Graphene Applications, Including with Geosynthetics, Draw Investment

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Imagine IM (Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd) has been expanding the possibilities in graphene applications, work which has included new materials development in geosynthetics. The Sydney, Australia-based has just raised another $2 million in new capital. The influx of capital will support further development of conductive coatings and sensing technologies for industrial textiles. In a releas... »

Hanes Geo Components Opens Saint Louis Branch

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Hanes Geo Components opened 2017 by officially announcing its acquisition of Canada-based Terrafix Geosynthetics (which will continue to operate under that name). The company is not letting its foot off the gas. It has announced the opening of a new Saint Louis branch. This is the second location for Hanes Geo in Missouri, with a Kansas City office having opening in August 2016. The company now bo... »

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 ... »

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... »

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... »

Brazil’s First Geosynthetic-Reinforced Soil Structure

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By Bruno Pedroni – When the Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Technological Institute of Aeronautics geosynthetics group (GGGAITA) celebrated its 30th anniversary, one of the highlights was Bidim’s presentation on a 30-year-old geosynthetic-reinforced soil wall. The 1986 project was built along the SP-123 roadway, which connects the cities of Taubaté and Campos do Jordao in the Vale do Paraíba (SP). Bidim’s... »

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... »

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... »

Acquisitions: Hanes Geo Expands in Texas

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Winston Salem, NC-based Hanes Geo Components is acquiring Hill Country Site Supply. The move was announced in an August 15 release. Hill has primarily focused its distribution of erosion and sediment control products in Texas. “Under the leadership of Clay Cashatt, Chris McCormick and Jennifer Ryan, Hill Country Site Supply has developed an outstanding reputation,” said John Dowdell, P... »

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... »

WINFAB Earns GAI-LAP Accreditation

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Willacoochee Industrial Fabrics (WINFAB), a manufacturer of geotextiles and erosion control materials, has earned accreditation from the Geosynthetic Accreditation Institute – Laboratory Accreditation Program (GAI-LAP). The program is highly respected in the international geosynthetics manufacturing and testing fields. George Koerner of the Geosyntietic Institute (GSI) conducted the GAI-LAP audit ... »

Geosynthetic Institute Announces 2016 – 2017 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has announced the winners of the 2016 – 2017 GSI Fellowships. The annually awarded research grants are giving out, in consultation with the GSI Board of Directors, to master’s and doctoral level applicants studying geosynthetics. GSI’s program issues numerous awards, each of USD $5,000, during the fellowship awards cycle. Candidates with a vision of longer-term res... »

VIDEO: Service Life Advantages of Road Building on Geosynthetics

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In its latest animation, TenCate Geosynthetics profiles how road building with geosynthetics can extend service lives up to 10x. The 1 minute, 37 second video shows design with TenCate Mirafi® RSi materials versus designs without geosynthetics over a simulated 50-year period. The video uses animation to show weather and traffic patterns cycles and how different roadway systems—with geosynthetics, ... »

GSI Launches Online Designing With Geosynthetics Course

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) continues to push geosynthetics education and professional development in forward-thinking ways. In 2012, GSI Director Emeritus Dr. Robert Koerner acquired full publishing rights to his seminal Designing with Geosynthetics textbook and released its 6th edition with a two-volume electronic option (e.g., Amazon Kindle) available for less than $4 per volume. The Insti... »

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 ... »

Interview: Koerner on Lifetime Predictions for Geosynthetics

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Dr. Russell Jones, President of the International Geosynthetics Society, sat down with the Geosynthetic Institute‘s Dr. Robert Koerner to discuss GSI’s 12-year study on the long-term performance and aging of geotextiles and geomembranes, with a focus on the applicability of the research for lifetime predictions. The interview took place in April in Miami during GeoAmericas 2016, the 3r... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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&#... »

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... »

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... »