Strata’s New Geotechnical Software Focuses on GRS Design

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The recently launched StrataPro™ geotechnical software platform from Strata Systems, Inc. is a welcomed addition to the tools engineers can use to improve GRS design. Geosynthetically reinforced soil structures can improve the sustainability, economics, and safety of infrastructure, but they require significant care in planning and material selection. Programs such as StrataPro provide that suppor... »

Military Engineering: Blast Walls with Geotextiles

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The Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot (CFAD) in Bedford, Nova Scotia has updated its facility with geosynthetic-supported blast walls. The hillside site, overlooking the Bedford Basin edge of Halifax Harbour, has previously required concrete protection barriers outside of each ammo bunker. New regulations, however, have prompted the facility to redesign its protection strategy with walls that would... »

High-Strength Geotextiles Flex Their Muscle

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Geotextiles have been developed and installed in civil engineering projects since the 1950s. Largely emerging in response to flooding and storm events in the Netherlands and the United States, these synthetic “technical textiles” have grown substantially in use. They commonly provide cushioning and protection, filtration and drainage, and soil separation characteristics. Few geosynthetic-related p... »

Schedule Released for IGS Honduras 2014 Conference

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) has grown substantially in chapters, corporate members and international breadth in the past four years. There are now more than 40 chapters, and one of the newest, IGS Honduras, is hitting the ground running with Honduras 2014: The First Honduran National Conference on Geosynthetics. The event will be held 16 – 18 June 2014 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras at... »

AUSTRALIA: Retaining and Hydraulic Structures Seminars

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From May 13 – May 22, Geofabrics Australasia is sponsoring an educational seminar series on “Retaining & Hydraulic Structures.” The event will be held in four cities and include expert instruction from Marco Vicari (Italy), who will share nearly 20 years of experience in pavements, river training works, and reinforced soil structures. Dates and locations are noted below. DOWNLOAD THE EVENT FLY... »

Geosynthetics Conference in Honduras May Be Catalyst for Region

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From 16 – 18 June 2014, the Honduran Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) will hold that country’s First National Conference on Geosynthetics (Honduras 2014). This is a significant step of activity for the chapter, which just formed in 2013. However, it may be even more significant for its impact on the Central American and Caribbean region. The Latin American infrastructure ma... »

German Lugers Win Gold at Geosynthetic-Reinforced Facility

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HUESKER congratulates German lugers on their winning four gold medals in Russia! Fortrac® geogrids were used to reinforce the site of the luge and bobsleigh track in the Russian region of Krasnaya near Sochi. Access roads and grandstands were built on geosynthetic-reinforced soil (GRS) incorporating Fortrac® geogrids. The geogrids were also installed in embankments built to protect against wind an... »

Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Research Trends in Asia

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By Dr. Yoshihisa Miyata and Dr. Toshifumi Mukunoki – Soil reinforcement has been a significant geotechnical concept since the ancient era. The oldest example is the ziggurat, built by Babylonians 3000 years ago. The Great Wall of China, built more than 2000 years ago, is also a famous example of an old reinforced soil structure. Natural materials such as tree branches were the typical reinfo... »