GeoAfrica 2017 Expands Registration Payment Options

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Responding to requests from the many international delegates who will attend and exhibit at GeoAfrica 2017, the conference committee has announced that payment by credit card is now available in the online registration system. REGISTER ONLINE GeoAfrica 2017 will be held 8 – 11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, which is centered on the theme of “Geosynthetics in Sustai... »

IGS North America Selects Kingston for Educate the Educators Event

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The International Geosynthetics Societey’s non-commercial Educate the Educators program was created in the 1990s to address the knowledge gap about geosynthetics in civil engineering practice. The program used a short course format to deliver practical geosynthetics engineering information to professors, who returned to their colleges with strategies for incorporating geosynthetics into their less... »

Geosynthetics Apps for iPhone and Android Smartphones

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Updated March 24: We’ve added a seventh geosynthetics app, the EPI Geomembrane Product Locator, which was released in March 2017 after this article had already been compiled. Smartphones are ubiquitous, as we all know; but they are also indispensible for information-intensive fields like civil and geotechnical engineering. A massive amount of communication takes place between sharing quotes ... »

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... »

IGS Landslides Workshop: Geosynthetics for Slope Stabilization

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During the 4th World Landslide Forum, the Italian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (AIG-IGS) will hold a one-day workshop on 1 June 2017. Landslides workshop title: Geosynthetics for Slope Stabilization. Daniele Cazzuffi (IGS Past President, CESI SpA, Milano, Italy) and Sabatino Cuomo (University of Salerno, Italy) are organizing the event. LANDSLIDES WORKSHOP: GEOSYNTHETICS FOR ... »

Lime-Stabilized Backfill in MSE Retaining Structures

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By Giulia Lugli and Sachin Mandavkar – Soil can be stabilized by using a wide range of materials, such as cement, lime, and fly ash. When lime and water are mixed with a clay soil, modification of the soil properties and stabilization reactions begin. In highly alkaline environments (pH >12 for a short period of time), this can cause corrosion of steel elements in an engineered reinforcement sy... »

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... »

GeoAfrica 2017 Extends Abstracts Deadline to January 15

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GeoAfrica 2017 will be held 8 – 11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference, which is centered on the theme of “Geosynthetics in Sustainable Development in Africa”, has announced an extension for receipt of abstracts to January 15. Submit abstracts online This is the 3rd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics, following installments in South Africa (2009) and Ghan... »

A Primer on Soil and Geotextile Filter Design for MSE Walls

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Drs. Robert and George Koerner of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) are no strangers to tackling challenging topics—subjects which are either difficult to motivate discussion on (e.g., failures) or difficult to document (e.g., developing and monitoring long-term studies). One of the information-sharing vehicles they’ve utilized over the years to keep information flowing has been to release influent... »

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... »

Polymeric Construction Mats Help Save AA Baseball Field after Sinkholes

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In North Little Rock, Arkansas, flooding and a drainage system issue led to the development of sinkholes in a minor league baseball field. Engineers utilized polymeric construction mats for immediate construction activity safety and efficiency. SINKHOLES ON THE DIAMOND Dickey Stephens Park is the home of the Arkansas Travelers, a AA affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anahei... »

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... »

South African Geosynthetics: GIGSA Extends Photo Contest

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The South African geosynthetics industry has steadily grown, in no small part due to the activities of the country’s International Geosynthetics Society Chapter: GIGSA. On the technical side of the ledger, the chapter and its members routinely arrange lectures in partnership or to advance connections with engineering groups and academic institutions. On the marketing side, the Geosynthetics Intere... »

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... »

GeoAfrica 2017 Targets Sustainable Development

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GeoAfrica 2017 will be held between 08-11 October 2017 in Marrakech, Morocco. This major event marks the 3rd African Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. To be held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and hosted and organized by the IGS Moroccan Chapter, the event offers an exceptional opportunity for geosynthetics-related engineering and construction professionals... »

Highlights from Cobramseg 2016

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Cobramseg 2016 is underway in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Geosynthetica.net.br Editor Bruno Pedroni and Geosynthetica Director Elizabeth Peggs are in attendance. This major Latin American geotechnical engineering event combines four conferences: XVIII Brazilian Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering VII Brazilian Symposium on Rock Mechanics VII Brazilian Symposium and V South Am... »

Distribution Agreement for Maccaferri, Nasir & Associates on MSE System

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Maccaferri Inc. and Baltimore-based Nasir & Associates LLC have reached a distribution agreement by which Nasir will serve as an exclusive distributor of the Maccaferri MacRes® System. The deal pertains to markets in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. Nasir & Associates will sell the Maccaferri MacRes® System with concrete panel facings as a complete MSE Wall System. Maccafer... »

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 ... »

COBRAMSEG 2016 Short Courses

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The Organizing Committee of Cobramseg and the the 7th Brazilian Symposium on Rock Mechanics (SBMR) have assembled a strong short course program. These courses will be held on October 19 at the School of Engineering, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte. Instructors include internationally recognized experts in their fields. The 10 offerings include topics such as tailings da... »

ITA Geosynthetics Group Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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By Bruno Pedroni – The Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) is one of the most prestigious engineering institute’s in Brazil. The Institute’s geosynthetics group (GGGAITA) is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It marked the occasion during the 9th ITA geosynthetics group meeting with special sessions on September 16. The gathering was hosted by ITA’s Faculty of Civil Engineering in Sã... »

VIDEO: Performance of Geogrids in Track Ballast Applications

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Tensar’s “Keeping You in the Know” video series is a Q&A influenced campaign. Here in its third video, Stabilisation Systems expert Mike Horton (Tensar International Limited) tackles the question: “What evidence is there that TX190L outperforms biaxial geogrids in track ballast?” “Tensar’s geogrids have been used to stabilize rail ballast and sub-balla... »

COBRAMSEG 2016 Will Draw Geotechs to Belo Horizonte in October

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COBRAMSEG 2016 and the 7th Brazilian Symposium on Rock Mechanics (SBMR) will be be held in Belo Horizonte 19 – 22 October 2016. This is the most important event in the Brazilian geotechnical community. The gathering provides a unique opportunity to present and discuss new advances and challenges imposed increasingly on the practice of geotechnics. This includes substantial interaction between geos... »

Reinforced Seawall Construction under 3m Tide

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By Terre Armée –Situated on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River in eastern Canada, where the Gulf of St Lawrence opens onto the Atlantic Ocean, the town of Port-Cartier launched a waterfront improvement program to attract shoreline residents and visitors. The seawall construction project was to replace a former timber structure with a Reinforced Earth® system. The site’s daily tidal fluctu... »

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... »

EuroGeo 6 Preview

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EuroGeo 6 is nearly here! The quadrennial European Geosynthetics Conference, which was last convened in Spain (2012), will be held 25 – 28 September 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Ljubljana is a fantastically relevant host location for a geosynthetics conference: the city is the European Green Capital of 2016. The circumstances by which the event landed in Slovenia were not ideal. The Turkish ... »