VIDEO: Chungsik Yoo and Erol Güler Discuss Underground Construction

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At EuroGeo 6, the International Geosythetics Society recorded one of its “Two for a Few” installments, which brings together field experts for brief talk on a high-level issue. This time around, IGS Vice President Prof. Chungsik Yoo and IGS Council Member Dr. Fazli Erol Güler sat down to discuss geosynthetics in underground construction. Dr. Güler opens the 9:00-minute conversation by asking Prof.... »

In Memoriam: André Rollin, a Geosynthetics Pioneer

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By Chris Kelsey – The geosynthetics field has lost one of its earliest adopters and consistent champions, engineer André Rollin, M.Sc.A., Ph.D., FEIC, FCSME (1941 – 2017). André passed away on August 13 at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Home after a lengthy battle with illness. André’s long and active career was characterized by a constant interest in growth—of the geosynthetics field, of... »

Interview: Koerner on Lifetime Predictions for Geosynthetics

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Dr. Russell Jones, President of the International Geosynthetics Society, sat down with the Geosynthetic Institute‘s Dr. Robert Koerner to discuss GSI’s 12-year study on the long-term performance and aging of geotextiles and geomembranes, with a focus on the applicability of the research for lifetime predictions. The interview took place in April in Miami during GeoAmericas 2016, the 3r... »

INTERVIEW: Mallick on Geosynthetic-Reinforced Chip Seal

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During the 95th annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington DC (January 2016), Dr. Rajib Mallick of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) delivered four papers, including contributions on climate change and geosynthetic-reinforced chip seal (GRCS). Geosynthetica interview him about these topics and how they may forecast changes in future roadway designs and material selection.... »

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Andy Durham, Propex GeoSolutions

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Andy Durham of Propex GeoSolutions discusses TRM durability and UV performance in erosion and sediment control materials–part of the company’s “Are you sure?” campaign to improve engineering and construction knowledge of material quality and selection. Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs interviewed him during Environmental Connection 2016, the annual conference and exhib... »

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Laura Clark, IECA

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During the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region 1 annual conference and exhibition, Geosynthetica’s director Elizabeth Peggs sat down with Laura Clark, marketing manager for IECA. Clark comments on the success of Environmental Connection 2016, the official introduction to IECA’s membership of its new Executive Director Sharan Wilson, and future activities with the IECA (e.g., mo... »

INTERVIEW: Polymeric Strap Reinforcement for MSE Walls

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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting honored the paper “Instrumented MSE Wall Reinforced with Polyester Straps” (Paper #15-0895) with its Best Paper 2015 award from TRB’s Soil Mechanics Section. The work, which was sponsored by TRB committee AFS10 Transportation Earthworks, was co-authored by Yushan Luo, Dov Leshchinsky, Pietro Rimoldi, Giulia Lugli, and Chao Xu... »

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... »

Sven Schröer on Agricultural Water Security

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In the April 2015 issue of Irrigation Leader, North Carolina-based HUESKER inc.’s CEO Sven Schröer was interviewed for the publication’s “Business Leaders” section. The interview, which begins on Page 28 of the issue, provides a nice introduction to the importance of geosynthetics in agricultural water security. READ THE INTERVIEW (PDF) Schröer’s background is ideal here. He has worked in geosynth... »

Geomembranes in Mining: the State of Research

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An interview with Dr. Fady Abdelaal, GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, by Chris Kelsey The first conference dedicated exclusively to geosynthetics in mining was held in Vancouver, Canada in September 2014. One of the presenters was Dr. Fady Abdelaal, who for the past 6 years has been part of the long-running geosynthetic barrier systems research being led ... »

Presto Announces Strong, Lightweight Construction Mats

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APPLETON, WI — Presto Geosystems®, a leading manufacturer of soil stabilization and stormwater products, announces a new product offering, GEOTERRA® GTO construction mats. Presto is well-known in the geosynthetics and erosion control industries for its geocells, porous pavement systems and portable construction mats. They have been manufacturing construction mats for over 10 years, primarily for s... »

INTERVIEW: GSE’s Steve Eckhart on Restructuring

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KEY POINTS GSE has secured Debtor-in-Possession (DIP) financing. This is the USD $45 million pledged by investors to ensure normalized business during the Chapter 11 process. Investors have purchased all $172 million of debt. The debt will be realigned and recapitalized. It will be converted to equity. As a Chapter 11 proceeding, the debt realignment and recapitalization process will happen public... »

Responding to Change: An Interview with Allen Cadden, Geo-Institute

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The Geo-Institute (G-I) is one eight specialty institutes organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to facilitate networking, knowledge transfer, and professional development. The Geo-Institute is dedicated to geotechnical engineering, and it serves as the United States member of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). With 11,500+ indi... »

INTERVIEW: Lighter, Stronger, More Sustainable Construction Mats

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Weak soils are common problems for access to oil and gas sites, wind warms, and staging areas for construction sites. In this interview with Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs, Presto Geosystems’ Bill Handlos, The Boldt Company’s Nick Mueller, and University of Kansas Professor Jie Han discuss the sustainability, durability, and performance of the new GEOTERRA® GTO construction mats. Presto’s GEOTERR... »

VIDEO INTERVIEW: American Excelsior at 125

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This year marks a number of hallmark anniversaries in the geosynthetics and erosion control field, with industry organizations like the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) celebrating 30 years and various companies marking their 20th, 25th, or 30th anniversaries. None of them can top American Excelsior this year, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary. In this interview with Elizabeth Pe... »

INTERVIEW: Comparing Turbidity Removal Methods

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Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs  had a chance to interview Brian H. Whitaker, P.E., CPESC of Fiberweb during the International Erosion Control Association’s (IECA) 2013 Region One conference and exhibition (Environmental Connection). He discusses turbidity removal designs, check dams, geocell utilization, and other stormwater and sediment control issues. Fiberweb was part of turbidity control test... »