GSE Environmental Awarded High Temperature Geomembrane Patent

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Four years ago, GSE Environmental formally announced the development of polyethylene geomembranes for use in applications with prolonged exposure to temperatures above 60°C (140°F). Now, the company has been awarded US Patent No. 9,518,176 B2 for its High Temperature Geomembrane Liners and Master Batch Compositions. The newest addition to the series, GSE High Temperature Liner, is engineered to wi... »

Post-Harvey Impact on Geosynthetics Manufacturing

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At its peak and not long before it made landfall in Rockport, Texas, Hurricane Harvey was rated a Category 4 storm. It was the first major hurricane to make landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast in 12 years, and in doing so it caused an enormous amount of damage to infrastructure in Houston, which is a major center of production for petrochemicals and geosynthetics manufacturing in the United States. B... »

EuroGeo Transcript: Geomembrane Wrinkles, Bridging, Ballasting, Parts 3 – 5

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During EuroGeo 6, Dr. Ian D. Peggs, P.E., P.Eng chaired a special panel discussion on geomembrane wrinkles, bridging, uplift, and ballasting. The recorded session featured panelists Paul Guinard (SOPREMA), Adnan Berkay Özdemir (Atarfil), Michael Flynn (FLI Group), Catrin Tarnowski (GSE), and Richard Thiel (Thiel Engineering). We publish here, with permission of the EuroGeo 6 organizers (the Turkis... »

EuroGeo Transcript: Geomembrane Wrinkles, Bridging, Ballasting, Parts 1 and 2

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During EuroGeo 6, Dr. Ian D. Peggs, P.E., P.Eng chaired a special panel discussion on geomembrane wrinkles, bridging, uplift, and ballasting.  We publish here, with permission of the EuroGeo 6 organizers (the Turkish Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society) and the participating panelists the full transcript of the session. We thank Ian Peggs and Wendy Cortez of I-CORP International for... »

Improving Drainage at Expansion Joints in Rigid Pavements

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By GSE Environmental – Repairing damaged expansion joints in rigid pavements is a costly endeavor. Not only is the cost of the repairs high, but repair projects can go on for miles and shut down vital lanes of traffic important to commuters and local commerce. The primary cause of premature damage is insufficient drainage under rigid pavements. MANAGING EXPANSION JOINTS Expansion joints are partic... »

Best Practices for Minimizing Geomembrane Wrinkling

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By Catrin Tarnowski –  Geomembrane wrinkling occurs, but it can be minimized. “Lay flat” geomembrane installations are quite possible, as they are documented all over the world. Truly, we can achieve this; yet, geomembrane wrinkling still happens. How does wrinkling occur? It is connected to numerous decisions made in design, product selection, and installation procedures, and with boundary condit... »

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... »

CCR-Oriented GSE CoalDrain Geocomposite Earns Patent

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The expansion of coal combustion residuals handling and storage work in the United States, in the wake of new regulations, has led to a strong growth in engineered materials and services developed for CCR work. GSE Environmental developed the GSE CoalDrain, a highly engineered geocomposite designed specifically for coal combustion residuals. The US Patent Office has awarded the company its officia... »

New Geocomposite Drainage System for Roadways

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Roadway integrity can be undermined by poor drainage on the surface and in the subgrade of the road. The new GSE RoaDrain™ geocomposite drainage system has been engineered to provide high compressive strength (> 50,000 psf), a permeability greater than 10x that of drainage stone, and long-term performance under roads and at expansion joints to provide an effective capillary break that stops the... »

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... »

GSE Updates Online Drainage Design Manual

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Five years ago, the first online edition of the Drainage Design Manual was released was released by GSE Environmental. The interactive, digital version built upon the previous print editions (2004, 2007) and helped to bring this geosynthetics resource fully into the practice. The digital version gives users around the world an easy way to access drainage engineering details, design methodologies, ... »

13-Year Study of Exposed, Green Geomembrane Cover

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By Boyd Ramsey – In the summer of 2001, a 60- mil high-density polyethylene (HDPE) green geomembrane was installed as a cap at the Polk County Florida solid waste disposal facility (The North Central Sanitary Landfill Class 1 Disposal Area). This cap covers approximately 4 hectares (16 acres) of surface area on a mass of waste with a relatively flat top surface and benched side slopes with an angl... »

The Lighter Side of Geomembranes

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Geomembrane installations often cover substantial areas. Landfill cells pose enormous footprints. Oil and gas pits, industrial processing ponds, and wastewater containment ponds are large installations too, and each year they tend to be built a little larger. The scaling up of these facilities is not just a matter of achieving better operational economics for the facility owner; it’s also because ... »

GSE to Expand Geonet and Geocomposite Manufacturing Capacity

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The Kingstree, South Carolina manufacturing facility of GSE Environmental is about to get even busier. The company announced on August 22 that it is adding a new geonent and geocomposite manufacturing line to the site. The move, which will support production of GSE’s full suite of biplanar and triplanar products, is in response to surging market demand for engineered drainage solutions. The South ... »

Polymer-Enhanced GCL for Wet Process Ash Impoundment

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By GSE Environmental – An innovative geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) was used for the containment of wet process ash at a 3,520 MW facility in the Southeastern United States. The wet process ash project involved roughly 1,000,000 ft.2 of GSE Bentoliner CAR (Coal Ash Resistant) GCL. The facility owner wanted an impoundment design that would conform to any potential rulings from the US Environmental P... »

Organizational Changes for GSE Environmental in the Americas

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Mark Harris and Steve Eckhart, both of whom are veterans of GSE Environmental, will take on new roles with the company. The company announced these key position organizational changes in a July 12 release. Effective immediately, Mark Harris has been promoted to Vice President of Sales, Americas. He has nearly 30 years of sales and marketing experience, including 23 years with GSE. Most recently, h... »

GSE Environmental’s Boyd Ramsey Honored by IGS North America

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During the GeoAmericas 2016 conference in Miami (April 10 – 13), GSE Environmental‘s Boyd Ramsey was honored by the International Geosynthetics Society North American Chapter (IGS North America) for his educational outreach leadership. Ramsey is the Technical Director Asia-Pacific for GSE and an active member of numerous industry-related professional societies. The IGS Chapter Service Award ... »

GSE Environmental Seeks Regional Sales Manager

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GSE Environmental is currently seeking a Regional Sales Manager for the Western United States territory. The candidate should reside in one of the following states: AZ, CA, NM, HI, NV, CO, ID, UT, WY, or MT. The territory of Guam is also of interest, and the company notes that additional states may be included. GSE is a leading, global manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic lining products and ... »

GCLs Continue to Influence Barrier Designs

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The use of geosynthetic clay liners–GCLs–in engineered barrier systems has broadened substantially. Part of this growth has been fueled by a long record of successful performance. And, as with other geosynthetics, the growth has also been supported by numerous manufacturing and design advances. These have enabled GCLs to be far more application and site-specific today. GCLS & BENTO... »

GSE Environmental to Close Plant in Chile

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Having determined it can more efficiently serve its South American market through its other international manufacturing operations, geosynthetics producer GSE Environmental has announced it will close its plant in Antofagasta, Chile. The announcement follows what the company has called a “thorough evaluation of different means to optimize manufacturing productivity, market competitiveness, a... »

GSE’s Boyd Ramsey Relocates to China

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The addition of carbon black-industry veteran Mark Leigh to GSE Environmental’s leadership in the Americas has garnered a lot of headlines; but another move within GSE is also worth noting. Boyd Ramsey, Chief Engineer of GSE North America, has accepted the position of Technical Director for APAC. Ramsey’s new role involves relocation to Suzhou, China, where GSE operates a state-of-the-art manufact... »

GSE Environmental Names Mark Leigh President of Americas

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GSE Environmental has announced the addition of Mark Leigh as the company’s President of the Americas, as of August 24. Leigh brings more than three decades of experience, including 10+ years in P&L leadership in manufacturing. In a release, the company writes, “This completes a strategic reorganization and realignment of each global region that began last year with the appointments of P... »

PERUMIN 2015 Welcomes Two Big Geosynthetics Presentations

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In September 2014, Geosynthetica and its publisher, Minerva, began discussions with the organizers of the world’s largest mining event, PERUMIN 2015, on getting geosynthetics content into its technical program. Geosynthetics have traditionally been overlooked in mining conferences, despite the enormous presence of the materials in and impact they have on the sector. Geosynthetica proposed 8 topics... »

GSE Environmental Names Robert Preston CEO

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HOUSTON — GSE Holdings, Inc. (“GSE” or the “Company”), the leading global provider of highly engineered geosynthetic containment solutions for environmental protection and confinement applications, today announced that Robert Preston has been appointed the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Preston will also join the Company’s Board of Directors as Chairma... »

GSE Environmental Emerges from Chapter 11 a Stronger Global Company

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HOUSTON — 11 August 2014 — GSE Environmental, Inc. (“GSE”), the leading global manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic lining solutions, announced that it has formally emerged from the Chapter 11 process as a stronger global company well-positioned to accelerate growth and continue to meet the evolving needs of its customers. The company’s Plan of Reorganization was approved by... »