Drainage and Venting of Geosynthetic Containment Systems

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The recent increase in discussion on finer points to geomembrane installations (e.g., managing geomembrane wrinkling) has us revisiting stories on other significant points regarding geomembrane system performance. Here, we look at an article authored by Andrew Plowman (Varicore) about the importance of proper drainage and venting design and how it impacts the integrity of geosynthetic containment ... »

Watershed Geo Adds Ming Zhu as Director of Engineering

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Dr. Ming Zhu, P.E. has distinguished himself over the past decade in the geotechnical field through work with a major private consulting firm and through serving major bodies such as ASCE’s Geosynthetics Committee and the Transportation Research Board’s Geo-Environmental Committee. Now, he’s taking on an even bigger role: Director of Engineering for Watershed Geo. In his new position, Dr. Ming Zhu... »

Waterproof Membranes 2017 Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

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Waterproof Membranes 2017 will be held November 14 – 16 in Cologne, Germany. The event is the 11th annual installment from AMI. The program will soon be released, with presentations on market dynamics, technical innovation, manufacturing, installation, and performance of geomembranes and other (e.g., architectural) waterproof membranes. Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities for this networki... »

Waterproof Membranes 2017 Call for Presentations

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AMI has announced the dates of Waterproof Membranes 2017, the 11th installment in the annual series and issued a call for presentations. The international conference focuses on the market dynamics, technical innovation, manufacture, installation, and performance of waterproof membranes (e.g., geomembranes). It will be held 14 – 16 November 2017 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. VISIT... »

Geosynthetics CQA Workshop at Australian Landfill Conference

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During the 7th Australian Landfill and Transfer Stations Conference, a one-day CQA workshop will be held with a focus on construction quality assurance (CQA) for geosynthetic liners. These barrier systems are vital to the long-term performance and environmental security of waste management installations. The CQA conducted on site ensures that these systems go into operation in ideal condition to b... »

Live and On-Demand Engineering Webinars in December

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As the calendar year winds down, professional development opportunities such as engineering webinars are utilized more. For some, these sessions provide needed PDHs. For others, it is simply the best time of the year for them to take time for the education. In December, multiple live and on-demand sessions are available. GEO-U ENGINEERING WEBINARS The Geosynthetic Institute’s Dr. Robert Koerner ha... »

VIDEO STORY: Solmax Cleans Up 150 Tons at an Illegal Dump

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International geosynthetics manufacturer Solmax has been undergoing a change in its identity from that of a commodity producer to a provider of value-added solutions. It hasn’t lost its focus on the environment, though. That old focus has intensified, as exemplified by the recap video the company has shared of its day doing volunteer cleanup of an illegal dump. The project, conducted in collaborat... »

Active LFG Collection Design with ClosureTurf®

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Agru America has published its fourth technical webinar. The topic for the latest educational offering is Active LFG Collection Design with ClosureTurf®–an Engineered Final Cover System. ACTIVE LFG COLLECTION Presented by Chris Richgels, P.E. and in partnership with Watershed Geo, which developed the ClosureTurf system, the 50-minute recorded session addresses topics such as: Infiltration Hy... »

Waterproof Membranes 2016 Preview

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When Waterproof Membranes 2016 convenes in Cologne, Germany, 7 – 9 November 2016, it will mark the 10th annual edition of this ever-growing series. The conference is organized by Applied Market Information (AMI) and brings together film and sheet manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, manufacturing line developers, polymer experts, and other stakeholders for 2.5 days of networking and single-trac... »

Gourc and Vidal on Geosynthetics in Landfill Applications

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The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Brazilian Chapter (IGS Brazil) will hold a special course on “Geosynthetics in Landfill Applications” on September 14. The education will be led by Profs. Jean-Pierre Gourc ( professor emeritus at the Université Joseph Fourier – France) and Delma Vidal (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica – ITA). The landfill applications event will ... »

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 ... »

Companies to Network with at Waterproof Membranes 2016

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The early bird registration deadline for Waterproof Membranes 2016 is September 2. Save roughly €120 (including VAT) on registration for this 10th edition of this annual conference from AMI. Waterproof Membranes 2016 will be held in Cologne, Germany  7 – 9 November 2016. Geosynthetica is a media partner to the event. DOWNLOAD THE FULL PROGRAM (PDF) COMPANIES ATTENDING WATERPROOF MEMBRANES 2016 Geo... »

GCL Transforms Australian Quarry into Landfill

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By NAUE – An Australian quarry became of the country’s largest landfills, with the installation of a geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) barrier system. The site, known as the Western Landfill, has an available airspace totaling more than 15,000,000m3. Since 1999, the facility has offered municipal and commercial waste management services to metropolitan Melbourne. Today, more than 30% of Vi... »

Waterproof Membranes 2016 Program

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The annual Waterproof Membranes conference from AMI returns to Cologne, Germany  7 – 9 November 2016. The Waterproof Membranes 2016 program has been released. This edition is the conference’s 10th. DOWNLOAD THE FULL PROGRAM (PDF) The conference includes a mix of geotechnical/civil and architectural topics, such as membrane durability, water conservation, manufacturing innovations, market sta... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings Now Available

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The GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings have been released to the engineering community. The conference, which was the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics, was held 10 – 13 April 2016 in Miami. More than 1100 participated in the event, which featured 200+ presentations, 95 exhibitors, multiple high-level sponsors, 49 technical sessions, and 4 keynote addresses. The GeoAmericas 2016 Proceedings h... »

Kuhn to Lead TRI Geotechnical / Interaction Division

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TRI Environmental, Inc. (TRI) has announced the expansion of Jeffery Kuhn’s role. Effective May 23, Jeffrey Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. will be the new Director of the TRI Geotechnical / Interaction Division, which provides interface friction testing, a wide variety of soils and rock testing services, and interaction tests, including pull-out, direct shear and large-scale connection testing. Dr. Kuhn ... »

Reinforcing a Coke Landfill Barrier System

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By Jimmy Thomas and Sam Bhat – Upgrading bitumen from oil sands operations can produce a coke byproduct. In the case described here, it was a predominantly carbonaceous granular material which required environmentally sound disposal in a lined facility. It was known that the coke landfill needed an impervious geosynthetic barrier and a leachate collection system at the base; but deeper investigati... »

Waterproof Membranes Readying 10th Edition

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When Waterproof Membranes 2016 convenes in Cologne, Germany, 7 – 9 November 2016, it will mark the 10th annual edition of this ever-growing series. The conference is organized by Applied Market Information (AMI) and brings together film and sheet manufacturers, machine manufacturers, polymer experts, and others for 2.5 days of networking and single-track presentations. Discussions at Waterproof Me... »

Drainage and Filtration Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

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One of the most common needs in infrastructure is proper drainage and filtration engineering. These solutions consolidate soils to accelerate construction windows. They channel liquids into proper retention or detention areas. They guard against soil less and protect waterways. Drainage and filtration engineering impacts landfills, roads, stormwater systems, dams, levees, and many other infrastruc... »

20 Landfill Failures in Next GSI Live Webinar

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On Wednesday, March 9, the Geosynthetic Institute will hold a live webinar on “Behavior and Analysis of 20 Solid Waste Landfill Failures.” The session will begin at 11:30 am (EST) promptly and last for approximately 75 minutes. Question time will be available at the end. Participants may earn 1.5 PDHs, with successful completion of a 10-question multiple choice test. Register online Co... »

An Exemplary GCL Barrier for the City of Barrie

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When the City of Barrie (Ontario) landfill reached capacity, an extensive program was enacted to recycle material from the old cells. Non-recyclable material was then reburied with the additional protection of a multi-layered geosynthetic barrier system. The system utilized an HDPE geomembrane – GCL barrier system. BETTER GCL BARRIER SYSTEMS Terrafix installed the geosynthetic system, which ... »

International Additions to Slope Stability Course at GeoAmericas

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TRI Environmental’s John Allen, P.E. will lead a half-day short course on “Slope Stability and Interface Friction Using Geosynthetics” during GeoAmericas 2016 in Miami. Allen has announced the addition of three speakers who will provide additional technical insight and multi-lingual support: Dr. Vincius Benjamim, P.Eng; Renzo Vihelmo Ayala Alarco, M. Sc., P.Eng.; and Dr. Patrick ... »

Lining a New Landfill near Porto

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With a combined population of 440,000, the communities of Santa Maria da Feira and Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, produce 175,000 tons of solid waste annually. Waste management is overseen by the Multi-municipal System of Sul do Douro (Suldouro), which established a project to construct a new landfill. The existing one was nearly full. DST Group was selected as the main contractor and Maccaferri of ... »

Kerry Rowe Elected to National Academy of Engineering

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Prof. Kerry Rowe has made numerous, substantial contributions to barrier systems research, education, and regulation during his 30+ year career. The US-based National Academy of Engineering agrees. A February 8 NAE announcement named Rowe among just 22 other engineers from outside the United States who have been elected members here in 2016. It is a prestigious and well-earned achievement.  He is ... »

Environmental Connection Offer: Win a Geo-U Course

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The International Erosion Control Association’s (IECA) annual Environmental Connection conference will gather February 16 – 19 in San Antonio, Texas. Geosynthetica will be in the international exhibit hall in Booth #428. Stop by and enter our raffle to win a free course registration from www.Geo-U.com. Geo-U offers high-level education from some of the biggest names in geosynthetics: Koerner, Giro... »