Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society 50th Anniversary Symposium

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The Thai Geotechnical Society will host the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society’s 50th Anniversary Symposium. The international event, featuring 35 invitation-only presentations, will be held 14 – 15 September 2017 at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Campus in Bangkok. Key topics include transportation geotechnics, slope stability and stabilization technologies, embankment desi... »

Webinar: An Owner’s Perspective on Geohazard Slope Assessment

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On August 17, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT, Caltrans’ Thomas Whitman will present a webinar on “An Owner’s Perspective of Slope Assessment: the Value and Use.” Whitman is a Senior Engineering Geologist for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). He brings more than 25 years of professional experience and 19 years of mountaineering and climbing experience to the discussion. The webinar i... »

The AGHP 2016 Geohazards Photo Contest Winners

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During July’s Highway Geology Symposium (HGS) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) revealed its 2016 Geohazards Photo Contest winners. The annual contest captures geohazard technologies and challenges, such as mitigating rockfall, avalanche, and debris flow risk. “This year’s entrants and award winners represent how geohazards are a glo... »

Geohazards: AGHP Photo Contest Open to All

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The 2016 AGHP Photo Contest is open for submissions. This free, engineering awareness-raising competition is an annual event, supported by the Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP). The contest is open to all members of the engineering community working to prevent or repair damage from geohazards. The theme for 2016’s contest is “Proper demonstration of geohazard materials, tec... »

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... »

Employment Opportunities in Geosynthetics

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Geosynthetica publishes employment opportunities for the geosynthetics and affiliated geotechnical engineering community. Please contact Chris Kelsey, Editor (chris@geosynthetica.net) or Elizabeth Peggs, Director (elizabeth@geosynthetica.net) for information on posting. Prospective candidates are encourage to click on the position links below and contact the hiring companies directly. EMPLOYMENT O... »

Employment: Geohazards Technical Sales Representative

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The geohazards marketplace is growing quickly in North America. Maccaferri, Inc., one of the largest engineered materials companies in geohazards and geosynthetics, is adding a Technical Sales Representative or Sales Engineer to support its Geohazard Business Unit. This individual will be responsible for creating favorable specifications with local agencies and civil/ geotechnical consultants. Add... »

Geohazards Photo Contest: Stunning Views and Engineering

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The Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) has announced the winners of its inaugural photo contest. The professional society is dedicated to promoting geohazard technologies, standards, and best practices, with a particular focus on North America, where the geohazards field is still emerging despite its large need. Major applications for geohazards experts include rockfall and landslide pr... »

FedIGS Launches Website

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The Federation of International Geo-Engineering Societies (FedIGS) is a collaborative endeavor that brings together four major geotechnical societies. FedIGS facilitates interaction between these learned societies’ members, promotes common interests, and mobilizes collective action on key issues. The group has now launched a website: www.geoengineeringfederation.org. The four sister societies of t... »

Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) Continues Growth

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In North America, the field of geohazard mitigation is quite young. Around the world, however, it is a strong field of geotechnical design. Geohazard experts also utilize or their technologies are specified in conjunction with geosynthetics frequently, such as for road construction and rockfall protection. The Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP), which was formed in 2013, is fostering a ... »

Reinforced Rockfall Protection Bund in Val d’Isère

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By NAUE Geosynthetics – Val d’Isère in Southeastern France is famous as a winter sports area. But the beautiful mountains surrounding the valley, which is situated at an altitude of 1,800m, have a dark side: falling rocks! NAUE Secugrid® geogrids helped enable a protection bund to be constructed despite severe space limitations. The district of La Daille posed the main problem. Increas... »

Geohazard Association Holds First Election, Announces Board

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The Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) has announced the results of its first election. Founded in 2013 to serve the large but fragmented geohazard market in North America, AGHP exists to “support the development of standards, specifications, and best practices concerning the design and implementation of geohazard-related technologies and products; and to support and provide education t... »

New Maccaferri Video Profile

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Maccaferri is one of the world’s largest geosynthetics companies. With operations around the world and a string of acquisitions that have bolstered its presence and range of offerings, the company’s portfolio of geosynthetic and geotechnical materials and projects has advanced greatly. The new corporate video from the company’s international headquarters (Italy-based Officine Mac... »

AGHP Establishes Geohazard Committees

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The Association of Geohazard Professionals (AGHP) is a new professional association that has emerged to serve and promote an engineering sector that has been largely unsupported in the United States. With a steadily growing membership base, the association has now advanced to opening geohazard committees for member participation. Current committees and chairs include: Education Committee – C... »

GEER Response to Washington Landslide

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A team from the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, supported by the National Science Foundation, is mobilizing to collect information on the effects of a landslide that occurred on March 22, 2014 on a steep slope above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River adjacent to a rural residential community near Oso, Washington. GEER members and other geotechnical professiona... »

GEER Responds to Christchurch, New Zealand Flooding

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12 March 2014 – A team from the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, supported by the National Science  Foundation, has been mobilized to investigate the potential impacts of the wide spread liquefaction as a result of  the 2010 – 2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence on the recent Christchurch, New Zealand flooding that occurred 6 – 8 March 2014. They wil... »

FedIGS Elects Professor Jean-Louis Briaud New President

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Professor Jean-Louis Briaud was very recently elected President of the Federation of International Geo-engineering Societies (FedIGS) for the 2014-2018 term. FedIGS regroups the following international societies: ISSMGE: International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering ISRM: International Society for Rock Mechanics IAEG: International Association for Engineering Geology and th... »

Highway Geology Symposium Adds TRB Session on Geosynthetics

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The 65th Highway Geology Symposium (HGS) will be held 7-10 July 2014 in Laramie, Wyoming. This annual event links key transportation designers and officials with geologists, geohazards specialists, and other geotechnical experts who otherwise might not connect at events. This year, TRB is joining the HGS by offering a “Geosynthetics in Roadway Design” half-day short course. The special... »

VIDEO: ADOT Uses Geogrid in Navajo Route 20 Work

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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has an extensive video library that documents its work and the dedication of its personnel from around the state. In paving a 28-mile stretch of Temporary US89 (also known as US 89T and Navajo Route 20), ADOT encountered significantly sandy soils that led to multiple vehicles getting stuck. As the video above notes, water trucks, pick up trucks, pavi... »

GeoHazards 6 Part of an Important Geotechnical Movement

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While geohazards mitigation and response is large topic around the word, it is only now gaining real traction in North America. Canada has a more developed geohazards market (systems, companies, research and regulation), and GeoHazards 6 (15-18 June 2014) is making a huge statement with its choice of venue: Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. UPDATE: Abstracts deadline extended to Nov... »

Maccaferri Conducts Full-Scale Impact Test for Rockfall Workshop

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On October 9, during the second day of the International Rockfall Technical Workshop, Maccaferri carried out a full-scale impact test in the municipality of Fonzaso (BL), Italy. The test was conducted on the RMC 200/A barrier, with a minimum energy absorption capacity of 2,000 kJ (Class 4 according to the ETAG027). The main peculiarity and interest in this specific test was that the kit was compos... »

US 89 (Navajo Route 20) bypass fully open with no restrictions

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PHOENIX, 15 October 2013 — The newly paved, shorter US 89 detour (bypass) route in northern Arizona is now fully open with no restrictions after the Arizona Department of Transportation completed fencing along the corridor to help prevent livestock from crossing the roadway. SEE ALSO: “VIDEO: ADOT Uses Geogrid in Navajo Route 20 Work” The Temporary US 89 (US 89T) route opened with limi... »

Rockfall 2013 Seminar Travels Across Australia

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Maccaferri Australia has announced multiple dates and speakers for the Rockfall 2013 seminar series. The seminar will be offered in five cities across Australia between November 26 and December 3. (Dates and locations listed below.) With a focus on rockfall mitigation and barrier design, Rockfall 2013 will profile: The design philosophy for assessing typical rockfall related problems The latest te... »

New Association to Provide Geohazards Leadership

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In October 2009, a rock slide along Interstate 40 in Haywood County, North Carolina, was so severe that it closed this major stretch of road for more than six months. The event brought to light a gap in American transportation standardization: geohazard mitigation solutions. The Association of Geohazard Professionals, a new non-profit organization, has formed. Key stakeholders the association serv... »