PODCAST: Zornberg on Differing MSE Design Frameworks

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Mechanically stabilized earth walls have been the subject of the most read stories on Geosynthetica this year and a few of the most read stories in 2016 as well. This past spring, some of that field interest in MSE design became the focus of a unique meeting at the Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 conference. There, the ASCE Geo-Institute Technical Committee on Geosynthetics brought together leading MS... »

New Leadership for Strata Systems as Fuller, Enger, Butchart Retire

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On the heels of establishing some dramatic global growth, Strata Systems, Inc. co-founders Chip Fuller (President) and Rich Enger (General Manager) have announced their impending retirement. Craig Bell, an industry veteran who currently serves as Strata Systems Northeast Regional Sales Manager, will transition in the role as General Manager. Also announcing his retirement is the company’s long-tim... »

Defining Interaction Flexibility for Geogrid-Reinforced Structures

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By HUESKER – Key properties in effective geosynthetic reinforcement are adequate tensile stiffness and tensile strength coupled with good interaction behavior. The relatively new technical term interaction flexibility introduces a previously disregarded aspect: the flexibility of the geogrid in a reinforced structure. This property has been shown to improve the interaction between soils and the ge... »

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... »

Reinforcing India’s First Vertical Expansion of a Landfill

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The city of Vapi in the state of Gujarat, India, has a deep industrial history, with chemicals, pesticides, dyes, textiles, and other sectors active in the municipal area. Though such heavy industrial activity presents environmental challenges, Vapi is excelling due to its sustained effort over the last decade to continuously elevate its environmental performance. One of the signature projects in ... »

VIDEO: Reduction Factor for Creep Rupture Behavior of Geosynthetics

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In HUESKER’s May 2017 videocast, engineer Christoph Hessing discusses a highly important reduction factor that engineers must know to properly design with geosynthetics: creep rupture. This is essential to understanding soil reinforcement. “The purpose of the reduction factors is to take into account the factors influencing product behavior that are likely to be significant in an application,” Hes... »

REVIEW: 2nd International Geosynthetics in Road Construction

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The 2nd international Geosynthetics in Road Construction conference was held May 19 in Moscow. Key sponsors for the event included Maccaferri, NAUE, Thrace Group, Bohnenkamp AG, and New Ground. Machina-TST sponsored a special session on “Evaluation of Geosynthetic Quality in Road Construction.” MAXConference, the organizer, reports that the event participants included companies focused on design, ... »

Machina-TST Becomes Partner to 2nd Geosynthetics in Road Construction

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When the 2nd Geosynthetics in Road Construction conference gathers 19 May 2017 in Moscow at the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya, it will include broad discussion on how geosynthetics are growing in the large Russian transportation engineering market and affiliated international markets. Machina-TST, a fast-growing geosynthetics manufacturer based in Belarus, has signed onto the event in support ... »

Geosynthetic Response to Gas Pipeline Explosion

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By NAUE Geosynthetics – In the early hours of an October Saturday, a high-pressure gas pipeline exploded in Lithuania’s Širvintos region near the village of Medžiukai. The Lithuanian Emergency Response Facility arrived at the site to discover that more than 75m of pipe length had been destroyed in the blast. The explosion was powerful enough to have left behind a 15m-diameter, 3m-deep hole that ex... »

Newly Established HUESKER Australia Expands a Global Geosynthetics Brand

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In 2016, the HUESKER Group acquired Australia-based NBW Mining. Now, the company has announced the phase in this development: the establishment of HUESKER Australia Pty Ltd. The move is part of significant international expansion for the global geosynthetics provider, which has also opened new production facilities and headquarters in Germany, the United States, and Brazil in recent years. “Going ... »

2nd Geosynthetics in Road Construction Examines Russian Market

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The 2nd Geosynthetics in Road Construction conference will be held 19 May 2017 in Moscow at the InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya. The international event follows last year’s successful debut for the event, which is helping introduce wider discussion and adoption of geosynthetics in the large Russian transportation engineering market. It is also helping better link international countries with par... »

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... »

New Base Reinforcement Brand from HUESKER

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The HUESKER Group has restructured its base reinforcement products, an endeavor that has led to a new base reinforcement brand: Basetrac®. The change in marketing is effective immediately. The Basetrac family includes the company’s well-established products, such as Fortrac® (biaxial), Fornit®, Base, Duogrid®, Comtrac®, Sefitec® and HaTe®. In a statement on the change, the company noted that the r... »

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... »

TxDOT Videos Highlight Zornberg’s Geosynthetics Research

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The 96th Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference has just wrapped up in Washington, DC. The event saw a record 14,000+ transportation engineers, policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders attend the multi-day standardization meetings and technical presentations. Among the items presented were numerous high-profile geosynthetics research initiatives. This reminded us of videos posted ... »

Titan Unveils Geogrid Innovations for Roads, Mining, Concrete Reinforcement

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Innovations with additive packages and coatings have driven  many of the new product additions to the geosynthetics field in recent years. This has been especially true with geomembranes and geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs). Over the past year, however, we’ve seen geogrid innovations join this cycle of product development. This includes high temperature-resistant geogrids. Notably, Titan Environmen... »

HUESKER Acquires NBW Mining in Australia

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For 20 years, Australia-based NBW Mining has supplied HUESKER Minegrid® into longwall mining applications. Now, NBW Mining is joining the HUESKER family. HUESKER Synthetic GmbH, the international headquarters for the global HUESKER corporation, has announced the acquisition of its long-time Australian mining market partner. “This is a great opportunity for HUESKER and NBW Mining to combine our str... »

Revisiting the Fundão Tailings Dam Failure One Year Later

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On 5 November 2015, a catastrophic tailings dam failure occurred at an iron ore mine in Brazil. The reported  death toll from the event was 17 and 200 homes in the Bento Rodrigues are of Mariana were destroyed. The tailings dam breach caused a flood of 60 million cubic meters of waste to flow across the area and into the Doce River. A little over two weeks later, the polluted water reached the Atl... »

Video Story: Waterway Restoration after Mining Activities

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The waters of the Schurenbach, a stream near Essen, Germany, formerly ran underground from the foot of an old coal slag heap (the Schurenbachhalde). As part of a land and waterway restoration scheme following the decline and decommissioning of mining activities in the area, the stream was moved above ground in a geosynthetic-lined ditch. HUESKER’s project video details how inadequate bearing capac... »

GeoPass Provides Geosynthetics Technical Networking

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In October, North Carolina-based HUESKER hosted a high-level, invitation-only geosynthetics technical networking event—GeoPass—in Charlotte, North Carolina at its new headquarters. The gathering of researchers, consultants, and other construction and industry stakeholders also allowed HUESKER to show off its spacious, new manufacturing facility in the nearby city of Shelby. The day-long GeoPass ev... »

Geosynthetics International Gives Free Access to Best Papers

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Annual, editor-selected “Best Of” papers from Geosynthetics International are available for free access online. Thomas Telford Ltd’s division ICE Publishing—part of the UK-based Institution of Civil Engineers—has published up to three from each calendar volume going back to 2010. Visit the “Editor’s Choice” page on the journal’s website. Members of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) hav... »

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... »

IGS-NA/NCMA Segmental Retaining Wall Best Practices Webinar

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IGS North America (The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society: IGS-NA) and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) are co-hosting an October 26 webinar. The topic: Segmental Retaining Wall Best Practices. The session will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 pm (EDT) and is worth 1.5 PDHs. Scott Vollmer, P.E. (Oldcastle) will serve as the instructor. He brings an extensive ... »

Reinforced Soil at Underground Storage Facilities

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By Low & Bonar – CEPRO a.s., a government-owned major distributor of crude oil in the Czech Republic chose to build a large-capacity underground storage facility in Loukov to improve crude oil supply in the eastern part of country. The challenges of reinforced soil structures around tanks were answered to by Enka Solutions. Safety is critical for storage of combustible liquids and any failure ... »

MSE Walls Engineered for Oil Drilling Operations

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Molisht is an underground resource-rich area in Berat, Albania. Numerous important oil and gas wells are found there. For an energy plant, Maccaferri engineered retaining wall solutions to support the site’s oil drilling works. The Molisht-1 well has the potential to produce 8,000 – 10,000 barrels of oil per day. It is considered a crucial supply point for the owner. Over a 9-month period, the com... »