Solmax Reflects on the 2015 Geosynthetics Market

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In 2015, there was little time for rest. Solmax launched four new products and filed two patents. We summarize some of the biggest developments here. These highlights are not just a story of our company; they are representative of where the geosynthetics market and containment applications are going, for improved value, efficiency, safety, and enhanced performance. Our “Get out of the Dark&#... »

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 ... »

Global Geosynthetics Summit to Be Rescheduled

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The timeline for conferences are, not uncommonly, adjusted slightly from well out; but it is extremely rare for events to be rescheduled so near to their original dates. The organizers of the 2nd Global Geosynthetics Summit have had to make that difficult decision. It was previously planned for 8 December 2015 in New Delhi, India. New dates have not yet been announced but are expected soon. The or... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Registration Opens

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GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, has been years in the making. After successful iterations in Mexico (2008) and Peru (2012), the Americas-uniting geotechnical conference returns. Organizers have announced the opening of the GeoAmericas 2016 registration. REGISTER ONLINE The event has already sold out the exhibit hall and the organizers have added extra rooms to t... »

Hotel Booking Scams: Warning Issued by GeoAmericas 2016

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Many conferences are targeted by hotel booking scams and room resellers who are not associated with the event. These non-sanctioned buyers convince potential attendees that rooms are selling out and that they hold the last few available rooms.  They sell rooms at rates well-above the conference rate and often tack on hidden fees and expensive cancellation policies. Conference organizers and host h... »

EDANA and CNITA Announce EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium

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International nonwovens association EDANA and the China Nonwovens and Industrial Textiles Association (CNITA) are partnering on a geotextiles symposium in June 2017. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed and Beijing will serve as the host city for the EurAsian Geotextiles Symposium (EAGS). While two major nonwovens groups are leading this joint venture, woven geotextiles will be a ... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Sells Out Hall and Adds Hotel Rooms

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The exhibit hall has been sold out and organizers of GeoAmericas 2016 have had to add hotel rooms to the conference block at the venue, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and Resort, due to the early surge in booking. All this and registration has yet to open. (It opens next week.) To say the least, GeoAmericas 2016 is shaping up for success. The 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics is enjoying e... »

Last Day to Register for Plastic Pipe Short Courses in Texas

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The extended registration period for the corrugated and solid wall plastic pipe training courses in Austin, Texas comes to a close on October 2. The two 1.5-day sessions, which are part of Pipe Week professional development activities, will feature expert instruction on pipe and conduit, applications, basic polymer chemistry, resins, polymeric properties, testing, specification, long-term performa... »

Plastic Pipe Training Courses Include PPI Experts

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Pipe Week returns with two 1.5-day plastic pipe training courses. The events will be held at TRI Environmental’s Austin, Texas campus. Both corrugated (October 6 – 7) and solid wall plastic pipe (October 8 – 9) will be addressed. Major topics include pipe and conduit, applications, basic polymer chemistry, resins, polymeric properties, testing, specification, long-term performanc... »

ASTM D35 Program for Seminar on Geosynthetics in India

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ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics will hold a seminar on geosynthetics in India 2 – 4 December 2015. The event will be held at the Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) headquarters in Mumbai. The program for the full-day seminar and 1.5-day meetings includes: December 2 (Seminar) Introduction and welcoming remark – Dr. Desai, BTRA ASTM International Presentation – Katerina Ko... »

Pipe Week Courses, October 6 – 9

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Pipe Week returns with two 1.5-day short courses to be held at TRI Environmental’s Austin, Texas campus. Both corrugated (October 6 – 7) and solid-wall plastic pipe (October 8 – 9) will be addressed. Major topics include pipe and conduit, applications, basic polymer chemistry, resins, polymeric properties, testing, specification, long-term performance, long-term hydrostatic stren... »

IGS Educate the Educators Succeeds in Texas

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More than 40 civil and geotechnical engineering professors from across the US and Canada gathered in Austin, Texas in late July to take part in the Educate the Educators™ (EtE) event. Following the mission of the original EtE from the 1990s, the International Geosynthetics Society‘s (IGS) two-day program in Austin sought to increase geosynthetics education in university engineering curricula... »

ASTM D35 Announces Geosynthetics Seminar in India

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ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics has announced a special geosynthetics seminar and associated committee meetings to held in Mumbia, India 2 – 4 December 2015 at the Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) headquarters. VISIT THE D35 EVENT PAGE The move is welcomed. India is home to the world’s fastest growing population and one of the most ambitious and dynamic infr... »

Solmax Names Jean-Louis Vangeluwe New CEO

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International geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has announced the appointment of company veteran Mr. Jean-Louis Vangeluwe as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Vangeluwe has spent nearly two full decades with the company. He will serve as CEO for Solmax International (headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada) and Solmax International Asia-Pacific (headquartered in Malaysia). Mr. Vangeluwe, MBA,... »

History Guides June 2015 GIGSA News

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The June 2015 issue of GIGSA News is available. The newsletter is published by the Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa, one of the International Geosynthetics Society’s (IGS) 43 national and regional chapters. GIGSA is one of the oldest IGS chapters, and with the June 2015 issue the group has taken time to recognize its 21 years of activities and contributions to the field. DOWNLOAD GIGSA... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Update: 400 Submissions, Hotel Registration Opens

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After years of planning, the organizers of GeoAmericas 2016 are enjoying the event’s transition into the active phases of interaction with authors, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees. More than 400 submissions for the technical program were received, the conference has opened its event-specific hotel registration block, and more than 60% of the exhibit space on the main floor sold out as sales fo... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Expanding Booth and Sponsorship May 21

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The quadrennial Pan-American conference on geosynthetics—GeoAmericas 2016—is an event from the International Geosynthetics Society. As a result, IGS Corporate Members have had an exclusive window in which to request booths and sponsorships during a pre-sale period. That window has just concluded, and over the next week the organizers will confirm those booth placements and sponsorships. On May 21,... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Opens Booth and Sponsorship Pre-Sale

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Corporate members of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) have an exclusive 21-day window in which to file exhibit hall booth and conference sponsorship requests for GeoAmericas 2016. The quadrennial event, which is the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, will be held 10 – 13 April 2016 in Miami. The deadline for IGS Corporate Members to make their pre-sale selections is May 14.... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Abstracts Deadline Extended to April 10

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As is always the case, a crush of abstracts is received right at the deadline … along with many requests for an extension. In light of this, and to give the international geosynthetics community greater opportunity, the organizers of GeoAmericas 2016 have extended the deadline for submission of abstracts to April 10. The conference, to be held along Miami’s renowned South Beach, is the 3rd Pan-Ame... »

IGS Relaunches Educate the Educators Program

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In the 1990s*, geosynthetic material development, polymeric research, and wide-scale manufacturing advances helped the field mature quickly. Regulatory support, such as the RCRA Subtitle D rule from the US EPA, contributed significantly to growth and encouraged outside investment. However, a knowledge gap existed because few people in influential positions (lead regulators, policymakers, facility ... »

Deadline Reminder: GeoAmericas 2016 Abstracts

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The deadline is fast approaching for GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Regional Conference on Geosynthetics. Organized by the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) and Minerva Technology, Resources & Information, and to be held under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), GeoAmericas will bring together engineers, regulators, contractors, installers, facility... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Conference Registration Winners

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During the co-located Geosynthetics 2015 and Environmental Connection 2015 conferences in Portland, Oregon (15 – 18 February 2015), North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS) held a drawing in the exhibit hall to award two complimentary full registrations to GeoAmericas 2016—the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics. NAGS Executive Director David Suits and Stan Boyle (Geosynthetics 2015 Co... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Special Sessions – Call for Abstracts

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GeoAmericas 2016 will be held 10 – 13 April 2016 in Miami, Florida, USA. The event brings together experts in geosynthetics and geotechnical engineering from throughout the Americas. Hosted by the North American Geosynthetics Society, and serving as the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, GeoAmericas offers a strong opportunity to exchange knowledge, develop new business, and continue to... »

GeoAmericas 2016 – Call for Abstracts

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GeoAmericas 2016 (www.geoamericas2016.org), the Third Pan-American Geosynthetics Conference and Exhibition, will be held 10 – 13 April 2016 in Miami, Florida at the Loews Hotel on South Beach. The event will continue the GeoAmericas tradition of excellence established in Cancún (2008) and Lima (2012). The North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), which is organizing the event, has opened the ab... »

Terracon’s Ebelhar Named 2015 Chairman of ASTM Board of Directors

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 8 January 2015—Ronald J. Ebelhar, P.E., D.GE, senior principal with Terracon in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been named chairman of the 2015 ASTM International board of directors. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ebelhar joined McClelland Engineers in Houston, Texas, as a staff engineer in 1977, work... »