Protecting a Caribbean Shoreline and Coal-Fired Power Plant

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TenCate Geosynthetics has published a new video that features how TenCate Geotube® technology was used to repair and protect a Caribbean shoreline. The immediate area included a large utility company, which had seen the shoreline erode significantly over a period of years. Storm surges with waves exceeding 3m had been a major factor in the waterfront deterioration, which had taken 50m of beach. Th... »

Controlling Coastal Flooding with Geocontainers

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By Geofabrics Australasia – The ferocious storms which pounded the NSW and Southern Queensland coasts in early June brought into focus the Climate Council’s 2014 report Counting the Costs: Climate Change and Coastal Flooding. Download a copy of the report here (PDF) The report predicts that more than $226 billion in commercial, industrial, road and rail, and residential assets around Austral... »

Slope Reinforcement and Road Rebuild after Typhoon

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By ACE Geosynthetics – In 2009, Typhoon Morakot hit central and southern Taiwan with torrential rain. The storm set a rainfall record and was responsible for numerous disasters, such as landslides and dike failures. More than 100 bridges were damaged and mountain roads collapsed. Failure of Route Kao 132 Route Kao 132 in Kaohsiung is an important tourism and commercial road. It is the only a... »

US DOT Awards $234 Million to Ongoing Hurricane Sandy Recovery

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HURRICANE SANDY STORIES ON GEOSYNTHETICA Geosynthetic Responses to Hurricane Sandy Staten Island Gabion Wall after the Storm Revisiting a Dune Core Coastal Protection Installation after Sandy SEE ALSO: Sustainable Slope Stabilization with Geocells (from a storm-challenged area of Punta Raton Beach, Panama) WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to... »

WRRDA Passes; Cites Sustainability and Durability of Geosynthetics

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On May 22, the US Senate passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The $12.3 billion conference report, passed by the House on May 20, enjoyed staggeringly strong bi-partisan support (91 – 7 in Senate, 412 – 4 in House). It will now go to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Of note: the bill specifically mentions geosynthetics within a section on durability and susta... »

Revisiting a Dune Core Coastal Protection Installation after Sandy

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During a Nor'easter in March of 2010, heavy surf and high winds devastated the dune system protecting beach front homes, near the Hampton's, on the twin forks of Long Island, New York. With the dunes gone, there was nothing left to protect the beachfront properties from future storms. Instead of doing a "sand push" along the beach, or trucking in sand to rebuild the dunes, Maccaferri was approache... »

Staten Island Gabion Wall after Super Storm Sandy

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In response to a Nor'easter that hit the coast of Staten Island in March of 2010, a gabion retaining wall was installed along the oceanfront property to protect upland infrastructure from storm damage and wave action. The original wall design consisted of PVC coated galvanized steel gabions, spanning 100' parallel to the shore direction with a 9 ft. vertical height and two 30 ft. return walls at e... »

Tencate and USACE Protect Grand Isle, Louisiana

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In June 2009, TenCate Geosynthetics North America reported that it was working with the US Army Corps of Engineers on rehabilitating and protecting the coastline of Grand Isle (Louisiana, USA). A row of TenCate Geotube® GT500 containers measuring 9,600 metres in length forms the core of what will ultimately be a row of dunes. The impressive new levee stretches 2.4 kilometres across the island. See... »