Gilbey Part of New Investment Group for Graphene-Geotextile Innovator

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In a short statement, graphene producer and materials developer Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd., has announced that Pacific American Coal Ltd (PAK) has sold its 30% stake in Imagine IM to a new investment group. The investors include Chris Gilbey, Imagine’s CEO and one of the most vocal supporters for graphene-enhanced materials. Imagine IM is one of the co-organizers of the Internet of Sma... »

Internet of Smart Materials Conference to Highlight Graphene’s Role

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The Internet of Smart Materials Conference will be held August 17 at Swinburne University (Australia) and explore manufacturing opportunities and how graphene-enhanced materials can help revolutionize data collection and performance understanding in infrastructure, science, daily life, and more. Imagine IM, which has developed the world’s first graphene-enhance geotextile with Geofabrics Australas... »

Graphene-Based Materials Conference to Examine Smart Geotextiles

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Imagine IM opened Australia’s first commercial-scale graphene manufacturing plant in 2016. The company, working with Geofabrics Australasia, has helped developed the world’s first graphene-enhanced geotextile. A graphene-based materials conference, dedicated to smart technologies, will be held August 17 at Swinburne University (Australia) and explore manufacturing opportunities. What has been lear... »

Coal Seam Gas Site Uses Graphene-Enhanced Geotextiles

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A coal seam gas facility in Australia has become the site of the world’s second commercial-scale use of graphene-enhanced geotextiles. The product utilizes Imagine Intelligent Materials’ imgne® X3 coating, which is applied to Geofabrics Australasia’s bidim C geotextile. The Queensland CSG operation installed 10,000 m2 of the graphene-enhanced geotextile, which enables the the detection of holes in... »

Geofabrics Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Concrete Canvas in AUS/NZ

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Geofabrics Australasia Pty Ltd has been named the exclusive distributor for Concrete Canvas Ltd.’s Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat products in Australia and New Zealand. Concrete Canvas is a flexible concrete-impregnated fabric that hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable, waterproof and fire-resistant concrete layer. This “concrete on a roll” barrier solution can be ... »

Graphene Applications, Including with Geosynthetics, Draw Investment

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Imagine IM (Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd) has been expanding the possibilities in graphene applications, work which has included new materials development in geosynthetics. The Sydney, Australia-based has just raised another $2 million in new capital. The influx of capital will support further development of conductive coatings and sensing technologies for industrial textiles. In a releas... »

Successful Field Trial for Graphene-Enhanced Geotextiles

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The first field trial in Australia for conductive geotextiles enhanced with graphene have been a success, Imagine IM reports. The company, which built Australia’s first commercial scale graphene production plant this year, has worked with Australia’s largest geosynthetics manufacturer (Geofabrics Australasia) to create this new type of geotextile. The trial was conducted August 18 in Melbourne. Th... »

Coming Soon: Graphene-Enhanced Geotextiles

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On June 14, Imagine IM officially opened Australia’s first commercial graphene production facility. The grand opening of the North Geelong (Victoria) site included Imagine’s team and representatives from Geofabrics Australasia. The companies discussed graphene-enhanced geotextiles. Also on hand were representatives of the graphene production plant’s developers (Austeng), members ... »

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... »

Geosynthetic Design Software and Calculator Tools

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It’s no revelation that civil, environmental, and geotechnical engineering designs require a significant amount of calculation. The most advanced calculations, supported by due diligence and experience, can never be replaced by freeware and proprietary tools; but on the project selection and record-keeping side, a number of companies offer highly useful geosynthetic design software and calcu... »

Geofabrics Australasia Wins Manufacturing Award

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The 2016 Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards honored Geofabrics Australasia as Manufacturer of the Year during a May 12 ceremony in Sydney. Geofabrics was recognized for its production of Trinet® and Flownet® geonet geocomposite drainage systems. The manufacturing award was given in the Industrial Product category. Flownet® is a lightweight drainage net used for landfill caps, tunnels, r... »

GCLs Continue to Influence Barrier Designs

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The use of geosynthetic clay liners–GCLs–in engineered barrier systems has broadened substantially. Part of this growth has been fueled by a long record of successful performance. And, as with other geosynthetics, the growth has also been supported by numerous manufacturing and design advances. These have enabled GCLs to be far more application and site-specific today. GCLS & BENTO... »

Flood-Damaged Highway Gets Panel Drains

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By Geofabrics Australasia – After the Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley experienced devastating floods, one of the many road rebuilding projects involved a section of the Warrego Highway between Withcott and Helidon. Withcott is a small village at the western end of the fertile Lockey Valley and at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, just a few minutes frorm Toowoomba and theDarling Downs. ... »

Subsurface Drainage Design Software Assists Road Designs

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Geofabrics Australasia has developed a web-based road design app focused on drainage performance and cost calculation. Subsurface Drainage Design Software (SuDDS) produces net cost and design comparative reports based upon user-entered project/design data. The program summarizes the notable calculations and can include CAD files of drainage profiles. Videos on the advantages and functionality of t... »

Jie Han to Lead Geosynthetics Lecture Series in Australia and NZ

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Annually, Geofabrics Australasia brings a top-tier geosynthetics lecture series to Australia and New Zealand. This year’s series, which will be held on multiple dates in September, will be led by internationally renowned, independent expert Dr. Jie Han. His topic will be “Understanding and Harnessing the Stabilisation Effect of Geogrids in Pavement Designs.” DOWNLOAD THE SEMINAR ... »

VIDEO: Subsoil Drainage Systems

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On its YouTube channel, Geofabrics Australasia has published a new video detailing the advantages of subsoil drainage systems, such as the Megaflo® system. The rigid, high-flow velocity panel drain is utilized in improving roadway integrity and maintaining the playability of sports fields. The subsoil drainage solution is also quite strong. With its crush resistance, it is even used in mining oper... »

On the Links: Geosynthetics in Golf Course Construction

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Most of the world’s best professional golfers will be in Augusta, Georgia, USA from 9 – 12 April 2015 for the 79th edition of the Masters, the historic tournament that each April kicks of the PGA’s series of four majors. While golf course construction has slowed from its feverpitch in the mid-2000s, golf courses continue to improve their play, beauty, and environmental performance by utilizing geo... »

AUSTRALIA: 3D Confinement System (Geoweb®) Seminars

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In April, Geofabrics Australasia and Presto Geosystems are delivering a multi-city engineering seminar on “Solving Soil Stability Problems with GEOWEB®.” The event, which is built on knowledge transfer of 3D confinement system utilization, will be offered in three key cities: Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Bryan Wedin, P.E., and Matt Kuester will provide the expert instruction. DOWNL... »

Railway Engineering Focus in Geofabrics Journal

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The February 2015 issue of Geofabrics Journal, published by Geofabrics Australasia, includes a significant focus on railway engineering, including project notes and the many geotechnical solutions within them that utilize geosynthetics. The rounded view of rail works profiles materials, issues of track and subsoil integrity, and Australia’s infrastructure needs—all of which can be extended to unde... »

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... »

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... »

Alternative Approaches to Channel Lining Systems

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By Geofabrics Australasia – Councils often turn to rock-lined or concrete channel lining systems for open channels and to regulate flow to prevent flooding and property damage. Last year Geofabrics Australasia launched the SmartDitch® Channel Lining System to provide another alternative to Australia’s engineers and local governments. SmartDitch® is a leak-free channel lining system eng... »

New Issue of Geofabrics Journal

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September through December is a busy time of year for engineering conferences. This is true around the world. Geofabrics Australasia has capitalized on that activity for the latest issue of Geofabrics Journal, a semi-annual publication providing case studies, technical articles, testing updates, and more. The current issue, available online, provides a synopsis from various papers the company’s pe... »

Australia Seminars: Geosynthetics in Flexible Pavement Design

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In September, Geofabrics Australasia is hosting a series of seminars across Australia on “Use of Geosynthetics in Flexible Pavement Design.” The sessions will feature the expertise of guest speaker Dr. Mark H. Wayne of Tensar International (USA). LINK: REGISTRATION The seminar will focus on: The benefits of geogrids in pavements Pavement Optimization Design through the use of the AASHT... »

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... »