Electrically Conductive Drainage Geocomposites for Oil Sands Tailings

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By Patricia Dolez, Eric Blond, and Pascal Saunier – Management of tailings, such as in oil sands operations, is one of the major operational and environmental challenges faced by the mining industry. The consolidation rate of the high water-content tailings is generally limited by their high physical stability and low hydraulic conductivity. Extended laboratory work conducted in the last three yea... »

GSI Launches Online Designing With Geosynthetics Course

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) continues to push geosynthetics education and professional development in forward-thinking ways. In 2012, GSI Director Emeritus Dr. Robert Koerner acquired full publishing rights to his seminal Designing with Geosynthetics textbook and released its 6th edition with a two-volume electronic option (e.g., Amazon Kindle) available for less than $4 per volume. The Insti... »

Interview: Koerner on Lifetime Predictions for Geosynthetics

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Dr. Russell Jones, President of the International Geosynthetics Society, sat down with the Geosynthetic Institute‘s Dr. Robert Koerner to discuss GSI’s 12-year study on the long-term performance and aging of geotextiles and geomembranes, with a focus on the applicability of the research for lifetime predictions. The interview took place in April in Miami during GeoAmericas 2016, the 3r... »

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... »

Lead Retrieval Badge Scanning System at GeoAmericas

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The organizers of GeoAmericas 2016 have announced a partnership with the company iCapture to provide lead retrieval badge-scanning service for exhibitors at the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics. The system utilizes unique QR codes on badges to deliver names, company affiliations, contact information, prioritization fields, note fields, and more. The lead retrieval program works on iOS ... »

Drainage and Filtration Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

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One of the most common needs in infrastructure is proper drainage and filtration engineering. These solutions consolidate soils to accelerate construction windows. They channel liquids into proper retention or detention areas. They guard against soil less and protect waterways. Drainage and filtration engineering impacts landfills, roads, stormwater systems, dams, levees, and many other infrastruc... »

Brazilian Geoengineering Solutions on Display in Florida

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The 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAmericas 2016) convenes in Miami, Florida April 10 – 13 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This is the first time the event will be held in the United States. Brazilian geoengineering solutions are strongly represented at the event. Brazil-based geosynthetics manufacturers and consulting engineers will be a significant part of the proceedings, incl... »

The Road Ahead: Transportation Engineering

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The GeoAmericas 2016 transportation engineering track will hold paper presentation sessions on April 11 and 12 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on South Beach. These sessions will present state of practice solutions and state-of-the-art ideas to enrich engineers, contractors, and other project stakeholders. The full GeoAmericas 2016 conference–the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics&#... »

Earth Anchors for an Exposed Geomembrane Cover

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Maryland Environmental Service (MES) owns and maintains the Midshore Regional Solid Waste System in a region that serves 140,000 residents on the eastern shore of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. The 175 acre (708,200m²) Midshore I closed in 2010 after 20 years of successful operation. MES chose to cap the landfill with an Exposed Geomembrane Cover (EGC). The EGC system, which utilizes Platipus Pe... »

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... »

A Stronger Load Transfer System for Geocells

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The release of Presto Geosystems‘ new ATRA® Tendon Clip is providing enhanced load transfer strength for geocell installations. The clip has been designed to transfer slope gravitational forces from for their GEOWEB® geocell walls to tendons. The innovation is a natural extension to the well-known ATRA® key from the company, and this new device incorporates the same “turn and lock” capabilit... »

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... »

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... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Hotel Deadline Extended to March 15

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Save USD $200/night at the GeoAmericas 2016 hotel! Organizers for the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics have announced an extension on the conference rate for rooms at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Get this amazing rate through March 15. Use the booking link via the venue page on the GeoAmericas website to get the special room reservation code. Please use the Loews’ secure online r... »

CQA Solutions Adds John Beeman as Head of Business Development

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Big announcements keep coming for CQA Solutions. The company has added veteran John Beeman as its Head of Business Development. This announcement follows last month’s release of a new, multi-tiered certification program for geosynthetics installation and construction quality assurance personnel. Beeman brings to his new post more than 25 years of experience in the geosynthetics field. He mos... »

Pan-American Mining Opportunities

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The mining industry uses an enormous amount of geosynthetic materials to provide safer, stronger, more cost-effective yields. The mine engineering presentations at GeoAmericas 2016 provide a high-quality, comprehensive view of geosynthetics in mining: heap leach, crusher walls, access roads, storage yards, tailings management, facility closure, and much more. GeoAmericas 2016 is the 3rd Pan-Americ... »

Hotel Best Rate Ends March 9 for GeoAmericas

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More than 40 countries are represented in the early registrations for GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics. The event organizers remind attendees that the best rate for rooms at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel ends March 9. All GeoAmericas 2016 activities—sessions, lectures, exhibit hall, social events—will take place at the Loews, which is situated on Miami’s historic So... »

Retaining Walls Program at GeoAmericas 2016

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When GeoAmericas 2016 convenes in Miami, April 10 – 13, it will feature a robust retaining walls program. The related short courses, panel discussions, training lectures, and retaining walls program papers are listed below. Additionally, wall, embankment, and slope sector participants will have access to more than 100 affiliated engineering and construction presentations and an exhibit hall ... »

Mine Engineering Presentations at GeoAmericas 2016

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The mining industry uses an enormous amount of geosynthetic materials to provide safer, stronger, more cost-effective yields. The mine engineering presentations at GeoAmericas 2016 provide a high-quality, comprehensive view of geosynthetics in mining: heap leach, crusher walls, access roads, storage yards, tailings management, facility closure, and much more. THE LIST BELOW details a number of the... »

Advances and Trends in Containment Technologies

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On April 10, GeoAmericas 2016 will feature a half-day short course on Current Advances and Trends in Containment Technologies. The session will be led by Dr. Timothy D. Stark (University of Illinois), who will be joined by Allan Breitenbach (AB Engineering), Gary Zych (AEP), Andrew Mills (Layfield), Sam Allen (TRI/Environmental), and Daren Laine (Leak Location Services). GeoAmericas 2016 is the 3r... »

International Additions to Slope Stability Course at GeoAmericas

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TRI Environmental’s John Allen, P.E. will lead a half-day short course on “Slope Stability and Interface Friction Using Geosynthetics” during GeoAmericas 2016 in Miami. Allen has announced the addition of three speakers who will provide additional technical insight and multi-lingual support: Dr. Vincius Benjamim, P.Eng; Renzo Vihelmo Ayala Alarco, M. Sc., P.Eng.; and Dr. Patrick ... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Extends Early Registration to January 29

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We open the week with an unexpected gift: The early registration discount for GeoAmericas 2016 has been extended to January 29. The conference, which is the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, will be held 10 – 13 April 2016 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami. REGISTER ONLINE Highlights for the event include: 13 short courses 49 technical sessions, each of which averages 6 papers pe... »

Richard Bathurst Joins Panel on Engineering Career Development

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The 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics (GeoAmericas 2016) will be held 10 – 13 April 2016 in Miami at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The event’s organizers have announced the addition of Prof. Richard Bathurst (Royal Military College of Canada, Queen’s University) to the high-profile panel discussion on engineering career development. Bathurst will join Mark Smith and Jacques Côté, w... »

Mining Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

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When GeoAmericas 2016 convenes in April in Miami, one of its cornerstone topics will be mining engineering. The scale of mines has increased dramatically in the past decade, which has elevated the need for geosynthetics. The many ways in which geosynthetics help provide safer, stronger yields while enabling more cost-effective approaches—including for some staggering engineering—will be on full di... »

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-... »