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 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 has to be ... »

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... »

Embankments on Soft Soils Webinar – September 22

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Lilma Schimmel, MSCE, P.E., will lead a September 22 webinar on Embankments on Soft Soils. This free event—pre-registration required—is sponsored by HUESKER. Date: September 22 Time: 2:00 pm (EDT) Cost: Free PRE-REGISTER ONLINE Regarding the 20-minute webinar, which will be followed by Q&A, Schimmel writes: The construction of embankments on soft soils can be very challenging from both the des... »

Lifetime Predictions of Geosynthetics Webinar

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Interest in the topic of lifetime predictions for geosynthetics has grown substantially as project records extend beyond 40 years. Research projects on material service life continue to be tracked. And, test methods on geosynthetic durability are enhanced each year. The  Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) makes this topic–lifetime predictions–the subject its next GSI Webinar, to be held Augu... »

VIDEO: Geosynthetic-Reinforced Embankments on Vertical Columns

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HUESKER‘s videocast series delivers geosynthetic product and application details in succinct video spots. The material is developed by the company’s international personnel, and the videos in the series that are narrated in other languages include voice-over translation to English. No matter where the viewer is based, the engineering information is relevant. In the video below, Judy Ja... »

Runways and Reinforced Structures for Tana Toraja

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Every year in the South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, thousands of tourists visit to admire the breathtaking landscape and places of rituals and ceremonies of the Toraja ethnic group. The Toraja people live in an area known as Tana Toraja. Until now travelers have had to endure an arduous and uncomfortable eight hour journey, 300 km north of the city of Makassar. In 2014, the Indonesian governme... »

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... »

Moscow in May: Geosynthetics in Road Construction

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On May 24, Moscow will be the host city for the international conference “Use of Geosynthetics in Road Construction.” The event, supported by main event partner Tensar and with additional support from the STARCO Company, will be held at the Hilton Leningradskaya Hotel. The organizers report that discussion will focus on: Geosynthetics quality management Effective use of geosynthetic ma... »

VIDEO: Rockfall Protection Wall in Val d’Isère

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Last year Geosynthetica profiled NAUE’s rockfall protection wall design in Val d’Isère, a renowned winter sports region in Southeastern France. Now, the company has released video of the construction and finished work. The geosynthetic reinforcement project enabled the Val d’Isère area, situated at 1800m above sea level, to host World Cup skiing this past winter. The Val d’Isère Projec... »

Airport Runway Redesign with Geosynthetic Reinforcement

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By Maccaferri – In 2015, the 10-28 runway at Guadalajara International Airport in Mexico began to exhibit signs of stress fracture due to the high shear stresses placed upon it by air traffic. Runway repair was needed, but the client needed an efficient solution to minimize downtime. A long-term geosynthetic reinforcement and pavement rehabilitation solution was implemented. Guadalajara is Mexico’... »

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&#... »

A Modified Geogrid for Slope Erosion Control

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Geogrids are well known for reinforcement and used widely for stabilization of slopes and embankments and other soil-reinforcing applications (e.g., retaining walls). The principles that govern the successful use of geogrids in soil stabilization applications are also being applied for slope erosion control. These products are particularly useful for situations in which a turf reinforcement mat (T... »

20 Landfill Failures in Next GSI Live Webinar

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On Wednesday, March 9, the Geosynthetic Institute will hold a live webinar on “Behavior and Analysis of 20 Solid Waste Landfill Failures.” The session will begin at 11:30 am (EST) promptly and last for approximately 75 minutes. Question time will be available at the end. Participants may earn 1.5 PDHs, with successful completion of a 10-question multiple choice test. Register online Co... »