Register Now! GeoHydraulics Engineering Workshop in New Orleans

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Registration is open for the GeoHydraulics Workshop in New Orleans, Louisiana. The two-day event will be held November 8 – 9 and bring together civil engineers, construction professionals, international speakers, top-tier geohydraulics solutions companies, and more. Earn 16 PDHs (2 CEUs). Learn more below. The gathering has been organized by the Technical Committee on Hydraulics (TC-H) of th... »

NOLA GeoHydraulics Engineering Event Schedule Released

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Civil engineers and construction professionals will meet international speakers, network with top-tier geohydraulics solutions companies, acquire practical engineering information to implement immediately, and have the opportunity to take part in high-level geohydraulics discussions in New Orleans. Two geohydraulics engineering events are coming to New Orleans, Louisiana 7 – 9 November 2017. Devel... »

Relining a Tailings Dam Stormwater Channel with Limited Access

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By Concrete Canvas – In August 2016, a Concrete Canvas® Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was used to line a drainage channel at Glenridding Mine, Ullswater, Cumbria. The objective was to re-line an existing 200m long channel on top of a tailings dam to prevent damage from runoff during severe rain storms. In recent years there have been a number of extreme rain storms in the La... »

Hydraulic Engineering Solutions Seminar, July 14

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Waterways are dynamic environments. Strong hydraulic engineering solutions are needed to create resilient infrastructures that minimize environmental impact, control costs, and provide long-term performance. On July 14, Maccaferri will host  an exclusive breakfast seminar (7:30 am – 11:00 am) in Gaithersburg, Maryland focused on the application and design of hydraulic solutions. The seminar is fre... »

IGS Technical Committee Organizes November Hydraulics Events in NOLA

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Two hydraulics events are coming to New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2017 thank to a technical committee of the International Geosynthetics Society. The engineering professional development gathering will consist of two independent but complementary hydraulics events: a full-day think tank (November 7) followed by two days of technical presentations on coastal and river protection (November 8 &#... »

NZ’s Central Plains Headrace Canal Update: 600,000 Sq M of HDPE Geomembrane

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The ongoing infrastructure works in Canterbury, New Zealand’s ambitious Central Plains Water Enhancement Scheme is centered around a 55m-high dam and affiliated storage and diversion canals. Up to 60,000 ha (148,230 acres) of land will be irrigated by the project. The Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers would be connected the 280 million cubic meter-capacity reservoir via a 56km-long headrace canal. The... »

Zinc and Copper Mine Gets Largest GCCM Installation to Date

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In August 2016, over 11,000m2 of Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was installed as a protective liner for a large diversion channel at an underground zinc and copper mine on Central Vancouver Island, Canada. The project marks one of the largest GCCM installations to date for this geosynthetic barrier system, which is sold as Concrete Cloth in North America and Concrete Canvas in the ... »

Will Crawford to Speak on GCCMs and Erosion Control in Hong Kong

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On February 21, Will Crawford of Concrete Canvas will be a featured speaker at an Association of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Specialists (Hong Kong) engineering event. The lecture, “Introducing GCCMs (Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats): A new material for erosion control,” will be delivered at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. There is no charge to attend and... »

Geosynthetic Institute Ups Webinar Offerings in 2017

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The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has run a highly successful series of monthly webinars over the past few years. The webinar offerings will increase in 2017, with two sessions per month from January through June followed by one per month from July through December. With January 4, GSI’s webinars will shift their traditional schedule. Instead of hosting a monthly session on the second Wednesday of ... »

Exports to 50+ Countries Drive Record Year for Concrete Canvas

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In its latest financial results, Concrete Canvas Ltd has revealed another record year of growth for the South Wales-based manufacturer. Its international presence for its primary “concrete on a roll” geosynthetic product has grown significantly. Material has been supplied to more than 50 countries in the past year, including throughout Latin America and in high-profile projects (e.g., LNG facility... »

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... »

Petrochemical Industry Fuels Growth for GCCMs

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Concrete Canvas Ltd. continues growing. The company introduced its CC HydroTM product to the wider international geosynthetics and geotechnical community last month at EuroGeo 6, the 6th European Conference on Geosynthetics. This follows a year in which the company’s unique barrier solutions were sold into 50+ countries and drew considerable attention from the petrochemical industry. CC Hydro™, li... »

A Chemically Resistant Geomembrane on a GCCM

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When EuroGeo 2016 opens in Ljubljana, Slovenia this month, Concrete Canvas® will showcase its new barrier material: CC Hydro™. The product features a chemically resistant geomembrane backing. EuroGeo 2016 is the 6th European Conference on Geosynthetics. Concrete Canvas® is a Silver Sponsor of the September 25 – 28 event. Nick Kastoumis will present a paper on this new class of containment material... »

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... »

IGS India Ready for GeoAsia 6 in New Delhi

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Nearly 20 years ago, the GeoAsia conference series kicked off with an International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) conference in Bangalore. The event was hosted by IGS India. In 2016, GeoAsia 6 will bring the event back to India. The theme for GeoAsia 6 is “Geosynthetics for Infrastructure Development.” Roads, hydraulic structures, reinforcement, ground improvement, and geosynthetics test... »

Concrete Composite Mat Excels in Railway Project

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In October 2015, a Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) was used to line a series of ditches along a railway in Liberdade, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The site was characterized by severe access issues. Several of the ditches were cut into steep slopes on either side of the railway. Poured concrete was considered for the installation; however, this would have required lengthy line closures and... »

Geosynthetic-Concrete Composite Barrier for Brazilian Mine

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In October 2015, a Concrete Canvas® GCCM  (Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat) composite barrier was used to line a newly constructed drainage lagoon at Votorantim Metais Zinco mine in Vazante, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The site needed to transport alkaline mine water through a series of drainage ditches—also to be lined—to the lagoon where the water would be treated. (EDITOR’S NOTE: See sl... »

GeoAsia 6 Extends Abstracts Deadline

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Nearly 20 years ago, the GeoAsia  conference series kicked off with an International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) conference in Bangalore. The event was hosted by IGS India, which celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2013. In 2016, GeoAsia 6 will bring the event back to India. Organizers have announced an extension to the deadline for abstracts. Due date: 31 January 2016. The theme for GeoAsia 6 is ... »

Anti-Piping Geotextile Screens Debut in Dutch Levee

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The Rivierenland Water Board invited two groups (Boskalis/Cofra and Van den Herik) to develop geotextile screen technologies that would be specially designed to prevent piping under levees. Piping is a phenomenon that occurs in the case of abnormally high water levels, wherein water seeps under a levee and causes the migration of fines. This action can weaken a levee and contribute to failure. Bot... »

Dam World 2015 Announces Geomembranes and Dams as a Topic

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By Bruno Pedroni and Chris Kelsey – Four years ago, the International Large Commission on Dams (ICOLD) released a bulletin that described 265 large dam structures with geomembranes. Geosynthetics companies and engineers have, since the report’s release, increased their communication with the dam engineering sector to further promote the roles that geosynthetics play in dam construction, oper... »

November Webinar: Geosynthetics in Hydraulic Structures

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Live and on-demand education for engineers has really taken off. The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) ran a successful webinar series in 2014. The online site Geo-U.com has been delivering geosynthetics-related on-demand presentations from international experts. And the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) hosts monthly webinars. On November 12, Dr. Robert Koerner will continue the series with ... »

Unique Anti-Piping Flood Control Experiment with Geotextiles a Success

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On Monday, 24 September, Deltares started a unique experiment with geotextile on the IJkdijk in Groningen on behalf of the Rivierenland Water Authority and with co-financing from the Room for the River program. A 15 m wide and 0.5 m long GeoDetect® filter and detection system, provided by TenCate, was positioned vertically in the clay layer of a test dike. The week-long test was engineered to see ... »