Drainage and Venting of Geosynthetic Containment Systems

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The recent increase in discussion on finer points to geomembrane installations (e.g., managing geomembrane wrinkling) has us revisiting stories on other significant points regarding geomembrane system performance. Here, we look at an article authored by Andrew Plowman (Varicore) about the importance of proper drainage and venting design and how it impacts the integrity of geosynthetic containment ... »

Watershed Geo Adds Ming Zhu as Director of Engineering

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Dr. Ming Zhu, P.E. has distinguished himself over the past decade in the geotechnical field through work with a major private consulting firm and through serving major bodies such as ASCE’s Geosynthetics Committee and the Transportation Research Board’s Geo-Environmental Committee. Now, he’s taking on an even bigger role: Director of Engineering for Watershed Geo. In his new position, Dr. Ming Zhu... »

Solmax USA Open and Manufacturing Geomembranes in Houston

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Two months ago, the 35-year-old international geosynthetics company Solmax Inc. announced that would for the first time begin manufacturing geomembranes in the United States. The company had acquired the Houston, Texas assets of the former Brawler Inc. Now, after spending weeks upgrading equipment and instituting its own quality control programs, Solmax USA is officially open for business and manu... »

Waterproof Membranes 2017 Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

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Waterproof Membranes 2017 with be held November 14 – 16 in Cologne, Germany. The event is the 11th annual installment from AMI. The program will soon be released, with presentations on market dynamics, technical innovation, manufacturing, installation, and performance of geomembranes and other (e.g., architectural) waterproof membranes. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities for this networki... »

Solmax Seeks US Market Development Manager

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Solmax is one of the world’s top three manufacturers of geomembranes and affiliated fluid transportation solutions (e.g., HDPE pipes, valves, fittings and accessories). The company operates major manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, Malaysia, and Chile. Currently, Solmax is hiring a market development manager for the US territory. A description of requirements from Solmax follows... »

Waterproof Membranes 2017 Call for Presentations

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AMI has announced the dates of Waterproof Membranes 2017, the 11th installment in the annual series and issued a call for presentations. The international conference focuses on the market dynamics, technical innovation, manufacture, installation, and performance of waterproof membranes (e.g., geomembranes). It will be held 14 – 16 November 2017 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. VISIT... »

Managing Geomembrane Wrinkles: A Manufacturer’s Approach

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On April 27 at 1:00 pm EST, Solmax will tackle a very hot topic with a free webinar: managing geomembrane wrinkles. This session follows the discussion created by the Geosynthetic Institute’s (GSI) recent webinar in which Dr. Robert Koerner spoke strongly against wrinkles left in or left to develop in a geomembrane installation. The GSI webinar highlighted a number approaches that might be used to... »

GSE Environmental Introduces Next Generation Capping System

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GSE Environmental is enjoying a very active year. In February, the company was awarded a patent for its CoalDrain geocomposite, which is designed specifically for work with coal combustion residuals. It also released a series of three RoaDrain subsurface drainage control products for roadway performance. Now, GSE has announced the launch of GSE LiteEarth™, a patented synthetic grass capping system... »

Raven Adds New Reinforced Geomembranes to DURA-SKRIM Series

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Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division has extended its well-known reinforced geomembranes family. The new DURA-SKRIM® materials include the N-Series (scrim-reinforced polyethylene line), NT-Series (scrim-reinforced, textured polyethylene), and NQ-Series (scrim-reinforced polypropylene). The NT’s texturing is rooted in the company’s GeoGrip™ texture technology. “DURA-SKRIM N, NT and NQ-Series... »

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... »

April Events: Geosynthetics CQA Training and Certification

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CQA training and certification events during CQA Week highlight how important Construction Quality Assurance is to geosynthetics–and, by extension, to infrastructure sectors such as waste management and mining. CQA activities ensure the effectiveness of the materials and their role in providing long-term service lives and economical performance for infrastructure. Essentially, the work perfo... »

Raven Expands Production Capacity in Midland, Texas

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Raven Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:RAVN) is the latest geosynthetics company to announce production capacity expansion. Raven’s Engineered Films Division, which manufactures geomembranes along with various other film and sheet materials, is increasing production capacity at its Midland, Texas facility. The company noted that the move is in response to increased demand for geomembranes, particularly fo... »

Customized Geomembranes and a New Website for Solmax

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The energy continues to flow from Solmax’s international headquarters near Montreal. The company acquired the Houston-based assets of the former Brawler Industries, providing even more efficient service to key markets in the US. Now, it has announced the availability of a cost-controlling, bespoke service: customized geomembranes. Further, the company has launched a new website with tools such as ... »

Solmax Establishes Solmax USA in Houston

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One of the world’s biggest manufacturers of geomembranes, Solmax Inc., is after 35 years of cross-border work establishing a physical presence in the United States. The company has acquired the Houston, Texas assets of the former Brawler Inc. in Houston, Texas. A new company has been incorporated: Solmax USA LLC. “[The facility] must undergo a major upgrade in the months ahead,” writes the company... »

Geosynthetics CQA Week Events, April 24 – 28

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CQA Week events highlight how important Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) is to geosynthetics. CQA activities ensure the effectiveness of the materials and their role in providing long-term service lives and economical performance for infrastructure. Essentially, the work performed by CQA professionals helps facilities go into service in as ideal a condition as possible. Held twice annually, th... »

Technical Note: CCR Closure and Geocomposite Drainage

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By GSE Environmental – This technical note focuses on CCR closure and post-closure care for facilities closing with the coal combustion residual waste remaining in place. In the United States, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) placed the authority and the responsibility on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish rules and regulations for solid waste disposal... »

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... »

Register for FGI Short Course on Containment and Welding

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The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute is presenting a one-day course on “Current Advances & Trends in Containment & Welding Technologies.” The February 21 FGI short course will be held at TRI Environmental’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. Expert speakers from geosynthetics manufacturers, fabricators, installers, research and academia, and government agencies will be on han... »

Video: Conductive Geomembranes and Enhanced CQA

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In November, Solmax provided the third of its high-level webinars on geomembranes with a session on “Enhancing Quality Assurance with Conductive Geomembranes.” The presentation is now available for free via the company’s YouTube channel, as are the previous two webinars. Those other sessions dealt with Blown Film vs. Flat Die Geomembranes and Geomembrane Resin and Additive Packages. ENHANCED CQA W... »

Exports to 50+ Countries Drive Record Year for Concrete Canvas

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In its latest financial results, Concrete Canvas Ltd has revealed another record year of growth for the South Wales-based manufacturer. Its international presence for its primary “concrete on a roll” geosynthetic product has grown significantly. Material has been supplied to more than 50 countries in the past year, including throughout Latin America and in high-profile projects (e.g., LNG facility... »

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... »

Options Grow for EVOH Geomembranes

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Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH) has been a promising addition to geomembrane manufacturing options. A thin EVOH layer has the capability to reduce dramatically the permeability of membranes to gases of all kinds and provide to the geomembrane excellent gas barrier characteristics. This enhances their environmental and functional benefits far beyond any existing solution. But, as with most innovation... »

Active LFG Collection Design with ClosureTurf®

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Agru America has published its fourth technical webinar. The topic for the latest educational offering is Active LFG Collection Design with ClosureTurf®–an Engineered Final Cover System. ACTIVE LFG COLLECTION Presented by Chris Richgels, P.E. and in partnership with Watershed Geo, which developed the ClosureTurf system, the 50-minute recorded session addresses topics such as: Infiltration Hy... »

Geosynthetics Asia 2016 Makes Last-Minute Venue Change

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Only days away, the 6th Asian Regional Conference on Geosynthetics (Geosynthetics Asia 2016) has had to make a venue change due to unresolvable logistical contraints with the original site. The new site–the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel–is able to hold the November 8 – 11 event on the same schedule as planned by IGS India and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Counci... »

Webinar: Enhancing Quality Assurance with Conductive Geomembranes

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On November 17, the next webinar in Solmax’s series of deeper-level geosynthetics discussions continues with presentation on “Enhancing Quality Assurance with Conductive Geomembranes.” The free session will be offered at 1:00 EST. REGISTER ONLINE CONDUCTIVE GEOMEMBRANES Previous webinars in the series have looked at blown film and flat die geomembranes and at HDPE additives in manufacturing as the... »