10th anniversary, Geosynthetica’s editor caught up with Brett Burkard, co-founder and CEO. The interview and story are part of an ongoing project from Geosynthetica to profile geosynthetics industry companies, technologies, and historical developments. – Chris Kelsey, Editor ** Brett Burkard, founder and part owner of Titan Environmenta... »

Raven Launches 2-Step Oxygen Barrier for Ag Market

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The new 2-step oxygen barrier from Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division has been inspired, in part, from the company’s extensive work in gas barrier geosynthetics. It represents another multi-layer polymeric innovation from the Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based company. The new material (SealFresh™) is designed for the agricultural market and will serve primarily for silage cover operat... »

Reinforcing a Coke Landfill Barrier System

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By Jimmy Thomas and Sam Bhat – Upgrading bitumen from oil sands operations can produce a coke byproduct. In the case described here, it was a predominantly carbonaceous granular material which required environmentally sound disposal in a lined facility. It was known that the coke landfill needed an impervious geosynthetic barrier and a leachate collection system at the base; but deeper investigati... »

Raven Industries Expands Manufacturing Capabilities

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Raven Industries Engineered Films Division (NASDAQ:RAVN) has made its mark with polymeric films and sheets, including well-known geomembrane lines. The company has steadily invested in material development and increased its manufacturing capabilities. Recently, it announced the installation of a 7-layer cast extrusion lamination line. The new line is housed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where the ... »

Geodesic Domes, Geosynthetics, and a New Partnership

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In addition to its large geosynthetics supply and installation business, Titan Environmental Containment has a well-established construction side. The company’s construction experience led it to build one of Canada’s largest aluminum geodesic domes. The company’s construction work has often been in regards to large tanks, such as for agricultural applications or bulk liquid storage. In Alber... »

Seaman Launches Major Website Redesign

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Seaman Corporation has launched a website redesign for its XR Geomembrane products, which have more than a 30-year record in the field. Some of the significant changes include: New layout, including mobile responsiveness Quick links to the company’s updated documents library User-friendly ability to sort project profiles by industry, application, and product  New videos  A blog featuring the voice... »

HUESKER to Unveil New Mining Brochure at Mining Indaba

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When the Investing in African Mining Indaba conference convenes in Cape Town, South Africa 8 – 11 February 2016, geosynthetics manufacturer and engineering services provider HUESKER will be on hand. The company will also unveil a new mining brochure at the Mining Indaba™ show. The event is an annual gathering with a considerable focus on raising and controlling capital costs in mine development an... »

The Growing US Market of Titan Environmental

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Company newsletters can be excellent sources not just for tracking current projects and technology updates but for gauging how various regional markets are developing. The Titan Times, published by Titan Environmental Containment, is providing that sort of look with its November 2015 edition. It also shows how the company’s international development includes a fast-growing US market presence... »

TenCate Adds Four Engineering Business Managers

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TenCate Geosynthetics has announced the addition of four new engineering business managers to regional and international markets in the Americas. The four candidates bring strong backgrounds in geosynthetics in the field, as well as research and affiliated construction market backgrounds. The new hires include: Brian Baillie will serve as the Engineering Business Manager for the South Central Regi... »

NAUE Publishes Mining and Geosynthetics Document

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The beneficial impact of geosynthetics on the mining industy has increasingly been a focus at international engineering conferences and in engineering journals and trade magazines. The growth of heap leaching (gold, copper, uranium, etc.), for example, is integrally linked to the performance of geosynthetics. NAUE, which manufacturers a large range of geosynthetic materials used by the mining indu... »

Mining: Geosynthetic Ballast System Protects Primary Liners

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HUESKER has announced the availability of its SoilTain® Protect geotextile system for the international mining community. The patent-pending geosynthetic ballast mattress is constructed of interwoven geotextile tubes to form homogenous panels. These durable mattresses can, in most instances, be filled with site soils or wastes, thereby offering a beneficial reuse option for site materials and redu... »

Capping the Farley Mine

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Mining is a vital activity for modern life. The metals, minerals, and other raw materials extracted enable the production and success of many (if not most) of the goods each of us utilizes directly and indirectly on a daily basis for communication, transportation, food production, safety, etc. But the legacy of mining, particularly for mines that were initiated before the advent of today’s contain... »

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... »

Peer-Reviewed Online Education from IECA

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By Laura Clark – Did you know that all of IECA’s online education and webinars are peer-reviewed? IECA is constantly striving to improve and grow its educational offerings. All courses, whether live or in person, are peer-reviewed for technical accuracy, relevance, and usefulness to attendees. The Professional Development Committee (PDC) offers balanced insight in an effort to guide IECA Education... »

VIDEO: Geosynthetic Containers in Mining and Mineral Processing

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A new video from TenCate profiles the utilization of geosynthetic containers in mining and mineral processing. TenCate Geotube® containers are being used in a large range of applications, such as pond and lagoon maintenance, tailings management, water resource management, precious metals recovery, acid mine drainage, beneficial reuse, emergency and disaster management, and specialty applications. ... »