Why Geosynthetics Matter for the Future of American Infrastructure

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The American Society of Civil Engineers has just released the 2017 Report Card on American Infrastructure. As expected, the Society finds that the nation’s current infrastructure is grossly underfunded and in need of significant repair. One of the surprises in the report card—particularly to geosynthetics professionals—is that solid waste management has been downgraded. Solid waste has routinely b... »

GSI Issues Graduate Student RFP for 2017-2018 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has a long history of supporting student research and development projects with geosynthetics. The investment helps spur the next generation of understanding with geosynthetics. GSI has now opened the global request for proposals for its 2017-2018 fellowships for graduate students. Masters and doctoral candidates are eligible to receive awards of up to $5,000 per r... »

HUESKER Officially Opens New Manufacturing Facility in North Carolina

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In mid-December, HUESKER Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its state-of-the-art, new manufacturing facility in Shelby, North Carolina. The 150,000 sq. ft. facility was built on the site of the previous plant and represents a tripling of the space. The company also celebrated the 25th anniversary in 2016 for its North America operations. In a release on the new center’s opening... »

2016 Geosynthetics Manufacturing Year in Review

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The year 2016 has seen considerable activity in geosynthetics manufacturing, despite a slow start for many producers. As has often occurred, conditions such as resin supply fluctuations, geopolitical uncertainty, or stalled legislation in a country or multi-national body cools output. This year saw a bit of all of that affecting much of the world. Still, it gave a great many companies the time to ... »

Project Video: Geosynthetic Tubes for Coastal Protection

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A new project video from HUESKER details a 1500m-long coastal protection installation of geosynthetic tubes along Lake Sedlitz in Germany’s Lusatian Lake District. The 1400 ha (3460 acre) lake is the largest of the manmade lakes in the former lignite mining area. The old mines have been flooded, a process that has restored the region to its historical natural beauty. As the waters of Lake Sedlitz ... »

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... »

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 ... »

Geotextile Tubes for Breakwaters and Beach Restoration in Mexico

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By Angel Diaz and Chris Timpson – Geotextile tubes help to prevent storm damage and protect the environment through the building of custom marine structures. The installation of geotextile containers can be temporary or permanent, and in most cases the structures are invisible to the coastal environment. The technology involves the fabrication of a large containers made of a specially engineered t... »

Watch Your Language? Geosynthetics vs Traditional Materials

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By Chris Kelsey – During GeoAmericas 2016, Dr. Neil Dixon’s sustainability keynote touched upon many topics for the future of geosynthetics. While sustainability drove most of the lecture, a few of his ideas simply approached how the field positioned itself in the marketplace. He suggested, for example, moving the field away from isolating language like “versus traditional materials.” With 4... »

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... »

IGS Educate the Educators Brings Geosynthetics to Brazilian Universities

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By Bruno Pedroni – During the last days of July, when many in Brazil are typically on vacation, more than 50 people gathered for the IGS Educate the Educators geosynthetics program at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte (MG). The program, which was the first of its kind in the country, was held July 27 – 29. Educate the Educators is a program developed by the Internatio... »

IGS India Ready for GeoAsia 6 in New Delhi

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Nearly 20 years ago, the GeoAsia conference series kicked off with an International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) conference in Bangalore. The event was hosted by IGS India. In 2016, GeoAsia 6 will bring the event back to India. The theme for GeoAsia 6 is “Geosynthetics for Infrastructure Development.” Roads, hydraulic structures, reinforcement, ground improvement, and geosynthetics test... »

Geosynthetic Coastal Protection in England

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By NAUE – From the arrival of the Romans to the Saxons and Normans clashing upon the shore, and from the Spanish Armada to Napolean and two World Wars, England has a long and well known history of coastal protection. Today, coastal protection remains a high priority—though it now focuses on erosion and flood control and civil infrastructure. The West Sands Beach Project at Medmerry near Selsey and... »

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 ... »

JOBS: Solmax Adding Technical Engineer – Sales

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Solmax, an international manufacturer of geomembranes and affiliated containment solutions, has posted a new position for which it is currently accepting resumes: Technical Engineer – Sales. Send resumes to hrcanada@solmax.com. A description of the position is posted below. TECHNICAL ENGINEER – SALES Summary of Responsibilities The Technical Engineer – Sales is the technical expert sup... »

INTERVIEW: Sven Schröer on Growth in Geosynthetics

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By Chris Kelsey – This is Part 2 of 2 of a profile. Part 1, based on an interview with HUESKER North America’s first president, Tom Collins, looks at the founding of the North and Central American operations. Part 2 is an interview with current HUESKER North and Central America CEO Sven Schröer. The discussion focuses on the current wave of growth with the company, which is celebrating its 25th an... »

Tom Collins Reflects on HUESKER’s First 25 Years

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By Chris Kelsey – This is Part 1 of 2 of a profile. Part 1, based on an interview with HUESKER North America’s first president, Tom Collins, looks at the founding of the North and Central American operations. Part 2, an interview with current CEO Sven Schröer, focuses on the current wave of growth with the company, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. This two-part story is also part o... »

In Memoriam: Rafael Rocha

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The geosynthetics field has lost one of its champions in the Americas. On April 8, consulting engineer and educator Rafael Rocha passed away. Rocha was a constant fixture at geosynthetics events in North America and an avid supporter of technology transfer and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). For more than 20 years, he worked hard to improve the availability of training seminars thro... »

Geosynthetics for Earth Day 2016

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Geosynthetics are helping substantially reduce the carbon footprint of construction, securing the environment, and extending the economical and environmental performance of infrastructures. As Earth Day 2016 is marked around the world, we look at some of the geosynthetics and applications that are helping create a more sustainable world. Geosynthetics have helped infrastructures achieve: Longer ro... »

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Cazzuffi on Geosynthetics Standardization

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Following the recent meetings of ISO TC 221 – Geosynthetics, Past President of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Daniele Cazzuffi sat down to discuss geosynthetics and how standardization efforts at the national and international level benefit the global civil engineering community, including through the Europe-wide CEN TC 189 – Geosynthetics Committee, of which Cazzuffi is Chair... »

Drainage and Filtration Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

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One of the most common needs in infrastructure is proper drainage and filtration engineering. These solutions consolidate soils to accelerate construction windows. They channel liquids into proper retention or detention areas. They guard against soil less and protect waterways. Drainage and filtration engineering impacts landfills, roads, stormwater systems, dams, levees, and many other infrastruc... »

Imagine’s First Commercial Graphene Manufacturing Plant in Australia

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Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Limited (Imagine IM) is set to build Australia’s first commercial graphene manufacturing plant. This is significant for the quickly emerging field of graphene-enhanced materials, and those materials include geosynthetics. Graphene offers high electrical and thermal conductivity, hydrophobicity, strength, and impermeability to all gases. Layers of graphene could gi... »

I-CORP Marks 25 Years of Geosynthetics Consulting

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By Ian D. Peggs – On 21 March 2016, I-CORP will celebrate 25 years of geosynthetics consulting, with particular emphasis on geomembranes, pipes, and other engineered plastic components and materials. In January 1991, I left Geosyntec/Geoservices in Florida to develop a geosynthetics division with Greg Richardson at ENSCI in High Point, North Carolina. That division, however, was shut down in March... »

HUESKER Celebrates 25 Years in the Americas

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The geosynthetics field really took off in the 1990s, and one company that was part of that swift growth was HUESKER, Inc. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company now celebrates 25 years of manufacturing and engineering in North and Central America. The company’s main markets have been in geosynthetics and agricultural and industrial textiles. The company recently moved into a new headquarters... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Hotel Deadline Extended to March 15

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Save USD $200/night at the GeoAmericas 2016 hotel! Organizers for the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics have announced an extension on the conference rate for rooms at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Get this amazing rate through March 15. Use the booking link via the venue page on the GeoAmericas website to get the special room reservation code. Please use the Loews’ secure online r... »